Background

Background

Claire Young Claire Young has been in ministry of some kind since the age of 17, serving in both volunteer and paid capacities, and in various roles including music director, teacher, small group leader, administrator, and pastor. She was honored to have led a new church start for three years and assisted with a second church plant team. Throughout, and because of those experiences, Claire has developed a deep passion for the church body known as a congregation. God has called her to work with very small to medium sized congregations, where there is often a need for transformation, renewal, and revitalization. She has been gifted as an encourager and one who brings hope; she seeks out the small sparks in those places and helps to remind ordinary folks of the extraordinary gifts and power available to them as a disciple of Christ.

Claire's education includes CPE (through Reading Hospital & Medical Center) RACC, Penn State University, Local Pastors Licensing School at Drew University, and Wesley Seminary, as well as many short-term educational opportunities. In 2015, she was certified as a Natural Church Development (NCD) Coach.

Her business background includes administrative work, sales, and management. In her position with Avon, Inc., she led a district of over 300 salespeople from 16th place to 3rd place out of 19 in less than one year, topping a million dollars in sales that year. Much of the leadership training she received, as well as skills she developed in business, has served her well in ministry.

As the former Executive Director of the Reading Berks Conference of Churches (RBCC), Claire developed a series of church health and growth workshops, writing the curriculum and developing follow-up materials and procedures. She also offered additional consultative services through RBCC within the County of Berks and outside Berks County which led to the development of Ignite. These services focused on hospitality, leadership, program development, and assessments. The assessments included simple meetings of church leadership with prioritized reports as well as whole-church programs using a 40-statement tool she developed using the principles of Natural Church Development.

During her time with RBCC, Claire developed a communication tool to serve the Christian community of Berks County, and this weekly email reached over 5000 people and became a well-known and well-used asset. Additionally, she wrote regular communications to workshop attendees and was a regular contributor and editor for RBCC's magazine, "One." She occasionally contributes to a blog for the Palace Project website and serves as the president of the Board of Directors for this faith-led non-profit organization.

The proud parent of three children—two who serve in the US Air Force—Claire is thrilled to be a new grandparent. In 2000, she participated in the Walk to Emmaus and has served on many teams for other Walks. Claire's an avid knitter, enjoys Victorian-era 'who-dun-its,' and has a goal to visit each of the 50 states.



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