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Kathy Wolf Reed and Nick Reed

Learn from Eli and Samuel | Children, Youth, and Family

Tags: authentic, leaders, mentors, volunteer, youth, youth ministry

Among the multitudes of models for youth ministry practiced today, one favorite is based on the story of Samuel and Eli (1 Samuel 3:1-18). One of its best attributes is that this model can be adapted to a congregation of almost any size, location, and composition. The story is one of mentorship that grows into friendship through the partners’ mutual pursuit of God.


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About Kathy Wolf Reed and Nick Reed

Kathy Wolf Reed is the associate pastor for youth and campus ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa, Ala. She also writes youth and adult curriculum for The Thoughtful Christian as well as articles for publications such as Presbyterians Today and The Christian Century. Nick Reed is the associate pastor for youth and families at First Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He has led youth ministry in four congregations of various shapes and sizes, and has served as