Youth ministry is more than offering events, BUT events can serve as launching pads to deepen discipleship with youth and youth workers.
Here are a few ways to make sure an event has its greatest impact:
- Prepare well BEFORE- pray, worship, study, talk, and serve well before the event occurs
- Schedule TEAM TIME during the event- carve out time daily for your team to get together and ask "How is it with your soul?"
- Prepare well to TRANSITION- work with youth and youth leaders to hone their stories of transformation and practice how they will share what they've experienced. Prepare youth for "the return from the mountaintop" experience by helping them to build next steps before the event is over... with whom will they share their experience, how will they engage anew in leadership and formation in the church and community, which adults will they invite into their journey of further study and discernment, etc.
- CELEBRATE after the event- before you even leave for the event schedule a time for those who participate to come together and remember- invite space for prayer, worship, study, talking, and serving with this team
WEST OHIO CAMPS & RETREATS
West Ohio has three camps offering fun, faith, and formation throughout the summer and retreat and mission opportunities in other times of the year. There are still openings for camp weeks this summer! Try your hand at culinary or musical skills or explore the hills of Appalachia through high adventure at Camp Otterbein (Logan, OH). Dive into a splash-themed week, test out your survival skills, or take on leadership in adventure at Camp Wesley (Bellefontaine, OH). Participate in camp weeks geared toward persons with disabilities as a participant or buddy at Camp Widewater (Liberty Center, OH).
More Information: https://www.westohiocamps.org/camp
WESLEY WEEK 2020
Young People’s Ministries, in support of YouthSpirit and the European Methodist Youth and Children’s Council, is extending an invitation to worldwide participation in the Wesley Week at Taizé, France, from August 2-9, 2020. Gather together as young Methodists from around the world to participate in the rhythms of daily life and prayer at Taizé. Experience the teachings of the brothers of Taizé, discover shared community life and sacrificial living for a week, and enjoy special Wesleyan additions to the normal schedule at the monastery. Invited guest speakers will add to the Taizé program with several special gatherings for all Methodists present. Young People’s Ministries is providing access to organized on the ground transportation for up to 100 people to encourage worldwide participation in this gathering. Cost is about $150 per person for registration and lodging, in addition to airfare. For more information or to express your interest in joining, click here.