Day-long training EQUIPs all types of youth ministry workers

Youth ministry workers Natalie Clark and Ellen Brown participate in the exercise of making an accountability chain. Each person around the table makes a commitment to carry out a work of piety and a work of mercy, adding a link to the paper chain with the work of piety written on the inside and the work of mercy written on the outside.

Youth ministry workers Natalie Clark and Ellen Brown participate in the exercise of making an accountability chain. Each person around the table makes a commitment to carry out a work of piety and a work of mercy, adding a link to the paper chain with the work of piety written on the inside and the work of mercy written on the outside.

Youth workers from 36 Arkansas United Methodist congregations converged on St. James UMC Little Rock Aug. 29 for EQUIP 2015, a one-day training event sponsored by the Arkansas Conference. With 77 participants, EQUIP’s attendance nearly doubled, and many of those were first-time attendees of the event, which is now in its third year.

EQUIP is open to those in full-time, part-time, volunteer and pastoral youth ministry roles. “It was a great opportunity for youth workers to learn, share, network, worship and gain resources to take back to use in their local churches,” said Michelle Moore, coordinator of youth and young adult ministry for the Arkansas Conference.

The group attending EQUIP forms a circle for a time of singing and prayer led by this year’s keynote speaker, Chris Wilterdink, who serves as director of program development for Young People’s Ministries, part of Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church. COURTESY PHOTOS

The group attending EQUIP forms a circle for a time of singing and prayer led by this year’s keynote speaker, Chris Wilterdink, who serves as director of program development for Young People’s Ministries, part of Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church.
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Planning has already begun for the next EQUIP, which will be held in central Arkansas on Sept. 10, 2016.