The event starts with the Zeisberger Memorial Lectures on Sustainable Youth Ministry, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday April 12 in Prosser Auditorium, Moravian College. Led by Mark DeVries, founder of Ministry Architects and author of Family-Based Youth Ministry and Sustainable Youth Ministry, these lectures will outline the reasons why most youth ministry remains chronically “stuck” in old and often counterproductive habits; help participants assess their own ministries; and offer coherent strategies for building sustainable ministry with youth. The Seminary is offering a video stream to allow more people to participate and gain from these insightful talks.
The weekend then continues with “Catch and Release: Youth Ministry in Church and Community” on Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Bahnson Center of Moravian Theological Seminary. In this conference, youth leaders from around the country (and internationally) will discuss strategies for engaging youth in ministry, including mission outreach, spiritual and theological growth, worship leadership, peer-to-peer counseling, faith sharing and community formation. Attending the conference provides .6 CEUs.
“We encourage anyone working with youth and young adults (especially leadership teams including young people themselves!) to join us for a time of mutual learning, celebration and the sharing of ‘best practices’ as we work to strengthen this vitally important expression of the church’s life,” says Steve Simmons, Continuing Education Director at the Seminary.
The Sustainable Youth Ministry lectures on Friday are free; The Youth Leadership Conference has a recommended donation of $15, with proceeds going to Valley Youth House in Bethlehem. The event, which grew out of legislation from the 2010 Northern Province Synod, is underwritten by the Moravian Church Northern Province and co-sponsored by Bethlehem Area Moravians.
Registration is recommended for the lecture, (including the video stream) and conference. For more information and to register for the lectures or the conference, visit www.moravianseminary.edu and click on “Continuing Ed.”
And mark your calendars for June 7-8, when the Seminary and the Board of World Mission will co-sponsor “Release: Listening to the Spirit,” a two-day event where young people asking the question, “What does God want me to do with my life?” will find opportunities to experience God in ways they may not have experienced before, whether through service, sharing stories and ideas, or worship. See the Seminary website for more information.