Growing the Church Younger: Reaching Younger Generations – Making New Disciples
A Day of Learning Sponsored by the Northern Region. Worship, Small Groups, Mission, Communications

Schedule for the Day

8:30 a.m.
Registration

9:15 a.m.
Worship and Keynote Address, Trey Wince

11:00 a.m.
Workshop Session 1:

  1. What Every Child Should Experience in United Methodist Congregations, Melanie Gordon
  2. Understanding, Reaching, and Engaging Millennials, Chris Wilterdink
  3. Body and Soul: Living our Values and Implementing Sexuality Education Plans, Kate Ott
  4. Not Lost in Translation, Nicole Caldwell-Gross and Cuba Mission Team

12:30 p.m.
Lunch

1:30 p.m.
Workshop Session 2:

  1. Covenant Discipleship Among the Young, Chris Wilterdink
  2. Sex Ed that Matters: Reaching Teens and Emerging Adults, Kate Ott
  3. God and the Digital Generation, Melanie Gordon
  4. Beyond Skinny Jeans, Trey Wince
  5. Not Lost in Translation, Nicole Caldwell-Gross and Cuba Mission Team

3:00 p.m.
Adjourn for the Day: Thank you for coming

Workshop Offerings

What Every Child Should Experience in United Methodist Congregations, Melanie Gordon
What do children need to know and experience? What is developmentally appropriate? This workshop, for leaders and teachers of children in the area of faith formation, covers scripture significant for children as they develop cognitively and theologically, and what children need and understand developmentally around the beliefs and concepts of God, Worship, The Bible, Home and Family, Everyday Life, Community and Wesleyan Heritage. Practical application and helpful resources are included.

God and the Digital Generation, Melanie Gordon
In this world of mp3’s, social networking and mobile everything, how can the Church support parents as they spiritually form the children entrusted to our care? This workshop will equip participants with helpful, scripturally sound experiences and resources for use in the church and for parents to use at home with their young children to promote and enhance spiritual growth in a digital world. Participants should bring mobile devices with them (phones, i-pads, etc.)

Not Lost in Translation: Connecting New Generations to Risk-Taking Mission, Nicole Caldwell-Gross
We’ve heard it all before: the majority of young adults are unapologetically uninterested in church. Despite this reality, creative and risk-taking mission constructs a bridge that connects the church to new generations. Following a February 2016 Mission exploration trip to Cuba, join GNJ’s Director of Mission Nicole Caldwell-Gross, Director of Small Groups Beth Caulfield, District Superintendents Steve Bechtold and Manuel Sardinas as we share how meaningful mission experiences can jumpstart your mission movement on the road to intergenerational vitality.

Body and Soul: Living our Values and Implementing Sexuality Education Plans, Dr. Kate Ott
We are teaching about sexuality-related issues in Christian education all the time, usually without even knowing it. During this session, we will discuss ways to integrate sexuality education teachable moments throughout the faith formation of toddlers to teens. We will discuss ways that explicit, implicit and null curriculum teach sexuality related messages so as to become more intentional about communicating equitable, healthy, and positive sexuality education grounded in faith values.

Sex Ed That Matters: Reaching Teens and Emerging Adults, Dr. Kate Ott
Most teens and emerging adults are bombarded by multiple and competing sexuality messages. Faith communities are often one in a sea of voices. Responding to the changing lives of teens and emerging adults requires a transition from a behavior-based ethic and just say no approach to healthy relationship formation and values identification. This session will provide research, resources, and reflection on effective faith-based sexuality education for teens and emerging adults.

Understanding, Reaching and Engaging Millennials, Chris Wilterdink
About 1/4 of the population in the United States falls within the age boundaries of the Millennial Generation, now between the approximate ages of 12-34. The population of the United Methodist Church in the United States does not mirror that percentage. Young adults are out there, appreciating authenticity and connection. Come to explore research and hear examples of what churches around the UMC are doing to connect with Millennials. There is not one answer, so don’t come looking for a magical solution…instead come to discover what you and your church can authentically offer in connection.

Covenant Discipleship Among the Young, Chris Wilterdink
Covenant Discipleship has significant roots in the Wesleyan Movement. It also provides a model for accountability, connection, and community that can encourage spiritual maturity and support for all ages. In 2016, Discipleship Resources will publish 3 resources related to Covenant Discipleship. These resources can function alone or together to inspire the development of Covenant Discipleship in local churches. Come to learn about the history, theology, and power of Covenant Discipleship and how that model of accountability and authenticity can become a connection point for young people in the church.

Beyond Skinny Jeans, Trey Wince
Millennial ministry is about more than changing into a pair of jeans that clearly don’t fit. It’s often the core of our churches’ personalities that need to change. Some of us even know what we would like them to change into. The tricky part is all the steps in between. Whether it’s millennials, missional entrepreneurship, social justice, eldercare, or stewardship, maybe it’s time we began considering the 4 necessary ingredients for changing a culture.

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Bethany UMC in Wayne and Fort Lee

491 Alps Road
Wayne, NJ 07470

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