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Tuesday, April 23
 

9:00am

Pre-Forum Gathering for International Certificate in Youth, Theology, and Innovation
Limited Capacity filling up

The participants in the International Certificate in Youth, Theology, and Innovation program will gather for breakfast and final innovation workshop, reflecting on their journey together as the first cohort of this pilot project between the Institute for Youth Ministry and Youthscape

Leaders
avatar for Megan DeWald

Megan DeWald

IYM Staff - Assistant Director, Princeton Theological Seminary
Megan is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry, and in this role, she leads the IYM’s certificate programs and manages digital resources. She has over 15 years of experience in youth and young adult ministry, serving in a variety of contexts and traditions... Read More →
avatar for Lucie Shuker

Lucie Shuker

Faculty
Dr. Lucie Schuker joined Youthscape as director of research after seven years working at a local university. She has been conducting research into different aspects of children and young people's lives for the last 13 years, across education, safeguarding, and youth ministry, and... Read More →


Tuesday April 23, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
Cooper Conference Room | Erdman Center Erdman Conference Center, Library Place, Princeton, NJ, USA

12:00pm

Pre-Forum Log College Project Gathering
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

The Design Fellows of the Log College Project will gather at the Princeton Theological Seminary Library for registration, lunch, and a kick-off event to meet one another and to set the stage for the week to come.

Leaders
avatar for Victoria White

Victoria White

Innovation Coach, Duke Divinity School
Victoria White encourages traditioned innovation in Christian leaders and their institutions through her teaching, writing, research, and grant making. She is the managing director of grants, leadership education at Duke Divinity School. She is passionate about using integrative thinking... Read More →
avatar for Abigail Rusert

Abigail Rusert

IYM Staff - Director, Princeton Theological Seminary
Abigail is the Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary and the principal investigator on the Log College Project grant—an initiative through the Lilly Endowment, Inc. to help churches research and design new forms of youth ministry for the... Read More →
avatar for Carmelle Beaugelin

Carmelle Beaugelin

IYM Staff - Log College Project Coordinator, Princeton Theological Seminary
Carmelle is the program coordinator for the Log College Project, a research grant which aims toward a deeper understanding of faithful and innovative forms of youth ministry for the 21st Century. For her own experiment in innovative ministry, Carmelle designed and helped launch The Feed Truck Café, a small café ministry that mysteriously pops up i... Read More →


Tuesday April 23, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Theron Room | Princeton Theological Seminary Library 25 Library Place, Princeton, NJ, USA

1:30pm

Registration
Come to the lobby of the Mackay Campus Center to check-in and get your registration materials. Enjoy a cup of coffee with us while perusing the event resources available from Labyrinth Books. If you need to store your luggage while attending Tuesday's events, we have a room available nearby.

Tuesday April 23, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Mackay Campus Center 64 Mercer St. Princeton, NJ 08542

2:45pm

Log College Project Design Fellows Elective
Limited Capacity filling up

Spend time sharing stories and ideas for the type of innovative ministry we hope to engage in. 

Leaders
avatar for Abigail Rusert

Abigail Rusert

IYM Staff - Director, Princeton Theological Seminary
Abigail is the Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary and the principal investigator on the Log College Project grant—an initiative through the Lilly Endowment, Inc. to help churches research and design new forms of youth ministry for the... Read More →
avatar for Carmelle Beaugelin

Carmelle Beaugelin

IYM Staff - Log College Project Coordinator, Princeton Theological Seminary
Carmelle is the program coordinator for the Log College Project, a research grant which aims toward a deeper understanding of faithful and innovative forms of youth ministry for the 21st Century. For her own experiment in innovative ministry, Carmelle designed and helped launch The Feed Truck Café, a small café ministry that mysteriously pops up i... Read More →


Tuesday April 23, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Theron Room | Princeton Theological Seminary Library 25 Library Place, Princeton, NJ, USA

3:00pm

Opening Worship
Leaders
avatar for Larissa Kwong Abazia

Larissa Kwong Abazia

Preacher
Larissa Kwong Abazia is a Presbyterian Church (USA) pastor, speaker, and writer. Passionate about the call to racial justice within the church's walls, she is a founding team member and project manager for the Collective Foundation, an organization researching fundraising practices... Read More →
avatar for Martin Tel

Martin Tel

Worship Leader
Dr. Martin Tel serves as the C.F. Seabrook Director of Music at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he directs choirs, oversees music for daily chapel services, and teaches music and worship classes. He earned an M.Mus. from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. from Calvin Theological... Read More →
avatar for Abigail Rusert

Abigail Rusert

IYM Staff - Director, Princeton Theological Seminary
Abigail is the Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary and the principal investigator on the Log College Project grant—an initiative through the Lilly Endowment, Inc. to help churches research and design new forms of youth ministry for the... Read More →
avatar for Megan DeWald

Megan DeWald

IYM Staff - Assistant Director, Princeton Theological Seminary
Megan is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry, and in this role, she leads the IYM’s certificate programs and manages digital resources. She has over 15 years of experience in youth and young adult ministry, serving in a variety of contexts and traditions... Read More →
avatar for Carmelle Beaugelin

Carmelle Beaugelin

IYM Staff - Log College Project Coordinator, Princeton Theological Seminary
Carmelle is the program coordinator for the Log College Project, a research grant which aims toward a deeper understanding of faithful and innovative forms of youth ministry for the 21st Century. For her own experiment in innovative ministry, Carmelle designed and helped launch The Feed Truck Café, a small café ministry that mysteriously pops up i... Read More →


Tuesday April 23, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Miller Chapel 64 Mercer St, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA

4:15pm

Seminar Spotlight
This session will introduce you to the leaders and topics to be explored over the course of the next three days in each of our seminar offerings. This will help you decide which seminar you'll want to attend and will give you a glimpse of each leader's teaching style. You'll also meet the three small group leaders who will be hosting mealtime conversations that connect the material from the Forum with particular interests. Hosted by IYM Director, Abigail Visco Rusert.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Leaders
avatar for Wes Ellis

Wes Ellis

Small Group Leader
Wes Ellis is a husband, a father, and a passionate follower of Jesus. He's a veteran youth worker who's pastored in UCC, evangelical, Presbyterian, and Methodist churches. He holds a bachelor's degree in theology and biblical studies from Azusa Pacific University, and two master's... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Root

Andrew Root

Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry, Luther Seminary
Andrew (Andy) Root is the Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary. He is most recently the author of Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs, and Zombies: Youth Ministry in the Age of Science and Faith Formation in a Secular Age. His next book, The... Read More →
avatar for Erica Liu

Erica Liu

Theologian-in-Residence
Since 2004, Erica Liu has served as Co-Pastor at Pres House, a Presbyterian campus ministry at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She was called alongside her spouse, Mark Elsdon, to rebirth the historic campus ministry and develop a new, sustainable ministry model that today includes... Read More →
avatar for Christy Lang-Hearlson

Christy Lang-Hearlson

Theologian-in-Residence
Christy Lang Hearlson is Assistant Professor of Religious and Theological Education at Villanova University. She is co-editor with Kenda Creasy Dean of How Youth Ministry Can Change Theological Education—If We Let It, and she teaches and researches on consumer culture and Christianity... Read More →
avatar for Erik Leafblad

Erik Leafblad

Small Group Leader
Erik Leafblad has been a professor of missional ministries at Bethel University in St Paul, Minnesota since 2015. Prior to teaching, he led and directed ministry initiatives for Youthfront in Kansas City, and before that, he served as a youth pastor. Erik received his M.Div. from... Read More →
avatar for Erin Raffety

Erin Raffety

Research Advisor, Princeton Theological Seminary
Erin Raffety is lecturer in youth, church, and culture in the Department of Practical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and associate pastor for outreach and education at Grace Presbyterian Church in Kendall Park, N.J. A cultural anthropologist and PC(USA) pastor by training... Read More →
avatar for Abigail Rusert

Abigail Rusert

IYM Staff - Director, Princeton Theological Seminary
Abigail is the Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary and the principal investigator on the Log College Project grant—an initiative through the Lilly Endowment, Inc. to help churches research and design new forms of youth ministry for the... Read More →
avatar for Megan DeWald

Megan DeWald

IYM Staff - Assistant Director, Princeton Theological Seminary
Megan is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry, and in this role, she leads the IYM’s certificate programs and manages digital resources. She has over 15 years of experience in youth and young adult ministry, serving in a variety of contexts and traditions... Read More →


4:15pm

Ministry Architects Coach Training
Limited Capacity filling up

Training Session 1 for Ministry Architects consultants serving as coaches for the Certificate in Youth and Theology program.

