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1 Called and Equipped: The Youth Ministry Training Consultation Presented to the Education for Church Leadership Coordinating Committee January 2005 Prepared by the YMTC Planning Team

2 Table of Contents Summary... 2 The Planning Team... 3 Goals for National Consultation on Youth Ministry Training... 5 Methodology... 6 Learnings... 8 Recommendations... 9 APPENDIX I - Agenda APPENDIX II Participant List APPENDIX III Current Activity Report APPENDIX IV Report of Order of Ministry Personnel - Specializing in Youth Ministry APPENDIX V Report of Order of Ministry Personnel General APPENDIX VI - Designated Lay Ministry Specializing in Youth Ministry APPENDIX VII - Congregational Accountable/Volunteer Youth Ministry APPENDIX VIII Youth Ministry Competencies APPENDIX IX Code of Ethics and Commentary APPENDIX X Summary of Participant Evaluations

3 Summary Is Youth Ministry fully owned by the Church? What are the differing requirements for people with youth responsibilities in their job descriptions? Do people in youth ministry even have job descriptions? What are the ethical preparations for people in youth ministry? These and many other questions shaped the discourse and discoveries of the Youth Ministry Training Consultation, a gathering of forty people from across the country with various stakes in youth ministry in The United Church of Canada. This event happened at Five Oaks Centre, an education centre which not only served as our venue, but also as our partner in planning and participation for the consultation itself. The event took place October 24-27, The consultation was held with the specific intention of gathering recommendations from the main people connected to training for youth ministry. Particular attention was spent in creating a process that was not going to focus on fixing the current state of the church. Rather, it was a process designed to focus on four ministerial roles that deliver youth ministry to the church, and on the particular functions of those roles in youth ministry. Much time was spent in clarifying definitions. The working definition of youth ministry used by this consultation was: Youth ministry is the process by which the faith community immerse s youth in the story and vision of the community. It includes all the ways the church and its leaders encourage youth to participate in Christian practices of faith in action. The hope of youth ministry is that youth will embrace a lifelong commitment to the way of Jesus and make a Spirit-filled difference in the world. This definition served to ground us in our conversations, and to remind us of the deeply important theological conviction behind our work. It kept us from drifting into complaints about the current state of employment for people with youth specialized ministries. It kept us from focusing on the resistance we encounter from various bodies that have control over the work we do. It gave us the legs and eyes and heart to stay on track and come up with recommendations designed to help the church be a place better suited to ministry with/for/by youth: That Support to Local Ministries communicates to congregations and presbyteries that Youth Ministry is a congregational responsibility; That General Council, Conference, Presbyteries and Education Centres facilitate networking opportunities for youth ministry practitioners; That General Council endorse and provide financial support for the formation of a national Youth Ministry Association; That the Discernment Process should explore when appropriate with Inquirers a call to designated lay ministry or ordered ministry with a specialization in youth ministry; That the Education for Church Leadership Coordinating Committee ensure that the option of an integrated Youth Ministry Specialization within the Order of Ministry be formally recognized upon graduation. These are only a few of the recommendations that came from this group of committed, active and passionate United Church leaders, staff, ministers, teachers, volunteers and visionaries. It is our sincere hope that the contents of this report lead to further discussion, debate and resolve. 2

4 The Planning Team It is with deep gratitude that the planning team for the Youth Ministry Training Consultation acknowledges the support and commitment of the following: The Education for Church Leadership Coordinating Committee, the Support to Local Ministries working unit, the Faith Formation and Education working unit, the Vision Fund for Youth and Young Adult Ministry. No project with dimensions like this one can happen without a groundswell of support from many. People who do youth ministry understand this better than most. It is our hope that this report can impress upon the church a deep need for ongoing commitment to healthy, wholistic training for youth ministry. We believe this will make for a stronger and more vibrant church. Our thanks are expressed in this vision. Andrea Buttars* - Children, Youth and Family program staff, Five Oaks Centre Rick Garland Youth & Young Adult Ministries, Faith Formation & Education, General Council Kelly Hudson* Ordained Minister, currently serving Stellarton Pastoral Charge Shannon McCarthy Program Staff, Saskatchewan Conference Allison Rennie Leadership Development Pathway Director, Naramata Centre Marti Settle member, Education for Church Leadership Coordinating Committee Sally Shaw^ Ordained Minister, instructor in Youth Ministry at Emmanuel College Ross Smillie Ordained Minister, currently serving Lacombe-St. Andrew s Pastoral Charge Judy Sullivan^ Program Assistant, Faith Formation & Education, General Council * Unable to stay with the planning team for personal reasons ^ Joined the team mid-way through the process 3

