When is it happening: Friday 19th February 2016,1 pm – 4pm
Where do I go: The Salvation Army Auburn Corps, 166-170 S Parade, Auburn NSW 3170.
How much does it cost: There is no cost.
Who should attend: Anyone involved in directing youth ministries.
What can I expect?: Discussion of Issues for the Future of Youth Ministry
including reference to the following topics:
• Training, accreditation and support of youth leaders
• The role of intergenerational activities in churches
• Collaboration with parents
• Youth ministry beyond the church
• The role of camps festivals and special events
The Roundtable will provide opportunity for leaders in youth ministry to discuss their work. It will be facilitated by Rev Dr Philip Hughes and Dr Armen Gakavian of the Christian Research Association who have recently completed research projects involving 21 case-studies of youth ministry in various parts of Australia.
You may register for this Roundtable by using the form below.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
In most organisations, leadership is one of the keys to the successful achievement of the organisation’s goals. This is true in relation to church leadership in general and leadership of youth ministry in particular. In our studies of youth ministry across 21 churches in Anglican, Catholic and Salvation Army denominations conducted in 2014 and 2015, we have observed youth leadership, interviewed youth leaders and discussed leadership with young people. This article discusses some of the findings. For the sake of clarity, we will use the term ‘youth minister’ to refer to the senior or leading youth leader, and the term ‘youth leader’ to refer to other people who assist the youth minister in the role. It should be noted this was not the way these terms were used in many of the churches we visited.
Lay Pastoral Ministry
In many denominations, non-ordained people are involved in ministry alongside those who are ordained. Research undertaken by the Christian Research Association between 2006 and 2008 for Uniting and Anglican churches explored the patterns of lay ministry in rural areas. With declining numbers of clergy available for ministry, and declining capacity to support ordained clergy, many denominations have engaged local lay people to take responsibility in leadership (Hughes & Kunciunas, 2008, 2009). Urban churches also often use non-ordained people as part of a team or to take the responsibility of leadership in small churches. Earlier this year the CRA was commissioned by the Australian Catholic Council for Lay Pastoral Ministry, of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, to carry out research examining lay pastoral ministry in the Catholic Church in Australia. The project involved an exploration of current theological and sociological literature on the topic, and a series of case studies of Catholic parishes in different contexts where lay pastoral ministry is occurring.This article summarises some of the findings.