Leaders
avatar for Jeff Dunn-Rankin

Jeff Dunn-Rankin

Faculty, Innovation Coach, & Ministry Architect
Jeff Dunn-Rankin is the director of family ministry at Christ United Methodist Church in Venice, Florida, where he also served as the youth director for 16 years. He has consulted with large and small youth and children's ministries from California to Florida. Dunn-Rankin has co-written... Read More →


6:00pm

Dinner
Buffet lines are in the Main Lounge. Please feel free to sit wherever you'd like the main dining room. Food is labeled for allergens, and a separate table has specially prepared meals. Please don't hesitate to request assistance for any dietary restrictions.


Tuesday April 23, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Mackay Campus Center 64 Mercer St. Princeton, NJ 08542

6:00pm

Small Group Discussion: Disability and Youth Ministry
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Join Erin Raffety for a mealtime conversation that brings disability in conversation with the Forum on Youth Ministry.

Leaders
avatar for Erin Raffety

Erin Raffety

Research Advisor, Princeton Theological Seminary
Erin Raffety is lecturer in youth, church, and culture in the Department of Practical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and associate pastor for outreach and education at Grace Presbyterian Church in Kendall Park, N.J. A cultural anthropologist and PC(USA) pastor by training... Read More →


6:00pm

Small Group Discussion: Missional Youth Ministry
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Join Erik Leafblad for a mealtime conversation that brings missional theology in conversation with the Forum on Youth Ministry.

Leaders
avatar for Erik Leafblad

Erik Leafblad

Small Group Leader
Erik Leafblad has been a professor of missional ministries at Bethel University in St Paul, Minnesota since 2015. Prior to teaching, he led and directed ministry initiatives for Youthfront in Kansas City, and before that, he served as a youth pastor. Erik received his M.Div. from... Read More →


Tuesday April 23, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Private Dining Room | Mackay Campus Center Mackay Campus Center, Princeton, NJ, USA

6:00pm

Small Group Discussion: Young Adult Ministry
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Join Wes Ellis for a mealtime conversation that brings young adult ministry in conversation with the Forum on Youth Ministry.

Leaders
avatar for Wes Ellis

Wes Ellis

Small Group Leader
Wes Ellis is a husband, a father, and a passionate follower of Jesus. He's a veteran youth worker who's pastored in UCC, evangelical, Presbyterian, and Methodist churches. He holds a bachelor's degree in theology and biblical studies from Azusa Pacific University, and two master's... Read More →


Tuesday April 23, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Kitchen Balcony | Mackay Campus Center Mackay Campus Center, Princeton, NJ, USA

7:15pm

Movement to Movements: Young, Active, and Faithful
Movement, particularly increased movement, has been a hallmark of adolescence—this includes more autonomy to go on one’s own, to walk home with friends, to drive, to relying less on one’s parents/guardians. In this lecture, we explore the connections between this increased movement in adolescence, alongside the connections of movement (and embodiment) to movements for social change and justice.

We look both at the significance of moving for these movements, such as why marches, die-ins, walk-outs, etc. are important embodied practices of social change movements and how adolescents have led the charge in recent (and not so recent) movements. We also look at how young people are embodying their faith and justice commitments in these movements.

Leaders
avatar for Almeda Wright

Almeda Wright

Associate Professor, Yale Divinity School
Almeda M. Wright is the Associate Professor of Religious Education at Yale Divinity School. Dr. Wright’s research focuses on African American religion, adolescent spiritual development, and the intersections of religion and public life. Her most recent book is The Spiritual Lives... Read More →


Tuesday April 23, 2019 7:15pm - 8:30pm
Room 6 | Stuart Hall Stuart Hall, Princeton, NJ, USA
 
Wednesday, April 24
 

8:45am

Worship
Leaders
avatar for Larissa Kwong Abazia

Larissa Kwong Abazia

Preacher
Larissa Kwong Abazia is a Presbyterian Church (USA) pastor, speaker, and writer. Passionate about the call to racial justice within the church's walls, she is a founding team member and project manager for the Collective Foundation, an organization researching fundraising practices... Read More →
avatar for Martin Tel

Martin Tel

Worship Leader
Dr. Martin Tel serves as the C.F. Seabrook Director of Music at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he directs choirs, oversees music for daily chapel services, and teaches music and worship classes. He earned an M.Mus. from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. from Calvin Theological... Read More →
avatar for Abigail Rusert

Abigail Rusert

IYM Staff - Director, Princeton Theological Seminary
Abigail is the Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary and the principal investigator on the Log College Project grant—an initiative through the Lilly Endowment, Inc. to help churches research and design new forms of youth ministry for the... Read More →
avatar for Megan DeWald

Megan DeWald

IYM Staff - Assistant Director, Princeton Theological Seminary
Megan is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry, and in this role, she leads the IYM’s certificate programs and manages digital resources. She has over 15 years of experience in youth and young adult ministry, serving in a variety of contexts and traditions... Read More →
avatar for Carmelle Beaugelin

Carmelle Beaugelin

IYM Staff - Log College Project Coordinator, Princeton Theological Seminary
Carmelle is the program coordinator for the Log College Project, a research grant which aims toward a deeper understanding of faithful and innovative forms of youth ministry for the 21st Century. For her own experiment in innovative ministry, Carmelle designed and helped launch The Feed Truck Café, a small café ministry that mysteriously pops up i... Read More →


Wednesday April 24, 2019 8:45am - 9:30am
Miller Chapel 64 Mercer St, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA

9:45am

Certificate in Youth and Theology Cohort J Seminar
Limited Capacity filling up

Participants in Cohort J of the Certificate in Youth and Theology program will reflect on their 12-month journey together while sharing their contextual ministry projects with one another.

Leaders
avatar for Megan DeWald

Megan DeWald

IYM Staff - Assistant Director, Princeton Theological Seminary
Megan is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry, and in this role, she leads the IYM’s certificate programs and manages digital resources. She has over 15 years of experience in youth and young adult ministry, serving in a variety of contexts and traditions... Read More →


Wednesday April 24, 2019 9:45am - 11:00am
Gambrell Room | Scheide Hall Scheide Hall, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA

9:45am

Is It Cheap, Or Just Cheap to Me: Responding to Consumer Culture with Youth (Pt. 1)
Limited Capacity filling up

In a world of consumer goods, it is easy to justify purchases by noting they are “cheap.” Yet so often, these goods are not at all cheap, but were produced at great costs by laborers elsewhere and at significant cost to the earth. How do we help young people today recognize their own immersion in consumer culture and respond to it faithfully, wisely, and with urgency? This extended seminar will introduce participants to various interpretations of consumer culture and help them understand their own involvement in consumerism. It will then offer insights from church history and theology, as well as from contemporary movements, into how we can move forward with youth into a new way of life.

Leaders
avatar for Christy Lang-Hearlson

Christy Lang-Hearlson

Theologian-in-Residence
Christy Lang Hearlson is Assistant Professor of Religious and Theological Education at Villanova University. She is co-editor with Kenda Creasy Dean of How Youth Ministry Can Change Theological Education—If We Let It, and she teaches and researches on consumer culture and Christianity... Read More →


Wednesday April 24, 2019 9:45am - 11:00am
Room 3 | Stuart Hall Stuart Hall, Princeton, NJ, USA

9:45am

Log College Project Design Fellows Seminar
Limited Capacity filling up

For the past year, the IYM has worked closely with 12 churches from around the country to develop innovative forms of youth ministry. At this year’s Forum, representatives (Design Fellows) from each church will meet each other and learn from leaders in theological education and innovation.

