Leadership Colloquium brings visionary youth ministry leaders to campus

Berkeley Divinity School's Wesley-Royce Leadership Colloquium has collaborated with eight exemplary youth ministry leaders in the U.S. and Puerto Rico this spring to offer students project-based learning on best practices in youth ministry. Open to all YDS students, this Colloquium pairs student teams with youth ministry leaders in churches and parachurch organizations in diverse urban and suburban settings.

On Jan. 31, visionary youth ministry leaders from as far away as Chicago and Puerto Rico travelled to Berkeley Divinity School to meet with students and describe their ministries. For example, Jorge and Rebecca Gonzalez of PowerHouse Ministries in Chicago, IL, talked about their ministry of presence to young people through gymnasium hours, basketball leagues, dance clubs, and outreach to local gang members. Other youth ministry sites are the Congregational Church of New Canaan, CT; GeneracĂ­on Antorchas in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico; First Congregational Church in Glastonbury, CT; First Church in Simsbury, CT; Young Life Harlem in Harlem, NY; Christ Church of Bronxville, NY; and Wellesley Congregational Church in Wellesley, MA.

Next, students will meet with these leaders via Skype conversations to continue their study of these ministries and their contexts. The colloquium will culminate with student case studies of the youth ministries.

The Colloquium also features four keynote speakers who are noted authors and theologians in the fields of youth ministry and human flourishing. On Feb. 14, Roland Martinson, academic dean and professor of children, youth and family ministry at Luther Seminary, will speak on "Youth's Questions, Faith's Stories, Christ's Claims." His address to local church and youth leaders will be at the Berkeley Center, 363 Ronan St., New Haven, 12:30-1:30 p.m. At 4 p.m., he will speak to Colloquium students in the ISM Great Hall.

These unique educational opportunities are offered without cost to the community and all YDS students through the generous support of the Wesley-Royce Leadership Grant and the Youth Ministry Initiative.

Date Posted: Monday, February 6, 2012 - 2:46pm