Youth workers enrich ministry skills at EQUIP

Bart Patton (standing), director of youth and young adult ministry education at Perkins School of Theology, talks with First UMC Beebe’s youth minister Virginia Brown, and Trey Watson, a volunteer with First UMC Beebe.

Bart Patton (standing), director of youth and young adult ministry education at Perkins School of Theology, talks with First UMC Beebe’s youth minister Virginia Brown, and Trey Watson, a volunteer with First UMC Beebe.

Sixty-five youth workers from 33 churches across Arkansas attended EQUIP 2016, held Sept. 10 at First UMC Conway. The keynote speaker was Matt Tuggle, director of family ministries at Highland Park UMC Dallas, Texas. Tuggle shared ideas about shaping mission and vision statements to help youth programs have the maximum impact on not only youth, but also on the entire family unit.

In addition to the morning keynote session, participants attended afternoon workshops on the topics of volunteers, essentials for youth ministry, discernment and transitions within youth ministry.

Keynote speaker Matt Tuggle of Highland Park UMC Dallas addressed the topic of building family ministries in local congregations while giving guidelines for how to set a vision and mission for a church’s entire ministry. PHOTOS BY MIKE MEEKS

Keynote speaker Matt Tuggle of Highland Park UMC Dallas addressed the topic of building family ministries in local congregations while giving guidelines for how to set a vision and mission for a church’s entire ministry.
PHOTOS BY MIKE MEEKS

EQUIP has been developed as an affordable, accessible training for anyone involved in youth ministry in Arkansas, from part-time and full-time youth workers to pastors to volunteers. The next EQUIP will be held on Aug. 26, 2017, at Pulaski Heights UMC Little Rock.

—Submitted by Michelle Moore