Youth Worker Training Series
2016 - 2017 Events
Youthfront is pleased to offer a series of Youth Worker Training Events for the 2016 – 2017 season. We are excited about the lineup of presenters scheduled, from nationally known presenters like Andy Root and Steven Argue to local leaders like Tina Harris. This season you’ll find a range of topics that will inspire, challenge, and equip you for ministry with youth and young adults. Each training event includes lunch. All the dates and details are listed below.
- *Each session is $10 per attendee.
Questions – Contact Matt Saunders
Saying is Believing: The Power of Testimony and Storytelling
Featuring Dr. Amanda Drury | 9a - 1p | Indian Creek Community Church
Dr. Amanda Drury teaches youth ministry classes at Indiana Wesleyan University. She’s spent close to 15 years in youth ministry and holds a Masters and PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary. Amanda is an ordained pastor in the Wesleyan Church. She is married to John, who can remember every conversation they’ve ever had. They have three children: an 8-year-old son, Sam, who is daily making plans to be an animal rescuer, as well a 5-year-old named Clara who refuses to drink her apple juice when it tastes “clumsy.” Their latest edition, Paul William is a year old and has yet to stop smiling. More than anything, Amanda desires to be filled with the love of God, the grace of Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit in hopes that she might experience true life and be empowered to share that life with others.
There’s an old Franciscan saying, “Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.” We Christians tend to like this saying because it keeps us actively engaged in the world. We get to physically, tangibly show people our love of God. We are not those hypocrites who simply talk the faith without walking the faith. If we were truly honest, we also tend to like this saying because it let’s us off the hook. It leaves us with the impression, “If I just act like a person of faith, than I won’t have to actually talk about my faith.”
The reality is that our words are becoming more and more necessary. Various studies across the United States show that both teenagers, and adults for that matter, are less and less articulate about their faith. They are active participants at their local churches, but when they are asked to speak of their faith, they are speechless. This is a problem. When someone has a hard time talking about something, that person often has a hard time believing that thing is true. If we can’t talk about our faith, we will have a hard time taking our faith seriously. When we talk about our faith, we become more faithful people. We will talk about why and how it is important to create an environment where young people learn to tell their story and share their faith, to each other, to the church and to the world.
Date: Thursday, March 30, 9:00a – 1:00p, lunch included