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New to Working With Youth? See Our “Crash Course” for Beginners!

Whether you are clergy, staff or a volunteer jumping into youth ministry because you feel a call – or because your minister or a friend asked you to help – jumping into working with youth can feel overwhelming. Why is youth ministry important? When our Christian communities provide our young with the nurture and formation…

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How Are You “Doing” Youth Ministry This Fall?

September 2021. In the past, that would have meant kicking off another year of youth ministry programming with large group activities and even mission trip planning. Are you doing those things? In a time when the coronavirus still rages around the globe and youth under the age of 12 aren’t vaccinated, how are you engaging…

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September Newsletter

Suicide Prevention Month September is Suicide Prevention Month. The Yale Youth Ministry Institute offers a wealth of resources for youth leaders, parents and others to support the young people in their lives who may be suffering and at risk. You can train your team on how to support the mental health of youth here. The…

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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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