Now serving in their 2nd term in Romania, Phil and Scottie Rice and their 2 teenage sons (Brady & Caleb) are making tremendous progress as they lead the Center for Youth Ministry at the Baptist Seminary in Bucharest, Romania. Under Phil’s leadership YMI’s academic influence has spread to the Brethren College in Sibiu. There, Phil and YMI President Randy Smith taught young men and women who are ministering in several Brethren Churches in Romania. This expansion was made possible with the many young Romanian youth leaders who have joined Phil and Scottie’s team.
Phil recently began focusing on broadening the width of the Center for Youth Ministry Romania through a new and innovative nationwide youth conference. This is the first in over 20 years for the Baptist union. It was a great success with over 150 people in attendance. The youth leaders now have a 5-year plan to continue this conference. The conference helped put YMI and the Baptist institute on the map as trainers, but even more importantly, it encouraged pastors and youth leaders to reach this generation for Christ!
Collaboration is important to youth ministry progress in Europe, and Phil is working on widening his team’s network by partnering with other like-minded youth workers and organizations. There have been many meetings with Romanian youth leaders from Intervarsity, Exodus, Josiah venture, Cru, and Youth For Christ Romania.