YOUTH PASTOR VISIT DAY
Speakers and Sessions
Missional Youth Ministry
Statistics show that protestant kids leave the church as much as catholic kids. Although we give them great events, consistent love, and clear teaching, something seems to be missing. Halter believes that church often misses the primary value system of those under 30, and that is meaning. Missional Youth Ministry is exactly like it sounds. It's the process of teaching our youth how to live on mission and find meaning in living adventurous kingdom lives.
Founder of Missio, lead pastor of Adullam, and author of The Tangible Kingdom, AND, and Sacrilege, Halter speaks extensively across the country, encouraging and equipping pastors in incarnational ministry and missional leadership. He and his wife, Cheryl, have three children: Alli, McKenna, and Ryan. His daughters will be heading off to college soon, and, after 25 years of living at home, their son, who has struggled with epilepsy since birth, now lives in Beverly Farms, an assisted living center in Illinois for adults with disabilities.
Adolescent Faith Development
Students face conflicting messages from the media, the church, and their peers. In this session, Vander Leest will help us understand what adolescent faith development looks like in early, mid, and late adolescence, and will look at what common denominators are found in faith that lasts into adulthood versus shallow faith that dies in college or adulthood.
Luke Vander Leest
For the past 15 years, Luke Vander Leest has ministered to teenagers and their families as a teacher, counselor, coach, mentor, and youth pastor while serving at Hanford Christian School in California and at Shalom Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Falls. He is currently a counselor, coach, and spiritual director at Sioux Falls Christian School.
The Monstrosity of Faith: Bonhoeffer, WALL-E, and the Task of Youth Ministry
This session will focus on issues of identity, faith, and discipleship in the context of the current problem of young people leaving the church. We will explore how the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and WALL-E the Pixar robot speak to the experience of young people as they live within contemporary North American culture.
Jason Lief teaches theology and youth ministry at Dordt College. He received a Ph.D. in pastoral care from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.