Check out The Log College Project to learn more.

Leaders
avatar for William H. Lamar IV

William H. Lamar IV

Preacher, Participant Observer, Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church
William H. Lamar IV is pastor of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. He was formerly managing director of leadership education at Duke Divinity School. Lamar has written for numerous publications including Christian Century and has been featured in... Read More →
avatar for Victoria White

Victoria White

Innovation Coach, Duke Divinity School
Victoria White encourages traditioned innovation in Christian leaders and their institutions through her teaching, writing, research, and grant making. She is the managing director of grants, leadership education at Duke Divinity School. She is passionate about using integrative thinking... Read More →
avatar for Gabby Cudjoe Wilkes

Gabby Cudjoe Wilkes

Innovation Coach
Pastor Gabby Cudjoe Wilkes is a licensed minister whose work is situated at the intersection of faith, culture, leadership and strategy. Pastor Gabby is one of the founding lead senior pastors of the new church start, The Double Love Experience in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to that... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Dunn-Rankin

Jeff Dunn-Rankin

Faculty, Innovation Coach, & Ministry Architect
Jeff Dunn-Rankin is the director of family ministry at Christ United Methodist Church in Venice, Florida, where he also served as the youth director for 16 years. He has consulted with large and small youth and children's ministries from California to Florida. Dunn-Rankin has co-written... Read More →
avatar for Carmelle Beaugelin

Carmelle Beaugelin

IYM Staff - Log College Project Coordinator, Princeton Theological Seminary
Carmelle is the program coordinator for the Log College Project, a research grant which aims toward a deeper understanding of faithful and innovative forms of youth ministry for the 21st Century. For her own experiment in innovative ministry, Carmelle designed and helped launch The Feed Truck Café, a small café ministry that mysteriously pops up i... Read More →
avatar for Abigail Rusert

Abigail Rusert

IYM Staff - Director, Princeton Theological Seminary
Abigail is the Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary and the principal investigator on the Log College Project grant—an initiative through the Lilly Endowment, Inc. to help churches research and design new forms of youth ministry for the... Read More →


Wednesday April 24, 2019 9:45am - 11:00am
Theron Room | Princeton Theological Seminary Library 25 Library Place, Princeton, NJ, USA

9:45am

Ministry in a Secular Age (Pt. 1)
Limited Capacity seats available

Why is faith formation so hard? We’re confronted at every turn with the narrative of decline, the rise of the nones, the constant refrain to pastors and churches that “the world is changing.” But the most fundamental challenge facing the church today is that God is no longer an assumed reality. How might ministry, the Church, and the role of the pastor need to shift when belief in God and transcendence is optional? What is faith in a secular age? And how can we help form it?

Leaders
avatar for Andrew Root

Andrew Root

Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry, Luther Seminary
Andrew (Andy) Root is the Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary. He is most recently the author of Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs, and Zombies: Youth Ministry in the Age of Science and Faith Formation in a Secular Age. His next book, The... Read More →


Wednesday April 24, 2019 9:45am - 11:00am
Room 1 | Stuart Hall Stuart Hall, Princeton, NJ, USA

9:45am

Our Bodies, Our Faith (Pt. 1)
Limited Capacity filling up

Faith in Jesus is faith in a flesh and blood body. Yet the Church’s relationship with flesh and blood bodies is complicated, to say the least. Young adults are often hyper-aware of the spoken and unspoken messages that churches give about bodies——around gender, sexuality, ability, race, ethnicity, size, health, power, and more.

In this extended seminar, we will unpack the stories we tell about our bodies, the ones we are aware of and the ones we may not realize, so that we can more intentionally cultivate spaces for young adults to grow in faith. Some of the things we will explore include how our bodies interact with Scripture, the ways we embody faith, and the power dynamics of bodies in various spaces.

Leaders
avatar for Erica Liu

Erica Liu

Theologian-in-Residence
Since 2004, Erica Liu has served as Co-Pastor at Pres House, a Presbyterian campus ministry at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She was called alongside her spouse, Mark Elsdon, to rebirth the historic campus ministry and develop a new, sustainable ministry model that today includes... Read More →


Wednesday April 24, 2019 9:45am - 11:00am
Room 5 | Stuart Hall Stuart Hall, Princeton, NJ, USA

11:00am

Break & Refreshments
Join us for a cup of coffee and a snack between sessions. Food is labeled for allergens. Please don't hesitate to request assistance for any dietary restrictions.

Outside Stuart Hall, unless inclement weather relocates us to the Stuart Hall basement.

Wednesday April 24, 2019 11:00am - 11:20am
Stuart Hall 64 Mercer St. Princeton, NJ 08542

11:30am

"No Leaders Here": The Justice Movements of Ordinary, Everyday Leaders
This second lecture continues exploring embodied faith in the interconnections of faith, movement, and social change movements. Looking at 20th century social change movements, we explore under-acknowledged exemplars of faith and social change: community leaders and teachers. In particular, this lecture makes connections between the type of leadership development that was essential to the Citizenship Education program of the Civil Rights movement and the work of empowering youth and young adults to faithfully respond to the calls to work for change. Figures like Septima Clark initially seem to be an unlikely inspiration for youth workers; however, she, like many other 20th century African American women teachers, embodied an unwavering faith in God, in their cause, and in themselves that pushed them to continue working for justice in spite of efforts to thwart them.

Leaders
avatar for Almeda Wright

Almeda Wright

Associate Professor, Yale Divinity School
Almeda M. Wright is the Associate Professor of Religious Education at Yale Divinity School. Dr. Wright’s research focuses on African American religion, adolescent spiritual development, and the intersections of religion and public life. Her most recent book is The Spiritual Lives... Read More →


Wednesday April 24, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 6 | Stuart Hall Stuart Hall, Princeton, NJ, USA

12:30pm

Lunch
Buffet lines are in the Main Lounge. Please feel free to sit wherever you'd like the main dining room. Food is labeled for allergens, and a separate table has specially prepared meals. Please don't hesitate to request assistance for any dietary restrictions.


Wednesday April 24, 2019 12:30pm - 1:20pm
Mackay Campus Center 64 Mercer St. Princeton, NJ 08542

12:30pm

Small Group Discussion: Disability and Youth Ministry
Limited Capacity filling up

Join Erin Raffety for a mealtime conversation that brings disability in conversation with the Forum on Youth Ministry.

Leaders
avatar for Erin Raffety

Erin Raffety

Research Advisor, Princeton Theological Seminary
Erin Raffety is lecturer in youth, church, and culture in the Department of Practical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and associate pastor for outreach and education at Grace Presbyterian Church in Kendall Park, N.J. A cultural anthropologist and PC(USA) pastor by training... Read More →


12:30pm

Small Group Discussion: Missional Youth Ministry
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Join Erik Leafblad for a mealtime conversation that brings missional theology in conversation with the Forum on Youth Ministry.

Leaders
avatar for Erik Leafblad

Erik Leafblad

Small Group Leader
Erik Leafblad has been a professor of missional ministries at Bethel University in St Paul, Minnesota since 2015. Prior to teaching, he led and directed ministry initiatives for Youthfront in Kansas City, and before that, he served as a youth pastor. Erik received his M.Div. from... Read More →


Wednesday April 24, 2019 12:30pm - 1:20pm
Private Dining Room | Mackay Campus Center Mackay Campus Center, Princeton, NJ, USA

12:30pm

Small Group Discussion: Young Adult Ministry
Limited Capacity filling up

Join Wes Ellis for a mealtime conversation that brings young adult ministry in conversation with the Forum on Youth Ministry.

