THE PRINCETON FORUM ON YOUTH MINISTRY
APRIL 29 - MAY 2, 2020
I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.
-Joel 2:28 & Acts 2:17-
Working with young people requires vision. Vision is not defined by a physical capacity to see. To have vision is to hold insight about and beyond the present moment- this season of our lives, our communities, our ministry. As youth ministers we are the ones called upon to cast a vision for what is “now” and what is “next”: a vision for why and how churches, organizations, and communities do ministry with young people. And yet, vision does not begin and end with us.
Working with others requires vision. We are constantly working in and with other visions. Whether it is the vision set by our church leadership, our denomination, ancient and modern theologians, or our own sense of call, we are a people longing to see (God) clearly. We are a people longing for God to see us. These longings are echoed in the lives of the young people we serve.
Youth ministry is a response to God’s vision for the world- a God who sees, knows, and calls us to respond in love to the young and not-so-young people in our midst.
The 2020 Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry will explore the theme of Vision with theologians, pastors, and co-conspirators, including lectures by Kenda Creasy Dean, Greg Boyle, and John Swinton. Come to glimpse a youth ministry conversation driven by God’s call to love a broken, beautiful world. Come to reflect on how your vision for ministry might be re-formed by God’s vision for the world. Come to get a sneak-peek of our research findings as we work with 12 churches across the country toward re-visioning and innovating new forms of youth ministry.
This 4-day event for pastors, Christian educators, youth ministers, and ministry volunteers offers formal lectures that engage emerging scholarship in practical theology, extended seminars and cohorts for in-depth study relating theology and youth ministry, electives on specialized subjects, and reflection and worship with colleagues.
Enrollment is limited this year; please register early.