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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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April 2022

Empowering Young People Toward Beloved Community

April 6, 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.

Video and clips from the event are here: Empowering Young People Toward Beloved Community

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March 2022

Talking about Race with Young People

March 2, 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. Video and clips from the event are here: Talking about Race with Young People Slides from the event are here: Talking about Race with Young People
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February 2022

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

February 2, 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.

Video and clips from the event are here: Connecting and Integrating Children’s and Youth Ministry Across the Church

Slides from the event are here: Connecting and Integrating Children’s and Youth Ministry Across the Church

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December 2021

I Hear You: Creating Listening Spaces with Youth

December 1, 2021, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Event

How well do you listen to youth's stories?

No, really.

And how well do your young people listen... really listen to one another, and to God's work in their midst?

Long-time youth ministry worker Mark Yaconelli has spent his career engaging in the quieter nature of youth ministry. Through the use of contemplation and compassionate exercises, Mark has fine-tuned the art of listening. By modeling this for youth, youth workers impart a valuable skill set to their young people: how to listen to one another, and how to be attentive for God's work in their lives.

Video and clips from the event are here: I Hear You: Creating Listening Spaces with Youth

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November 2021

Belonging

November 3, 2021, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Event

As youth leaders, we strive to be welcoming towards everyone. We want every young person to feel like they belong.

But what does “belonging” actually look like? What might it mean to prioritize actual belonging in your youth group?

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.

Video from the event is here: Belonging

Slides from the event are here: Belonging

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October 2021

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

October 6, 2021, 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.

Video and clips from the event are here: Grief, we all feel it, but do you know what to do with it?
Slides from the event are here: Grief, we all feel it, but do you know what to do with it
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September 2021

The Emotional Intelligence Factor: How to Apply EI to Youth Ministry

September 8, 2021, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Event
How are you? It’s a question you ask or are asked dozens of times each day and yet how often do we stop, pause, reflect and answer the question in an honest and open manner? Doing so is important as the question and answer help us connect with others and to get things done.   Once you have a good answer to “how are you?”, it is important to match those feelings to connect and achieve goals, to understand the meaning of these feelings and then to actively manage these feelings. These four skills are described by the theory of emotional intelligence first proposed by Jack Mayer and Peter Salovey in 1990. This interactive session will begin with a hands-on set of questions to illustrate these four hard skills and we will then apply these skills to your most challenging situations. The model itself is simple and straightforward – the challenge is to apply these skills at a high level of skill, in real time, on a consistent basis and under stressful conditions.  

Video and clips from the event are here: The Emotional Intelligence Factor: How to Apply EI to Youth Ministry  
Slides from the event are here: The Emotional Intelligence Factor: How to Apply EI to Youth Ministry
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