Ormskirk churches welcome new Youth and Young Adults Minister

Churches in Ormskirk have welcomed Ben Dyer as Youth and Young Adults Minister.

Churches in Ormskirk have welcomed a new Youth and Young Adults Minister with special responsibility for helping people in their late teens and early 20s connect with church.

Ben Dyer was formally licensed to the role at a service in St Paul’s Skelmersdale.

Ben moved from York to take up the newly-created post. He will be based out of St John’s Church in Burscough and will work across Church of England churches in the Ormskirk Deanery, which as well as Ormskirk includes Skelmersdale, Maghull, Burscough and Lydiate.

Whilst in York, Ben was part of a team that set up a church for young adults in a bar. He also studied Philosophy and Politics at York University.

Ben said: “A big part of my role will be to explore new ways of ‘doing church’ with people in their late teens and early twenties, who often see church as boring, out of date and irrelevant. People may be interested in questions about God, but they aren’t interested in going to church.

“My aim is to help, support and encourage young adults who are currently in churches in this area and also create a community designed for young adults, which is interesting and relevant, and where young people can explore questions about God and life together. Young people are the future of the church so it is vital that we make it relevant to them now.”

Ben added: “I am looking forward to meeting lots of different people and hearing their stories. I’m looking forward to challenging people’s perceptions about church. But most of all I’m looking forward to telling people that Jesus wasn’t just a guy that wore a dress 2000 years ago. He was far more than that!”