5 Background to the National Consultation on Youth Ministry Training Ministry with young people has always been a part of the United Church tradition. Training for youth ministry has always been available, according to the nature of the ministry that has been predominant in the church. Training workshops for leaders of TUXIS squares, YPU, and CGIT once existed (and still exist). Lay Christian Training Schools were formed to meet the need for educated lay leadership within Christian education programs. Neither the need for training nor the church s attempt to find ways to provide that training are new. The context in which youth ministry is engaged has gradually changed, however. In recent years an increasing number of congregations have sought to hire ministry staff that specialize in working with youth. Ethical and legal obligations regarding the provision of ministry with youth have grown. The specialized fields of knowledge in faith formation and psychosocial development have expanded our expectations for youth ministry. All of these changes have brought with them the need for a renewal of our approach to training for youth ministry. The Education Centres of the United Church have, through many years, seen and responded to these changes. In the early 1980 s Naramata Centre established the Tentmakers program a three or fifteen month program of training and supervised youth ministry experience. For a decade this program served the United Church and had a huge impact on youth ministry within the western Conferences. Because of its lengthy residential component, Tentmakers was relatively inaccessible to many people, and in 1994 the program was ended. Over the next few years Naramata Centre, British Columbia Conference, Alberta and Northwest Conference, St. Stephen s College, and Atlantic School of Theology all worked to create flexible and accessible certificate programs in youth ministry. In 1994, Moderator Marion Best initiated the Moderator s Consultation on Youth Ministry. The Consultation reported to the 36 th General Council in Camrose in The consultation recommended an increased focus on educating leadership within youth ministry, and resulted in the formation of both the Vision Fund and the Youth and Young Adult Implementation Team. In 1998 the Education for Church Leadership Coordinating Committee held a consultation on Lay Leadership Education. A working group within the consultation noted the development of several distinct Certificate programs, and recommended that the General Council of the United Church establish competency-based guidelines to ensure transferability and equivalency of qualifications, and to encourage harmonization of the training programs that exist. No action was taken by the General Council at this time. At the 37 th General Council the Ministry Together report proposed the creation of the Designated Lay Ministry category of ministry personnel, which would bring together those working as Staff Associates and Lay Pastoral Ministers, and establish minimum competencies and educational standards for these positions. While much of the Ministry Together report was referred or tabled, the Designated Lay Minister proposal was adopted by the General Council, and sent to remit. It was approved by congregations and presbyteries, and ratified by the 38 th General Council in Implementation of the Designated Lay Ministry category would require the articulation of competency standards within specific areas of specialization, including youth ministry. Parallel to this development, Five Oaks Centre was initiating its own youth ministry certificate program, Neos. Recognizing the continuing issues of equivalencies, transferability, and harmonization within the various Certificates in youth ministry within the United Church, Andrea Buttars (Children and Youth Program Coordinator of Five Oaks) and Shannon McCarthy (personnel minister for Saskatchewan Conference) drafted a proposal for a national consultation on youth ministry training. This proposal seemed to meet the converging needs of the Education Centres and Schools, the General Council, and the youth ministry community. Under the leadership of Rick Garland, Program Officer for Youth and Young Adult Ministries, and with the financial support of FFE, SLM, the Vision Fund, and ECL-CC, a planning team was formed and the consultation realized. 4

6 Goals for National Consultation on Youth Ministry Training 1. To identify what training and support is available for youth ministry leadership. 2. To identify outcomes, competencies and guidelines for training youth ministry leaders; including Designated Lay & Ordered Ministers, Congregational Accountable Ministers & Volunteer Youth Leaders. 3. To attend to the differing expectations for youth ministry leadership with regards to Designated Lay & Ordered Ministers, Congregational Accountable Ministers & Volunteer Youth Leaders. 4. To name the gaps in training and support for youth ministry leadership and explore ways to bridge these gaps. 5. To propose guidelines for training Designated Lay Ministers with a Youth Ministry Specialization. 6. To propose guidelines for congregations for training volunteers and Congregational Accountable Ministers doing youth ministry. 7. To propose guidelines for the inclusion of youth ministry content in the preparation of Order of Ministry. 8. To evaluate and discuss the proposed code of ethics for youth ministers. 9. To build community and network with others in Youth Ministry Leadership and Youth Ministry Leadership training. 10. To create concrete proposals for appropriate bodies in the church that have accountability and funding responsibility for youth ministry training 5

