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Sixth Annual Youth Ministry Symposium
From Anxiety to Love: A Contemplative Approach to Youth Ministry with Mark Yaconelli

Teenagers make adults anxious. Adults make teenagers anxious. God makes everyone anxious. Maybe that’s why youth ministry suffers such high amounts of burnout? Based on ten years of research in the Youth Ministry and Spirituality Project (and Mark’s book Contemplative Youth Ministry), this workshop engages participants in creative exercises, contemplative practices, teaching sessions, discussion, and tested strategies to help churches, parents, and youth workers develop ministries that transition from anxiety to love, isolation to community, passivity to compassionate action. The experience blends aspects of a personal spiritual retreat day with learning about child and youth spiritual development processes.

Who should come? Parents, youth ministers and volunteers, and clergy leaders who care about the spiritual lives of young people – and their own!

What will it be like?
You will find Mark Yaconelli to be a wise and patient teacher with a lovely sense of humor. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll find direction and validation and a lot of truly great suggestions in his words.– Anne Lamott, Best-selling author of Traveling Mercies and Operating Instructions.

Mark does a fantastic job of moving from theory to practice. He uncovers the angst that lies beneath much of what we call youth ministry and helps us transform that fear into loving attention to God and young people. A master storyteller, Mark is able to show how a youth ministry based upon ‘practicing the presence of God’ is not so much about technique, but about how we as adults live our lives in relation to ourselves, our God, and our youth.—Daniel Wolpert, Presbyterian pastor and Co-Founder of the Minnesota Institute for Contemplation and Healing.

Contemplative Youth Ministry is refreshing rain for dry youth workers and barren youth ministries. More than the same old youth ministry tips and tricks, Mark gives principles and practices to soak in God’s grace, love and power.—Kara Powell, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Youth and Family Ministry, Fuller Theological Seminary

When is it? March 17, 2018, 9:00-4:00
Where is it? CDSP, Denniston
How much does it cost? $25, including lunch
Will there be childcare? Yes – please indicate your need for childcare when you register

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Time: 10am - 6pm (check-in beginning 9:30am) We may finish before this but it is good to block off the time.

Location: Easton Hall at CDSP

Cost: $25 (includes lunch and materials)

Description: This day will include training modules for protecting children and protecting vulnerable adults in faith communities, as well as sexual harassment training.  It is appropriate for all who work with children and youth, those who engage in Eucharistic visitor ministry, and seminarians preparing for field ed.


This intensive seminar course will use methodologies of Christian ethics and interaction with local climate justice activists to examine: 1) the climate crisis as a moral matter in relationship to various forms of structural injustice including injustice grounded in race/ethnicity, class, and colonialism, and 2) pathways for addressing the climate crisis with hope. Special attention will be given to global-local connections and perspectives from marginalized communities. Methodological resources include liberation ethics, Earth ethics, post-colonial perspectives, eco-feminist perspectives, and eco-hermeneutics. The course involves reading, writing, engagement with community groups, collaborative knowledge building, and discussion. The informing undercurrent of the course is the quest for hope and moral-spiritual agency in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

Continuing education students are welcome to join the course. 

CEUs: 4

Cost: $400

Dates: Monday-Friday, January 8-19
Time: 1:30-5:30pm
Location: CDSP

Instructor: Cynthia Moe-Lobeda


January 14 - 19, 2018

Taught by a team of experienced Industrial Areas Foundation community organizers, this class will cover conceptual studies and practical skillbuilding in how to engage the public mission of the church in the world.

Learn practices for living as Church in the World, with special attention on:

  • Mission,
  • Sustainable leadership,
  • Strategic thinking and acting,
  • Forming collaborative relationships for missional action.

Taught using presentations, discussions, role-play, readings, and class participation.

Open to GTU students for academic credit (contact the CDSP Registrar to enroll) and to clergy and laity for continuing education credits.

Anna Eng is Lead Organizer for the Bay Area IAF Communities

Anna and the other organizer instructors provide leadership training to clergy and lay leaders from all faith traditions and help them to build strong, sustainable organizations capable of educating and engaging members around their own missions and around issues affecting their families and communities.

Dr. Scott MacDougall, Assistant Professor of Theology, will be the assisting faculty member for this course.

Course Fee: $500 (for CEU credits)

Registration fee includes lunch Monday - Friday.