2012-2013 Lunch and Lecture Series

Join us for the 2012-2013 Lunch and Lecture Series!

All lectures will take place at:
Yale Divinity School
409 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Lunch is available beginning at noon and the lecture begins at 12:30 in the common room.

If you are unable to join us in person, catch the lectures on Livestream. Recordings of each session will also be available.Click here to download the brochure!

Fall 2012 Line-up

October 2, 2012

Dr. Andrew Root

“Ministering to Youth Growing Up in a Screen-Based World”

The church is different for a generation of people raised in the digital age.  With so much time and attention focused on the computer, TV, iPad and cell phone, how do young people experience spiritual life in a “hyper-real” world and how can we minister to them?

Dr. Andrew Root is the Carrie Olson Baalson Chair of Youth Ministry and Family Ministry and an Associate Professor at Luther Seminary and the author of Taking the Cross to Youth Ministry (A Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry)

This lecture is now available on-line.

November 6, 2012

Dr. Chap Clark

“Sticky Faith: The Church and Today’s Adolescent”

There is no question that life is changing, and changing rapidly. As a consequence, for lots of reasons, we live in an increasingly adult-centric society that without thinking, relentlessly subjects children and adolescents to the pressures of adult-driven agendas. Like no time in history, today’s youth grow up knowing that the only way to survive is as a tribe apart – and it’s our systems and structure, even in the church, that contributes to this increasing isolation. In this lecture, we’ll discuss the ways that we can connect with our youth and provide the foundational support they need to reflect on their dreams, their relationships and their lives.

Dr. Chap Clark is the Vice Provost for Regional Campuses and Strategic Projects and Professor of Youth, Family and Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary and author of Hurt 2.0, and co-author of Sticky Faith

Chap Clark is the author of:

Deep Justice in a Broken World: Helping Your Kids Serve Others and Right the Wrongs Around Them

Deep Ministry in a Shallow World: Not-So-Secret Findings About Youth Ministry

Disconnected: Parenting Teens in a MySpace World

Hurt: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers

Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers (Youth, Family, and Culture)

New Directions for Youth Ministry

Starting Right: Thinking Theologically About Youth Ministry

Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids

December 4, 2012

Dr. Rodger Nishioka

“Bible Study That Transforms”

Information is important. We live, after all, in the so called “information age.” But ultimately, we engage young people with the Bible not simply for information but for transformation. This lecture will focus on practices of opening the Bible with young people in ways that change lives and liberate.

This lecture is available here and also through iTunesU: Experiential Bible Study

Dr. Rodger Nishioka is the Benton Family Associate Professor of Christian Education at Columbia Theological Seminary.

Rodger Nishioka is the author of or has contributed to:

Insights from the Underside: An Intergenerational Conversation of Ministers

OMG: A Youth Ministry Handbook

Rooted in Love: 52 Meditations and Stories for Youth Ministry Leaders (Roots of Youth Ministry Series)

Sowing the Seeds (Roots of Youth Ministry Series)

The roots of who we are (Roots of youth ministry series)

Spring 2013 Line-up

January 8, 2013

The Rev. Harold E. Masback, III

“Transformation Through Pilgrimage: Planning and Leading Mission Trips that Build More than Houses”

Youth long for experiences that will take them outside of their cramped, every day experience and connect them with something larger than themselves, with the transcendent love of God. In this session we’ll explore the theory and praxis of planning and leading mission trips as pilgrimages. We’ll explore the nuts and bolts “best practices” that prepare the ground for mission trips in which our young people are “pilgrims not tourists, learners not teachers, listeners not talkers and receivers not givers.”

This lecture is also available here and for download through iTunes U: Transformation Through Pilgrimage

Rev. Harold E. Masback, III is the Director of the Adolescent Faith and Flourishing Program at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture

February 5, 2013

Dr. Roland Martinson

“Kids Need More than Each Other and a Pied Piper”

At its best, youth ministry develops generative, intergenerational Christ communities that cultivate transformative faith and life in each other and make a difference in God’s beloved world. How do you create intergenerational practices that work? We’ll explore together how to bridge the generational divide in our ministry to our youth.

This lecture is now available on-line.

Dr. Roland Martinson is the Academic Dean and Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Children, Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary

Roland Martinson is the author of:

The Spirit and Culture of Youth Ministry. Jossey-Bass, 2008. (also for kindleand nook)

Coming of Age: Exploring the Spirituality and Identity of Younger Men. Augsburg, 2006

Parenting with Purpose. Youth and Family Institute, 2001

Effective Youth Ministry: A Congregational Approach. Augsburg, 1988

Bringing Up Our Child. Augsburg, 1986

Ministry with Families. Augsburg, 1986

March 5, 2013

The Rev. Michael A. Bird

“Nurturing Spiritual Habits with Youth”

Youth don’t so much want to be lectured about God as they want to experience God. This experience comes from walking with God each day, not just on Sunday mornings. What are the spiritual disciplines, practices and traditions that help bring us closer to God and how do they work for today’s youth? We’ll explore ways to support our youth in developing and following their own “rule of life.”

This lecture is now available on-line.

The Rev. Michael A. Bird is the Rector at Christ Church, Bronxville, NY. A dynamic leader with over 15 years of experience in youth work, Rev. Bird’s ministry has emphasized helping young people incorporate worship, spiritual practices and covenantal rule into their weekly lives.

April 2, 2013

Dr. Andrew Root

“Talking About Sin With Young People”

When ministries look at how they discuss sin with young people it frequently gets framed as “doing bad things.” When sin is framed in this way we try to bend their will and push them towards obedience turning youth ministry into sin management and an attempt to make young people be better. Andy Root encourages us to look at sin as a state of brokenness and isolation rather than just “bad things”. Sin is a state of being and loss of relationship whereas sinning is the bad things that we do.

This lecture is now available on-line.

Andy Root is the Carrie Olson Baalson Chair of Youth Ministry and Family Ministry and an Associate Professor at Luther Seminary and the author of Taking the Cross to Youth Ministry (A Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry)

Andy Root is the author of:

Relationships Unfiltered

Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry

Taking Theology to Youth Ministry

Taking the Cross to Youth Ministry

The Children of Divorce: The Loss of Family as the Loss of Being

The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry

May 7, 2013

Rev. Dr. Thomas H. Troeger

“Preaching Across the Generations”

Good preaching is good preaching – to any age group, but bringing a message to young people requires particular attention to several fundamentals of effective communication. One of the nation’s leading preachers and teachers of preachers will help us reflect on the importance of crafting messages are fully embodied, that engage multiple intelligences and that are attentive to the different stages of cognitive development among our listeners.

This lecture is now available on-line.

Rev. Dr. Thomas H. Troeger is the J. Edward and Ruth Cox Lantz Professor of Christian Communication at Yale Divinity School.

Tom Troeger is the author of:

So that All Might Know: Preaching that Engages the Whole Congregation