Special Study Program on Youth Ministry

Yale Divinity School

Class Number: D08

Skip Masback

June 17-21 | 9:00 - 11:30am | $10/ day or $50 for the week

Course Description:  The Youth Ministry Initiative (“YMI”) will sponsor a special Summer Study program that will feature the nation’s leading Youth Ministry scholars and practitioners.  Dean Chap Clark, Professor of Youth, Family and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary and founder of the Fuller Youth Institute, will give the keynote lecture on June 17. 

Unlike other Summer Study courses, registration is available by the day as well as for the week.  Registration for this program is reduced due to YMI sponsorship.  The program will be led by Skip Masback. 

YMI is also the sponsor of the “Youth Ministry:Now” lunch and lecture series.  As with the “Youth Ministry:Now” lectures, the National Conference on Youth Ministry will be organized around what Professor Roland Martinson has called the “Ten Basic Youth Ministry Practices”:

1) Trusted Relationships;
2) Engaging Worship;
3) Focused Prayer;
4) Life Care Groups;
5) Experiential Bible Study;
6) Service Projects;
7) Pilgrimages and Retreats;
8) Vocation and Leadership;
9) Partnership with Households;
10) Social Media and Pop Culture. 

To learn more about the Youth Ministry Initiative, see YMI Summer Study Program.  To see the video archive of “Youth Ministry:Now” lectures, go to www.youthministryinitiative.org/videos

Further information about this Summer Study program will be posted soon, or you may contact kelly@youthministryinitiative.org.

Instructor:  Skip Masback is the Founding Director of the Youth Ministry Initiative, Director of the Adolescent Faith and Flourishing Program at Yale’s Center for Faith and Culture, and Senior Minister of the Congregational Church of New Canaan, where he has served since 1994.

Speaker list:

Day 1: Dr. Chap Clark, June 17
Vice Provost for Regional Campuses and Strategic Projects, Professor of Youth, Family and Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary. Thriving in a World of Hurt

Day 2: Dr. Miroslav Volf, June 18
Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology and Founding Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. Life Worth Living

Day 3: Dr. Rodger Nishioka, June 19
Benton Family Associate Professor of Christian Education, Columbia Theological Seminary. Prior to his joining the faculty at Columbia, Dr. Nishioka served for 12 years as denominational staff in youth & young adult ministry for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He is a well-known author and lecturer, and is an elected member of the American Academy of Religion. Youth Ministry as Congregational Ministry

Day 4: Dr. Yolanda Smith, June 20
Movement as Embodied Worship
Research Scholar and Lecturer in Christian Education, Yale Divinity School.

Day 5: Dr. David White, June 21
Practicing a Theology of Youth, Spirit and Vocation
C. Elis and Nancy Gribble Nelson Associate Professor of Christian Education, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Full speaker biographies: YMI Summer Study Program.

Please note: When you register for this course on the Online Registration Form, first choose the course "D08 Special Study Program on Youth Ministry". An option will then appear to allow you to choose which days you wish to attend.

The D08 Special Study Program on Youth Ministry five day course only counts as one total class discount when combined with another class.

This course offers a catered lunch at no additional charge.


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