Speaker Spotlight: Morgan Schmidt

How long have you been ministering to teenagers?
About ten years.

Why teenagers? 
There are so many reasonable reasons: adolescence is a pivotal time of life, teenagers are full of energy and hope, they are figuring out who they are and who they dream of becoming…
…But really, I just keep meeting students that I love.
Tell us about your day-to-day role, what do you do?
I am the Director of Children, Youth & Family Ministries at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Seattle, WA. This means I get to spend my days talking, laughing, crying and playing with young people, their families, and volunteers. My job is to find ways to cultivate young people’s desire to be formed in the way of Jesus, and with the church to participate in revealing the kingdom of God here and now.
In my spare time, I am the Director of Youth Collective, a little start-up that helps local churches collaborate in youth ministry to students in their neighborhood. This means mostly that I get to know some incredible churches who care deeply about their parish/neighborhood, and consult about ways they can be good news to teenagers.
When it comes to ministering to teenagers, what’s your passion? 
My passion is for students to experience, in whatever way makes sense to them, the God who loves them…and to find ways that they can grow in their love for their own self, others, and God.
What are you hoping for at Open Seattle?
I am hoping for some incredible conversation, hopefully a lot of honest questions and dialogue around they ways the church can collaborate to love students in meaningful ways.

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