The Essential Nuts & Bolts of Youth Ministry (Neos)
Over the course of the weekend, you will come to greater understanding of the practice of youth ministry and contemporary approaches for living out this specialized ministry in your context. Significant time will be spent learning about different models of youth ministry including relational youth ministry and contemplative youth ministry. We will focus on how to develop and live out a vision for youth ministry. Additional essential topics will be covered over the weekend including Duty of Care, maintaining healthy boundaries, screening volunteers, self-care, theology of play and community building.
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 energetic colleagues and friends.
Janet Jones serves High Country United Church and delights in spending time with youth there. She is a graduate of Neos at Five Oaks, an MDiv student at Emmanuel College, Chair of Faith Formation in Northern Waters Presbytery (Toronto Conference) and actively participates in youth ministry in various areas of the wider church.
Betsy Exley is the Faith Formation, Youth & Young Adults Minister for London Conference. She is a partner, collaborator and dreamer for and with youth and young adult ministry. She has the distinct pleasure of supporting, training and uplifting ministry personnel, volunteers, and adults who see value and wisdom in the young voices of London Conference and beyond. She is an instigator for creating engaging spaces and opportunities for youth and young adults to search, question, and invite the sacred into their lives, as well as shine light on God’s existing presence always among us.
Karen Orr is the Coordinator of Youth Ministries at Dublin Street United Church in Guelph. Karen has 10 years of experi-ence in Family, Children and Youth ministry as well as over 25 years of intergener-ational and program planning experience. She is a graduate of the Ontario Jubilee program in Spiritual Direction and is cur-rently offering one on one spiritual direc-tion to youth at Dublin Street. She is pas-sionate about integrating spiritual direction and spiritual practices into ministry with youth.
Participants who are working toward the Neos Certificate must attend the whole weekend program in order to receive credit.
Need financial support to attend this program? Apply to the Vision Fund!
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