Lessons from Presbyterian Youth Triennium (PYT) 2019

Lessons from Presbyterian Youth Triennium (PYT) 2019

When I was approached about being a conference pastor at PYT, I was enlightened to a whole new perspective on the promise and power of being a connectional church beyond our denomination. Thanks be to God for the PC(USA) partnership with Cumberland Presbyterian Church...

Noticing Gave us a LIFT

It started with some noticings. We noticed that our Sunday morning church school attendance was getting smaller. We noticed that children were attending less frequently—we’d have a child in class one Sunday and then not see that child again for the next three weeks....
Ministry with Youth in an Affluent Community

Ministry with Youth in an Affluent Community

Ministry with Youth in an Affluent Community Birmingham, Michigan. If you have lived anywhere near this area, you know that the stereotype of our population is well established. Recently someone in the area created a meme that linked the leading characters of “The...
Tween Camp

Tween Camp

By: Doodle Harris We started Tween Camp six years ago.    It began after a year of successful presbytery events for middle school youth and high school youth. Young people from different churches were beginning to connect. They’d exchanged snap chats and phone...
Finding  Space  and  Time  through  Confirmation  Retreats

Finding Space and Time through Confirmation Retreats

By: Jacob Sorenson Too often, people think of confirmation as a class. Those in the Reformed traditions seem to have a particular knack of reducing confirmation ministry to a transfer of knowledge. When lessons come after busy school days, it reinforces this notion....