Leaders
avatar for Wes Ellis

Wes Ellis

Small Group Leader
Wes Ellis is a husband, a father, and a passionate follower of Jesus. He's a veteran youth worker who's pastored in UCC, evangelical, Presbyterian, and Methodist churches. He holds a bachelor's degree in theology and biblical studies from Azusa Pacific University, and two master's... Read More →


Wednesday April 24, 2019 12:30pm - 1:20pm
Kitchen Balcony | Mackay Campus Center Mackay Campus Center, Princeton, NJ, USA

1:30pm

Biblical Foundations for Innovation in Youth Ministry
Limited Capacity seats available

This elective takes participants on a journey to read the Bible with curiosity, imagining how God acts in Scripture and how God might act today. Participants will be encouraged to share their own voices as they encounter the biblical text while also being curious about the stories of others, understanding how these stories shape the way we read the Bible. While going on a journey through the book of Acts, participants will share their insights with one another, listening to new perspectives and beginning to dream about what God may be up to today.

Leaders
avatar for Eric Barreto

Eric Barreto

Faculty & Preacher
Eric D. Barreto is the Frederick and Margaret L. Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament. He holds a BA in religion from Oklahoma Baptist University, an MDiv from Princeton Seminary, and a PhD in New Testament from Emory University. Prior to coming to Princeton Seminary... Read More →


Wednesday April 24, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 4 | Stuart Hall Stuart Hall, Princeton, NJ, USA

1:30pm

Certificate in Youth and Theology Cohort K Gathering
Limited Capacity filling up

This is the first gathering for the newly launched Cohort K of the Certificate in Youth and Theology program. Participants will meet one another and their coaches from Ministry Architects during this warm and welcoming session.

Leaders
avatar for Megan DeWald

Megan DeWald

IYM Staff - Assistant Director, Princeton Theological Seminary
Megan is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry, and in this role, she leads the IYM’s certificate programs and manages digital resources. She has over 15 years of experience in youth and young adult ministry, serving in a variety of contexts and traditions... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Dunn-Rankin

Jeff Dunn-Rankin

Faculty, Innovation Coach, & Ministry Architect
Jeff Dunn-Rankin is the director of family ministry at Christ United Methodist Church in Venice, Florida, where he also served as the youth director for 16 years. He has consulted with large and small youth and children's ministries from California to Florida. Dunn-Rankin has co-written... Read More →


Wednesday April 24, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Gambrell Room | Scheide Hall Scheide Hall, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA

1:30pm

Helping Youth to See Themselves in the Stories of Scripture
Limited Capacity filling up

Sometimes the gap between our lived experiences today and the world of the Bible seems immeasurable. Especially for our youth, the stories of Scripture can seem out of touch with the joys and struggles they experience every day. In this elective, we will explore practical ways to open up our theological imaginations in order to recognize how our stories are intertwined with the stories we encounter in the Bible. Together, we will dive into several biblical stories of doubt, healing, and faith— focusing on those who may feel that they don't belong. We will emerge with a stronger sense of Jesus' mission—to deliver the good news that the story of God's work in the world is a story to which we all belong, a story that continues in our day-to-day lives.

Leaders
avatar for Lindsey Trozzo

Lindsey Trozzo

Associate Director of the Office of Digital Learning, Princeton Theological Seminary
In her role as Associate Director of Digital Learning at Princeton Theological Seminary, Lindsey oversees the Office of Digital Learning, which engages the PTS learning community, using digital means to support the mission of preparing leaders for the church, the academy, and the... Read More →
avatar for Jess Winderweedle

Jess Winderweedle

Innovation Coach, Kingston United Methodist Church, The Feed Truck Ministries Inc.
Jess Winderweedle has served as pastor at Kingston UMC since 2016. At Kingston UMC, Jess invests in developing leaders and cultivating the worship life of our congregation. A graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Princeton Theological Seminary, Jess also received a wealth of education in business management and community involvement... Read More →


Wednesday April 24, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 2 | Stuart Hall Stuart Hall, Princeton, NJ, USA

1:30pm

My Mission Possible: Gamified Solutions to Wicked Problems
Limited Capacity filling up

Experience a gamified design thinking process that enables participants to create generative solutions to challenges in our ministries or personal lives. Please bring a few ideas of challenges you are facing in your ministry to navigate through the design thinking steps. You will walk away with more ideas for solutions than you thought possible!

Leaders
avatar for Victoria White

Victoria White

Innovation Coach, Duke Divinity School
Victoria White encourages traditioned innovation in Christian leaders and their institutions through her teaching, writing, research, and grant making. She is the managing director of grants, leadership education at Duke Divinity School. She is passionate about using integrative thinking... Read More →


Wednesday April 24, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 1 | Stuart Hall Stuart Hall, Princeton, NJ, USA

1:30pm

Toward an Ethical, Embodied Ministry With Young People With Disabilities
Limited Capacity filling up

What if our bodies could “talk”? What if they do, insofar as they inhabit and express culture whether we realize it or not? What if learning more about our own embodied biases and preferences with respect to culture, communication, and ministry could lead toward more ethical, inspired, and faithful ministry with young people with disabilities? In this elective, we will engage in interactive study of Scripture, our bodies, and our communication styles. We will discover what we need to “unlearn” and repent of in order to grow in our ministry of dignifying difference with young people with disabilities. Then, we will draw upon these learnings to form strategies, gather resources, and collaborate with one another’s ministry in order to eschew “bodily ethnocentrism” in favor of broader, more creative, inclusive practices in worship and witness of Jesus Christ’s boundary-breaking gospel to the world.

Leaders
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Erin Raffety

Research Advisor, Princeton Theological Seminary
Erin Raffety is lecturer in youth, church, and culture in the Department of Practical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and associate pastor for outreach and education at Grace Presbyterian Church in Kendall Park, N.J. A cultural anthropologist and PC(USA) pastor by training... Read More →


Wednesday April 24, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 3 | Stuart Hall Stuart Hall, Princeton, NJ, USA

3:00pm

Ministry Architects Coach Training
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Training Debrief for Ministry Architects consultants serving as coaches for the Certificate in Youth and Theology program.

Leaders
avatar for Jeff Dunn-Rankin

Jeff Dunn-Rankin

Faculty, Innovation Coach, & Ministry Architect
Jeff Dunn-Rankin is the director of family ministry at Christ United Methodist Church in Venice, Florida, where he also served as the youth director for 16 years. He has consulted with large and small youth and children's ministries from California to Florida. Dunn-Rankin has co-written... Read More →


4:45pm

IYM1101 Enrolled M.Div/MACEF Course at PTS
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This course for enrolled M.Div/MACEF students at Princeton Theological Seminary involves full participation in and reflection on the Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry, which will take place in April 23-26, 2019. Emphasis will be on the integration of theology and practice. Faculty and lecturers at this conference include PTS faculty, faculty from other seminaries, and experienced pastors. Students are expected to participate in conference worship as well as the lectures and courses. (1 credit)

Leaders
avatar for Kermit Moss

Kermit Moss

Faculty
Kermit Moss is a Ph.D. candidate in the area of Practical Theology (Christian Education and Formation) and the Interim Director for the Center for Black Church Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. His research interests lie at the intersection of theology, identity, spirituality... Read More →


 
Thursday, April 25
 

8:45am

Worship
Leaders
avatar for William H. Lamar IV

William H. Lamar IV

Preacher, Participant Observer, Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church
William H. Lamar IV is pastor of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. He was formerly managing director of leadership education at Duke Divinity School. Lamar has written for numerous publications including Christian Century and has been featured in... Read More →
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Martin Tel

Worship Leader
Dr. Martin Tel serves as the C.F. Seabrook Director of Music at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he directs choirs, oversees music for daily chapel services, and teaches music and worship classes. He earned an M.Mus. from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. from Calvin Theological... Read More →
avatar for Abigail Rusert

Abigail Rusert

IYM Staff - Director, Princeton Theological Seminary
Abigail is the Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary and the principal investigator on the Log College Project grant—an initiative through the Lilly Endowment, Inc. to help churches research and design new forms of youth ministry for the... Read More →
avatar for Megan DeWald

Megan DeWald

IYM Staff - Assistant Director, Princeton Theological Seminary
Megan is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry, and in this role, she leads the IYM’s certificate programs and manages digital resources. She has over 15 years of experience in youth and young adult ministry, serving in a variety of contexts and traditions... Read More →
avatar for Carmelle Beaugelin

Carmelle Beaugelin

IYM Staff - Log College Project Coordinator, Princeton Theological Seminary
Carmelle is the program coordinator for the Log College Project, a research grant which aims toward a deeper understanding of faithful and innovative forms of youth ministry for the 21st Century. For her own experiment in innovative ministry, Carmelle designed and helped launch The Feed Truck Café, a small café ministry that mysteriously pops up i... Read More →


Thursday April 25, 2019 8:45am - 9:30am
Miller Chapel 64 Mercer St, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA

9:45am

Certificate in Youth and Theology Cohort J Seminar
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Participants in Cohort J of the Certificate in Youth and Theology program will reflect on their 12-month journey together while sharing their contextual ministry projects with one another.

