Youth Ministry Institute at Berkeley Divinity School’s Wesley-Royce Leadership Colloquium

Spring 2012

January 17, 2012

Dr. Miroslav Volf

“Youth and Human Flourishing”

Among other things but centrally, the Christian faith is about human flourishing, flourishing of human beings as God’s creatures in a complex world. What does it mean to flourish? What are some of the forces at work in contemporary culture that undermine human flourishing? How do we counter these trends in our ministry to our youth? These are some of the questions we will explore together.

This lecture is now available on-line.

Dr. Miroslav Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School and the Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture.


January 17, 2012

Dr. Andrew Root

“Youth Ministry, The Church, and The Melting of Identity”One of the greatest pursuits for late modern people (especially those of younger generations) is to construct an identity for themselves. But as we have seen recently, the fluidity of our culture does not allow for our identities to be carved in stone. Instead our identities are always transitioning, with new jobs, new marriages, and new ideas. The cultural necessity of identity transition can be painful and difficult; it is easy to feel lost within the transition. What then should the church do?

This lecture is now available on-line.

Dr. Andrew Root is an Associate Professor and the Carrie Olson Baalson Chair of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary


January 17, 2012

Dr. Andrew Root

“Relationships Unfiltered”

It seems that at its most basic youth ministry is about relationships. But relationships are anything but basic. So then what are relationships in youth ministry and what are they for? This workshop will explore relational youth ministry in order to uncover some of the blind spots in our contemporary understanding of relationships with young people. Relational ministry will be re-imagined NOT as seeking to influence kids toward some end (to accept Jesus/to avoid immoral behavior) but rather, seeing it as place-sharing.

This lecture is now available on-line.

Dr. Andrew Root is an Associate Professor and the Carrie Olson Baalson Chair of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary


February 14, 2012

Dr. Roland Martinson

“Youth’s Questions, Faith’s Stories, Christ’s Claims”

Adolescence and emerging adulthood are periods in the human journey when existential questions are at the center of the day to day interactions and the unfolding, developing self and community. We will examine the intersections of those vital questions with the work of God in Jesus Christ and these encounters of God and humans as fruitful material for generating faith as well as effective Christian witness and apologetics.

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


March 20, 2012

Dr. Rodger Nishioka

“Beyond Soup Kitchens and Sardines”

Ultimately, ministry with young people must be about more than sporadic service projects and playing games. Ultimately, ministry with young people must be about enacting theology – the actual on the ground, lived experience that embodies what we believe about the nature of God and God’s call to human beings. We will explore ways that congregations are responding to God’s call on the lives of young people and the adults who journey with them.

This lecture is now available on-line.

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