7 Methodology 1. The planning team realized it had a great deal of information to pass on before the work of the consultation began. The team gathered information from Conferences, Theological Schools and Education Centres regarding its current activity in training for youth ministry. This information was collated and sent to consultation participants for study, along with a proposed Code of Ethics for people in youth ministry. 2. The Planning Team considered a number of options before settling on separating the consultation into four specific working groups. Planning team members acted as facilitators of these groups. The participants were divided into pre-determined groups, based on their current ministries, gender, geography and other considerable criteria: Order of Ministry Personnel - Specializing in Youth Ministry Persons who are called to ordered ministry (ordained or diaconal) who seek to specialize in youth ministry. Ordered ministry personnel who accept a call with a significant responsibility for youth ministry (half time or more) Order of Ministry Personnel General All those called to ordered ministry (ordained or diaconal) whose pastoral oversight includes youth. Designated Lay Ministry Specializing in Youth Ministry Lay persons employed in presbytery accountable (8 hours/ week or more) youth ministry position. The category of designated lay ministry will include all those currently working in staff associate, parish nurse, lay pastoral ministry positions and will come into effect following the next General Council in Standard and specialized guidelines are being developed for DLMs. Congregational Accountable/Volunteer Youth Ministry Lay persons engaged in congregationally based youth ministry paid at less than 8 hours/week or volunteer. 3. A Function Grid was created, dividing the role of ministry into twelve distinct areas: Pastoral Care, Faith Formation, Risk Management, Educational Design and Leadership, Worship, Self-Care, Team Relationships, Training Others, Accountability, Management, Communication, Supervision. During the course of the consultation, work groups created a few more functions to add to the grid: Justice-Making, Other Big Stuff and Advocacy. 4. After the working groups determined the functions for each area within their focus, they spent time determining the competenciesnecessary to meet these functions. At this point, the groups rotated and made notes on what they saw in the other groups, made comments on the work of the other groups, then the original group made any necessary changes based on the feedback. 5. Each of the competencies was then considered, and each group decided whether the required competency was a product of Training, Life Experience or Both. 6. The group met back in plenary at this point, and divided into different working groups, to spend time offering feedback on the proposed Code of Ethics. 7. The consultation returned to its original working groups, and sought to find consensus on its determination of competencies. The groups proceeded to make recommendations based on their work to date. 6

8 8. The groups divided again, to form four groups of equally represented members, and the recommendations were tested among the newly configured groups. 9. The consultation met back in plenary, and tested the collected recommendations for clarification. 10. Finally, the groups met one more time in mixed groups, to summarize the collected recommendations into a more general format. 7

9 Learnings Each of the groups facilitators was asked to summarize the group s main learnings: 1. Order of Ministry Personnel Specializing in Youth Ministry - One of the greater themes that seemed to emerge immediately was a seeming difficulty that Order of Ministry personnel have in knowing how to function in team ministries. Basic people skills also seem to emerge as a concern: How are theology schools supposed to teach character? A major learning for this group was the need to teach people studying for paid accountable ministries how to manage change: all of ministry these days is change management. 2. Order of Ministry Personnel General It is our hope that General Order of Ministry personnel will effectively support the youth ministries in their congregation and all individual volunteer and paid leaders of youth. Five key ways they can help that happen are: Developing relationships with individual youth and interpreting youth culture and experience Weaving the goals of the youth ministry into the congregational vision and integrating youth into the life of the congregation Developing a comprehensive communication plan that connects youth a broad range of resources and connects the congregation to the resources of the youth Equipping youth and adults to be effective leaders of youth Building healthy team relationships with volunteers and other staff. We cannot overemphasize the importance of preparation for working in teams 3. Designated Lay Ministry Specializing in Youth Ministry Team ministry was a great concern for this group, who had experienced various levels of workload, depending on their job descriptions. Some people hired at ten hours had similar expectations as those hired at 30 hours and beyond. How are workloads properly balanced and managed? The group determined that good training is still critical for anyone in a DLM position, including continuing education. The main reason here is still the reality of being responsible for a vulnerable population. In an ideal world/church, presbytery oversight visits would ensure that this is always the case. However, it is with regret that we note that this system is not always functioning. 4. Congregational Accountable/Volunteer Youth Ministry - The working group on Volunteer and Congregational Accountable Youth Ministry found it helpful to distinguish between the responsibilities of the individual practitioner and the responsibilities of the congregation. This led to the primary discovery of this working group, which is that within this form of youth ministry, the vast majority of expectations and responsibilities lie not with the individual volunteer or employee, but with the congregation itself. The role of the individual practitioner and the competencies necessary to fulfill that role are very limited. The working group members unanimously regarded their most important recommendation to be naming the congregation as the locus of responsibility within this type of ministry. The specific responsibilities of the congregation are embedded in the recommendation itself. Most of the competencies (and knowledge) for volunteer and congregational accountable youth ministry are developed through life experience. The working group felt that high priority needed to be placed on ensuring accessibility for workshops to develop and enhance skills in a few key areas (i.e. communication and group dynamics), and providing forums for networking regionally and nationally. 8

