Planting Seeds of Hope and Joy

This week-long course is a nuts and bolts course designed for youth ministers, pastors, seminarians, and youth workers in congregations and para-church organizations. We will gather for evening fellowship dinners, lectures, and workshop breakouts to explore best practices for planting, nurturing, and growing transformative ministries with youth: relational youth groups that nurture the foundations of joyful, flourishing lives.

Together, we will learn with and from each other the best practices for:

  • Discerning your call and developing your gifts for youth ministry
  • Discerning and communicating vision and mission
  • Developing congregational support from senior minister to lay leaders to parents to youth
  • Developing budgets and raising funds
  • Developing and implementing “safe church” practices and boundaries
  • Attracting and training lay volunteers
  • Ministering effectively in multi-ethnic contexts
  • Attracting and cultivating student leadership
  • Nurturing deep relational bonds among youth ministry participants
  • Scheduling, planning and leading effective weekly programming
  • Leading experiential, transformative worship, Bible study, and prayer
  • Facilitating transformative service days and mission trips
  • Offering effective pastoral care and nurturing the development of a safe “holding space”
  • Integrating youth ministry into your ministry to the wider congregation

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