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Saturday, November 19 • 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Why Serve Neighbors?

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Short-term missions remain a popular practice for youth groups, but immigration is bringing the world to our front door. The biblical concept of hospitality pushes a missional focus into our everyday choices, and it interrupts our lives. We speak of justice or outreach, but there are limits to what that looks like when they inconvenience or invade our own personal goals and desires. What are the theological challenges to how we do missions and justice in our youth ministries? What are some best practices to overcome those challenges?

Speakers
avatar for Jen Bradbury

Jen Bradbury

Jen Bradbury is the director of youth ministry at Faith Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. She’s the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe About Jesus, The Real Jesus, and Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders. Jen blogs at ymjen.com and enjoys hiking, traveling, and playing games with her husband, Doug... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Ketcham

Sharon Ketcham

Sharon Galgay Ketcham is associate professor of theology and Christian ministries at Gordon College in Massachusetts. She earned her PhD in theology and education from Boston College. Sharon’s two decades of experience in ministry include serving in full-time ministry, researching, writing, teaching, and mentoring. As a practical theologian, she’s a scholar for the church and invites people to reflect theologically on lived... Read More →
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Terry Linhart

Terry Linhart is an educator and strategist who helps others be more effective in their Christian ministry leadership. He’s professor of Christian Ministries at Bethel College and directs the YS Academic Support Network. Terry has produced seven books, including the recent Teaching the Next Generations. His next book, The Self-Aware Leader, will be released in March. Terry is founder of the Arbor Research Group and hosts the slightly... Read More →
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Bob Whittet

Bob Whittet is a professor of Christian ministries and the director of church relations at Gordon College, in Wenham, Massachusetts. An ordained pastor, Bob has four decades of ministry experience. His passion for helping students discover their leadership potential led him to found the Center for Student Leadership in Rye, New Hampshire. Bob is also a frequent speaker at conferences and serves as chairman of the board of Christian Education... Read More →
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Andrew Zirschky

Andrew Zirschky, PhD, serves as academic director at the Center for Youth Ministry Training and is the assistant professor of Practical Theology and Youth Ministry at Memphis Theological Seminary. Andrew is the author of Beyond the Screen: Youth Ministry for the Connected but Alone Generation. In addition to teaching and writing, he has nearly twenty years of congregational youth ministry experience.


Saturday November 19, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Room 207

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