Not Your Mothers Youth Group: Ministry to Youth in 2020-2021

Lunch & Lecture Series 2020-2021

Not Your Mothers Youth Group: Ministry to Youth in 2020-2021

Please join us for the YMI 2020-2021 Lunch & Lecture series, Not Your Mother’s Youth Group: Ministry to Youth in 2020-2021. Our presenters will address the changing nature of youth ministry, the impact of COVID-19 on our youth and how we can walk with them in these turbulent times.

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September 2020

Wrestling with Rest in a COVID-19 World with Nathan Stucky

September 9, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

In all our time in life and ministry, have our calendars ever looked like they look amid pandemic? So much simply disappeared: coffee dates, graduations, youth group, and soccer. All gone. So much to grieve. Our rhythms of work and rest have been utterly discombobulated. Is this Sabbath? Who are we when our calendars turn upside down? We feel acutely the difficulty of this moment, but we also sense the gifts this moment brings. Will we learn what we need…


October 2020

Just Breathe: Resilience Strategies for Today’s Youth & Youth Workers

October 14, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

In the first six months of 2020, today’s children and youth have lived through so many soul-provoking experiences. With the advent of COVID-19 illness and death, quarantines, school closures, summers on hold, graphic depictions of violence, the prospect of not going back to school or going back in a socially distanced fashion, and difficult imagery and discussion around issues of race and justice, youth have a lot of questions—and some even have deep concerns and fears. Add this to the…


November 2020

The Science of Well-Being

November 4, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The most popular course in the more than three-century history of Yale, “The Science of Well-Being” highlights research that reveals misconceptions about what makes us happy — and the concrete steps we can take to live a more fulfilling life. Yale Professor Laurie Santos has taken this course and created a new version specifically for high school aged youth. Join us for a conversation about how youth (and youth workers) can improve their mental and physical health. The Top Insights…


December 2020

A New Vision of Youth Ministry Beyond the Walls of the Church: Mission Work and Outdoor Ministry

December 2, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Online Event

Andrew Wicks and the Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer will explore the ways in which outdoor ministry and mission work are evolving and engaging youth today. It will also provide tangible tools for youth ministry during the COVID-19 pandemic and more broadly in the 21st century.

February 2021

A Journey with LGBTQ+ and Immigrant Youth

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

The journey of LGBTQ+ and immigrant youth are both beautiful and complex. In this presentation, Yadi Martinez-Reyna shares a glimpse into their various journeys and the worlds they navigate and negotiate with as they try to find a sense of belonging. Yadi will provide resources and ideas on how to create a safe and brace space for them and all young people. Through lecture, dialogue, and open conversation, Yadi will invite you to reflect on the following questions: How do we create space for young people who are…

March 2021

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…

April 2021

Adventures in Space-Making with the Rev. Phiwa Langeni

April 7, 2021, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

If you've ever wondered about ways to better engage with LGBTQ+ youth in your setting, you'll want to join this webinar as the Rev. Phiwa Langeni shares about their experiences in youth ministry and, most recently, founding Salus Center, Lansing, Michigan's only LGBTQ+ resource and community center. In addition to learning practical tips on language, pronouns, and other queer-related issues, you'll gain insights on simple changes you can make in your own practices to create space for LGBTQ+ youth and…

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