Growing in our own understanding of theology, youth ministry theories and practical skills matters in faith formation with young people. Research continues to show that when adults are learning and growing, youth are growing in their depth of faith and living their faith in their daily lives. You matter! Volunteers, parents, youth directors, pastors and all caring adults in the congregation!
How can you spend time growing and learning this year? You don't need to get your masters degree or go to seminary - although those are always great! Learning comes in many forms - spending time reading, listening to podcasts, watching online webinars or videos, attending local events, and networking with other leaders are easy ways you can stretch yourself and encounter innovative ways of doing ministry. Find what works best for you and what fits in your schedule. All learning - whether it's taking five minutes to read an article or spending a week at a conference makes a difference! This page curates online learning opportunities and training events within and beyond our synod that will help you grow as a leader for the sake of faith formation in our young people.
Extravaganza 2021 Feb. 5-6, 2021: On-Line Event Feb. 4-6, 2021: On -Site Event Extravaganza 2021 will explore God’s call to “Hold Loosely” and to trust in the one who comes to create, to redeem and to sustain. This is more important now than ever, as we live and do ministry in a time of pandemic, of racial injustice and unrest, of social division and political turmoil.
The conversation and learning at #ext21 will center around five questions:
How do we help those we work with navigate the grief of losing “normal?” How do we navigate that same grief for ourselves?
How do we care for ourselves in the midst of accompanying others in their pain?
Brainstorming Conversations Throughout this year we will have brainstorming conversations around ministry during COVID-19. These conversations use the expertise of those in the room to share goals, ideas and resources. Notes from some of the conversations are posted below! Stay tuned for more Brainstorming Conversation in the coming months!
Lay Leader Network Yearly intensive Series Sessions begin September 2019 As a life-long learning program, the Yearly Intensive Series is designed to give adult students opportunity to grow in their faith for the purposes of personal spiritual development, biblical and theological learning and enhancing missional leadership. It promotes intentional conversation for the discernment of gifts to be used in various ways in ministry and leadership within a person’s current congregation and in his/her community.