Praying for youth ministry

I mentioned awhile back that one of the special evening events at our church camp this summer was “The Night of Silence” in which the youth spent time in complete silence experiencing a variety of camper-created prayer stations. I thought I’d share a few of the ideas they came up with, all of which would work at camp or youth group or many other ministry settings. These activities can be adapted as you see fit to your particular prayer traditions. Each offers a template and taps into various ways of engaging the senses in the experience of prayer. If we are to take seriously Paul’s encouragement to “Pray without ceasing” then it’s possible that everything we do is prayer, provided we do it with awareness of communion with God and openness to God’s spirit.

Prayer Path – Create a simple circular path out of tape on the floor or chairs and rope. Design the path to wind in on itself and reach an open center space that is equipped with pillows on the floor and written instructions for participants to sit and offer silent prayers for those people who have been important to their own prayer journey and to offer thanks to God for their guidance.

Play-Do Prayers – Provide a variety of play-do colors and invite worshippers to create a mini-sculpture to represent a particular prayer need, joy, or concern. As participants finish, they can add their creation to those of others and contemplate and lift up all the other prayers that have been depicted.

Water Prayers – Provide a large glass bowl and pitcher of water. Provide instructions for participants to offer a silent prayer and pour a small amount of water into the bowl. As each person prays, his or her water prayers are mixed with those of others as the bowl fills.

Mural Prayers – Tape a large sheet of paper to a wall and provide markers and crayons. Worshippers can use this canvas to create a mural of prayers on a particular topic (such as “the world” or “peace” or “hurt”) or it could be used graffiti-style, allowing for individual creativity to represent words, pictures, symbols, poetry, etc. to offer up prayers to God.

Braided prayers – Set out colorful strips of cloth and a length of clothesline tied between to trees or posts. Invite worshippers to take three cloth strips to represent three people or things they want to pray about. Tie the ends of the three strips to the clothesline and then braid the three together, all the while meditating and praying on the selected pray concerns. Encourage participants to take note of the braided cloths left by others and to consider their prayers as well.

Prayer Stones – Assemble a collection of smooth stones and ask participants to choose one and hold it firmly in their hands, focusing on and praying for a particular joy or concern. When ready, worshippers should take a sharpie and write a word on phrase on the stone to represent their prayer and then add it to the growing pile left by others.

Candle Shape Prayers – Set out a number of votive candles and a lighter. Instruct a small group to work together, in silence, to form together a shape or symbol to represent a prayer need of the world. When the group senses the image is complete, have them work together to light each candle, hold hands, and pray in silence.

Pipe Cleaner Prayers – Invite worshippers to take several pipe cleaners and form a shape or design that communicates a prayer concern. Ask them to add their creation to those of others and to spend time contemplating all the prayer concerns represented.

Stick Sculpture Prayers – I must admit the exact focus of this one alludes me but I’m sure you could creatively adapt it. Found sticks were provided and the group worked together to form a sculpture. Perhaps each added stick represents an individual prayer and the sculpture represents our prayers connected to each other, or perhaps the entire sculpture represents a prayer.

Of course, any of these prayer experiences could be enhanced by providing scriptures to read, sacred music, written questions to encourage thought and meditation, or icons such as images of Jesus or biblical stories in art. You can find other creative worship ideas, including more suggestions for interactive prayer stations, here.

— Brian

www.rethinkingyouthministry.com

There are thousands of sites, books and ideas for prayer stations out there. Just a quick google search for “prayer stations” will bring up some great ideas. There are also Pinterest boards with ideas.

Last week I decided to create a prayer station experience for our youth. I tried to focus on creating stations based on things we had around the youth center and church.

Once I set them up, I blocked off the area so no youth could go in early. I dimmed the lights, and created a

spotify playlist of worship songs

to have going in the background. The youth were free to go to any station, in any order. They spent about 45 minutes going around to each one.

Below I have included each of the stations. The “Set-Up” is what I used to physically create the space. The “Instructions” are what I printed and had posted at each station. The “Verse” was also printed and placed at the corresponding station.

