Adults in Youth Ministry
“I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus.” — I Corinthians 1
We work hard to provide support and training for the adults involved in youth ministry throughout our synod - volunteers, lay professionals, pastors and other rostered leaders.
Even expert fisherwomen and men need to take time off from fishing to tend their nets - time to clean and repair and rest and relax.
We encourage you to find regular opportunities to “tend your nets” through worship, learning, networking and self-care.
Youth Ministry Events- Every youth ministry event is design to provide the adults present with opportunities to network with each other and grow in their own faith. Adults aren’t present at youth events to “chaperone” the young people, they are there to walk with them “as fellow members of the body of Christ, children of the same heavenly Father, and workers with us in the kingdom of God.” (LBW - Rite of Holy Baptism)
Shepherds Gathering- Cross Roads holds the Shepherds Gathering each year just for adult youthworkers focussing on networking, support and rest. This is a great time for renewal and rest!
Extravaganza- The ELCA Youth Ministry Network holds an annual youthworker event called the Extravaganza. It is full to overflowing with training, support and renewal opportunities - plus it is great fun! Connect with them on their website or on Facebook.
Certification School- The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg offers a thorough Youth Ministry Certification School that is designed to offer comprehensive training for volunteer and paid youthworkers.
Other institutions offer a variety of training opportunities. Here are some we definitely recommend:
Youth Specialties, a nondenominational youth ministry organization