“After being in full-time ministry as a pastor for some time, I became a social worker, but never really forgot how difficult it was to find that place where ministerial leaders could meet without denominational agendas,” said Denny, who has started numerous JYM (Jesus, You and Me) groups with Pastors and Christian Leaders.
“With the support of the Christian Leaders Network and over time, God gave me a text that highlighted for me the foundation for Christian Leaders doing JYM.”
That text was Joshua 17: 11-12 where Moses was asked by God to hold up a staff while Joshua and the Israelites fought a great battle.
“This spoke to me of the connection between human need and divine intervention, as it was with the support of Aaron and Hur that caused Joshua to achieve a victory in the valley against evilness,” said Denny.
“At JYM, Christian Leaders meet like Moses, Aaron and Hur with God in openness and with a clear purpose – to seek grace and find victory over the challenges that exist in our lives and in the lives of the people that we love.”
16 months since Denny began his first JYM, there are now four groups, with 12 Pastors from different denominations meeting every month.
“Being able to open up regularly with a few men about life, family, failures, ministry, temptation and triumphs has been a Godsend,” said Casey Wolverton, Pastor of Glenvale Adventist Church.
“JYM has played an essential role in helping me survive the rigours of pastoral ministry.”