Leaders
avatar for Megan DeWald

Megan DeWald

IYM Staff - Assistant Director, Princeton Theological Seminary
Megan is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry, and in this role, she leads the IYM’s certificate programs and manages digital resources. She has over 15 years of experience in youth and young adult ministry, serving in a variety of contexts and traditions... Read More →


Thursday April 25, 2019 9:45am - 11:00am
Gambrell Room | Scheide Hall Scheide Hall, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA

9:45am

Is It Cheap, Or Just Cheap to Me: Responding to Consumer Culture with Youth (Pt. 2)
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In a world of consumer goods, it is easy to justify purchases by noting they are “cheap.” Yet so often, these goods are not at all cheap, but were produced at great costs by laborers elsewhere and at significant cost to the earth. How do we help young people today recognize their own immersion in consumer culture and respond to it faithfully, wisely, and with urgency? This extended seminar will introduce participants to various interpretations of consumer culture and help them understand their own involvement in consumerism. It will then offer insights from church history and theology, as well as from contemporary movements, into how we can move forward with youth into a new way of life.

Leaders
avatar for Christy Lang-Hearlson

Christy Lang-Hearlson

Theologian-in-Residence
Christy Lang Hearlson is Assistant Professor of Religious and Theological Education at Villanova University. She is co-editor with Kenda Creasy Dean of How Youth Ministry Can Change Theological Education—If We Let It, and she teaches and researches on consumer culture and Christianity... Read More →


Thursday April 25, 2019 9:45am - 11:00am
Room 3 | Stuart Hall Stuart Hall, Princeton, NJ, USA

9:45am

Log College Project Design Fellows Seminar
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For the past year, the IYM has worked closely with 12 churches from around the country to develop innovative forms of youth ministry. At this year’s Forum, representatives (Design Fellows) from each church will meet each other and learn from leaders in theological education and innovation.

Check out The Log College Project to learn more.

Leaders
avatar for William H. Lamar IV

William H. Lamar IV

Preacher, Participant Observer, Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church
William H. Lamar IV is pastor of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. He was formerly managing director of leadership education at Duke Divinity School. Lamar has written for numerous publications including Christian Century and has been featured in... Read More →
avatar for Victoria White

Victoria White

Innovation Coach, Duke Divinity School
Victoria White encourages traditioned innovation in Christian leaders and their institutions through her teaching, writing, research, and grant making. She is the managing director of grants, leadership education at Duke Divinity School. She is passionate about using integrative thinking... Read More →
avatar for Gabby Cudjoe Wilkes

Gabby Cudjoe Wilkes

Innovation Coach
Pastor Gabby Cudjoe Wilkes is a licensed minister whose work is situated at the intersection of faith, culture, leadership and strategy. Pastor Gabby is one of the founding lead senior pastors of the new church start, The Double Love Experience in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to that... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Dunn-Rankin

Jeff Dunn-Rankin

Faculty, Innovation Coach, & Ministry Architect
Jeff Dunn-Rankin is the director of family ministry at Christ United Methodist Church in Venice, Florida, where he also served as the youth director for 16 years. He has consulted with large and small youth and children's ministries from California to Florida. Dunn-Rankin has co-written... Read More →
avatar for Carmelle Beaugelin

Carmelle Beaugelin

IYM Staff - Log College Project Coordinator, Princeton Theological Seminary
Carmelle is the program coordinator for the Log College Project, a research grant which aims toward a deeper understanding of faithful and innovative forms of youth ministry for the 21st Century. For her own experiment in innovative ministry, Carmelle designed and helped launch The Feed Truck Café, a small café ministry that mysteriously pops up i... Read More →
avatar for Abigail Rusert

Abigail Rusert

IYM Staff - Director, Princeton Theological Seminary
Abigail is the Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary and the principal investigator on the Log College Project grant—an initiative through the Lilly Endowment, Inc. to help churches research and design new forms of youth ministry for the... Read More →


Thursday April 25, 2019 9:45am - 11:00am
Theron Room | Princeton Theological Seminary Library 25 Library Place, Princeton, NJ, USA

9:45am

Ministry in a Secular Age (Pt. 2)
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Why is faith formation so hard? We’re confronted at every turn with the narrative of decline, the rise of the nones, the constant refrain to pastors and churches that “the world is changing.” But the most fundamental challenge facing the church today is that God is no longer an assumed reality. How might ministry, the Church, and the role of the pastor need to shift when belief in God and transcendence is optional? What is faith in a secular age? And how can we help form it?

Leaders
avatar for Andrew Root

Andrew Root

Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry, Luther Seminary
Andrew (Andy) Root is the Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary. He is most recently the author of Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs, and Zombies: Youth Ministry in the Age of Science and Faith Formation in a Secular Age. His next book, The... Read More →


Thursday April 25, 2019 9:45am - 11:00am
Room 1 | Stuart Hall Stuart Hall, Princeton, NJ, USA

9:45am

Our Bodies, Our Faith (Pt. 2)
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Faith in Jesus is faith in a flesh and blood body. Yet the Church’s relationship with flesh and blood bodies is complicated, to say the least. Young adults are often hyper-aware of the spoken and unspoken messages that churches give about bodies——around gender, sexuality, ability, race, ethnicity, size, health, power, and more.

In this extended seminar, we will unpack the stories we tell about our bodies, the ones we are aware of and the ones we may not realize, so that we can more intentionally cultivate spaces for young adults to grow in faith. Some of the things we will explore include how our bodies interact with Scripture, the ways we embody faith, and the power dynamics of bodies in various spaces.

Leaders
avatar for Erica Liu

Erica Liu

Theologian-in-Residence
Since 2004, Erica Liu has served as Co-Pastor at Pres House, a Presbyterian campus ministry at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She was called alongside her spouse, Mark Elsdon, to rebirth the historic campus ministry and develop a new, sustainable ministry model that today includes... Read More →


Thursday April 25, 2019 9:45am - 11:00am
Room 5 | Stuart Hall Stuart Hall, Princeton, NJ, USA

11:00am

Break & Refreshments
Join us for a cup of coffee and a snack between sessions. Food is labeled for allergens. Please don't hesitate to request assistance for any dietary restrictions.

Outside Stuart Hall, unless inclement weather relocates us to the Stuart Hall basement.

Thursday April 25, 2019 11:00am - 11:20am
Stuart Hall 64 Mercer St. Princeton, NJ 08542

11:30am

Biblical Foundations for Innovation in Youth Ministry
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This elective takes participants on a journey to read the Bible with curiosity, imagining how God acts in Scripture and how God might act today. Participants will be encouraged to share their own voices as they encounter the biblical text while also being curious about the stories of others, understanding how these stories shape the way we read the Bible. While going on a journey through the book of Acts, participants will share their insights with one another, listening to new perspectives and beginning to dream about what God may be up to today.

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avatar for Eric Barreto

Eric Barreto

Faculty & Preacher
Eric D. Barreto is the Frederick and Margaret L. Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament. He holds a BA in religion from Oklahoma Baptist University, an MDiv from Princeton Seminary, and a PhD in New Testament from Emory University. Prior to coming to Princeton Seminary... Read More →


Thursday April 25, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 4 | Stuart Hall Stuart Hall, Princeton, NJ, USA

11:30am

Hospitality: the Good News about Evangelism and Youth Ministry
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What does it look like to share the good news alongside our young people? What might the practice of hospitality tell us about the good news? What might it teach us about the work of evangelism? In this elective we will consider what the New Testament has to say about hospitality and we will discuss the practical ways that hospitality not only facilitates ministry to young people, it becomes ministry with young people who long for a place to connect and a seat at the table. Join us as we connect the stories of Scripture to the real-life story of Feed Truck Ministries, Inc. and explore the possibilities of hospitality as evangelism.

