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An interactive workshop for youth ministers, leaders, parents, and everyone who works with young people. After the workshop led by the Rev. Andrew Zirschky, the session will conclude with a panel discussion with practicing youth ministers from around the diocese.
Research shows a majority of Christian youth doubt their faith, but few ever talk about it, leaving teenagers to doubt alone. In this workshop we'll consider practical ways to journey alongside youth who are doubting, questioning and sifting their faith. Grounded in both theology and research, we'll explore various kinds of adolescent doubt while learning to more effectively engage their doubts and questions beyond the usual approaches of pushing away, pushing aside, or pushing apologetics.
Rev. Andrew Zirschky is academic director at the Center for Youth Ministry Training and teaches youth ministry and practical theology for Memphis Theological Seminary. He holds an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and is completing a Ph.D. at Princeton in practical theology. With more than a decade of experience as a youth and college minister at churches in Idaho, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, Andrew has been named a Timothy Scholar in Youth and Young Adult Ministry by the United Methodist Foundation for Evangelism. He speaks widely on topics pertinent to youth ministry and has focused recent research on young adult experiences of religious doubt, the role of sacraments in Christian formation, and the impact of technology on adolescent faith. Andrew and his wife Kristina have two children, Evan and Anna, and currently live just outside of Nashville, Tennessee.
Attendees are invited to a reception celebrating youth ministry and honoring Kellor Smith for her extraordinary service in youth ministry. The reception will take place at 5:15 in Easton Hall on the CDSP campus.