February Brings Impressive Youth Ministry Trainings and Special Events
Upcoming training events for youth workers will include insight from Next Generation minister, writer, speaker Jeremy Steele and a number of other UMC experts seeking to help the conference “Invest in the Young.”
Against the backdrop of Powerball mania, 2016 kicked off, giving everyone a clean slate in a new year -- to consider what is truly valuable in life. Director of Youth & Young Adults, Eddie Erwin is excited to encourage youth workers to consider how they will invest in youth in the coming year. To that end, he will welcome expert Jeremy Steele (http://jeremywords.com) to Houston for a very special training opportunity called “Why Grace?” on Wednesday, February 17, from 10am – 2pm at Lakewood UMC, 11330 Louetta in Houston.
Jeremy has a connection with youth as he personally felt the call to ministry as a sixth grader while attending summer camp. He now oversees a ministry to teens, young adults and families at Christ UMC in Alabama. “Jeremy will share with us about how we can enhance our Wesleyan approach to youth ministry,” adds Eddie, “and anyone who works with students is welcome to attend.” The event includes lunch and a registration fee of $15, and will cover topics ranging from the Missional Wesley concepts of the means of grace, quadrilateral doubting, and how to recruit and keep volunteers. RSVP here and address questions to: Eddie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, Jeremy, Eddie and other Texas Annual Conference speakers will be presenting at a one-day regional conference on February 18 at Faithbridge UMC called New Room. Jeremy and Eddie will lead breakout sessions on youth ministry and Rev. Eric Huffman and wife Geovanna Huffman, pastors of The Story Houston will share expertise on church planting. Lay leadership will be the topic of Faithbridge pastor Rev. Ken Werlein, and Rev. Jessica LaGrone, Asbury Theological Seminary will speak on preaching. This event, geared for individuals and ministry teams takes place at Faithbridge in Spring, Texas from 9 am-4pm.
- IGNITE 2016 - Retreat for 7th-12th graders
- Texas Youth Academy – two- week Christian Community for selected high school sophomore & juniors http://www.txcumc.org/youthacademy
- Conference Council on Youth Ministries- Accepting applications
- Conference Young Adult Ministries - Accepting nominations of 18-30 year olds
- College Pastoral Intern Project - More Information
- Project Transformation - Young Adult Internship