10 Recommendations The following are the main summary of recommendations determined by consensus at the Youth Ministry training consultation: RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GENERAL COUNCIL EXECUTIVE: Recommendation #1: That General Council endorse and provide financial support for the formation of a national Youth Ministry Association. Recommendation #2: That General Council, Conference, Presbyteries and Education Centres facilitate networking opportunities for youth ministry practitioners and ensure that workshops on basic communication skills exist and are accessible to all volunteers and congregational accountable ministers, at least semi-annually. That existing regional youth ministry networks and committees encourage and provide opportunities for youth ministry practitioners to access personal spiritual formation experiences, especially at Educational Centres. RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE PERMANENT COMMITTEE ON PROGRAMS FOR MISSION AND MINISTRY: Recommendation #1: That the General Council Permanent Committee on Programs for Mission and Ministry review, renew and expand the mandate and membership of the national Youth and Young Adult Team to meet the current needs of Youth Ministry within The United Church of Canada. Recommendation #2: To work with MEPS to develop a resource manual for Youth Ministry Practitioners (including but not limited to: a sample planning process, key policies, record keeping, code of ethics, models of team ministry, goal setting, the need for continuing education, etc.). Recommendation #3: That the national youth ministry web page have a comprehensive and national listing of resources and programs for youth ministry. [Possibly to be included within the mandate of the national Youth and Young Adult Team] Recommendation #4: That General Council facilitate production of a concise list of resources congruent with United Church ethos for youth ministry practitioners, which would include books, websites, handbooks, policies, etc. Such a list would contain accessible and immediately applicable resources on faith formation, adolescence, music, justice-making, worship, education, pastoral care, group process and leadership, communication, teamwork, and risk management, and would outline how each resource could be accessed or obtained. Resources that are particularly relevant or useful to volunteers should be clearly identified. [Possibly to be included within the mandate of the national Youth and Young Adult Team] Recommendation #5: That Support to Local Ministries communicates to congregations and presbyteries that Youth Ministry is a congregational responsibility. In contexts where youth ministry programs are facilitated by volunteers or congregational accountable ministers the specific responsibilities of the congregation include: 1. Articulate the goals of the youth ministry in relation to congregational mission. 2. Provi de clear and limited job descriptions for leaders, including lines of supervision and accountability, and expected time commitments. 3. Ensure conditions that minimize risk to youth, leaders, and the congregation through: a. The provision of safe space for youth activities. b. Appropriate insurance coverage. c. Consent and documentation policies and adherence to such policy. 9

