Monday, March 21, 2011

Changing Times, Exciting Times

Life is changing before our eyes. We may not always be aware of this, though there are seasons when it just hits us that there is a lot of change around us. We're in one of those seasons. Our culture is changing for many reasons. We see it in the changing nature of our interactions with each other. We see it in our churches. We use different words as we try to figure out what is changing; what we're losing and what we're gaining. Sometimes we talk about commitment and the lack therefore. At other times we talk about conflicting priorities.

Youth Ministry is also changing. Yes, there are some things that will always be the same, like the importance of relationships and effective programming. But what does that mean in today's reality.

We are excited about our opportunity this weekend to share and reflect together on these matters at Youth Workers' Gathering in Oklahoma City. From Friday, March 25 to Saturday, March 26th, we will examine the theme, "Youth Ministry in a New Decade." We will be led by Dr Reginald Blount of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and has a wealth of experience in youth ministry. We will also break this down in other ways:
* Getting Kids and Parents to Have Faith Development as a Primary Priority
* Ministering To Students In A Large Church Setting
* Creating Youth Worship Experiences Without A Large Budget
* Native American Youth
* Youth Ministry in the Small Membership Church: Working with 10 or Less

Experienced youth ministers and leaders will resource these sessions. You can click here to find out more about the program and about these excellent session leaders.

Bishop Robert E Hayes, episcopal leader for the Oklahoma Area of The United Methodist Church, will be the guest preacher Friday night.

This educational and inspirational gathering of adults working with and/or interested in youth will take place at Church of the Servant, in Oklahoma City.

What are some of the changes you have seen in your youth/student ministry?
Loving God, Loving Neighbor

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