$15 for adults
$5 for students
Deadline to register is February 1, 2018.
8:30 am| Registration Opens
9:00- 9:45 am | Opening Worship and Keynote: Justin Forbes
10:00 -10:50 am | Session 1
A. Youth Track (part 1) | Speakers: Wes Ellis and Erik “Skitch” Matson
B. Worship with Next Gen Disciples | Speaker: Eric Drew
C. Making Disciples of Young People Through Language & Culture | Speaker: Charles Perez
D. Christ Formation and City Youth | Speaker: Kermit Moss
11:00 – 11:50 am | Session 2
A. Christ Formation and City Youth | Speaker: Kermit Moss
B. From Inclusion to Discipleship | Speaker: Erin Raffety
C. Need More Youth Volunteers? | Speaker: Melissa Rau
D. Making Disciples of Young People Through Language & Culture | Speaker: Charles Perez
12:00 pm | Lunch (lunch provided)
1:00 – 1:50 pm | Session 3
A. Youth Track (part 2) | Speakers: Wes Ellis and Erik “Skitch” Matson
B. Worship with Next Gen Disciples | Speaker: Eric Drew
C. Need More Youth Volunteers?| Speaker: Melissa Rau
D. From Inclusion to Discipleship | Speaker: Erin Raffety
2:00 – 2:20 pm | Coffee break & Resource Curation
2:30 – 3:30 pm | Keynote and Closing: Justin Forbes
WORKSHOP LEADERS & DESCRIPTIONS
Keynote Speaker: Justin Forbes
Having spent 12 years working for the Young Life organization, and serving locally in his church. Justin brings a broad base of experience across different types of youth ministry to include urban, multicultural, suburban, special needs, and college ministries. He serves as the director of the Youth Ministry program at Flagler College and is a University of Aberdeen PhD candidate. A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary, Justin is the co-founder of Kindred Youth Ministry, a youth ministry resource organization, and is a proud foster parent.
An advocate for people with disabilities, Erin Raffety is a Lecturer in Youth, Church, and Culture in the Department of Practical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. She serves as the Associate Pastor for Outreach and Education at Grace Presbyterian Church in Kendall Park, NJ.
Session: From Inclusion to Discipleship
So often approaches to ministry for people and youth with disabilities focus on the importance of inclusion without recognizing the gifts for ministry and promise of discipleship they already bring to those around them. How do we grapple with the very real, practical, structural and systemic barriers to inclusion for youth with disabilities? How do we move beyond the limits that approaches like inclusion place on youth with disabilities’ opportunities to lead, contribute, and grow in the church? Review practical approaches to ministry for youth with disabilities, explore case studies and real life challenges, and equip yourself with pursuing your own models and strategies for empowering youth with disabilities toward leadership and discipleship; facilitating spiritual formation across the body of Christ.
Senior pastor of Manhattan Bible Church, a multicultural church located in the Inwood section of Manhattan (NYC), Kermit Moss is the Interim Director for the Center for Black Church Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Session: Christ Formation and City Youth
Youth living in urban centers encounter a variety of experiences (both positive and negative) which shape how they make meaning of their reality, view themselves, and conceive God. This seminar examines Christ formation and urban youth; the continued process by which being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, transformed by the Holy Spirit, and bearing witness to God’s grace by living out the gospel in the world. Attention will be paid to theological, spiritual, moral, and identity formation as related to urban youth.
A veteran youth worker and Associate Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Toms River, NJ. Wes has written and presented on the topics of adolescence, joy, friendship, and thinking theologically about youth ministry.
Youth Track Session: Who’s God Calling You to Be?
If you are a young person in our society, there are a lot of people calling you to be a lot of different things and telling you what you should do. Your parents, teachers, coaches, friends, and pastors want you to be someone. While everyone wants you to do and be something, who is God actually calling you to be? This two-part Youth Track Seminar will explore that question. By searching scriptures and asking questions about how we should view all the expectations around us, we’ll learn to discern God’s calling in our lives and begin looking for ways to live out God’s calling at home, our churches, and communities.
Session: Worship with Next Gen Disciples
Research has shown that half of young people have written and recorded their own song. Next generations of disciples are incredibly creative. However, engaging them in worship services and worship planning in our churches has been a challenge. How can you engage next generation disciples to add energy and freshness to worship? Come to find out more.
Rev. Charles Perez was born and raised in Newark, NJ. He earned a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education from Bloomfield College and went on to Drew Theological Seminary to earn a Masters of Divinity. Presently, Perez is a Provisional Elder in GNJ serving as Senior Pastor at First UMC in Dover, N.J., and the Associate Pastor at Morristown UMC for the Hispanic ministry Nueva Esperanza.
Making Disciples of Young People Through Their Language & Culture
Get a better understanding of the mindset of our young people in how they connect with God and how we can make space and opportunities for them to continue in their relationship. It is a discovery and a journey in understanding how our young people become the church of today, where they can be who they are within their language and culture.
Need More Youth Volunteers?
Married to an Episcopal priest, Melissa grew up in the church and has served in children’s and youth ministries in a number of denominations since 1997 as a paid staff person and volunteer in small and large churches in Philadelphia, New York City, and Connecticut.
Melissa enjoys speaking at retreats and workshops for clergy, church leaders, volunteers, parents, and youth. She has authored curricula and numerous articles with Group Publishing, and is a guest blogger for a number of online blog sites. She’s currently working on her first book project.
Melissa and her husband, Mike, live with their two daughters and son: Talie, Kiersten, and Peyton—all who are over the age of ten. She loves to read, and she’s particularly fond of giraffes and the color orange.