Leaders
avatar for Lindsey Trozzo

Lindsey Trozzo

Associate Director of the Office of Digital Learning, Princeton Theological Seminary
In her role as Associate Director of Digital Learning at Princeton Theological Seminary, Lindsey oversees the Office of Digital Learning, which engages the PTS learning community, using digital means to support the mission of preparing leaders for the church, the academy, and the... Read More →
avatar for Jess Winderweedle

Jess Winderweedle

Innovation Coach, Kingston United Methodist Church, The Feed Truck Ministries Inc.
Jess Winderweedle has served as pastor at Kingston UMC since 2016. At Kingston UMC, Jess invests in developing leaders and cultivating the worship life of our congregation. A graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Princeton Theological Seminary, Jess also received a wealth of education in business management and community involvement... Read More →


Thursday April 25, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 2 | Stuart Hall Stuart Hall, Princeton, NJ, USA

11:30am

Lessons from a Post-Christian Youth Work Context
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Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

If necessity is the mother of invention, then there is a lot of work to do. In this session, two of the senior leadership team from the organization Youthscape are here to share some of the lessons, pitfalls, and encouragements of trying to reach and support young people in a post-Christian culture. Youthscape is an organization that supports young people with diverse experiences and challenges in the UK——a nation which has left much of its mainstream Christian heritage behind. Gamifying conversations about faith, anxiety, and sexual ethics, as well as doing research on experiential apologetics (and running a film-school for the YouTube generation of evangelists) is all part of our work. We use research, the experience of our youth-work team, and a robust innovation process to reach young people.

Leaders
avatar for Martin Saunders

Martin Saunders

Faculty
Martin Saunders has been involved in youth ministry in the UK for almost 20 years, and has created and pioneered a range of resources, programs, and events for both young people and their leaders. He was the editor of Youthwork magazine for nine years, and now serves as deputy CEO... Read More →
avatar for Lucie Shuker

Lucie Shuker

Faculty
Dr. Lucie Schuker joined Youthscape as director of research after seven years working at a local university. She has been conducting research into different aspects of children and young people's lives for the last 13 years, across education, safeguarding, and youth ministry, and... Read More →


Thursday April 25, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 3 | Stuart Hall Stuart Hall, Princeton, NJ, USA

11:30am

Log College Design Fellows Elective With Andrew Root
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Andrew Root

Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry, Luther Seminary
Andrew (Andy) Root is the Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary. He is most recently the author of Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs, and Zombies: Youth Ministry in the Age of Science and Faith Formation in a Secular Age. His next book, The... Read More →
avatar for Carmelle Beaugelin

Carmelle Beaugelin

IYM Staff - Log College Project Coordinator, Princeton Theological Seminary
Carmelle is the program coordinator for the Log College Project, a research grant which aims toward a deeper understanding of faithful and innovative forms of youth ministry for the 21st Century. For her own experiment in innovative ministry, Carmelle designed and helped launch The Feed Truck Café, a small café ministry that mysteriously pops up i... Read More →
avatar for Abigail Rusert

Abigail Rusert

IYM Staff - Director, Princeton Theological Seminary
Abigail is the Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary and the principal investigator on the Log College Project grant—an initiative through the Lilly Endowment, Inc. to help churches research and design new forms of youth ministry for the... Read More →


Thursday April 25, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
Theron Room | Princeton Theological Seminary Library 25 Library Place, Princeton, NJ, USA

11:30am

Ministry Architects Coach Training
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Training Session 2 for Ministry Architects consultants serving as coaches for the Certificate in Youth and Theology program.

Leaders
avatar for Jeff Dunn-Rankin

Jeff Dunn-Rankin

Faculty, Innovation Coach, & Ministry Architect
Jeff Dunn-Rankin is the director of family ministry at Christ United Methodist Church in Venice, Florida, where he also served as the youth director for 16 years. He has consulted with large and small youth and children's ministries from California to Florida. Dunn-Rankin has co-written... Read More →


1:00pm

Lunch
Buffet lines are in the Main Lounge. Please feel free to sit wherever you'd like the main dining room. Food is labeled for allergens, and a separate table has specially prepared meals. Please don't hesitate to request assistance for any dietary restrictions.


Thursday April 25, 2019 1:00pm - 2:20pm
Mackay Campus Center 64 Mercer St. Princeton, NJ 08542

2:30pm

Don't Set Goals. Not Yet.
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Whether our ministry goals are clearly written down, or in our heads and fuzzy, we all have them. Bigger. Deeper. Less serious. More serious. Setting goals is an essential step in ministry leadership. But it’s not the first step. Goals will only flourish if they are planted in the rich soil of mission and values. Learn how to discern a mission and set of core values that inspire your team and honor the culture of your ministry setting.

Leaders
avatar for Jeff Dunn-Rankin

Jeff Dunn-Rankin

Faculty, Innovation Coach, & Ministry Architect
Jeff Dunn-Rankin is the director of family ministry at Christ United Methodist Church in Venice, Florida, where he also served as the youth director for 16 years. He has consulted with large and small youth and children's ministries from California to Florida. Dunn-Rankin has co-written... Read More →


Thursday April 25, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Room 1 | Stuart Hall Stuart Hall, Princeton, NJ, USA

2:30pm

Helping Youth to See Themselves in the Stories of Scripture
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Sometimes the gap between our lived experiences today and the world of the Bible seems immeasurable. Especially for our youth, the stories of Scripture can seem out of touch with the joys and struggles they experience every day. In this elective, we will explore practical ways to open up our theological imaginations in order to recognize how our stories are intertwined with the stories we encounter in the Bible. Together, we will dive into several biblical stories of doubt, healing, and faith—focusing on those who may feel that they don't belong. We will emerge with a stronger sense of Jesus' mission—to deliver the good news that the story of God's work in the world is a story to which we all belong, a story that continues in our day-to-day lives.

Leaders
avatar for Lindsey Trozzo

Lindsey Trozzo

Associate Director of the Office of Digital Learning, Princeton Theological Seminary
In her role as Associate Director of Digital Learning at Princeton Theological Seminary, Lindsey oversees the Office of Digital Learning, which engages the PTS learning community, using digital means to support the mission of preparing leaders for the church, the academy, and the... Read More →
avatar for Jess Winderweedle

Jess Winderweedle

Innovation Coach, Kingston United Methodist Church, The Feed Truck Ministries Inc.
Jess Winderweedle has served as pastor at Kingston UMC since 2016. At Kingston UMC, Jess invests in developing leaders and cultivating the worship life of our congregation. A graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Princeton Theological Seminary, Jess also received a wealth of education in business management and community involvement... Read More →


Thursday April 25, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Room 2 | Stuart Hall Stuart Hall, Princeton, NJ, USA

2:30pm

Lessons from a Post-Christian Youth Work Context
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

If necessity is the mother of invention, then there is a lot of work to do. In this session, two of the senior leadership team from the organization Youthscape are here to share some of the lessons, pitfalls, and encouragements of trying to reach and support young people in a post-Christian culture. Youthscape is an organization that supports young people with diverse experiences and challenges in the UK——a nation which has left much of its mainstream Christian heritage behind. Gamifying conversations about faith, anxiety, and sexual ethics, as well as doing research on experiential apologetics (and running a film-school for the YouTube generation of evangelists) is all part of our work. We use research, the experience of our youth-work team, and a robust innovation process to reach young people.

