This Summer at YDS - Youth Ministry Now!

Youth Ministry Now


From June 2-6, a week-long symposium on building and sustaining urban youth ministry will be held at YDS. This event will bring together professors Yolanda Smith and Almeda Wright, an all-star cast of visiting pastors and professors, and  attendees like you to explore the opportunities and challenges of congregational youth ministry in the city. There’s so much we can learn from one another!

Morning lectures will include Anne E. Streaty Wimberly on “Keeping It Real: Demands and Promises of Ministry with Black Youth (Monday, June 2); Evelyn L. Parker on “Tending the Sacred Selves of Adolescent Girls: Hard Stories of Race, Class and Gender” (Tuesday, June 3); Rebecca and Jorge Gonzalez on “Mining Potential in Latino Youth: Lessons Learned from Serving Youth in an Urban, Cultural Context” (Thursday, June 5); and Gregory C. Ellison II on “Cut Dead but Still Alive: Caring for African American Youth” (Friday, June 6). Midweek, Mark R. Gornik, Dean Maria Liu Wong and Janice A. McLean-Farrell will discuss “The Next Generation: Practicing Youth Ministry in the Global City.

In the afternoon, Yolanda Smith and Almeda Wright will lead a seminar entitled, “My Faith, My Way: Youth, Spirituality and Christian Practices.” There are only 40 seats for the seminar, so register soon at  (This link can be found on Youth Ministry Initiative’s Facebook page:

The event is free! The registration fee collected will be refunded the first day of the symposium, and lunch will be provided for those attending the morning and afternoon sessions.

You can find our brochure attached below.  

We hope to see you there!

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