11 d. The full screening of all leaders (including for theological fit) as defined in the Faithful Footsteps document. 4. Maintain open and regular communication between Order of Ministry personnel and youth leaders regarding pastoral issues of both leaders and youth. 5. Ensure that Congregational Accountable Ministers or volunteer youth ministry leaders are not the primary provider of pastoral care for youth. 6. Provide theologically appropriate curricula and program resources, and training for leaders in its use and adaptation. 7. Assist youth leaders in engaging in opportunities for exploration of their own spiritual journey, and accessing corporate worship. 8. Assist youth leaders in identifying areas of potential skill development and accessing learning opportunities. 9. Provide an orientation for youth ministry leaders to congregational structures and process of authorization and decision-making. 10. Establish mentoring relationships for youth ministry leaders within the congregation. 11. Request reporting of youth ministry activities to appropriate bodies on a regular basis. 12. Provide leadership in regular, comprehensive evaluation of the youth ministry and convey feedback to leaders in a timely, constructive manner. 13. Develop and monitor team relationships between committees, Order of Ministry, and Youth Ministry leaders and facilitate conflict resolution. 14. Promote congregational awareness of Youth Ministry leader responsibilities, and the expression of expectations that are appropriate to those responsibilities. 15. Encourage and accept the integration of youth in all aspects of congregational life. RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE MINISTRY VOCATIONS COMMITTEE: Recommendation #1: Candidacy: That throughout a candidate s formation for ordered ministry, the Presbytery Education and Students Committee assess the candidate s suitability and readiness to support youth ministry in the congregation, recommending inclusion of youth ministry learning through coursework, field education and internship where appropriate. Recommendation #2: Internship/Field Education: That candidates who have not had experience or training in youth ministry in the last 7 years (seven years is considered a youth generation) should consider including ministry with youth in their learning goals for Internship and/or Field Education. Recommendation #3: Discernment: That the Discernment Process should explore when appropriate with Inquirers a call to designated lay ministry or ordered ministry with a specialization in youth ministry. Recommendation #4: Ministry of Supervision: That youth ministry practitioners be encouraged to undertake Ministry of Supervision training. RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE EDUCATION FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP COORDINATING COMMITTEE: Recommendation #1: We recommend that the Education for Church Leadership Coordinating Committee ensure that the option of an integrated Youth Ministry Specialization within the Order of Ministry be formally recognized upon graduation. Essential components of this Specialization would include but not be limited to: 1. Significant field based component of supervised learning in a youth ministry setting. 10

12 2. Education in team ministry, communication and conflict resolution. This recognizes that the ordered ministry person with a youth ministry specialty will be frequently called to team ministry positions. 3. Education in youth culture and spirituality. This recognizes that issues specific to young people change rapidly and can have a significant impact on their faith. We recognize that this recommendation will require researching, reviewing, adapting current material, practice, and training in many areas of the churches processes related to Order of Ministry preparation in addition to the development of wholly new course material, assessment tools discernment, formal education, field education, internship, supervision, settlement, assessment of prior training and experience. Recommendation #2: That youth ministry courses be part of the Testamur requirements for Ministry in The United Church of Canada. Recommendation #3: That General Council identify and assess current youth ministry training opportunities in and outside of The United Church of Canada and discern what more needs to be developed. That General Council explore what is currently available for life-long learning opportunities in areas such as pastoral care, time management, leadership development, and organizational skills, and fill any training gaps that might exist. Recommendation #4: To provide human and financial resources for the creation of a national task group (with representation from Educational Centres, Theological Schools, Youth Ministry Practitioners, Designated Lay Ministry Task Force) to examine the Core Competencies for Youth Ministry to assess what more needs to be developed, and who does it, both in terms of guidelines and training opportunities. Recommendation #5: To make guidelines of competencies widely available to other bodies (e.g. ministry and personnel committees, pastoral oversight processes) Recommendation #6: To require that preparation for ministry educational programs for all ministry personnel include preparation for team ministry. Recommendation #7: That the General Council recognize that training and experience in Youth Ministry (and Ministry with people in all life stages) be an essential component in preparation for the Order of Ministry and Lay Pastoral Ministry. Recommendation #8: That ECL ensure Theological Schools and Programs incorporate some or all of the following three strategies for youth ministry training: 1. That field education requirements provide opportunities for students without youth ministry experience to gain first-hand contact, skills and knowledge. 2. That as part of training for ordered ministry there be a required youth ministry course that includes: adolescent development and youth culture, pastoral care, worship and spiritual practice, mission and service, faith formation, stewardship (administration and management). 3. That the specific needs of YM are addressed in an integrated manner in all courses in practical ministry. Recommendation #9: That ECL ensure that Theological Schools and Programs utilize trained youth ministry practitioners as sessional lecturers/adjunct faculty providing lectures and workshops with a youth ministry focus within general courses on practical ministry (worship, pastoral care and Christian education). 11

