Electives

(Offered during three time slots;  90 minutes each; select one for each time slot)

Please see our schedule to get a sense for how each day flows, and don’t forget to reach out to our leaders individually if you want some one-on-one time to discuss your ministry and/or its areas of expertise!

ELECTIVE A: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 1:30 - 3:00 PM

My Mission Possible: Gamified Solutions to Wicked Problems

Leadership: Rev. Dr. Victoria White

Description: Experience a gamified design thinking process that enables participants to create generative solutions to challenges in our ministries or personal lives. Please bring a few ideas of challenges you are facing in your ministry to navigate through the design thinking steps. You will walk away with more ideas for solutions than you thought possible!

The Color of Justice

Leadership: Rev. Dr. Lakisha Lockhart

Description: In an age of Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, and conversations around the walls that are built to divide us, ministry leaders are asking questions about what justice looks like. At the same time, ministry with young people is enacted differently based on race, gender, sexual identity, class, geography, ability, sexuality, economic status, and other factors. In this elective, we will use the lens of historical and cultural realities for African American youth to discuss practical ways and tools for moving beyond safe spaces to brave spaces. In an effort to invite real dialogue and engage in ministry across difference, this elective will require radical honesty, “un-comfortability”, vulnerability, and risk- so please prepare for this kind of dialogue and encounter.

Toward an Ethical, Embodied Ministry with Young People with Disabilities

Leadership: Rev. Dr. Erin Raffety

Description: What if our bodies could “talk?” What if they do, insofar as they inhabit and express culture whether we realize it or not? What if learning more about our own embodied biases and preferences with respect to culture, communication, and ministry could lead toward more ethical, inspired, and faithful ministry with young people with disabilities? In this elective, we will engage in interactive study of scripture, our bodies, and our communication styles. We will discover what we need to “unlearn” and repent of in order to grow in our ministry of dignifying difference with young people with disabilities. Then, we will draw upon these learnings to form strategies, gather resources, and collaborate with one another’s ministry in order to eschew “bodily ethnocentrism” in favor of broader, more creative, inclusive practices in worship and witness of Jesus Christ’s boundary-breaking gospel to the world.

ELECTIVE B: THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 11:30 - 1:00 PM

Lessons from a post-Christian youth work context

Leadership: Dr. Lucie Shuker and Martin Saunders

Description: If necessity is the mother of invention, then there is a lot of work to do. In this session, two of the senior leadership team from the organization Youthscape are here to share some of the lessons, pitfalls, and encouragements of trying to reach and support young people in a post-Christian culture. Youthscape is an organization that supports young people with diverse experiences and challenges in the UK – a nation which has left much of its mainstream Christian heritage behind. Gameifying conversations about faith, anxiety and sexual ethics, as well as doing research on experiential apologetics (and running a film-school for the YouTube generation of evangelists) is all part of our work. We use research, the experience of our youth-work team, and a robust innovation process to reach young people.

Faithful Bodies

Leadership: Rev. Dr. Lakisha Lockhart

Description: We often preference our minds, our hearts, and our spirits in church ministry. What about our bodies? In this elective we will combine and bridge the mind, soul, and body to think through what it means to truly embody our faith in youth ministry. Come and engage the body, arts, imagination, and play to utilize as resources in youth ministry as we help our young people embody their own faith. You will leave with practical hands-on experiences and ideas to take back to your context. There will be movement- so please dress comfortably.

ELECTIVE C: THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2:30 - 4:00 PM

Don’t Set Goals. Not Yet.

Leadership: Jeff Dunn-Rankin

Description: Whether our ministry goals are clearly written down, or in our heads and fuzzy, we all have them. Bigger. Deeper. Less serious. More serious. Setting goals is an essential step in ministry leadership. But it’s not the first step. Goals will only flourish if they are planted in the rich soil of mission and values. Learn how to discern a mission and set of core values that inspire your team and honor the culture of your ministry setting.

Lessons from a post-Christian youth work context

Leadership: Dr. Lucie Shuker and Martin Saunders

Description: If necessity is the mother of invention, then there is a lot of work to do. In this session, two of the senior leadership team from the organization Youthscape are here to share some of the lessons, pitfalls, and encouragements of trying to reach and support young people in a post-Christian culture. Youthscape is an organization that supports young people with diverse experiences and challenges in the UK – a nation which has left much of its mainstream Christian heritage behind. Gameifying conversations about faith, anxiety and sexual ethics, as well as doing research on experiential apologetics (and running a film-school for the YouTube generation of evangelists) is all part of our work. We use research, the experience of our youth-work team, and a robust innovation process to reach young people.

Toward an Ethical, Embodied Ministry with Young People with Disabilities

Leadership: Rev. Dr. Erin Raffety

Description: What if our bodies could “talk?” What if they do, insofar as they inhabit and express culture whether we realize it or not? What if learning more about our own embodied biases and preferences with respect to culture, communication, and ministry could lead toward more ethical, inspired, and faithful ministry with young people with disabilities? In this elective, we will engage in interactive study of scripture, our bodies, and our communication styles. We will discover what we need to “unlearn” and repent of in order to grow in our ministry of dignifying difference with young people with disabilities. Then, we will draw upon these learnings to form strategies, gather resources, and collaborate with one another’s ministry in order to eschew “bodily ethnocentrism” in favor of broader, more creative, inclusive practices in worship and witness of Jesus Christ’s boundary-breaking gospel to the world.

The Color of Justice

Leadership: Rev. Dr. Lakisha Lockhart

Description: In an age of Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, and conversations around the walls that are built to divide us, ministry leaders are asking questions about what justice looks like. At the same time, ministry with young people is enacted differently based on race, gender, sexual identity, class, geography, ability, sexuality, economic status, and other factors. In this elective, we will use the lens of historical and cultural realities for African American youth to discuss practical ways and tools for moving beyond safe spaces to brave spaces. In an effort to invite real dialogue and engage in ministry across difference, this elective will require radical honesty, “un-comfortability”, vulnerability, and risk- so please prepare for this kind of dialogue and encounter.