Here they are:

praying for youth ministry

Godly Goals

Set up –

I took a table and placed it below our basketball goal. I strung 4 strands rope from the goal to the table. I placed pens and paper on the table along with clothespins for them to use to attach their goals to the rope. (You could use a child’s basketball goal, or soccer goal if needed)

Instructions –

As we live life day to day, it becomes easy to be caught up in the mundane tasks. God has way more planned for us. Take a moment to think of what God may be calling you to do, start, or be. Write that goal on a card and pin it to the rope leading up to the goal.

Verse-

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.-Philippians 3:13-14

praying for youth ministry

Glowing

Set up-

Highlighters glow under black light. So I placed four place lights on our concrete floor and had the youth write out their responses. Was a great way to show the difference between light and dark. Use whatever surface works for your group.

Instructions-

We are called to be light in a dark world. We reflect the light of God wherever we go, to those around us. Use the highlighter to write words or draw ways you can be a light in the world. Pray for all those things others have written down, that those before you may shine light in the darkness.

Verse –

For anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” -Ephesians 5:14

Forgotten-

 Set up –

I took lost and found items we had in our youth group and put them on a table.

Instructions-

The articles before you are actual lost and found pieces from the church. They are most likely not looked for anymore, have been forgotten and no one searches for them.

Pray for those in the world who are forgotten. Pray for other youth who feel lost or forgotten.

Verse-

If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. -Isaiah 58:10

praying for youth ministry

Rest-

Set Up-

I put down a carpet, placed some bibles and blank journals on a coffee table, laid down some pillows and created a comfortable place just to be still.

Instructions-

Rest. Sit and rest. Read from the Bible, Journal, write a note to God, or just sit and be still in the presence of God. Stay here as long as you like.

Verse-

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. – Psalm 119:105

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. -Matthew 11:28

praying for youth ministry

Praise and Thanksgiving Wall

Set up –

We have a wall painted with chalkboard paint as part of our youth center, so it was easy enough to use that. I just placed a bucket of sidewalk chalk on the floor, and ran christmas lights around the edge for illumination. You could use butcher paper or big post it notes taped to the wall.

Instructions-

Use the chalk to write, or draw what you praise God for, and what you are thankful to Him for.

Verse-
Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. -Psalm 106:1

praying for youth ministry

Wipe Your Sins Away

Set up-

We have a large painting of the crucified Jesus done by the Jesus Painter in our youth center. I placed two dry erase boards by it and put poster board on the wall beside it.

Instructions-

The picture on the wall is of Jesus on the cross. He died on the cross so your sins would be wiped away, and you would be made clean.

On a dry erase board write something that separates you from God. It may be a sin you struggle with, someone you need to forgive or an attitude about something you need to get rid of. Once you have written it down, wipe it clean. Look at the clean white board and remember that Jesus cleans you white as snow.

On the poster board write a note of thanks to Jesus for what He did.

Verse-

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

-I John 1:9

Salt of the Earth

Set up –

A table with salt shakers set on it

Instructions-

Salt makes things taste better. Salt preserves things. Salt makes things more interesting. Salt brings out flavors in food.

Put some salt in your hand and taste. Then pray how you can be salt in this bland world, and what that means.

Verse-

You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

-Matthew 5:13

praying for youth ministry

Pray for the World

Set up –

We used a television and put a map of the world on the screen. Actually because we did not have a map of the world. As I sat and looked I thought how cool it would have been to make scrolling photos of situations in the world that were going on.

I placed post it notes and markers nearby.

Instructions –

We are called to take care of not only those around us, but the whole world. On the TV is a map of the world. Write a post it note prayer for a person, situation or place it over the TV. Let us cover the world in prayer.

Verse-
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people. 1 Timothy 2:1

Pray for You

Setup –

I had a computer monitor with a Poll Everywhere poll on the screen. I placed my iPhone in front so they could use it to enter the concerns. My hope is that we will use this more in the future, so this was a way to introduce our virtual prayer wall.

I would go by and see the concerns posted and pray for them, however next time I hope to contact several adults who would monitor the wall and pray for the requests as they were made. Or have a station somewhere else in the room with a monitor for youth to pray for the concerns posted.

