Youth Unlimited wants to share some exciting news with you! As of Tuesday, September 1, 2020, Youth Unlimited has officially changed its name to ThereforeGo Ministries. This announcement is the result of months of prayer and discussion on the board and staff levels of the ministry and we are excited to share with you how we came to this decision.
Clearing Up Confusion and Expanding Ministry
There are two significant reasons why Youth Unlimited felt called to change the name of their ministry. First, for a number of years, there has been a growing confusion with other ministry initiatives in Canada who were also operating under the name Youth Unlimited. They believe that the transition to ThereforeGo Ministries will provide clarity for friends and partners in Canada who have faithfully supported Youth Unlimited through the years.
The second reason is that while they remain committed to their mission of collaborating with local churches in their youth ministries (through SERVE and other programs), in recent years the scope of this work has expanded. Churches are reporting an increasing struggle to remain connected with their students and emerging adults as they move beyond their high school years and into their late teens/early 20s. ThereforeGo Ministries is eager to collaborate and resource churches as they minister with this age cohort but increasingly found that having the word “youth” in our ministry’s name created the understanding that their efforts were focused exclusively on individuals under the age of 18.
Based in Scripture
One reason Youth Unlimited loves the name ThereforeGo Ministries is that it is a reminder of two important scripture passages.
“Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer, and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
The Transitional Reality of Ministry
This name is also a reminder of the transitional reality of ministry and the transitional reality of the lives of youth and emerging adults. As a ministry, ThereforeGo has a rich 100-year history of working with churches and have the confidence and expertise to continue creating meaningful experiences and valuable resources. For youth and emerging adults attending ThereforeGo Ministries programming, they are often on the verge of life decisions and changing realities. ThereforeGo wants to help them see the confidence they can have in the legacy of faith that generations before them have shown and how that confidence can prompt them to therefore go and follow the calling of Christ on their lives.
ThereforeGo asks for continued prayer for staff and ThereforeGo Ministries. ThereforeGo remains committed to their mission statement of “helping churches challenge youth and emerging adults to commit their lives to Jesus Christ and transform the world for Him.” They are also committed to continuing to offer SERVE and ask for continued prayer for this ministry.
ThereforeGo, headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI, is a non-denominational, non-profit ministry organization with the focus of assisting the Church and its many local congregations with their ministry to our youth and emerging adults. Through events like SERVE mission trips, ThereforeGo partners with youth leaders to provide faith-forming experiences. Visit https://www.thereforego.com/ for more information.