My ministry idea—The Shack


The Shack is a youth program run once a month on Friday nights by Kempsey Adventist School and Kempsey church. 

Their first program for 2012 attracted more than 130 people. Church Pastor Michael Chapman (aka: Chappo) says the numbers have been consistent since then. “I’d say about 70 per cent of them were from unchurched families,” he says. “We have a small number of Adventists who attend, along with others from other churches.” 

I’d say about 70 per cent of them were from unchurched families.

The program started around mid-2010. “We saw a need to connect students from the school and community who were developing spiritual interests,” Chappo says. “We’re trying to bridge the gap between church and school. A big part of that is our new Bible worker/youth pastor, Jack Ryder.”

The monthly program features Bible knowledge time, music, testimonies, stories and a mission-based segment where an offering is collected. The money goes to local mission programs that people then report back on the following month. Check out The Shack on Facebook—they’re doing an awesome job!