Instructions-

How Can We Pray for You?

Using the phone provided text 419561 and your prayer request to 22333

There will be people praying for each concern as it is posted.

What prayer stations have you used? How do you use them? What questions do you have?

www.ministry2youth.com

seeing a wonderful little article by my amazing wife in the new issue of the journal of student ministries (the article is called ‘praying without ceasing’), i was suddenly struck by the face that i never posted about jeannie’s new book! there’s only one word for a husband like me: dolt.

here’s the official product description:

Imaginative Prayer for Youth Ministry provides tools that can help you use imaginative prayer as a means of experiencing the God who is continually reaching out to us. Invite your students to open their imaginations to God’s spirit and allow God to move and speak directly to them through the 80 imaginative prayer exercises inside.

much of the intro (and the table of contents) is downloadable here.

i’m so proud of jeannie for writing this book. if anyone had told her a few years ago that she would publish a book, she would have laughed (in a quiet and nice way) in that person’s face. the idea of jeannie writing and speaking was so completely beyond what she could imagine for herself.

but, about two years ago, jeannie came to me with this book idea, and said, “you guys need a book like that.” i agreed, and said it was a fantastic idea, and we should definitely publish it. she suggested that she knew who should write it. i responded, “well, i don’t think we’d have that person write it. we’d probably use one of the authors we already know can write, and who write in that vein.” then i added, “but, of course, it’s your idea. so if you want to write it, we can’t give it to someone else.”

jeannie thought about it for a couple days, then came back with the idea that she co-author it with larry warner (larry was one of the guys she’d wanted to write it — he’s a former pastor and spiritual director who was one of the instructors in jeannie’s spiritual direction course, and introduced her to imaginative prayer). and the rest, as they say, is history.

writing was hard work for her, but she plugged away at it; and the result is a truly excellent resource. since then, jeannie and larry presented a seminar at the national youth workers convention (in anaheim only) and got great response.

one thing that totally cracks me up about the book is that the four endorsements on the back of the book are of a diversity that i just don’t think one would find anywhere else. the four endorsments are from:
– jeanne mayo: leader in pentecostal youth ministry. named “america’s youth pastor” by charisma magazine.
– david nasser: full-time youth speaker. favorite of the southern baptist world.
– tony jones: author of “postmodern youth ministry” and other books. national coordinator of emergent village.
– brian mclaren: author of “a generous orthodoxy” and “a new kind of christian” and many other books. lightening rod of the emerging church.
seriously. that list of four is like “ebony and ivory” or “we are the world” or “can’t we all just get along?” it’s red and blue states coming together. it’s focus on the family and the world council of churches patting each other on the back. you get the idea. but it’s all on the back of my little honey’s book!

get the book. it’s really not just for youth ministry, and could so easily be used in any ministry in the church, or even for personal devotional purposes, deepening one’s own experience of the living god who wants to connect with each of us.

whyismarko.com

Jen Bradbury serves as the director of youth ministry at Faith Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus, and several other books. Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and the Christian Century. Jen is also the Assistant Director of Arbor Research Group where she has led many national studies.

Both the beauty and the curse of a mission trip is that it happens away from home. Being removed from their ordinary lives allows students to encounter God in very real ways. The problem is, once students return from their mission trip, they often don’t know how to integrate the experience there with their lives at home. In this seminar, we’ll wrestle with the reasons for this disconnection before then exploring a variety of practical ways to connect the dots between life on the field and at home.

Jen Bradbury serves as the director of youth ministry at Faith Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus, and several other books. Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and the Christian Century. Jen is also the Assistant Director of Arbor Research Group where she has led many national studies

Make Love Louder – how to help youth put their bodies where their hearts are.

You come from an open and affirming congregation. You hate the racism you see all around you. But so often the voices of hatred and exclusion are so LOUD and it seems impossible to do anything about it. How can you show that you care? How can the teens in your church stand with the marginalized in our country? And how can they do it when their lives are so full already? In this workshop we’ll look at some doable, but powerful ways, you can help your youth make love louder.

