Children’s Ministry Volunteers
Speakers: June Baik and Jisun Nam
Volunteer burn-out? Not enough volunteers sticking around? If this sounds familiar, come join our session as we discuss how to train and build up volunteers so that they serve children’s ministry in a way that’s safe and spiritually intentional for both the children and for themselves. Whether you have a lot of experience or you’re fairly new to children’s ministry, all are welcome because we’re in this together.
Assisting with Mental Health
Speaker: LaVante’ N. Dorsey, LCSW, Coleman Memorial UMC, MyCalling Ministries
Mental health issues in young adults have risen significantly in the last decade. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, mental health conditions are common among teens and young adults. Fifty percent of all lifetime mental illnesses develop by age 14 and 75% develop by age 24. This workshop will help to empower those supporting someone who is struggling with mental health. We will work together to equip each other with essential tools as well as build a support network.
Retreat Planning Made Easy
Speaker: Ryan Clements
This workshop helps you make your retreat planning not only manageable but easy. Drawing from his experience in camping and retreat ministries, Ryan will help you streamline the process with tools you need to build a road map for a meaningful retreat that will leave your participants feeling refreshed, renewed and reconnected to God. From planning timelines and logistics to tips for recruiting participants or chaperones, you’ll leave this workshop with everything you need to know how to start planning the retreat you always wanted.
Start a Youth Group
Speaker: Kerwin Webb
Youth ministry is the life blood of any church. As such, it is important churches are equipped to start and maintain vibrant and active youth ministries. Join us for this workshop where attendees will learn tips and tricks for starting and maintaining effective youth groups within their local church.
Ministry with Students Across Cultures
Speaker: Dr. Yvette Joy Harris-Smith, Princeton Theological Seminary
Cross-cultural and intercultural communication is a critical necessity in today’s rapidly changing environment. How does one effectively communicate the good news of the Gospel to young people in our churches who seem too busy or uninterested? Through this workshop, Dr. Yvette Joy Harris-Smith will help youth workers identify negative communication behaviors (including both verbal and non-verbal ones), strategies for overcoming communication barriers and tips on how to become a better communicator in student ministry and across cultures.
Children’s Spirituality through Wonder
Speaker: Erin Floyd
This workshop is an opportunity to explore the importance of children’s spirituality through awe and wonder. We will discuss how this can be done through spiritual practices, play, open-ended exploration of the Bible and personal and relational reflection. Our time together will provide ways to deepen children’s spiritual formation so that we might create faith communities where children can ask big questions, deepen their faith and claim their spiritual identity as children of God.
Confirming Faith: Strategies for Leading Confirmation
Speaker: Dr. Joy Arroyo, The Confirmation Project
It may seem that youth are more interested in texting and posting, but a recent study on confirmation from The Confirmation Project reveals that most youth attend confirmation because they want to learn about God. This workshop reveals some of the study’s findings that show how to situate confirmation as part of a larger multi-contextual process of faith formation. Learn the main ways youth grow in faith and be invited to consider methods that connect confirmation to faith development. Leave with practical ideas for leading confirmation in your church.
Wrestling with Rest
Speaker: Dr. Nate Stucky
Our lives are filled with many good things and good work to do…many, many good things…and so much work. The life of faith is no different. We have churches to serve, committees to staff and people to love. We have faith to hand down, and passing on the faith takes diligence and hard work. The work, it seems, is endless. But what if our ceaseless efforts actually distort Christian faith? What if a 24/7 existence confuses our identity as God’s children? This session will consider Sabbath as a practice that invites us to stop and rest, and it will ask whether or not God’s Sabbath rest might in fact be integral to our identity as God’s children.