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The text reads: Flagler College Youth Ministry Forum, February 11-12th, 2022. Friday 6-8PM & Saturday 8AM-4PM. Flagler College Lewis Auditorium & Ringhaver Student Center

Youth Ministry Forum

February 11-12, 2022

Friday 6pm - 8pm
Saturday 8am - 4pm

Flagler College Lewis Auditorium & Ringhaver Student Center

 

Keynote

Eric Barreto

Rev. Eric Barreto, PhD

 “A People for God’s Name”: Believing and Belonging in Luke-Acts

Survey after survey demonstrates that ethnic diversity is only increasing in recent days and yet many of our churches remain culturally homogeneous. What might a church that invites diversity look like? We will turn to the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles to wonder together how God's gift of diversity might take root in our lives together. Too often, our tendency has been to imagine that our faith “solves” the "problems" of diversity by making us all one, the same. In contrast, the author of Luke-Acts views our differences as a gift to be treasured not a difficulty to be overcome. 

 

Workshops

Session 1 - Saturday 10:30am - 11:45am (select one)

A) Youth Ministry 101
- presented by Ben Conner and Megan DeWald
Description: Somehow your love of God has led you to teenagers…God bless you! In this workshop, we will spend our time going over some foundational aspects of youth ministry like building relationships with young people, letting our faith shape our ministries, and looking for meaningful ways to invite young people into this life of faith.

B) When God Feels Dead: Youth Ministry in the Midst of Hopelessness
- presented by Kermit Moss
Description: Some of our youth are overcome with pessimism, so how do we help young people define meaning in a world of chaos? Kermit will illuminate the reality in which our youth are living as well as effective responses to their pain.

C) Helping Youth “Fit In”
- presented by Melody Ott
Description: Labels are all the rage right now, but is that a good thing? Together we will explore how teens are using labels to fit in with peers and how we can nurture a positive sense of self during this uncertain phase of life.

D) Small Groups & Youth Ministry
- presented by Karina Aragon-Buchanan
Description: Together we will explore a few best practices on how to lead small groups and to make the most of those experiences together. Small groups can be an amazing way to build community, grow together, and establish an amazing foundation of relationships with the young people we love.

E) Creativity and Faith Formation
- Katie Douglass
Description: The arts are not only enjoyable, but can be powerful ways to form Christian identity. In this workshop, Katie Douglass will share findings from her research on young adult faith and the role that the arts play to open them up to God, express their faith, and connect with one another.

F) The Bible and Imagination
- presented by Eric Barreto
Description: This workshop invites those who teach young people to ponder how we might nurture a biblical imagination. That is, how might we teach the Bible in a way that moves beyond content memorization or moralizing scriptural citation to an appreciation and even love of the creative reading and interpreting the Bible demands? Moreover, the workshop will stress the importance of biblical interpretation as a communal activity, a communal discernment of God’s voice.

G) Labyrinth – Walking the Spiritual Path
- presented by Marc Craddock
Description: We will briefly explore the historical and Christian roots of the labyrinth. Instruction will be provided on walking a labyrinth as a spiritual practice. Participants will practice a labyrinth walk. Group discussion will follow the instruction and practice period.

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Session 2 - Saturday 1:15pm - 2:30pm (select one)

A) Difficult Conversations: Race, Sexuality, and Disability
- with Kermit Moss, Megan DeWald, Ben Conner, hosted by Justin Forbes
Description: With a panel of youth ministry experts, we will explore these difficult topics of conversation and how we might better love and serve the young people that God has placed in our paths.

B) Extending Your Reach into the Community
- Tameka Richardson
Description: Big changes don't happen when we work alone. In this workshop, we will cover how to extend your network in order to develop and create sustainable change in your community.

C) From Service Hours to Foot Washers
- presented by Mike Buckler
Description: We all know those students whose parents brought them to youth group because they "just need service hours." This workshop will explore strategies to engage, evangelize, and disciple them (and all teens!) so as to speak to their innate desire for justice and call them into a deeper relationship with the Lord through Christian service.