Darren Calhoun is an intersectional advocate for racial justice and LGBTQ equality, worship leader, and photographer based out of Chicago. He works to bridge relationships between people of differing perspectives through story and relationship.

Telling Our Story

Have you ever heard someone tell a story by heart from scripture? It’s a totally different way to interact with our collective story! Join Rachel Doll to hear a story or two, and learn the basics of telling biblical stories to and with your youth.

Rachel Whaley Doll is a certified biblical storyteller and author, currently serving as Christian Educator at Winter Park Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, NC. She enjoys weaving her ukulele and storytelling into her work with children, youth, and adults.

Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Should youth workers be friends with young people? Many youth workers have been trained to see friendship as a mistake in youth ministry and to say, “I’m not your friend, I’m your youth pastor.” But what if friendship is actually at the heart of what youth ministry is all about? Here, we’ll rediscover the joy of friendship and its central role in the church’s ministry with young people.

Wes Ellis is a veteran youth worker and the Associate Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Toms River, New Jersey. He is a Ph.D. student at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland), researching in practical theology.

Knowing and Being Known: Rethinking Identity in Youth Ministry

In many ways youth ministry has taken up the task of helping young people discover their identity, and answer the question: “Who Am I?”. This task is carried out in regards to faith as youth ministers seek to help young people develop their beliefs, but this also extends to life in general as young people figure out what it means to have an identity in the world beyond the walls of the church. This seminar seeks to debunk the myth of self-identity as an identity formed and maintained by the individual without regard to the other. Here, we’ll discover that our identity is wrapped up in our inherent need to know others and to be known by others, thus it is our own identity that sets the stage for a radically inclusive faith.

Andrew Esqueda is a veteran youth worker the Director of Youth and Family Ministry at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA. He is a husband, father, wrestling coach, and connoisseur of fine beverages.

Rural Re-Membering in Youth Ministry

Many rural communities face issues of out-migration, de-industrialization, and disruption of community in the early twenty-first century. Youth ministry faces the challenge of balancing local community and the life goals of young people in these communities. A pedagogy of rural re-remembering provides the space and resources for churches to become the space for envisioning and creating new futures within these rural communities. This workshop provides examples and space to imagine and create your practices and actions within rural youth ministry.

Jonathan LeMaster-Smith is a PhD candidate in Christian Education and Congregational studies and adjunct professor at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He lives in Morganton, North Carolina with his wife Shannon and their two dogs, Jupiter and Biscuit.

Interact

Perhaps an answer to your curriculum struggles, this workshop focuses on the Implicit curriculum – examining your values and how you set the space and time of your ministry. “Interact” is a trinity of elements that contribute to our holistic approach of Youth Ministry – cultivating community with youth, teaching them to think theologically, and empowering them to use their talents to respond to the needs of the world. We will share stories of success and failures and how we’ve learned to involve youth in exploring controversial topics and in sharing their gifts and talents to respond to the needs of our community.

Shannon LeMaster-Smith is an ordained Deacon and serves as the Youth and Family Outreach Minister at Oak Hill UMC in Morganton, NC. She has 10+ years experience in youth ministry and especially loves creative problem solving, outside the box thinking, singing, puppies, rainbows, and laughing.

Erin Betlej has 8 years (and counting) of youth ministry experience in a wide variety of settings ranging from urban and rural churches to functioning and dysfunctional congregations. She is also a hot yoga teacher, enjoys a good glass of bourbon and desires to continually create space for people of all ages to feel at home in their body, in their mind, and their spirit in order to encounter God more fully.

Youth Ministry with Adopted Kids

Adoption: What is it? How do we talk about? Do we talk about it? Does the language matter? All of these and many more are commonly asked and thought about questions when it comes to adoption. These questions are very important within the context of church and ministry as well. If we are to be inclusive in the way we do ministry, it is worth having the conversation about how we talk about adoption and how we minister to families and youth whose lives are touched by adoption. Join us as we think about this together.

Jay Kiel serves as as Director of Youth Ministry at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Middleton, WI. Jay and his wife, Stephanie, met both of their kids through adoption and their hearts beat with passion for talking about and learning about adoption.

