Ministry with Children, Youth, Young Adults and their Families, is one of the fastest growing ministries in many churches, even in non-denominational settings. So the research and training for adults who minister to this segment of the population, known as the first-third of life, is also expanding. Organizations and institutions, ecumenical partners and others are offering training events that range from one-day to weekends, and even week-long events, at a variety of price-points. While our office strongly recommends some of our fine continuing ed events offered by our synod Learning Team, and the ELCA YM Network, sometimes you need to wander beyond our Lutheran tribe.
Here we offer some of the best we’ve discovered, and I encourage you to explore and read more about the events posted here. Perhaps one will fit your budget or your schedule.
Vibrant Faith at http://vibrantfaith.org/, is revolutionizing the thinking, practice, and training around youth and family faith formation. Focusing on lifelong faith formation and faith formation with adults, since parents and adults in the household are the primary faith-formers for children and youth, Vibrant Faith is offering two training options for adult faith formation. Additionally, they now offer “Known” , the Youth Ministry Change Project, a year-long accompaniment model ministry, designed to help your congregation focus on relationship building with all generations as a way of equipping youth for a life of faith. Plus, coming soon to our synod, Vibrant Faith University, a certification program in 21st Century Faith Formation, offered at a discounted rate, and designed to fit your congregational needs. Beginning in January 2018.
Faith Forward Conference
St James Cathedral, Chicago, IL: May 22-24, 2017
I love their tagline, “bringing together children’s and youth ministry leaders for collaboration, resourcing, and information toward innovative theology and practice.´ This conference is not linked to any one denomination, and has speakers that include Andy Root, Lutheran researcher, author and seminary prof, Waltrina Middleton, Associate Dean of the chapel at Howard University, and authors Brian McLaren, just to name a few. Our friend Michelle Shirk, from Trinity, Mt Joy, is a big advocate of this conference and speaks highly of her experiences last year. Worth a look, check out event details and how to register at: http://faith-forward.net/
Youth Specialties Team Training & National Youthworkers Conventions
National Convention: NYWC 2016
- November 16-19, 2017: Memphis, TN http://nywc.com/
Visit their website for event details and registration information, at: http://www.youthspecialties.com/events/
The Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological
Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry
Princeton, NJ: April 25-28, 2017
The Princeton forums bring together theologians and youth ministry practitioners, to help you in your own congregational ministry call. The “Forum on Youth Ministry” is one of a variety of options offered by Princeton Theological, to youthworkers from a variety of denominations, including their certificate program. To get details on all of their programming, or to register for their events visit: http://iymforum.com/