by Mindi Godfrey
I recently attended a weekend retreat in the mountains. I’ve been to this particular camp several times before but it had been a while since I’d done the “camp” thing—the last few student retreat/events I’ve been to, we’ve stayed in hotels. And being a little out of practice at the traditional camp going, I forgot to pack my survival kit.
Once upon a time, I was at traditional camp venues an average of six times a year. It was during this season I came up with my “survival kit.” And while I managed just fine without the kit, it would have come in handy and made things just a little nicer:
I’d like to point out that while yes, these suggestions stem from my experiences of being a counselor to girls, that doesn’t mean that they can’t be tweaked for boys, or that male youth pastors shouldn’t bring power strips for curling irons or “feminine items.” Give these things to your female volunteers to hang on to.
CYMT is excited about its newest endeavor, Theology Together. Theology Together educates both teenagers and youth workers as they engage in theological reflection, spiritual practice, vital service, and vocational discernment. The Theology Together process produces reflective action that is embedded in the fabric of youth ministry in all of its contexts. We believe strongly that youth are theologians and belong at the center of tough, life-changing dialogue around faith, relationships, and life. We place teenagers in the driver seat alongside their youth pastors and leaders, equipping each individual to think differently about youth ministry, to provoke a sense of awe and wonder: a WOW moment.
Youth theology is theology built upon the simple doctrinal principle of the priesthood of all believers, and takes that principle right down to its natural conclusion: that all believers, including youth, teens, adolescents, etc. are theologians. It is theology that values all youth as theologians. Here we will share with you how to engage with youth theology in your own ministry.
A few weeks ago, we shared the launch of Theology Together 2.0. Today, Dwight (the director of Theology Together) will be sharing with us one experience […]