This is a core youth ministry education course for Neos: Five Oaks’ Youth Ministry Certificate Program.
Youth leaders often have a difficult task of keeping youth interested and engaged in coming out to youth group, special events, projects and programs, let alone trying to nurture and explore a sense of Christian identity and faith. It can be challenging to keep things creative and contemporary for youth, while at the same time taking care of one’s own spiritual needs as a leader.
During this weekend at Five Oaks we will explore the role of the youth leader when it comes to faith development. You will deepen your understanding of Christian practices and how they might be integrated into ministry with youth. Specific topics that will be explored include biblical engagement, types of prayer and spiritual practice, adolescent development and ‘rites of passage’ such as confirmation.
All people in paid accountable ministry, as well as active volunteers, will benefit from this program. You will come away with lots of resources and practical tools to put to use in your ministry with youth as well as meet a network of colleagues and friends.
Marilyn Arthur is the Director of Children and Youth Ministries at Riverside United Church in London, ON. This is her tenth year working at Riverside. One of Marilyn’s passion’s is helping to create community for youth to come together to share in their faith and recognize that Christ in the midst of their relationships.
Robin McGauley is an Ordained Minister and Program Director at Five Oaks. She has a passion for spiritual practices that nurture people of all ages.
Michelle Down is a fun and faithful individual, who desires deep change and transformation for the church, it’s leadership, and our own individual relationships with the Spirit. She believes that this is one of the most exciting times in the life and history of our church, as we learn how to transition together into the future. Michelle is committed to the strength and growth of the United Church of Canada, and is happy to share in this educational experience.
Beyond Bowling: Faith Development with Youth
Start: Nov 2, 2012 @ 7:30 PM
End: Nov 4, 2012 @ 12:30 PM
includes tuition, meals and accommodation.
Please note that this program ends with lunch on Sunday.