Leaders
avatar for Martin Saunders

Martin Saunders

Faculty
Martin Saunders has been involved in youth ministry in the UK for almost 20 years, and has created and pioneered a range of resources, programs, and events for both young people and their leaders. He was the editor of Youthwork magazine for nine years, and now serves as deputy CEO... Read More →
avatar for Lucie Shuker

Lucie Shuker

Faculty
Dr. Lucie Schuker joined Youthscape as director of research after seven years working at a local university. She has been conducting research into different aspects of children and young people's lives for the last 13 years, across education, safeguarding, and youth ministry, and... Read More →


Thursday April 25, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Room 3 | Stuart Hall Stuart Hall, Princeton, NJ, USA

2:30pm

Toward an Ethical, Embodied Ministry With Young People With Disabilities
Limited Capacity seats available

What if our bodies could “talk”? What if they do, insofar as they inhabit and express culture whether we realize it or not? What if learning more about our own embodied biases and preferences with respect to culture, communication, and ministry could lead toward more ethical, inspired, and faithful ministry with young people with disabilities? In this elective, we will engage in interactive study of Scripture, our bodies, and our communication styles. We will discover what we need to “unlearn” and repent of in order to grow in our ministry of dignifying difference with young people with disabilities. Then, we will draw upon these learnings to form strategies, gather resources, and collaborate with one another’s ministry in order to eschew “bodily ethnocentrism” in favor of broader, more creative, inclusive practices in worship and witness of Jesus Christ’s boundary-breaking gospel to the world.

Leaders
avatar for Erin Raffety

Erin Raffety

Research Advisor, Princeton Theological Seminary
Erin Raffety is lecturer in youth, church, and culture in the Department of Practical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and associate pastor for outreach and education at Grace Presbyterian Church in Kendall Park, N.J. A cultural anthropologist and PC(USA) pastor by training... Read More →


Thursday April 25, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Room 4 | Stuart Hall Stuart Hall, Princeton, NJ, USA

2:30pm

Ministry Architects Coach Training
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Training Session 3 for Ministry Architects consultants serving as coaches for the Certificate in Youth and Theology program.

4:15pm

IYM1101 Enrolled M.Div/MACEF Course at PTS
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This course for enrolled M.Div/MACEF students at Princeton Theological Seminary involves full participation in and reflection on the Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry, which will take place in April 23-26, 2019. Emphasis will be on the integration of theology and practice. Faculty and lecturers at this conference include PTS faculty, faculty from other seminaries, and experienced pastors. Students are expected to participate in conference worship as well as the lectures and courses. (1 credit)

Leaders
avatar for Kermit Moss

Kermit Moss

Faculty
Kermit Moss is a Ph.D. candidate in the area of Practical Theology (Christian Education and Formation) and the Interim Director for the Center for Black Church Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. His research interests lie at the intersection of theology, identity, spirituality... Read More →


Thursday April 25, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Art Studio | Erdman Center Erdman Conference Center, Library Place, Princeton, NJ, USA

4:30pm

Cohort J Reception & Certificate Presentation
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Participants in Cohort J of the Certificate in Youth and Theology program will gather for a reception and celebration of their 12-month journey.

Leaders
avatar for Megan DeWald

Megan DeWald

IYM Staff - Assistant Director, Princeton Theological Seminary
Megan is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry, and in this role, she leads the IYM’s certificate programs and manages digital resources. She has over 15 years of experience in youth and young adult ministry, serving in a variety of contexts and traditions... Read More →


Thursday April 25, 2019 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Private Dining Room | Mackay Campus Center Mackay Campus Center, Princeton, NJ, USA

6:00pm

Dinner
Buffet lines are in the Main Lounge. Please feel free to sit wherever you'd like the main dining room. Food is labeled for allergens, and a separate table has specially prepared meals. Please don't hesitate to request assistance for any dietary restrictions.


Thursday April 25, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Mackay Campus Center 64 Mercer St. Princeton, NJ 08542

7:15pm

Who Has Time for Joy?
In 1991, I was running summer programs and after school programs at our predominantly white, mainline church situated in an urban neighborhood of color.  In the last nine months of that year, I did nine funerals for young men under the age of 25. These young men had lived in the four block radius around our church. Those funerals re-wrote the script of my ministry, and re-framed the questions I was asking. The title for this lecture comes from a Danez Smith poem that asks: Do we (really) have time for joy? I think we do. But ministry reminds us that it’s hard to do the work we are called to unless we are facing honestly what is before us——the injustice, the bodies, and the mission of the Church. Who has time for joy? It’s the right question.

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avatar for Michael Mather

Michael Mather

Lecturer
Michael Mather has been pastor of Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana since 2003. He is the author of Having Nothing, Possessing Everything: Finding Abundant Communities in Unexpected Places.  He is also on the faculty of the Asset Based Community Development... Read More →


Thursday April 25, 2019 7:15pm - 8:30pm
Room 6 | Stuart Hall Stuart Hall, Princeton, NJ, USA

8:45pm

This is Our Story, This is Our Song
What does it mean to wrestle with changing faith? How do we reckon faithfully with doubt, trauma, and the joys and sorrows of the world? Join us in a conversation and performance with singer/songwriter Audrey Assad, facilitated by author and Princeton Theological Seminary student, Jeff Chu.

This portion of the Forum on Youth Ministry is sponsored by an on-campus collaboration between the Princeton Seminary Student Government Association, the Center for Theology, Women, and Gender, and the Institute for Youth Ministry.

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Audrey Assad

Special Guest Musician
Audrey Assad, daughter of a Syrian refugee, is an award-winning singer-songwriter, Christian music artist, author, speaker, and producer. Her music, which she describes as “soundtracks for prayer,” is released on the label Fortunate Fall Records, with her most recent album, “Evergreen... Read More →


Thursday April 25, 2019 8:45pm - 10:00pm
Miller Chapel 64 Mercer St, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
 
Friday, April 26
 

8:45am

What If the Mightiest Word is Love?
A South African friend told me they had a church-joke in the 1980s. He said, “There are two possible solutions to our crisis here. One is realistic, and one is miraculous. One solution is that God will come down and sort us all out. That’s the realistic solution. The miraculous solution is that we will sit down and talk with our enemies.” Sitting down and talking with our enemies is an act of living as if the Gospel is true. This is also why we once told our Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families, “If you start a youth group you’re fired.” If the mightiest word is love, it would cause us to re-think and re-structure what we do and how we do it. It would change the way we live, move, and breathe. It would change the way we do youth ministry.

Leaders
avatar for Michael Mather

Michael Mather

Lecturer
Michael Mather has been pastor of Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana since 2003. He is the author of Having Nothing, Possessing Everything: Finding Abundant Communities in Unexpected Places.  He is also on the faculty of the Asset Based Community Development... Read More →


Friday April 26, 2019 8:45am - 9:45am
Room 6 | Stuart Hall Stuart Hall, Princeton, NJ, USA

9:45am

Break & Refreshments
Join us for a cup of coffee and a snack between sessions. Food is labeled for allergens. Please don't hesitate to request assistance for any dietary restrictions.

Outside Stuart Hall, unless inclement weather relocates us to the Stuart Hall basement.

Friday April 26, 2019 9:45am - 10:10am
Stuart Hall 64 Mercer St. Princeton, NJ 08542

10:15am

Certificate in Youth and Theology Cohort J Seminar
Limited Capacity filling up

Participants in Cohort J of the Certificate in Youth and Theology program will reflect on their 12-month journey together while sharing their contextual ministry projects with one another.

Leaders
avatar for Megan DeWald

Megan DeWald

IYM Staff - Assistant Director, Princeton Theological Seminary
Megan is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry, and in this role, she leads the IYM’s certificate programs and manages digital resources. She has over 15 years of experience in youth and young adult ministry, serving in a variety of contexts and traditions... Read More →


10:15am

Is It Cheap, Or Just Cheap to Me: Responding to Consumer Culture with Youth (Pt. 3)
Limited Capacity filling up

In a world of consumer goods, it is easy to justify purchases by noting they are “cheap.” Yet so often, these goods are not at all cheap, but were produced at great costs by laborers elsewhere and at significant cost to the earth. How do we help young people today recognize their own immersion in consumer culture and respond to it faithfully, wisely, and with urgency? This extended seminar will introduce participants to various interpretations of consumer culture and help them understand their own involvement in consumerism. It will then offer insights from church history and theology, as well as from contemporary movements, into how we can move forward with youth into a new way of life.

