Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry
St. Simons Island, GA 
January 28–31, 2013

Electives

Electives are one-session courses that meet for 90 minutes.
Participants should select four electives, one for each time slot A-D.

Elective A Monday, January 28, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

1. Questions for Faithful Families Marti Reed Hazelrigg

How are families engaging in the vocation of faith formation? Taking the lead from the book, The 3 big Questions for a Frantic Family by Patrick Lencioni and a few cues from the famous Taylor family of television’s Friday Night Lights, we will discuss the realities, challenges and possibilities of faith formation in families. We will explore ways to help families discover their unique qualities, specific priorities, and ways to keep focused on living as faithful disciples together! Join us as we stand with parents and families who strive and struggle to make a home for faith.

2. Wicked Art: Youth Culture and the Fellowship of the Demon Chanon Ross

As youth ministers we work to cultivate a passion for God in young people, but today’s youth swim not in the waters of baptism but in a sea of pop-culture icons and media campaigns designed to shape them as consumers. This course explores the relationship between youth culture and what Augustine called the ‘Fellowship of the Demons.’ Augustine’s voice echoes across the centuries inviting us to investigate youth culture as spiritual and metaphysical formation of the young. Participants in this course will have the opportunity to continue the conversation with one another and the instructor after the Forum in the Institute for Youth Ministry’s online classroom.

3. The Faith Forming Imagination Fred Edie

Question: What exactly does a Christian leader of youth need to know in order to be effective in ministry? Answer: Everything! Well, not quite everything. This session explores six "senses" of a "faith forming imagination," the alchemy of "knowing," "being," and "doing" that together add up to faithful formational leadership. Come find out what you've got, what you lack, and what to do about it.

4. Uncut Faith and Unavoidable Sexuality: Conversations with Teens about God’s Gift Neema Cyrus-Franklin

Though sexual content is ubiquitous in America, sexuality is still a topic regarded as taboo. Do you have the tools to equip young people to critically and faithfully interpret the rocky terrain of our “sex-crazed” culture? This lively workshop will help participants discover love stories and scandals of the Bible and what they teach us for today. Participants will learn how to comfortably and confidently explore conversation topics with youth too “raunchy” to list here!

Elective B Tuesday, January 29, 1:15p.m. – 2:45 p.m

1. Amplifying Our Witness: Including Kids with Developmental Disabilities Benjamin Conner

If seventeen percent of adolescents have developmental disabilities, then, if we are serious about youth ministry, we need to consider what it means to include such kids within the life of our churches. We will discuss how churches have excluded people with developmental disabilities in structural and theological ways, consider the difference between impairment and disability especially as it relates to our congregational witness, and re-imagine practice-centered ministry by exploring the practices of hospitality and friendship.

2. The Congregation Matters! Emily Anderson

Youth Ministry is a task for the whole congregation. Certainly it requires faithful adults involved in direct ministry to and with young people, but a holistic ministry also calls for an entire faith community that values its youth and creates the kind of environment where they can grow and mature. What would it look like for our preaching, worship, pastoral care, administration and outreach to take seriously a commitment to young people? How do we support youth leaders as they work not only with youth but with the entire congregation for the sake of young people?

3. Wicked Art: Youth Culture and the Fellowship of the Demon Chanon Ross

As youth ministers we work to cultivate a passion for God in young people, but today’s youth swim not in the waters of baptism but in a sea of pop-culture icons and media campaigns designed to shape them as consumers. This course explores the relationship between youth culture and what Augustine called the ‘Fellowship of the Demons.’ Augustine’s voice echoes across the centuries inviting us to investigate youth culture as spiritual and metaphysical formation of the young. Participants in this course will have the opportunity to continue the conversation with one another and the instructor after the Forum in the Institute for Youth Ministry’s online classroom.

4. Uncut Faith and Unavoidable Sexuality: Conversations with Teens about God’s Gift Neema Cyrus-Franklin

Though sexual content is ubiquitous in America, sexuality is still a topic regarded as taboo. Do you have the tools to equip young people to critically and faithfully interpret the rocky terrain of our “sex-crazed” culture? This lively workshop will help participants discover love stories and scandals of the Bible and what they teach us for today. Participants will learn how to comfortably and confidently explore conversation topics with youth too “raunchy” to list here!

Elective C Tuesday, January 29, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

1. World Changing 101 David LaMotte

Pollster John Zogby reports that the current generation of young people don't just want to be successful, they want their lives to matter. They want to have a positive impact. Drawing on his own experiences as well as stories from current and historical struggles for justice, David will lead conversation about engaging youth on topics of social justice and prophetic ministry, and inviting them into critical examination of that holy work and their place within it.

2. Questions for Faithful Families Marti Reed Hazelrigg

How are families engaging in the vocation of faith formation? Taking the lead from the book, The 3 big Questions for a Frantic Family by Patrick Lencioni and a few cues from the famous Taylor family of television’s Friday Night Lights, we will discuss the realities, challenges and possibilities of faith formation in families. We will explore ways to help families discover their unique qualities, specific priorities, and ways to keep focused on living as faithful disciples together! Join us as we stand with parents and families who strive and struggle to make a home for faith.

3. You’re Out of Your Element! Creating Space for Mission and Discipleship in Youth Troy Hauser Brydon & Nat Scott

Christ calls all, regardless of age, to a life of discipleship. Churches are prone to treat youth as spiritual infants, cloistering them in the youth ministry. This elective will look at ways to integrate youth into the full life of discipleship through mission, formation, and empowerment. The leaders will offer practical methods that have worked in their church for helping the whole church encourage faith formation in youth.

4. Why Doctrine Matters Stephen Rankin

Taking doctrine seriously is far more than an intellectual exercise, though it is that. Doctrine is not about mastering technical abstractions. It teaches us what to care about. It thus engages the whole heart, which, in turn, leads to habits and attitudes reflective of character of the risen and coming Lord. It takes practice, however, to see doctrine's shaping influence actually at work in us. We'll do some practicing together.

Elective D Wednesday, January 30, 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

1. You’re Out of Your Element! Creating Space for Mission and Discipleship in Youth Troy Hauser Brydon & Nat Scott

Christ calls all, regardless of age, to a life of discipleship. Churches are prone to treat youth as spiritual infants, cloistering them in the youth ministry. This elective will look at ways to integrate youth into the full life of discipleship through mission, formation, and empowerment. The leaders will offer practical methods that have worked in their church for helping the whole church encourage faith formation in youth.

2. World Changing 101 David LaMotte

Pollster John Zogby reports that the current generation of young people don't just want to be successful, they want their lives to matter. They want to have a positive impact. Drawing on his own experiences as well as stories from current and historical struggles for justice, David will lead conversation about engaging youth on topics of social justice and prophetic ministry, and inviting them into critical examination of that holy work and their place within it.

3. Amplifying Our Witness: Including Kids with Developmental Disabilities Benjamin Conner

If seventeen percent of adolescents have developmental disabilities, then, if we are serious about youth ministry, we need to consider what it means to include such kids within the life of our churches. We will discuss how churches have excluded people with developmental disabilities in structural and theological ways, consider the difference between impairment and disability especially as it relates to our congregational witness, and re-imagine practice-centered ministry by exploring the practices of hospitality and friendship.