Experiencing the Trinity by Practicing the Presence of Each Other: A ‘Divine Dance’ Workshop

Contemplative practices are all the rage these days – but have you found any that you could practice with your entire youth group? In this fun and highly-interactive group exercise (that you’ll be trying on yourselves!), Richard Rohr’s recent co-author and a seasoned co-facilitator offer you a taste of seeing yourselves and others in the room with re-spect: that is, second sight. We explore individuality and interdependence, and the interplay between the present moment, the stories we bear, and our future-directed fears and hopes. In the process we get to know ourselves better and appreciate others more fully. By learning to see each other as the mystics see God, we have the opportunity to see nothing less than the face of Divinity in each other.

Mike Morrell is the collaborating author, with Fr. Richard Rohr, on the best-selling Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation, founder of Wisdom Camp, and a founding organizer of the justice, arts, and spirituality Wild Goose Festival. Mike curates contemplative and community experiences via Relational Skills, the ManKind Project, and Authentic North Carolina, taking joy in holding space for the extraordinary transformation that can take place at the intersection of anticipation, imagination, and radical acceptance. Get Mike’s exclusive Divine Dance bonus chapter at MikeMorrell.org/BonusChapter (It’s free!)

David Bollt brings over a decade of experience in group facilitation, personal coaching, and organizational consulting. He has cultivated a remarkable capacity to help people map their inner landscapes through years of spiritual inquiry, meditation, personal transformation and relational training. Discover more about David at RelationalSkills.com.

What the Heck Are We Singing, Anyway?

Does the music we make in our youth gatherings and in our churches match up with our values and our theology? Too often…not so much. This session will consider how to involve youth in thinking about what they’re hearing and singing in worship, helping them discern how this music gives expression to what they truly believe and how it doesn’t. We will also introduce some new resources for music, explore some strategies for writing new music and give examples of how to use music in liturgies that reflect God’s concern for justice, equity, and inclusion.

Led by Lenora and Gary Rand, with help from The Many.

Gary Rand directs music and worship at Chicago’s McCormick Theological Seminary. He is a veteran worship pastor and teacher, workshop leader, songwriter and music producer. He co-leads the liturgical resource site, The Plural Guild, and produces the band, The Many.

Lenora Rand spent over 25 years as a creative director at one of the world’s largest ad agencies, helping brands define and live their purpose. She now helps individuals, churches, small businesses,  and nonprofits do that for themselves through mentoring, consulting, her popular “Self-Proclaimed”    workshops and a boutique ad agency she founded and runs called Small Good. She also co-leads the liturgical resource site, The Plural Guild, and writes lyrics for the band, The Many.

Sick and Tired: Incorporating Rhythms of Rest and Grace

As leaders and adults, we experience the exhaustion of life day in and day out; the bills, the family dynamics, and the thousands of details that come with being in ministry. And then we look outside our walls and see the systemic injustice, political division, and the radical exclusion within our country. As leaders, when we are tired, exhausted, or burned out, it has a direct effect on those who we are leading…but ask any current middle school or high schooler, they too are feeling the stress and fatigue as well. In my session, I won’t give answers, solutions, or even guarantees that the tiredness, stress, and burnout will cease. However, I’d like to offer a space where we can rest, learn how to include spiritual practices that are both life giving for the leaders as well as those being led, and dream up how to incorporate rhythms of rest and grace.

Rev. Marcy Rudins is currently apart of the Albany Synod Fellowship Program as a fellow at Delmar Reformed Church in Delmar, New York. A part of my calling and passion is to offer spaces for people of all ages, races, ethnicities, sexualities, and backgrounds to experience their identity as the Beloved. This often looks like preaching, offering spiritual direction and pastoral care, or leading retreats. I am an avid writer, so I also enjoy writing blog posts, devotionals, as well as poetry. I would describe myself as a contemplative, advocate, a wannabe foodie, kayaker, poet, and belly laugher.

After Paradise: Sustaining Spiritual Formation After Mountain Top Transformation

Mission trips, conferences, camps and retreats all have one thing in common–they often send our young people home from “mountain top” experiences without the means to sustain their transformation in every day life. Based off a ten-year study on the pilgrims of Taizé, this workshop uncovers why sustaining formation is so difficult after experiencing spiritual transformation. By reframing these places of transformation as “Sabbath Community,” we’re able to see how sustaining faith formation might actually be possible.

