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Monday 10:00am

Monday Early Bird Workshops

Self-Guided Prayer Time in the Chapel

Chapel

You

Don’t you need to sit with God for a little while. Bring a bible, a journal, or just your thoughts to the Chapel when you get to camp. Spend the first moments of Rooted reading through a devotion we provide, or spend time reading on your own with scripture or a good book. This is a time to spend in silence with God. Our prayer is that Rooted will not only leave you resourced, but also refreshed in your relationship with Jesus.

Connecting Preschools to our Churches

Lakeside Extension

Rev. Mark Caldwell

Preschools are one of our best outreach ministries to a community. Discuss this important connection to families and community.

Child and Youth Protection Policy - Not Fun, But Important!

Lakeroom North

Rev. Carrie Yoder

Learn about the new Child and Youth Protection Policy that came out in 2018. In addition to learning about the details of the policy there will be an opportunity to talk about your church and think through your churches policy.

Programming and Retreats

Lakeroom South

David Weber and Elyse Grossman

David Weber, the Director of Riverside Camp and Retreat Center, will lead a presentation on planning a retreat. David will present the retreat planning process from the start of an idea to recapping and getting feedback from your volunteers after the event is done. Some highlights include identifying your goals for a retreat weekend, questions you should ask your retreat center, and how to work together with a retreat center to plan the best retreat possible.  

Monday, 1:00pm

Monday Afternoon Workshops (Block #1)

Ministering to LGBTQ+ youth

Chapel

Antony Larry

This workshop will share correct terms, best practices, and how to create a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth.

Leadership and Self Awareness

Lakeroom North

Rev. Gary Spencer

Helping people understand that leadership is about self-awareness and knowing our strengths and weaknesses.

Is Your Ministry Trauma-Informed?

Lakeroom South

Rev. Ryan Frack

Central to the call to minister to children and youth is the charge to create a safe place, allowing them to more fully grow into the people God has made them to be. As our society has grown in its understanding of trauma, we see it affecting the areas of development, relationships, and even spirituality. Faith leaders are called to cultivate ministries that respond more faithfully to the effects of trauma on children and youth.
As a people called to do no harm, we have a charge to respond. In this session, we will discuss the presence of trauma in our respective ministries. In addition to covering some of the effects of trauma on ministry, we’ll also highlight some practical steps and ideas for ensuring that you don’t further perpetuate trauma amongst those that you serve.

 

Marie Kondo for Ministry (Organizing your spaces)

Lakeside Extension

Damaris Allen

Do you have to wade through last year’s Christmas decorations to find your supplies for your Sunday craft? Did the dodgeballs you just ordered disappear again? This class will help you discover a system to get your ministry storage in order. Let's face it, most churches are hoarders at heart, but with a few easy steps we can help make your life easier and your church a little less cluttered.

CORE – Ministry Basics and Beyond

Roadside Extension

Theresa Reiter

Children's ministry is like an airline fare, it changes daily. Since no two days are the same it is easy for ministry to become chaotic but building a strong foundation can make all the difference. Learn ways to build, grow and sustain your ministry to reach children and their families.

Boyz to Men

Lodge 3

Anthony Cravaritis

When does a boy becomes a man? How would you know?

Find out from scripture the struggle that all men and boys will deal with in their lifetime.  Find out the question every boy asks himself and how you can help answer it.  Come learn how to equip boys to become the man they are designed to be.

Q & A about Camping Ministry

Lodge 4

David Weber and Elyse Grossman

This is a great opportunity to learn from and ask questions about our camping ministries at the Warren Willis Camp and Conference Center and the Riverside Camp and Retreat Center.

Monday, 3:30pm

Monday Afternoon Workshops (Block #2)

Worship In Youth Ministry

Chapel

Brandon Sangster

Let's talk YOUTH WORSHIP. Not just cool lights, big screens, & stuff you can only pull off with 7 professional musicians... We'll talk creating space for the kind of worship that welcomes students' vulnerability, gives them a place to belong, and allows them to experience & encounter God through all types of worship.

Covenant Group, Soul Friends, and more...

Lakeroom North

Rev. Scott Smith

We are created to do life in community. We certainly can't do ministry alone. We need each other. In this workshop we will explore the how to create a covenant group, how to share life and ministry together, and what is like to have soul friends.

Transitions from High School to College & Young Adulthood

Lakeroom South

Rev. Mike Toluba

We will explore the transitions that students experience from high school to college into young adulthood. Discuss some strategies about preparing your students for life after youth ministry and graduation.

Mr Rogers & Me

Lakeside Extension

Damaris Allen

How Mr. Rogers shaped my philosophy of discipline

CORE Youth Ministry - Confirmation & Basic UMC Theology

Roadside Extension

Britt Holdren

A Rooted CORE class primarily for new to the UMC and newer youth & family ministers and anyone who may be assigned lead confirmation in their context. We will be discussing the Confirmation process and best practices as well as touching on Basic United Methodist Theology.

Fully Inclusive Ministries: How will you disciple my ASD Son?

Lodge 3

Rev. Melissa Pisco

We will explore how some traditional ways of doing children and youth ministry are

simply not welcoming, or safe, for children/youth with special needs. Our time will

include a small panel of parents who will share their personal experiences of church

and the isolation they have felt when it comes to having children with special needs.

Together will discover ways to create safe space so that children of all abilities can

worship and grow as disciples side by side.

