MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE NEXT ETREK JOURNEY
February 9-10 & April 20 & 21
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Biblical Theological Seminary - Philadelphia, PA
Facilitator: Mark Riddle
Topic: Re-Imagining Youth Ministry
We live in an exciting time for the church and youth ministry. Never before have there been so many vocational "youth pastors" with youth ministry now the norm in most American churches. Along with this popularization has come a set of standardized expectations. These higher, and often misplaced, expectations are built on a variety of assumptions related to living for Jesus within a dominant, changing culture. Additionally, in recent years a new group classified as "middle adolescence" has arisen that requires a new approach to ministry. These and other factors have led many in youth ministry to ask significant questions about the future of youth ministry, leading to exploration and the development of new ways of thinking about ministry to adolescents and their families. The questions are expansive in scope and demand a response. This course will discuss these issues, ask questions, explore new ideas, and establish new frameworks for youth ministry.
Kenda Dean - Associate Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture; director, Tennent School of Christian Education
Ginny Olson - co-director of North Park University's Center for Youth Ministry Studies, Chicago
Tony Jones - author of four books, including Postmodern Youth Ministry and Soul Shaper
Dan Kimball - Emerging church pastor & author
Steve Argue - Educator, communicator, & writer
Mark Ostreicher - President, Youth Specialties
Any church sponsoring more than one credit student will be charged $1,500 for the first student and $1,000 for all additional students.
WHY CONSIDER ETREK COLLABORATIVE LEARNING JOURNEYS
1. Learning is lifelong. You never stop learning.
2. Learning is facilitated. You learn everyone has something to offer -- fellow students, facilitators, and guest faculty.
3. Learning is collaborative. You value the "learnings" of others. You learn for the value of the information rather than in competition for a grade.
4. Learning is contextual. You learn well when applying to a current context, not one you hope to prepare for and know little about.