Leaders
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Christy Lang-Hearlson

Theologian-in-Residence
Christy Lang Hearlson is Assistant Professor of Religious and Theological Education at Villanova University. She is co-editor with Kenda Creasy Dean of How Youth Ministry Can Change Theological Education—If We Let It, and she teaches and researches on consumer culture and Christianity... Read More →


Friday April 26, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Room 3 | Stuart Hall Stuart Hall, Princeton, NJ, USA

10:15am

Log College Project Design Fellows Seminar
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For the past year, the IYM has worked closely with 12 churches from around the country to develop innovative forms of youth ministry. At this year’s Forum, representatives (Design Fellows) from each church will meet each other and learn from leaders in theological education and innovation.

Check out The Log College Project to learn more.

Leaders
avatar for William H. Lamar IV

William H. Lamar IV

Preacher, Participant Observer, Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church
William H. Lamar IV is pastor of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. He was formerly managing director of leadership education at Duke Divinity School. Lamar has written for numerous publications including Christian Century and has been featured in... Read More →
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Victoria White

Innovation Coach, Duke Divinity School
Victoria White encourages traditioned innovation in Christian leaders and their institutions through her teaching, writing, research, and grant making. She is the managing director of grants, leadership education at Duke Divinity School. She is passionate about using integrative thinking... Read More →
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Gabby Cudjoe Wilkes

Innovation Coach
Pastor Gabby Cudjoe Wilkes is a licensed minister whose work is situated at the intersection of faith, culture, leadership and strategy. Pastor Gabby is one of the founding lead senior pastors of the new church start, The Double Love Experience in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to that... Read More →
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Jeff Dunn-Rankin

Faculty, Innovation Coach, & Ministry Architect
Jeff Dunn-Rankin is the director of family ministry at Christ United Methodist Church in Venice, Florida, where he also served as the youth director for 16 years. He has consulted with large and small youth and children's ministries from California to Florida. Dunn-Rankin has co-written... Read More →
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Carmelle Beaugelin

IYM Staff - Log College Project Coordinator, Princeton Theological Seminary
Carmelle is the program coordinator for the Log College Project, a research grant which aims toward a deeper understanding of faithful and innovative forms of youth ministry for the 21st Century. For her own experiment in innovative ministry, Carmelle designed and helped launch The Feed Truck Café, a small café ministry that mysteriously pops up i... Read More →
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Abigail Rusert

IYM Staff - Director, Princeton Theological Seminary
Abigail is the Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary and the principal investigator on the Log College Project grant—an initiative through the Lilly Endowment, Inc. to help churches research and design new forms of youth ministry for the... Read More →


Friday April 26, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Theron Room | Princeton Theological Seminary Library 25 Library Place, Princeton, NJ, USA

10:15am

Ministry in a Secular Age (Pt. 3)
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Why is faith formation so hard? We’re confronted at every turn with the narrative of decline, the rise of the nones, the constant refrain to pastors and churches that “the world is changing.” But the most fundamental challenge facing the church today is that God is no longer an assumed reality. How might ministry, the Church, and the role of the pastor need to shift when belief in God and transcendence is optional? What is faith in a secular age? And how can we help form it?

Leaders
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Andrew Root

Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry, Luther Seminary
Andrew (Andy) Root is the Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary. He is most recently the author of Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs, and Zombies: Youth Ministry in the Age of Science and Faith Formation in a Secular Age. His next book, The... Read More →


Friday April 26, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Room 6 | Stuart Hall Stuart Hall, Princeton, NJ, USA

10:15am

Our Bodies, Our Faith (Pt. 3)
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Faith in Jesus is faith in a flesh and blood body. Yet the Church’s relationship with flesh and blood bodies is complicated, to say the least. Young adults are often hyper-aware of the spoken and unspoken messages that churches give about bodies——around gender, sexuality, ability, race, ethnicity, size, health, power, and more.

In this extended seminar, we will unpack the stories we tell about our bodies, the ones we are aware of and the ones we may not realize, so that we can more intentionally cultivate spaces for young adults to grow in faith. Some of the things we will explore include how our bodies interact with Scripture, the ways we embody faith, and the power dynamics of bodies in various spaces.

Leaders
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Erica Liu

Theologian-in-Residence
Since 2004, Erica Liu has served as Co-Pastor at Pres House, a Presbyterian campus ministry at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She was called alongside her spouse, Mark Elsdon, to rebirth the historic campus ministry and develop a new, sustainable ministry model that today includes... Read More →


Friday April 26, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Room 5 | Stuart Hall Stuart Hall, Princeton, NJ, USA

11:45am

Closing Worship
Leaders
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Eric Barreto

Faculty & Preacher
Eric D. Barreto is the Frederick and Margaret L. Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament. He holds a BA in religion from Oklahoma Baptist University, an MDiv from Princeton Seminary, and a PhD in New Testament from Emory University. Prior to coming to Princeton Seminary... Read More →
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Martin Tel

Worship Leader
Dr. Martin Tel serves as the C.F. Seabrook Director of Music at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he directs choirs, oversees music for daily chapel services, and teaches music and worship classes. He earned an M.Mus. from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. from Calvin Theological... Read More →
avatar for Abigail Rusert

Abigail Rusert

IYM Staff - Director, Princeton Theological Seminary
Abigail is the Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary and the principal investigator on the Log College Project grant—an initiative through the Lilly Endowment, Inc. to help churches research and design new forms of youth ministry for the... Read More →
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Megan DeWald

IYM Staff - Assistant Director, Princeton Theological Seminary
Megan is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry, and in this role, she leads the IYM’s certificate programs and manages digital resources. She has over 15 years of experience in youth and young adult ministry, serving in a variety of contexts and traditions... Read More →
avatar for Carmelle Beaugelin

Carmelle Beaugelin

IYM Staff - Log College Project Coordinator, Princeton Theological Seminary
Carmelle is the program coordinator for the Log College Project, a research grant which aims toward a deeper understanding of faithful and innovative forms of youth ministry for the 21st Century. For her own experiment in innovative ministry, Carmelle designed and helped launch The Feed Truck Café, a small café ministry that mysteriously pops up i... Read More →


Friday April 26, 2019 11:45am - 12:30pm
Miller Chapel 64 Mercer St, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA

12:30pm

ICYTI-Cohort One Reception & Certificate Presentation
Limited Capacity full
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Participants in Cohort One of the International Certificate in Youth, Theology, and Innovation program will gather for a reception and celebration of their 6-month journey.

Leaders
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Megan DeWald

IYM Staff - Assistant Director, Princeton Theological Seminary
Megan is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry, and in this role, she leads the IYM’s certificate programs and manages digital resources. She has over 15 years of experience in youth and young adult ministry, serving in a variety of contexts and traditions... Read More →
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Lucie Shuker

Faculty
Dr. Lucie Schuker joined Youthscape as director of research after seven years working at a local university. She has been conducting research into different aspects of children and young people's lives for the last 13 years, across education, safeguarding, and youth ministry, and... Read More →


Friday April 26, 2019 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Private Dining Room | Mackay Campus Center Mackay Campus Center, Princeton, NJ, USA

1:00pm

IYM1101 Enrolled M.Div/MACEF Course at PTS
Limited Capacity full
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This course for enrolled M.Div/MACEF students at Princeton Theological Seminary involves full participation in and reflection on the Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry, which will take place in April 23-26, 2019. Emphasis will be on the integration of theology and practice. Faculty and lecturers at this conference include PTS faculty, faculty from other seminaries, and experienced pastors. Students are expected to participate in conference worship as well as the lectures and courses. (1 credit)

Leaders
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Kermit Moss

Faculty
Kermit Moss is a Ph.D. candidate in the area of Practical Theology (Christian Education and Formation) and the Interim Director for the Center for Black Church Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. His research interests lie at the intersection of theology, identity, spirituality... Read More →