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Youthworkers2018-08-15T11:36:14+00:00

Youth and family ministry relies on a network of faithful and hardworking youthworkers:
Youthworkers are congregational volunteers.
Youthworkers are pastors.
Youthworkers are congregational staff.
Youtworkers are parents.
Youthworkers accompany, mentor, and witness faith formation to the generation of children and youth, who are growing into their own powers as children of God, and disciples of Jesus in their congregations, homes, communities, and the world. In this synod we value our network of youthworkers, and offer a variety of continuing education and networking events. This page offers links to a number of these resources.

Events + Resources + Links

Families welcome to attend

Youthworkers Picnic & Crabfest
Saturday, July 27, 2019
12:00 N – 2:30 PM

All congregational youthworkers, whether staff, pastors or volunteers, and their families are welcome to attend our third annual picnic.  The day is really designed as a way to say thank-you to all of you who faithfully serve in faith formation and accompaniment with our children and youth. Youthworkers are welcome to bring their spouse/partners and families. Please RSVP by sending an email with your name, congregation and number who will be attending, to Charlie Roberts (croberts@lss-elca.org) by July 15th. A color-flyer is attached, suitable for downloading and posting in your congregation. There is no charge to attend, but we do take a free-will offering to help support our synod’s Youth Ministry Endowment Fund*.*This fund helps to insure that youth ministry will continue to be a priority in this synod, even as budget constraints further reduces the ministries we can fund annually.

Youthworkers Picnic Flyer

Moses Kavishe: Recipient
2018 Youth Ministry Servant Award

Pastor Hal Fox: Recipient
2017 Youth Ministry Servant Award

Table Talk
Conversations and Networking with Peers

This new opportunity to gather for sharing ideas, joys, concerns, and to support and encourage one another, will kick-off on November 15th, 2018. Congregational youthworkers, whether staff, volunteers or pastors are welcome to join peers for 90 – 120 minutes of conversation and networking. There will normally be a topical theme, with plenty of time for networking and exchanging ideas. Light refreshments will be provided, but participants are also welcome to bring or purchase a meal, depending upon the venue.

Table Talk gatherings will be scheduled around the synod, with future dates and locations listed below. If you’d like to “host” a future gathering, please contact our office.

UPCOMING Table Talk(s):
Topic: Children’s Ministry
Thursday, November 15th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Synod Resource Center
Thursday, November 15th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Synod Resource Center
Topic: VBS
Thursday, January 17th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Synod Resource Center
Thursday, January 17th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Synod Resource Center

 

Certificate in Faith Formation
Offered Annually

Working in partnership with Vibrant Faith, vibrantfaith.org/vfi, our synod Center for Faith Formation offers a Certificate in 21st Century Faith Formation, as a continuing education option for congregation pastors, youth leaders, and Christian educators. The course is offered entirely online, in three, 10-week modules, over the course of one calendar year, but with a local synod cohort group that meets in person and online to support you as you implement your learning in your own congregational setting. Additional 10-week elective courses are also made available for alumni of the initial three “foundation” courses.

The $1,000 course tuition is discounted as a result of our synod partnership, so that participants pay only $750 for the course, in addition to receiving another $75 grant from our office, further reducing the price of the course to $675. The course offering begins each year in January, with the next cycle of training beginning in January 2018. More details, along with a promotional video, can be viewed at https://www.lss-elca.org/faith-formation/certificate-in-faith-formation/. Please contact synod Director for Faith Formation and Youth Ministry Charlie Roberts, croberts@lss-elca.org, if you are interested in learning more.

Certificate in Congregational Faith Formation
formerly Youth Ministry Certification School

This course is offered over a seven month period, in two-day increments, affording the congregational volunteer working in a full-time secular vocation, to attend without losing too many vacation days in one calendar year. The course includes theological, practical and theoretical training in developing a comprehensive congregational faith formation ministry. Alumni of the course develop a one-year plan for implementing an integrated faith formation strategy. Course tuition is $2,500.00, and a new course launches every fall. For more details on the 2018-2019 course, and to learn how to register, visit: https://unitedlutheranseminary.edu/academics/certificate-studies/