13 Recommendation #10: That continuing education programs related to youth ministry continue to be offered and expanded through theological schools and programs, conferences, presbyteries and educational centres. Some suggested strategies are: 1. Resources and programs to support teams (paid and volunteer) in intentional team building that includes both relationship building and integration of youth ministry in the life of the congregation. 2. Programs and events that offer opportunities for the practitioners of youth ministry to share their skills and experience, network and to further deepen their ministry with youth. 3. Resources and programs that continue to enable engagement with youth culture and emerging issues and trends that relate or affect youth ministry. 4. Programs and resources that promote and support lay leadership in youth ministry. 5. Programs and resources that explore ethics in youth ministry; such as boundary issues, issues of power and vulnerability, issues of exploitation and sexual abuse. RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE PERMANENT COMMITTEE ON MINISTRY EMPLOYMENT POLICIES AND SERVICES: Recommendation #1: To work with Faith Formation and Education to develop a resource manual for Youth Ministry Practitioners (including but not limited to: a sample planning process, key policies, record keeping, code of ethics, models of team ministry, goal setting, etc.) RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE DESIGNATED LAY MINISTRY TASK GROUP: Recommendation #1: To require formal training for Designated Lay Ministers with a Youth Ministry specialization that is flexible, available nationally and has an intentional component of discernment. This would be an in ministry based program where most components would be learned during a ministry appointment. The core areas of experience and training for Designated Lay Ministers with a Youth Ministry focus should consist of*: Communication Skills (e.g. team building, group facilitation, conflict resolution) The United Church of Canada ethos (e.g. theology, worship, polity, faith development, justice making, biblical studies) Accountability/ Management (e.g. risk management, self-care, supervision, administration) Leadership (e.g. mentoring, training, self-care, supervision, pastoral care, educational design, learning processes) Youth Culture (e.g. context, faith development, justice making, adolescent development) *This is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Recommendation #2: To require the completion of, as a condition of employment for Designated Lay Ministers with a Youth Ministry specialization, a minimum of 1 week/year (within the current allowance of 3 weeks) of Continuing Education pertinent to their ministry with Youth. Recommendation #3: To make guidelines of competencies widely available to other bodies (e.g. ministry and personnel committees, pastoral oversight processes) Recommendation #4: To ensure that consistent standards of training and access to training be available nationally. Recommendation #5: That there be a minimum of 1 year of membership in the United Church of Canada prior to employment as a Designated Lay Minister with at Youth Ministry Specialization. 12

14 APPENDIX I - Agenda 6:20 PM 7:05 PM 7:05 PM 8:00 PM 9:00 PM Youth Ministry Training Consultation Five Oaks Education Centre, Paris, Ontario Sunday Oct 24 Monday Oct 25 Tuesday Oct 26 Wednesday Oct 27 Music and Welcome Worship & Opening Consultation Goals and Process Adjourn for evening 9:00 AM 9:15 AM 9:30 AM 10:00AM 11:00AM 12:30PM 2:30 PM 3:00 PM 4:00 PM 4:15 PM 4:45 PM 5:15 PM Gathering & Music Framework of YM Workgroups Morning Tasks Rotation Exercise Lunch Plenary Flow Grid Break Rotation Integration Adjourn 9:00 AM 9:15 AM 11:00 AM 11:15 AM 12:15 AM 12:30 AM 2:30 PM 3:15 PM 4:15 PM Gathering & Music Ethics Break Guideline Writing Break Lunch 5:30 PM Supper 5:30 PM Supper Report and consensus Small Group Recommendation Report and consensus 9:00 AM 9:15 AM 11:00AM 12:30PM 1:30 PM Gathering Music Follow-up/next steps Closing Worship Lunch Farewells 7:00 PM Networking/Fun/Free Time 7:00 PM Gathering & Music 7:15 PM Groups Present The United Church of Canada 13

