Tuesday, January 31, 2012

2012, A Time of Transition for youTheology

On Saturday, January 28, 2012, the Advisory Board of youTheology of Saint Paul School of Theology met and I was honored to be elected as the new Chair for 2012.  I am joined on the Advisory Board by Deputy Chair Charity Goodwin-Rosario, Secretary Gail McClenton, Finance Liaison Joyce Hancock and Marketing Coordinator Jason Wimberley.

I admit that I have some big shoes to fill as Arionne Williams did an outstanding job as the Interim Chair; and we as an Advisory Board are now approaching a key moment in the evolution of youTheology as an organization.

A little history … The one-year program (now known as “youTheology: The Journey”) began in 2003; in 2006 youTheology changed into a Pan-Methodist program (including not only United Methodist Church but also AME, AMEZion and CME); a year later the Youth Workers’ Gathering was added in 2007; and we held the first “One God, One Day, One Love” event in 2010.  Last year, we saw two books published: Youth Ministry in a Technological Age and The 411 on Life and Love.  We also held our first “Meet and Greet” and, as a result, have a few new board members. 

Throughout our history, we have been fortunate to receive major financial assistance from Lilly Endowment grants. As we move into the future, youTheology is seeking to become self-sufficient so that we can continue to touch lives without being dependent on outside organizations for funding.  It’s also important to make sure we spread the word about youTheology so more people have an opportunity to participate in this life-changing ministry.

If you are reading this blog, that means you are a part of youTheology and can help spread the word through your Circles of Influence.  I’m sharing several links below as ways to help tell others about youTheology:
·         www.youtheology.org
·         http://blog.youtheology.org

If you know of a church or an organization that might be interested in learning more about youTheology, please let us know so we can help spread the word.  The best way to reach us is through our director, Dr Claire Smith, and she can be reached at 816.245.4865 or by email at claire.smith@spst.edu

by Mark Whitaker, youTheology Advisory Board Chair
Youth & Young Adult Director @ Avondale United Methodist Church in KC North

Loving God, Loving Neighbor
Developing Faithful Leaders for a Diverse Church and World Now and in the Future

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