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Innovation, Imagination, and Frustration: New Directions for Youth Ministry

March 3, 2021, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Everyone knows that existing models for caring for teens (especially in ecclesial contexts) are pretty tired. The problem is that the church in North America often struggles to do excellent and compelling work. It also struggles to innovate. This webinar will explore some basic ideas to stimulate your imagination about how to impact teens/young adults in your community through innovative thinking. We will look at an innovative model of ministry that has been developed in the Pacific Northwest and it’s engagement in the world of social enterprise. The webinar will also take a brief look at how to finance new forms of ministry to help impact those teens.

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March 3, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Matt Overton

The Rev. Matt Overton is a minister in the Pacific Northwest and the Executive Director of the Columbia Future Forge. The Forge is a non-profit church ministry providing teens and young adults with job skills, life skills, and mentorship. He is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary with over 20 years of youth ministry experience. Matt has attempted to write about innovation and social enterprise as they relate to working with teenagers in the 21st century. His innovative model for student ministry has been featured in several publications and he writes articles for various publications as well.