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WAYFINDING

 

PERKINS SCHOOL OF YOUTH MINISTRY
JANUARY 6-9, 2020

 

Intentionally Practical. Intentionally Theological.

Perkins School of Youth Ministry, under the direction of The Office of External Programs at Perkins School of Theology at SMU, coordinates training programs exclusively designed to resource those in the church whose ministries focus on youth and young adults. PSYM has been engaging youth workers every January since 1988.


Conference details

For Foundations and Workshops Tracks:
January 6-9, 2020
Highland Park United Methodist Church, Dallas TX

+ SMU Perkins Student Discount 35% off with code
+ UMC Conference Coordinators free with code

For Certification Courses:
UM Studies
January 2-4, 2020
Perkins School of Theology, Dallas TX
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Teaching Biblical Faith (a.m.) & Ministry with Youth (p.m.)
January 5-10, 2020
Perkins School of Theology, Dallas TX


LEADERSHIP

STAFF

Bart Patton
Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry Education
SMU Perkins School of Theology
214-768-1333

2020 PSYM Design Team

Joy Allen
Claire Condrey
John Cravens
Eddie Erwin
Julie Lafosse
Charlie Ludden
Rev. Walt Marcum
Shanterra McBride
Michelle Moore
Rev. Emma Williams
Chris Wilterdink

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FOUNDATIONS TRACK

The Most Practical Choice | Recommended 1-2 Years
$299 Early Registration (by 9/25/19)
$349 Registration (by 11/13/19)
$399 Late Registration (by 12/9/19)

Foundations offers youth workers and volunteers an extensive course on primary material for ministry including: Professionalism, Management, Volunteers, Safety, Relationships, Programming, Trips and Events, Leadership, Adolescent Development, Budgeting, Teaching, Communication, Self-Care, Resources, and more. Foundations is a preset track of workshops, separate from the “Workshops” track.


WORKSHOPS TRACK

Ministry Practice and Philosophy | Recommended 3-50 Years
$299 Early Registration (by 9/25/19)
$349 Registration (by 11/13/19)
$399 Late Registration (by 12/9/19)

Select three workshops to sharpen an area of your ministry. Our ministry workshops are designed to provide key conversations around practical skills and implementation opportunities in four different comprehensive ministry tracks:
+ Practice of Youth Ministry (PRACTICE)
+ Theology of Youth Ministry (THEOLOGY)
+ Care in Youth Ministry (CARE)
+ Congregational Youth Ministry (CONGREGATIONAL)


WORKSHOPS INTENSIVE

Ministry Practice and Philosophy | Recommended 10+ Years
Limited to 36 participants
$399 Early Registration (by 9/25/19)

$449 Registration (by 11/13/19)

Workshop intensive participants will learn about and engage in hands-on youth ministry resource design during their A block workshop in addition to a Monday morning session.

Learn:
-the why and how of immersion with stakeholders helping to determine needs and insight for ministry
-tools like mind-mapping, feedback grid, and empathy map which help us dream
-come up with design plans for your setting through collaboration, prototyping, and innovation
-learn how to bring your ideas to action


Certification TRACK

Theology for Youth Ministry | Recommended 3-50 Years
$899 Early Registration per Course (by 9/25/19)
$979 Registration per Course (by 11/13/19)
$1,059 Late Registration per Course (by 12/9/19)

Youth Ministry Certification courses are designed to provide graduate-level training in youth ministry. These courses also help persons qualify for Certification in the Youth Ministry through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the UMC.

Applications will be available online on August 5, 2019 and must be completed before November 8, 2019 for consideration in our 2020 program.

Workshops

Workshop attendance will be limited to the first 36 registrants for each workshop. Choose 1 workshop for each block (A,B, & C). Mental Health First Aid Training requires both blocks B and C.