D) Party with a Purpose
- presented by Mike Mather
Description: Parties are where people exchange capital and fall in love with one another. Parties are where Jesus spent a lot of time. We’ll spend time in the workshop talking about how celebration might be one way to think about youth ministry and how we can pay attention, invest in, connect, and celebrate the young people we so dearly love. What if parties were another way to reimagine discipleship?

E) Small Groups & Youth Ministry
- presented by Karina Aragon-Buchanan
Description: Together we will explore a few best practices on how to lead small groups and to make the most of those experiences together. Small groups can be an amazing way to build community, grow together, and establish an amazing foundation of relationships with the young people we love.

F) Caring for Self While Caring for Others
- presented by Melody Ott
Description: Ministry is often emotionally and physically demanding. Jesus knew this and encouraged his disciples to practice self-care throughout scripture. Burnout, especially now, seems to be on the rise. Discover practical ways to find balance and maintain your joy.

G) Meditation as a Spiritual Practice
- presented by Marc Craddock
Description: We will briefly explore the historical and Christian roots of meditative practice. Instruction will be provided on meditation techniques. Participants will be guided in several practices. Group discussion will follow the instruction and practice period.

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Schedule

Friday evening, Feb. 11th

Registration, Worship and Keynote
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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Saturday, Feb. 12th

Continental Breakfast, Rolling Check-In
8:00am - 8:30am

Worship and Large Group Session
8:30am - 10:00am

Coffee Break
10:00 - 10:30am

Workshops
10:30am - 11:45am

Lunch
11:45am - 1:15pm

Workshops
1:15pm - 2:30pm

Afternoon Coffee
2:30pm - 2:45pm

Worship and Keynote
2:45pm - 4:00pm

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Testimonial

Group of students standing at the entrance of Flagler College.

"Each year our youth ministry team of staff, interns, and volunteers look forward to attending the Youth Ministry Forum at Flagler College. It is a great time of spiritual renewal for our leaders as we share a few days away together, hear awesome keynote speakers and discuss practical topics in breakout sessions. This event is a priority for enriching our leadership team."

Kimberly Sanders
Director of Student Ministries
First Presbyterian Church in North Palm Beach

 

Parking

Download the Parking Map

Youth Ministry Forum Parking Map

 

Hotel Accommodations

For those needing hotel arrangements, a block of rooms are on hold at:

Homewood Suites by Hilton St. Augustine San Sebastian
10 Prawn Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Call for rates and details at 904-575-2500 or visit this link.

 

 

Local Highlights of St. Augustine

Looking for a few recommendations while visiting this beautiful city? Here you will find some local favorites for eating, shopping and sightseeing.

Putt Putt on the Bay Front
111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Bay front mini golf is Florida’s oldest mini golf course and a lot of fun for people of all ages!

The Hyppo
Website
48 Charlotte St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
The Hyppo offers yummy, all natural, and unique popsicles with new flavors every day.

Peace Pies
Website
8 Aviles St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Peace Pies offers yummy ice-cream sandwiches with an extra pie filling inside.

Kilwins Chocolates
Website
140 St George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Kilwins is a chocolate shop that offers many different kinds of delicious chocolate, fudge, candy, ice-cream, and more!

Relampago Coffee
Website
74 Spanish St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Relampago Coffee is a modern coffee house that offers a variety of great coffee, tea, and pastries.

Pizzaalley’s
Website
117 St George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Pizzaalley’s serve’s delicious pizza, salads, and more. You can get a slice of pizza right away in the front room, as well as enjoy a sit down meal in the Chianti room.

Burrito Works Taco Shop
Website
114 St George St, St. Augustine, FL 32080
Taco shop has several selections of yummy meals to choose from. You can enjoy nachos, tostadas, burrito bowls, and more.

A1A
Website
1 King St #101, St. Augustine, FL 32084
A1A is a brewery that offers seasonal beer as well as delicious American food such as sandwiches and steak.

Catch 27
Website
40 Charlotte St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Catch 27 is a Seafood restaurant offering delicious made-from-scratch meals using locally caught seafood.

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Questions

For questions about the Youth Ministry Forum or to request more information call us at 904-862-8644 or contact:

YouthMinForum@flagler.edu