Lunch & Lecture Series

Thriving, Not Surviving: Building a Toolkit for a Flourishing Youth Ministry in 2021-2022

For many of us, this past year has been one of youth ministry “survival mode.” There is a season for that.

And, there is also a season for thriving: for embracing life, joy and new tools in youth ministry. As we enter this new season, the Yale Youth Ministry Institute is pleased to be able to offer opportunities to hear from speakers who have done just that. We will hear from people about emotional intelligence, trauma, and sacred story. We will hear about children’s ministries, and from those who have engaged in anti-racism work with youth. Each of our presenters brings a unique perspective and experiences, but all of them hold a piece to the puzzle that will help us answer the question: How can my youth ministry not just survive, but thrive?

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October 2021

Grief, we all feel it, but do you know what to do with it?

October 6, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Event
Grief is a complicated emotion and losing someone we love is hard no matter the circumstance. This is especially true when you are faced with a loss and the grief associated with the loss at a young age. This presentation is designed to explore the impacts of grief and loss on adolescents. We will bust common myths about grief and loss, including the classic “time will heal” as well as concrete ways to process one’s grief and how to continue to connect with our loved ones will be presented. Come learn ways to healthily manage this inevitable part of our lives together.

November 2021

Belonging

November 3, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Event
We all want to belong to a community and that sense of belonging is elemental to our well-being. Join Dr. Margaret Clark for a conversation about just how much young people want to belong, how they strive to belong and what really makes people feel that they belong.

December 2021

I Hear You: Creating Listening Spaces

December 1, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Event
Through contemplative practice, personal storytelling, and compassionate listening exercises, veteran youth worker Mark Yaconelli will invite participants to explore creative ways to help young people feel heard and healed into the Presence of God.

February 2022

Connecting and Integrating Children’s and Youth Ministry Across the Church

February 2, 2022, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Event

So often our churches segment children’s ministry and youth ministry as if they were unrelated efforts. This presentation aims to equip lay and clergy leaders to take a wholistic view and approach to ministry with young people. We will discuss ways to join the programming we do with children to those programs offered to older youth, locate ways to integrate both into the life of the church, and discern where God is moving our ministries as we continue to emerge from the pandemic.

March 2022

Talking about Race with Young People

March 2, 2022, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Event
Talking about race with the young people you serve can be challenging. This workshop is for leaders, parents, and church members who want to have conversations about racism and prejudice. Also, for those who want to help young people faithfully explore issues that are important to God and relevant for one of our most racially and ethnically diverse generations yet. At times it can feel easier to shy away from complex topics and avoid highly charged conversations. In this workshop we will cover vocabulary to know, history to be mindful of and will end with practical next steps so that you can confidently engage teenagers in faithful and caring discussions about race.

April 2022

Empowering Young People Toward Beloved Community

April 6, 2022, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Event

This presentation will build upon the ethnographic and theological research in Church in Color to highlight practical steps congregations and other organizations can take to resist racism and embrace Beloved Community in the work of youth and young adult ministry. The practical theological framework is grounded in Kingian ethics that makes room for the particular stories, questions, and experiences of young people in distinct congregations or organizations.

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