BLOCK A Workshops

*(CARE) How We Talk About God And Each Other: Inclusive Language for Youth Ministry
Recommended 2-3+ years in ministry
Rev. Dr. Ray Jordan

  • The need for inclusive language and the history of exclusion

  • The history of inclusive language and progression of inclusion

  • Alternatives and options for inclusive language

*(PRACTICE) Small Town - Big Opportunities: Community-Focused Youth Ministry
Recommended 2+ years in ministry
Gabe Rangel

  • Building lasting relationships with schools

  • Learning to make the most of limited resources

  • Finding rest and Sabbath when over-worked

  • Building a team for ministry

*(PRACTICE) Talking Sex in Youth Ministry
Recommended 2+ years in ministry
Audrua Welch Malvaez

  • Learn skills, resources, and techniques to teach medically accurate, theologically grounded sex education

  • Healthy approaches to sex education in the church

  • Holistic sexuality curriculum

  • Design intergenerational sex education opportunities to reduce stigmas

block A workshops intensive

*(THEOLOGY) Youth Ministry Resource Design Lab
Recommended 10+ years in ministry
Sam Halverson

  • Learn how to address problems in youth ministry with design thinking

  • Work in groups to develop a product prototype that addresses a common youth ministry problem

  • Learn the why and how of immersion with stakeholders helping to determine needs and insight for ministry

  • Learn tools like mind-mapping, feedback grid, and empathy map which help us dream

  • Come up with design plans for your setting through collaboration, prototyping, and innovation

  • Learn how to bring your ideas to action

block B workshops

*(CONGREGATIONAL) Partnering with Parents: A Family Approach to Youth Ministry
Recommended 3+ years in ministry
Beth Johnson

  • Help youth ministers understand the situations of youth parents

  • Provide a theological framework for working with youth parents

  • Present and consider practical ideas of ways to partner with youth parents

*(THEOLOGY) Models of Evangelism for Youth Ministry
Recommended 5+ years in ministry
Rev. Dr. Priscilla Pope-Levison

  • To look afresh at evangelism, by considering its: biblical roots, historical practices, theological foundations, and practical strategies

  • To cultivate the ability to evangelize with integrity and sensitivity

  • To identify challenges to evangelism in contemporary cultures, especially with youth

*(CARE) Things You Wish You Knew Before You Had to Deal With Them: Pastoral Care with Youth
Recommended 2+ years in ministry
Chelsea Peddecord

  • How to respond and lead when abuse allegations arise

  • How to respond when mental health issues arise

  • How to respond during home visits, funerals, viewings, and school/community events

  • How to implement and live out a theology of pastoral care

  • How to engage in heavy conversations with students without shutting down

Block B+C Workshop

*(CARE) Certified Mental Health First Aid Training
Double-block training for official, three-year certification requires an additional $20 fee for workbook

Recommended 2-3+ years in ministry
Amy Shores

  • Learn risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges

  • Learn how to support a youth in emotional crisis by applying a five-step action plan

  • Learn how to increase noticing skills

  • Learn symptoms and signs that go beyond typical adolescent development

block C Workshops

*(THEOLOGY) Teaching for the Adolescent Brain
Recommended 5+ years in ministry
Rev. Jeremy Steele

  • Enhance your teaching ministry through study of adolescent brain development

  • Engage new teaching methods

*(CONGREGATIONAL) Helping Youth and Parents Survive App Culture
Recommended 2-3+ years in ministry
Shanterra McBride

  • Explore how app culture is changing interpersonal, family, and group dynamics

  • Learn to how address youth and youth parents with app concerns

  • Consider comprehensive strategies for app culture and your ministry

*(PRACTICE) Beyond 9-Square: Intentional Gaming in Youth Ministry
Recommended 2+ years in ministry
Paul Corder

  • Gain exposure to different types of games beyond typical “youth group” games, including demonstration play-throughs of those games

  • Gain practical ideas for tying games into lesson themes

  • Discover ways that gaming can help build community in their youth groups and congregation.

Labs

Workshop and Foundations Participants may select a Lab on Tuesday and Wednesday. Each Lab will be a single, one-hour block of focused, interactive content. There is no need to register in advance for Labs.

