Adult Youth Worker Training: An Option for Adult Advisors
For the first time at the Triennium adult advisors have the opportunity to choose their learning and exploration option. Option #1 is the Small Group Option. Option #2 is a unique adult leader development training track. The Triennium Youth Worker Training option will feature four inspiring speakers / instructors who will give presentations about specific youth ministry and youth ministry leadership topics. Youth Worker Sessions will focus on theological foundations of building a sustainable youth ministry program, practicing communion versus simply connecting, considering the Bible as both a personal source of inspiration as well as a lifelong tool for joy and transformation, and staying healthy and inspired as an adult in youth ministry. The Triennium is pleased to connect participants in this track with three experienced and special leaders: Mark DeVries, Andrew Zirschy, Mitzi Minor. The Youth Worker Training Track occurs simultaneous to the Triennium Small Group sessions.
Session #1: The Anatomy of Stuckness & The 411 on Sustainable Youth Ministry
Every youth leader wants to build a thriving ministry to teenagers, but very few know how to find the train tracks that lead to the “thriving” Promised Land. A life-transforming, sustainable youth ministry can never be built on a disjointed collection of ideas from popular models, books, and seminars-that most often produces frustration and a nagging sense of unrealized potential. Mark Devries, instructor.
Session #2: “I AM” Documentary viewing and guided discussion
Director Tom Shadyac speaks with intellectual and spiritual leaders about what’s wrong with our world and how we can improve both it and the way we live in it.
Session #3: Me Making We: How Adolescents Craft Self and Community in Networked Culture, and Why the Church is Missing the Point
Social media, text messaging, and other forms of technology-driven interaction are changing the way adolescents and young adults craft identity and find community. Through “selective sociality” in a participatory culture teens write their own identities and communities into being. This course will explore the effects of popular and emerging social technologies upon adolescent and young adult notions of personhood and social connection and will consider opportunities for a faithful response by Christian communities. Andrew Zirschky, instructor.
Session #4: The Great Teachings on the Spiritual Journey
The Bible serves as wisdom, guidance, & encouragement on the journey. It is such a guide because it can enable us to see ourselves, our worlds, & God in our worlds in new ways impacting our imaginations. Good Bible study can enable the Bible to become such a guide on our journeys, and involves:
- enabling the people on its pages to come alive. These were real people living in a real moment coping with real life; i.e., socio-historical context;
- becoming good readers of what is on the page (b/c most of us aren’t);
- seeing implications for our living
As youth workers, we cannot pass on to young people what we haven’t experienced ourselves, so we must be students of the Bible’s wisdom. Mitzi Minor, instructor.
Session #5: Building Teams That Win and Assessing Your Own Ministry / Designing Your Own Blueprint
It’s crucial to first determine a coherent vision for your ministry, and then build an established structure that will propel it forward. Mark Devries, instructor.
Mark DeVries is the founder of Youth Ministry Architects (2002) and Children’s Ministry Architects (2010), a hands-on coaching service for churches whose ministries are in transition or who hope to move any of their ministries strategically forward.
Since 1986, Mark has served as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Mark has trained youth workers across the United States and Canada, as well as in Russia, Uganda, South Africa, Ecuador, Trinidad, Nicaragua, and Northern Ireland, working with a wide variety of denominations.
Mark graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1986 with a senior concentration in Youth Evangelism. Mark serves as the chairman of the board for the Center for Youth Ministry Training, a three-year residential, masters-level, youth ministry training program based in Nashville. Mark lives in Nashville with Susan, his wife. They have three grown children: Adam and his wife, Sara, Debbie and her husband, Trey, and Leigh. Mark and Susan have two granddaughters, Parish and Nealy.
Andrew Zirschky has a decade of experience as a youth and college minister at churches in Idaho, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. He holds an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and is currently completing a Ph.D. at Princeton in Practical Theology (Christian Education). He has been named a Timothy Scholar in Youth and Young Adult Ministry by the United Methodist Foundation for Evangelism, and is ordained in the Church of the Nazarene. Andrew has been married to his wife Kristina since 1995, and they have two children, Evan and Anna.
Rev. Mitzi Minor, PhD is the Professor of New Testament at Memphis Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee. She received her BA from Auburn University and MDiv (’85) and PhD (’89) from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. She was ordained in the Cumberland Presbyterian church.
Mitzi is the author of Second Corinthians, Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary, 15 Bible Studies on Mark in The Pastor’s Bible Study, vol. 2, The Power of Mark’s Story, and The Spirituality of Mark: Responding to God.
Mitzi is a sports fan, an avid bicyclist & hiker, a fan of mystery novels & poetry, an amateur nature photographer, and a doting aunt to 6 nieces & nephews.