I’m off today to the Northwest Ministry Network’s (A/G) annual youth summit. It is a time of fellowship and training for youth pastors and leaders from around the region. This will be my first time there, and I’m looking forward to driving to Yakima in a few hours and mingling with those working with students here in the Pacific Northwest.
During the weekend there will also be a number of “interactive sessions” headed by area youth ministers and others. Topics in these areas include: “The Current Teen Drug Culture,” “Making a Message Stick,” and “Focus on Creating Lifelong Followers.” Good discussions that–done well–with have a positive impact upon those gathered.
Into this mix I’m offering a session entitled “Every Teen a Theologian (Every Youth Pastor, Too!): A Word About Youth Ministry and Practical Theology.” It will be my first attempt at this kind of presentation outside the classroom, and I hope it will be of benefit to those listening. My aim is address youth ministry in two ways: 1) learning to think theologically about the way in which we minister (see chart below), and 2) helping youth pastors discern their core theological principles or “rocks” for the youth ministries they serve. Important things. We’ll see how it goes.