15 APPENDIX II Participant List Auger, Jen Guelph, ON Youth Worker Harcourt Memorial U.C. Burton, Heather Richmond Hill, ON Minister, Richmond Hill U.C. Capstick, Jane North Bay, ON Minister, Callander Laurier P.C. Constantin, Anna Victoria, BC Team Minister, Cordova Bay U.C. Delarue, Jill Edmonton, AB Alberta Youth Ministry Training Program Duarte, Gonzalo Kingston, ON Coordinator, Future Quest Program, Queen s Theological College Garland, Rick Toronto, ON Youth and Young Adults General Council Office Gibbons, Shauna Edmonton, AB Staff Associate Robertson-Wesley U.C. Hewitt, David Halifax, NS United Church Formation Director, Atlantic School of Theology Irving, Jennifer Kelvington, SK Convenor, YAYA Committee Minister, Kelvington-Lintlaw P.C. Janes, Roger Grand Falls Windsor, NL Programme & Leadership Development Newfoundland & Labrador Conference Kizinna, Doris Burnaby BC Conference Minister, Youth&Young Adults British Columbia Conference Kury, Joanne Winnipeg, MB Minister, Charleswood U.C. Landell, Maya Toronto, ON 2nd year Theology student Emmanuel College LeGrand, Dave Oshawa, ON Associate Minister Kingsview U.C. Lockhart, Ross Dryden, ON Minister, First U.C. Ministry Vocations Committee Lorentzon, Wade Calgary, AB Youth & Young Adult Ministry Coordinator Calgary Presbytery Lyle, Dave Dryden, ON Youth Leader, Dryden First U.C. Martin, Martha Halifax, NS Chaplain, Dalhousie University & Mount Saint Vincent University McCarthy, Shannon Regina, SK Program Staff Saskatchewan Conference McComb, Kellie Thessalon, ON Minister, Thessalon P.C. Mohn, Kent Saskatoon, SK Staff Associate, McClure U.C. PCTC Calling Lake Centre Morrison, Pat Sarnia, ON Christian Development Minister Grace U.C. Moulton, Victoria Richmond, QC Staff Associate Youth Ministry Quebec/Sherbrooke Presbytery 14

16 Mountain, Jennifer Port Perry, ON Neos Planning Team Murton, Tracy Vancouver, BC Youth & Young Adult Ministries Facilitator, Vancouver Burrard & South Presbyteries Naylor, Ann Winnipeg, MB Program Staff, Centre for Christian Studies Perigoe, Lillian Downsview, ON Conference Minister, Personnel Policy & Support Toronto Conference Prest, Cara Nepean, ON Youth Leader, Barrhaven U.C. Rennie, Allison Naramata, BC Director of Leadership Development, Naramata Centre Settle, Marti Ottawa, ON Minister of Gifts, First U.C. Shaw, Sally Kitchener, ON Emmanuel College Smillie, Ross Lacombe, AB Minister, St. Andrew s U.C. Tindal, Mardi Paris, ON Director, Five Oaks Centre Watts, Jennifer Halifax, NS Program Development Team, Tatamagouche Centre Wright, Lance Hamilton, ON Staff Associate, St. John U.C. Richmond, Jennifer West Vancouver, Youth and Community Worker, West Vancouver U.C. Robinson, Bev London, ON Education and Program Minister, London Conference office 15

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18 APPENDIX III Current Activity Report YOUTH MINISTRY TRAINING CONSULTATION QUESTIONNAIRE Spring 2004 MARITIME CONFERENCE Training/ Programming Focus on Youth Ministry Leaders In collaboration with the Tatamagouche Centre, we are planning the second Youth Ministry Institute which is focussed on the training/development of leaders and opportunity for networking. Gatherings/Networking/ Support offered for Youth Ministry Some of the Renovations event focused on Youth Ministry but there is nothing on a regular basis. The CYAYA Unit is focussing on leadership rather than events for Youth but it is still developing. Youth Ministry Leaders Taking Programs? The Youth Ministry Institute was exceptional in turn out and energy speaking to the need. Training within Camping Network An overnight gathering called Camp STUFF with counsellor and Board members on issues such as bullying, dealing with conflict, abuse, music and CD, as well as support around the accreditation policy. Print Resources for Youth Ministry Leaders The camps are working on print manuals but there are no others. TATAMAGOUCHE CENTRE Pathway/Certificate/ Programs offered in Youth Ministry Tatamagouche Centre offers a number of opportunities for leaders involved in Youth Ministry to develop their skills, deepen their own spiritual formation and network with other youth leaders. The most significant undertaking in this area has been the collaboration with Maritime Conference on the Youth Ministry Institutes. This is not a formal certificate program but is a focus point in the conference for those involved in Youth Ministry to gather and learn/share/reflect on ministry with youth. The first institute was in October 2003 and the second will be in October 2004 with a focus on worship. Future gatherings of the institute may focus on children or young adults although the interest in Youth Ministry is very strong and the need is obvious. Events offered relevant to Youth Ministry 2004 Events for Youth Ministry folk and other events that support their own spiritual development and interests: Building Community and Working with Challenging Situations: Youth Leaders Talk Spirituality and Social Justice in the Iona Community: New Ways to Touch the Heart 17

