Youth Worker Connection
In late April, DS Morris Matthis and Central North youth directors enjoyed eating and meeting with a purpose. On Tuesday, May 27 they, along with others from the TAC Youth Worker Connection, will gather again to learn more about youth ministries with Dr. Laceye Warner of Duke University Divinity School during annual conference.
It’s public knowledge that food and youth work go hand in hand. About a dozen youth directors from the Central North District invited District Superintendent Morris Matthis to lunch at the end of April to chew the fat about the latest opportunities and challenges of youth ministry. “We discussed a potpourri of topics ranging from upcoming camps to the struggles and joys of youth ministry work,” reports Lakewood UMC Youth Director Eddie Irwin. “It was a good time for folks that are new to youth ministry in our district to meet each other, and it was a good time for all of us to spend time with Morris,” he adds. Some of the meeting was dedicated to discussing the May 27 Lunch & Learn during annual conference.
Adds Eddie, “All youth volunteers and directors are invited to the Spaghetti Warehouse at 902 Commerce Street just blocks from the annual conference hotel, to meet with Dr. Laceye Warner, between noon and 1:30.” Dr. Warner is an ordained elder in the TAC and serves as the Executive Vice Dean, Associate Professor of the Practice of Evangelism and Methodist Studies and the Royce and Jane Reynolds Teaching Fellow at Duke University Divinity School. Anyone who wants to converse over a meal is invited to notify firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, May 26. Cost for lunch is $10 and parking is $5, so carpools and cash/debit cards are encouraged.
The members of the Youth Worker Connection group want to better connect with others in youth ministry across the conference. Help them know where to go from here by taking a few minutes to fill out this Youth Worker Survey.