just completed the second of our two intro-level youth ministry weekends. we had about 20 people, as some couldnt make it and we picked u a couple. another great weekend in many ways.
we're trying to take a theme for each day, sort of, so saturday was mission and sunday was leadership and pastoral care. good sessions on saturday about youth ministry as mission (me), congregational evangelism (andy hogarth), schools ministry (haydn lush and paula love), and youth worker/leader identity and role issues (pete riggs and ernest sorenson). then on sunday, we had ian and sharonne price doing their thing. pretty good all round.
interesting that everyone independently chose the book of Acts to refer to in their presentations, so I ended up choosing the Ascension for the closing worship - "why are you standing here looking up at the sky....".
I have come away fairly pleased with the weekend, but also wondering about the mix of theory + inspiration + skills training. I think we're too light in the skills area, which I suspect is why people want the latest "how to" from this or that big American church. ie. we tell people who to go to, not how to do it themselves (well, to be honest, I've known that for a while I think).
this week we have duncan macleod coming down from queensland to talk about youth spirituality to our degree-level class. we've worked hard on a good ecumenical curriculum and reading list, and yet we're only scratching the surface.
I'll try to remember to post our readings list. another big training weekend coming up so it's all a bit mad at present.