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Sustainable Youth Ministry Conference New Orleans

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Trinity Episcopal Church

1329 Jackson Avenue

New Orleans, LA 70130

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Sustainable Youth Ministry Training

--Friday 5:30pm to 7:00pm and Saturday 10:00am to 2:30pm--

The 2019 Sustainable Youth Ministry training is a 2 day conference suited for churches of any size and youth ministry capacity. All workshops facilitated by Ministry Architects consultant Mary Beth Abplanalp.

Friday Session:

Why Sustainable Ministry Matters

- The Anatomy of Stuckness: Fundamental misunderstandings that keep ministries

from moving forward strategically

- The Crisis of Capacity: Chronic underinvestment and numbers that matter

- The Dance Floor: A systems approach to ministry

- Three Essential Staff Roles: Architect, contractor, and laborer

- Two Components of Sustainability: Architecture and Atmosphere

Saturday Sessions

Morning Lectures

- Recap of Friday’s Key Learnings

- Continuing with focus on Implementation in Children and Youth Ministry

- Getting the Job Done: Rhythmic week and monkey management, managing ourselves and our ministries well - Where to begin: Building systems in ministry. Have you ever said, “Something is better than nothing.”?

- Building the Foundation: Calendars, Control documents, budgets, vision, etc.

- Self-Assessment of our own Church Ministries: Builder’s Checklist

Afternoon Workshops

- Building the team: Volunteer recruitment and management

- In-depth guided work session on the step-by-step Volunteer Recruitment process. Job Descriptions, potential volunteers, asking/equipping/appreciating volunteers.

- Open Q&A with Mary Beth Abplanalp

Trinity Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana envision sharing this resource with churches throughout New Orleans and the surrounding area. Traditional, emergent, evangelical, creative types welcome.

People of Color from any denomination receive discounted registration. Please contact Reverend Jane-Allison Wiggin-Nettles at jwigginnettles@edola.org for more information.

Registration includes conference materials and online resources. Housing and transportation are separate and the attendee's responsibility.

Sustainable Youth Ministry Topics

All of Which Overlap with Sustainable Children's Ministry

The Anatomy of Stuckness
The Crisis of Capacity
Three Essential Staff Roles
Components of Sustainability
Building the Team: Volunteers
Getting the Job Done

When You Attend, You Will

Hear from an experienced and practical speaker.

Share in discussion on best practices for age appropriate faith formation.

Understand why quick fixes and star leaders don't grow youth ministry.

rBe encouraged to Remember why you feel called to this important work.

Be held in prayer throughout the weekend.

Network with other faith based leaders and have time to share ideas.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does registration include housing?
No, housing is separate.

Where can I stay?
Hotel information will be available soon.

Will there be food?
Meals provided by the price of registration include dinner Friday night, coffee and pastries Saturday morning, and lunch Saturday afternoon.

What about parking?
Street parking is available on Jackson Avenue. Accessible parking is available in the u-drive to the school and church offices on Jackson Avenue.

What about childcare?
Childcare for infants to grade school can be arranged on campus for an additional cost. Contact Reverend Jane-Allison Wiggin-Nettles at jwigginnettles@edola.org to inquire. Must be requested at least two weeks in advance.

What should I read to prepare? Sustainable Youth Ministry by Mark DeVries is recommended but not required to attend. Additional resources will be shared with participants once registered.

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