Jason Brian Santos is the Mission Coordinator for Christian Formation at the Presbyterian Mission Agency. He is an ordained teaching elder in the PCUSA and holds a Ph.D. in practical theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of A Community Called Taizé (IVP, 2008) and After Paradise (IVP Academic, forthcoming). He currently resides in Louisville, KY with his wife, Shannon and his two sons, Judah and Silas (aka Tutu). In his spare time, he plays and designs board games.

Killing Church Softly Again: How Age and Stage Ministry is Still Hurting the Church

Back by popular demand from PYM17, now’s your chance to attend this seminar if you missed it last year. For the last half-century, we’ve increasingly formed our children and youth through developmentally centered, peer-oriented ministry programs that removed them from the corporate life of the church. Recent research suggests that we might have taken the ages and stages model of ministry a little too far. This workshop will explore this phenomenon by both examining several major shifts in our understanding of the church and through several key identify formation theories that shed light on the problem and offer practical insight and strategies toward creating a more communal and intergenerational understanding of spiritual formation.

Jason Brian Santos is the Mission Coordinator for Christian Formation at the Presbyterian Mission Agency. He is an ordained teaching elder in the PCUSA and holds a Ph.D. in practical theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of A Community Called Taizé (IVP, 2008) and After Paradise (IVP Academic, forthcoming). He currently resides in Louisville, KY with his wife, Shannon and his two sons, Judah and Silas (aka Tutu). In his spare time, he plays and designs board games.

Cultivated Youth Ministry

How do we measure success in youth ministry, especially when we struggle with the traditional metrics of membership and attendance in our post-Christendom contexts? Cultivated Ministry is a new resource from NEXT Church, encouraging a commitment to rigorous assessment, evaluation, and (re)design aimed at nurturing thoughtful expressions of God’s mission in the world. This approach to ministry does not rest on traditional metrics, nor does it abdicate accountability. Applying four means of assessment to youth ministry—theology, mutual accountability, learning, and storytelling—we will explore confirmation as a case study. Why do we do confirmation and how do we know if we are doing it well? Cultivated Ministry is a practical resource you can apply to any aspect of your ministry.

John Vest is a “church hacker” attempting to overcome the limitations of church as we know it. A youth ministry veteran and co-founder of PYM, John currently serves as the Visiting Assistant Professor of Evangelism at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. He was part of the team that developed Cultivated Ministry for NEXT Church. An enthusiastic pitmaster, John dreams of one day achieving the mystical union of church and BBQ, a dream he is making a reality with a food truck called Redemption BBQ and a new worshiping community called the Joyful Feast.

The Enneagram and Youth Ministry

For centuries many have found the Enneagram useful in growing spiritually. Young people who walk through our doors have a wide array of passions, needs, and dreams.  These diverse needs are rarely recognized in the one-dimensional discipleship path we offer them. Discipleship shouldn’t be one size fits all. The Enneagram is a constructive tool for creating youth ministry environments where all types of people/personalities can grow in their journey with God. Together we will explore what the Enneagram is, how it can help us create opportunities/content for spiritual engagement with a variety of personalities, and how being self-aware of our own personality type can both enrich and limit the youth ministries we lead.

Rev. Seth Vopat serves on the ministry team at Lee’s Summit Christian Church (a Disciples of Christ congregation) in the Kansas City metro. He has worked in youth ministry for over fifteen years. He graduated from Central Baptist Theological Seminary with an M.Div. and has a Certificate in Youth and Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. Seth and his wife Beth and their two boys, Brayden and Owen, love to travel and explore new places.

A Totally Not Practical for Youth Ministry, Just Nourish Your Soul While You’re Here Workshop: Poetic Imaginings of the Bible

Join Lauren Winner to explore how some contemporary poets have reimagined biblical scenes and played with biblical texts–and perhaps to write a little poetry.

Lauren Winner is a professor at Duke and the spiritual director at PYM.

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