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Youth Worker Sustainaibility, Part One: Walking on Stable Ground
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM (CDT)
Taught by Alison Burkhardt, Assistant Director, Center for Youth Ministry Studies
Youth workers have one of the hardest jobs out there. It starts with a calling from God and a passion for young people. It requires non-traditional work hours, a commitment to a non-traditional job (or jobs!), and often feels like it is given less focus and resources than other roles in the church or community.
With the changing economy and social service cuts, church, para-church and secular nonprofit organizations are needed more than ever to fill the gap. These changing trends can wreak havoc on communities in the form of non-renewed grants, terminated service contracts, or simply lower tithes and offerings. As a result, important programs and ministries are lost, and many youth workers are shuffling from job to job without much stability.
This series will focus on helping youth workers learn and develop tools to be pro-active in areas such as balance, revenue generation, scenario forecasting, collaboration, asset mapping and learning how policy changes affect the youth worker/ministry field. Part One: Walking on Stable Ground will cover trend changes to funding and policy, as well as provide tips and tools for finding stability in the ever-changing field while seeking balance to God's authority and calling.
When & Where
North Park University
Located in Chicago, North Park University is a Christian comprehensive university that serves nearly 3,200 undergraduate and graduate students from around the country and the world. Within a diverse, close-knit, urban community, North Park offers a values-based education to students through 37 undergraduate majors and an adult degree-completion program, as well as graduate and continuing education in business, nonprofit management, nursing, education, music, and theology. By integrating faith with learning — as it has done since its founding in 1891 by the Evangelical Covenant Church — North Park University continues to focus on the important task of preparing students for lives of significance and service.