Continuing Education


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