Programming Calendaring workshop / Actually work through a year

Lodge 4

Emily Kuche

Events? Curriculum? Mission Trips? Lock-In's? Where to begin?!?!?!? Come hear from a veteran youth director how to get yourself organized for the year and come up with some creative new ideas of how to engage your current & new students. Bring your calendar! We've got some planning to do!

Tuesday, 9:00am

Tuesday Early Bird Workshops

Prayer at the LEC Labyrinth

Meet at the LEC Prayer Labyrinth*

Rev. Carrie Yoder

Begin your morning in quiet prayer as your wind yourself through the Prayer Labyrinth at the LEC. We will have suggested prayer topics as you walk or pick your own.

* See map in Camp office for location or meet folks after breakfast to walk or drive over.

Morning Worship Experience

Chapel

Dave Jans & Krista Mulhollen

Bring a journal, bible, or book to this session. Dave and Krista will lead you in a time of reflection, worship, and prayer. Great way to start the day.

Our Struggles and Our Calling

Lakeroom North

Elyse Grossman

Matthew 8:18-27. Sometimes we work so hard to make the job look easy that we forget to stop and allow others to help. Life is not meant to be easy, come share in a time to talk about life struggles in ministry and how this truly is a calling. 

Lectio Divina

Lakeroom South

Jesse Letourneau

Bring your bible a journal and an open mind. Jesse will lead this group on the journey of Lectio Divina. We hope this time is an experience that will broaden your view of scripture and bring the text to life through the eyes of many different voices, thoughts, feelings, and vantage points. Jesse will be looking at  Matthew 6:25-34.

Tuesday, 1:00pm

Tuesday Afternoon Workshops (Block #1)

Ministering to LGBTQ+ youth

Chapel

Antony Larry

This workshop will share correct terms, best practices, and how to create a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth.

Jesus and the Kingdom: Breaking Down Barriers for the Gospel – Tuesday

Lakeroom North

Dr. Brian Russell

Jesus did not come to start a new religion; he came to announce and embody the kingdom of God. Learn a kingdom-centered approach to Scripture as the basis for your dynamic ministry.

5 Mistakes Churches Make in Family Ministry

Lakeroom South

Rev. Devon Andrews

Understanding Your Role, Overselling Church Role, Change Title Not Strategy, Adding More Events, Forgetting the Modern Family

Social Media for Churches

Lakeside Extension

Jessica Spivey

Social Media can seem like such a daunting mountain to overcome, but with a few easy steps to help you plan and prepare to reach your community you can be a social media ROCK STAR!

 

Stop Telling Teenagers to Invite Friends to Church

Roadside Extension

Jake Rasmussen

Somewhere along the way, we began to communicate to students that the best way (or maybe even the only way) to help introduce their peers to Christ was to simply invite them to Church. (My hunch is that this emerged out of the program-centered mentality of the church-growth movement, though I can’t say for sure.) This mindset is well-intentioned and innocent enough. After all, the church is where we talk about Jesus. It’s where we worship. It’s the gathering of the Body of Christ! Join Jake, from YM360, as we work together to stop telling our students to invite their friends to church.

 

Missional Mindset for Toddlers

Lodge 3

Rev. Erica Allen

In this workshop we will explore a model of community engagement that leads to effective evangelism and formative discipleship of young children and the families and adults who love them.

How to Kill Sunday School

Lodge 4

Kirsten Knox

Change can be difficult, especially when stopping a program with a long tradition such as Sunday School. When change is needed, the "how" is very important. Join us as we discuss strategies on how to evaluate the effectiveness of a program, communicate a new vision, and make changes effectively.

Tuesday, 4:00pm

Tuesday Afternoon Workshops (Block #2)

Enneagram and You

Chapel

Jon Michael Richardson

What is this Enneagram? Why is it important? This workshop will provide you with tangible skills and resources for your staff, volunteers and ministry environments to develop key areas of self-awareness and new team language.

 

Wrestling with the Bible: Lectio Divina and Reading Scripture for Transformation

Lakeroom North

Dr. Brian Russell

Learn an ancient mode of reading Scripture for spiritual transformation. This will be a workshop that you can replicate in your own ministry setting.

Intentional Volunteer Development

Lakeroom South

Rev. Devon Andrews

To help create avenues for volunteer development that people want to attend and lead to easier volunteer recruitment

When to Refer / What are my limits in Counseling?

Lakeside Extension

Kelly Minter

Our children and youth come to us from so many different places. Broken homes, abusive relationships, dating advise, divorce, and loss are just a sample of some of the tough conversations we have with them. What are our limits to giving advice? When should we refer to professional counseling? When should we tell parents, pastors, or others about our conversation with a child, youth, parent, or volunteer? We aren’t in this alone. How do we ask for help?

Building Strong Relationships with Parents

Roadside Extension

Jake Rasussen

Youth ministry would be so much better without any parents involved, right? Wrong! To have a thriving life-changing youth ministry you must build strong partnerships with parents. When you leave this session you will have some ready-to-implement tactics to build upon or launch your ministry into great partnerships with parents so you can really help students thrive in your ministry and the years beyond it. Join Jake, from YM360, as we discover ways to build strong partnerships with parents.

Three and Four Year Olds and Church

Lodge 3

Rev. Erica Allen

Practical Prayer

Lodge 4

Elyse Grossman

Prayer can be a powerful thing, but it can look many different ways in ministry. We will focus on ways to make prayer an active part of ministry for your students and yourself. Bring ideas to share or simply come to learn something new. There will also be intentional time praying for each other. 

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