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Equipping Leaders With Everything They Need to Know About Youth and Family Ministry

Calling all pastors, Christian education directors, youth leaders, Sunday school teachers and anyone who works with children and youth in the Carolinas area.

Join us Friday January 6 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. ET and January 7, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. ET for this faith-forming event. Through our roster of amazing guest speakers, you will learn everything you need to know about youth and family ministry. Topics will include tackling biblical illiteracy, best practices for youth and family ministry, the use of story-telling, and more!

See the schedule here.

Guest Speakers:

TACKLING BIBLICAL ILLITERACY, AN INTERGENERATIONAL APPROACH
The Rev. Dr. Amy Little | General Secretary of the NALC 

Oftentimes we feel ill-equipped to teach our children and grandchildren the stories of the Bible. This presentation will share ideas for strengthening the biblical literacy of every person in the family.
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YOUTH & FAMILY BEST PRACTICES
Melanie Corn | Christian Education Director, St. Peter Lutheran Church, Chapin, NC; NALC Youth Ministry Specialist

Melanie Corn has been doing youth ministry for 10 years in South Carolina. In this presentation, she will explain what has worked best for her in engaging youth and families in the ministry of the church. “Best” practices include milestone ministries, hands-on service opportunities, seasonal events and summer programming.
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A REFLECTION ON PSALM 110 & THE CALL OF GOD
The Rev. Melinda Jones | Pastor, Advent Ev. Lutheran Church, North Charleston, SC 

Offering the opportunity to identify the spiritual gifts of our youth, this seminar is a resource to dialogue with your youth about Word and Sacrament ministry and Christian vocation.
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THE USE OF STORYTELLING WITH CHILDREN
The Rev. Dr. Steve King | Managing Editor, Sola Publishing, Graham, NC

From Sunday school to children’s sermons, allowing children to become acquainted with the stories of Scripture is our primary task. Storytelling is a skill that can be learned by practice, with enthusiasm, engagement and a good sense of humor.
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BY THE BOOK: RAISING GOD’S CHILDREN TO BE DISCIPLES IN A BROKEN WORLD
The Rev. Dawn Rister | Pastor, Salem Lutheran Church, Salisbury, NC 

Parents, grandparents and congregations need to work together to help children grow up with godly, age-appropriate discussions, and teach them about all matters of life, including the areas of sexuality and risky behaviors.
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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN YOUTH & FAMILY MINISTRY IN THE NALC?
The Rev. Teresa Peters | Associate Pastor, Joy Lutheran Church, Winnipeg, MB, Canada; NALC Director of Youth & Family Ministry 

From faith formation festivals, Zoom sharing times, youth and family focused sessions at the 2023 convocation in Oklahoma, to a national youth gathering in 2024, find out what is going on in Youth and Family Ministry in the NALC.

Registration & Location:

If you are not in the Carolinas area and would like to have a Faith Formation Festival in your part of North America, contact Pastor Teresa Peters – Director of Youth and Family Ministry at [email protected].

Friday — $20
Saturday — $35
Both Days — $50

Please Note: Coffee and snacks included Friday. Lunch, coffee and snacks provided Saturday.

Location:
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
805 S York St, Gastonia, NC 28052