19 Confirmation Weekend: Holy Then, Holy Now, Holy Wow! How to Talk to Young People About Death and Dying Spiritual Beats: Drumming for Worship and Congregational Groups Different Generations: Muslims and Christians Talk Faith A New Song: Shaping Creative Worship Faith-full Families Weekend Camp Social Justice Youth Training Camp Nurturing Children s Spirituality: Come to the Garden Soundings: Youth Ministry Leaders Gather Prayer in the Style of Taize: Silence and Music that Touch the Soul Soul Music Youth Event Youth Ministry Leaders taking program? Yes. Specifically the events clearly for youth ministry folks but also other events that support their own spiritual development and interests. Programs Youth Ministry Leaders Register for Broadly speaking some folks register for events that focus on new ways of being church (Iona community events, innovative worship), leadership development, spiritual nurture, and specific topics like spiritual drumming. How Resources might best contribute to training Youth Ministry Leaders We offer a broad range of training and spiritual formation programs in a retreat like setting leaders have an opportunity to get away to a place that offers a supportive space to learn, reflect, and connect with others. Our leadership development programs are very good and can be a cornerstone for Youth Ministry leaders working in groups I don t think many actually take the program though. The spiritual nurture programs (like the Atlantic Jubilee program and retreats) offer young adults and adults working with youth to deepen their own spirituality. Our Youth Social Justice Training camp offers young adults the opportunity to train to be facilitators for working with youth on social justice issues and offers youth the opportunity to learn how to work effectively and creatively on social justice issues that can support their youth groups in their local communities. Plans or Dreams around Programming The Youth Ministry Institute model is one that we would like to continue to develop and work in partnership with in our conference. The need at this point seems strong and there is a lot of excitement about this type of programming. I am not sure that if we offered a certificate program what the response would be I think the conference is slowly building a broader network of people committed to this ministry and what will emerge out of this network will be interesting to see. There are many areas of working in youth ministry that need to be explored, affirmed and challenged I hope that Tatamagouche Centre would be part of this process of working on the edge of this ministry while still supporting more traditional models of ministry. MONTREAL & OTTAWA CONFERENCE QUEBEC-SHERBROOKE PRESBYTERY Mentoring/Support Offered for Youth Ministry Leaders Personnel officer stays in touch 18

20 Formal Training / Informal Support offered by Presbytery/District, etc. Presbytery has a support group for the youth worker which acts as M&P and program oversight which could be termed encouragement Print Resources to support training of Youth Ministry Camp has the latest Standards manual (there is a camp committee) Personnel manual is around somewhere We do no training, basically except for an orientation day before camp. MOUNT ROYAL UNITED CHURCH, MOUNT ROYAL, QC Training/ Programming Focus on Youth Ministry Leaders Occasional events Gatherings/Networking/ Support offered for Youth Ministry Occasional not aware of anything ongoing. Youth Ministry Leaders Taking Programs? Yes at presbytery level and occasional events, such as last fall s workshop on creating intergenerational and inclusive congregations. Mentoring/Support Offered for Youth Ministry Leaders Unsure. Tends to happen in congregations. Montreal presbytery does not have wide scale youth ministry happening as far as I can tell. Our previously active presbytery youth group is no longer active. Formal Training/ Informal Support Until Dec. 31/03 Montreal Pres. had a part-time staff position for Children & Youth (short term contract). Training within Camping Network Formal Training is left to local camps. The Presbytery Camping Committee is a funding committee for local day camps, have encouraged utilization of appropriate standards (following the UCC Camping Standards Manual). Print Resources for Youth Ministry Leaders Some found in the presbytery office and its Phoenix Reading room. Additional Comments: Answers are personal reflections and may not be accurate. No Conference focus on Youth Ministry. At Presbytery level no new staff will take over Children & Youth work. Congregations have small initiatives. EMMANUEL COLLEGE Training/ Programming Focus on Youth Ministry Leaders We do offer one elective course on youth ministry basics presented by practitioner of youth ministry as adjunct faculty. Embracing both theology and practice, the course covers topics such as adolescence, post-modernism, faith formation, leadership, worship, pastoral care, play, retreat and self-care. We do not offer specific tracks in Youth Ministry partly because Wycliffe and others within TST already offer programs in that area. I encourage interested students to pursue that interest within broader courses on Christian Education. 19

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