A couple weeks ago I participated in the Princeton Theological Seminary Institute for Youth Ministry’s “Digital Forum on Youth Ministry". One of the questions posed to Kenda Creasy Dean was how to be creative in these times. Kenda responded with how any time she starts a new project – baking, crafting, writing – she first clears the table. Part of the creative process is making space for new things to happen.
How are you clearing your table for ministry these days? How are you stopping to make space for new things to happen? How are you listening to youth, parents, and your congregation as they live into this new reality? How are you defining your “why” for ministry in your congregation and framing your plans around that? How are you paying attention to what we are learning, and what that means for ministry as we move forward?
That’s what we’ll be doing on Thursday for the “
Reframing Youth Ministry
” event. I believe this is a time to clear the table and take advantage of the opportunity we have to reimagine ministry for the church as it is now and will be down the road. None of us have the answers for what the impact of COVID-19 means for youth ministry. That’s why we need each other more than ever. I may be the one starting the conversation, but the wisdom will come from all of you as you move into breakout rooms to wonder with each other how we can clear the table for the new ways God is calling us to be in ministry with youth and families.
If you’re looking for a step-by-step guide to ministry for this fall, this event is not for you. But if you want to wrestle with where God is calling us in new ways to nurture faith in young people and how we might get there…I hope you join us!
This event is free, but you must
register by May 12 (TODAY!)
to receive the link to join the Zoom meeting.
Click here to register.
Together in Christ,
Coordinator of Youth Ministry