Tuesday Labs

Being Single in Youth Ministry
Maintaining boundaries in and out of the church; protecting perusal life and time; and being a Christian role model, mentor, and confidant
Rosemarie Gagnon

United Methodist History
Walt Marcum

Managing Youth Space with Compassion
Establish a better learning environment; practical steps in effective teaching; and sustaining structures and rhythms in ministry
Chad McElveen

Longevity Through the Ups and Downs
Self-care; relationships with supervisors, staff and congregants; adapting with the times; and “marketing” yourself
Scott Meier

Crisis Counseling in Youth Ministry
Terry Parsons

How to Develop a Culture of Questions in Your Ministry
Jeremy Steele

More Labs TBA


Wednesday Labs

Self-Evaluation in Youth Ministry
Setting realistic baseline goals; personal goals vs. professional goals; and realistic evaluation tools
Scott Meier

Crisis Counseling in Youth Ministry
Terry Parsons

How to Pack Shack with your Group
Bret Raymond

I’m Pretty Sure it Doesn’t Work That Way: Survival, Endurance, and Wit for Youth Ministry
Markley Rogers

How to Develop a Culture of Questions in Your Ministry
Jeremy Steele

More Labs TBA

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2020 SCHEDULE:
FOUNDATIONS & WORKSHOPS

Monday 1/6/20


8:30 a.m. Foundations Check-in
9 a.m. to Noon  Foundations begins
9 a.m. to Noon Workshops Intensive begins
Noon  Lunch for Foundations & Workshops Intensive (included in registration cost)
12:40 p.m. Workshops Check-in
1 to 2 p.m.  Opening Worship
2:15 to 3:15 p.m.  Workshops A / Foundations
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.  Workshops B / Foundations
4:45 to 5:45 p.m.  Workshops C / Foundations

Tuesday 1/7/20


8:30 a.m. Fresh Start Morning Worship
9 to 10:15 a.m. Workshops A / Foundations
     Break
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Labs / Foundations
11:45 a.m.  Lunch (included in registration cost)
1 to 2 p.m.  Worship
2:15 to 3:30 p.m.  Workshops B / Foundations
     Break
3:45 to 5 p.m.  Workshops C / Foundations
TBA  On-your-own Dinner with UMC Conferences

Wednesday 1/8/20


8:30 a.m.  Fresh Start Morning Worship
9 to 10:15 a.m.  Workshops A / Foundations
     Break
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Labs / Foundations
11:45 a.m.  Lunch (included in registration cost)
1 to 2 p.m.  Worship
2:15 to 3:30 p.m.  Workshops B / Foundations
     Break
3:45 to 5 p.m.  Workshops C / Foundations

Thursday 1/9/20


8:30 a.m.  Fresh Start Morning Worship
9 to 9:50 a.m.  Workshops A / Foundations
10 to 10:50 a.m.  Workshops B / Foundations
11 to 11:50 a.m.  Workshops C / Foundations
Noon  Lunch & Closing Worship (included in registration cost)

LODGING

PSYM Participants are responsible for their own lodging. We have arranged special conference rates and services with two great hotels for your convenience.

Magnolia Dallas Park Cities $121

King or Double Queen rooms available. Complimentary breakfast offered. Cookies and milk served every evening. Free parking. NO Shuttle Service. Click here to take advantage of our special conference rate with Magnolia, or call 888-915-1110 and reference SMU External Programs/Youth Ministry PYSM 2020 Rates. Reservations must be made before December 19, 2019 to take advantage of the conference rate.

Hyatt House Dallas Lincoln Park $119/$129

King Suites and Double Studio Suites with kitchen, living space, work area, and sleeper sofa. Complimentary breakfast offered. Free parking. Free shuttle service available by advanced reservation. Click here to take advantage of our special conference rate with Hyatt House, or call 214-696-1555 and reference SMU External Programs/Youth Ministry PSYM 2020 Rates. Reservations must be made before December 3, 2019 to take advantage of the conference rate.