Creating an Equal Seat at the Table: Bringing Youth with Differing World-Views Together in Community
December 6, 2012
Featuring Josh Higgins (Glendora Community Church, Glendora, CA), Soong-Chan Rah (North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago), and Amy Williams (Gang Intervention Specialist, Chicago)
With the world around us changing due to relocation and gentrification, youth ministries and programs have youth that are blended across multiple borders. Urban/suburban blend, rural/urban blend, blends of socio-economic status, ethnicity, and youth in the system (e.g. foster care or juvenile detention) are just a few examples. With this change can come tension from "the regulars" in your organization as the ministry adjusts to make room for youth and families that are different from what your organization is used to. This webinar will discuss ways to honor, communicate and incorporate the value in the stories of all God's children, as well as tips and tools for being comfortably uncomfortable in the tension of blended ministry.
Rap and Religion: Understanding the Gangsta's God
November 19, 2012
Ebony Utley, author of Rap and Religion: Understanding the Gangsta's God
Dr. Ebony A. Utley tackles a sensitive and controversial topic: the juxtaposition — and seeming hypocrisy — of references to God within rap music. Dr. Utley identifies the characteristics of the "gangsta’s God" for men and women and explains how a God-sanctioned gangsta identity can be empowering.
Youth Worker Sustainability: Creative Revenue and Scenario Forecasting
November 11, 2012
In this new economic climate, it can be difficult to balance your calling to ministry with the need for real revenue to keep both your organization (and your position) financially afloat. This session will discuss policy issues that affect the field of youth work, the foundation God's calling provides on your life, and creative ways to develop revenue using a Scenario Forecasting tool to help the youth worker proactively contribute to the future of youth work in his/her community.
Youth Leadership Development: Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders
October 8, 2012
Taught by Daniel White Hodge, Center for Youth Ministry Studies at North Park University
This course is designed to engage the urban, suburban, and rural youth & young adult worker to better understand how to raise local youth leadership within their context. This intensive will help to create a space, learning context, and best practices model for youth & young adult leadership development within the Christian Community Development philosophy.
No Church in the Wild: Gen Y's, Millenials and Spirituality in Post Soul America
Taught by Daniel White Hodge, Center for Youth Ministry Studies
This lecture and discussion will explore the current generation of youth culture in the U.S. (individuals born after 1990), providing a socio-historical account of the philosophical, theological, and cultural constructs within this generation. Dr. Hodge will also share his latest research, which has taken place over the last five years, in which he has interviewed over 145 youth from this generation, and analyzed and coded over 500 films, musical artists, and contemporary commercials to grasp the complex meanings that this generation of youth find important. Come hear Dr. Hodge give insight into this rising generation which has been labeled the “largest group of non-religious youth,” and discover what this might signal for ministry, higher education, and missions in the twenty-first century.
Youth Worker Sustainability Part 1: Standing on Stable Ground - September 25, 2012
After the High: Spiritual Formation in Teens after Camp and Mission Trips - August 29, 2012
Youth as Change Agents Part 2: Empowering Youth to be Community Changers - July 11, 2012
Teens, Sexual Identity & the Church - June 13, 2012
Youth as Change Agents Part 1: Transforming Perceptions of Youth Ministries - June 8, 2012
The Gospel According to Tupac - March 9, 2012
Supervising Youth Ministry Interns - February 9, 2012
Rural Youth Ministry - January 18, 2012
Engaging Young Adults in the Church - December 1, 2011
Vetting Undocumented Volunteers: Tips for Policies and Procedures - November 10, 2011
Mission Trip Mapping: Tips for Responsible Short Term Mission Trips - October 14, 2011
Developing a Youth Ministry Internship Program at Your Church - September 22, 2011