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.
Ministry with young people is a high calling…and can be incredibly daunting! Are you excited…passionate…energized for ministry, but don’t know where to start or go next? Or maybe ministry is leaving you feeling stuck…tired…defeated…unequipped or overwhelmed as you look at the expectations from your congregation and the needs of the youth.
This day is for you.
You will leave with practical ideas, tools you can use immediately, and a sense of how to get started and go deeper in nurturing faith with young people. Each session ends with table discussions on how to put new ideas in place in your congregation.
“Getting Started” is for volunteers, youth directors, pastors, Sunday school teachers, confirmation mentors…you are encouraged to bring a team of the adults who invest in the faith lives of youth in your congregation and beyond!
This presentation is a fast paced, humorous look at raising kids in a changing world. Tiger McLuen is a parent, a former youth worker, and an adjunct instructor of youth ministry. This presentation will cover collisions in strategies, look at the changing culture that impacts our parenting, and help you think strategically about your role as a parent. Child card and refreshments provided.
Rev. Dr. Andy Root joined Luther Seminary in 2005. He is often mentioned as one of the leading scholars in youth ministry and practi-cal theology in the world. Root's latest project is a three volume series with Baker Academic called “Ministry in a Secular Age.” Volume one was released as Faith Formation in a Secular Age in October 2017. Volume two, titled The Pastor in a Secular Age released late spring 2019, with volume three to follow. In this se-ries Root uses Charles Taylor’s thought to ex-plore the challenges of ministry, offering a theological and ministerial response. Root is known as a leading thinker on the thought of Charles Taylor, secularity, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, modernity, science and ministry, pastoral the-ology, practical theology, and youth ministry.
“We live in the middle of our own transition as we experience the shifting of the framework in which the Western world has been built. Most of us don’t realize that we are living with a new calendar. Like people in the sixteenth century, we seem to be more concerned with what we’ve lost than with the fact that the whole calendar has shifted … Charles Taylor asks, ‘Why was it virtually impossible not to believe in God in, say 1500, in our Western society, while in 2000 many of us find this not only easy, but even inescapable?’”
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.