Youth ministry – Is the mere sound of that phrase enough to scare persons to the four winds?
It shouldn’t, and, in fact, there’s something in the air to help young people and adults who work with youth assume stronger leadership roles in their local church settings.
Called "Y-Lead," a conference for high school youth and youth workers, will be held July 27-30, 2006 on the campus of EMU.
The program will include speakers who work with young people, workshops on leadership themes, small group discussions, worship, music, recreation and other activities "to educate, empower and educate youth to become servant leaders," according to Jill Landis, resource coordinator at Eastern Mennonite Seminary.
"This conference, being held in the ‘off-year’ between churchwide Mennonite youth conventions, will help high school-age youth and youth workers to gain practical leadership skills and promote the ‘culture of call’ concept among young people for possible long-term ministry," Landis said.
Principal speakers will include:
- Glenn Guyton, minister of youth at Calvary Community Church, Hampton, Va.
- Lana Miller, a student at Eastern Mennonite Seminary and former associate director of convention planning for Mennonite Church USA
- and Joseph Dugan, vice-principal at Philadelphia Mennonite High School.
The program theme will focus on "risk-taking," spotlighting biblical characters who developed leadership abilities in the midst of struggles and what that means in today’s context.
"We anticipate several hundred people attending this gathering," Landis added.