‘Equip’ provides renewal, education for youth ministry workers

More than 50 volunteer, part-time and full-time youth workers gathered Oct. 25 and 26 at Camp Aldersgate in Little Rock for Equip 2013, a time of sabbath, spiritual renewal and continuing education.  

On Friday evening, Bishop Gary Mueller joined the gathering for an uplifting and motivational time of worship that provided a transition from a time of rest and renewal to the next day filled with information, learning and application. The Rev. Dr. Andy Stoker, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church Dallas, Texas, gave the keynote address. Stoker based his presentation on Mark DeVries’ book Sustainable Youth Ministry, concentrating on some fundamental parts of any successful youth ministry. In addition, an afternoon panel discussion addressed a variety of topics related to ministry with youth. 

The weekend was a funded partially by the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas, which made it possible for the event to be of little cost to the participants. The Conference Youth Ministry Resource Team hopes to offer additional continuing education opportunities throughout the year for those who work with youth. The next Equip is already set for Oct. 24-25, 2014. 

If you would like to receive the Arkansas Conference Youth Ministry Email Newsletter twice a month to stay up to date on all continuing education opportunities, email Michelle Moore, Conference youth and young adult ministry coordinator, at michelle.moore@arumc.org.