Many people have fond memories of Sunday evening youth groups, summer trips in old yellow school buses and lock-ins in the church basement; those models of youth ministry don’t often meet the needs of today’s busy teens and families who seek deeper engagement with God and their faith. Relationships are still the key to effective youth ministry. 30 years of research – and our common sense – tells us this. In this course, explore how to use this ‘old-school’ principle in new ways through cross-generational and family-based ministry, social media and engaged learning that helps whole families (not just teens) live their faith for a lifetime.
To register as a team: $300
To register as an individual: $150
- Learning the Research: Moralistic Therapeutic Deism
- What is Faith Formation?
- Wrestling with the Myths of Effective Faith Formation
- The Importance of Family
- Networked Faith Formation
- Lifelong Faith Formation
- Curation vs. Curriculum
- Making Disciples, Not Members
- Inspiring Change
- Empowering the Team
The primary texts are: Almost Christian: What the Faith of our Teenagers is Teaching the American Church by Kenda Creasy Dean and Reimagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century by John Roberto. Other readings and media will be posted on the course classroom website.
This course is designed as an asynchronous, on demand course. After registering, you’ll have immediate access to the course and you can move through the material at the pace and time that works best for you.
Curriculum Curator and Coach
Rev. Nicole Havelka currently serves as the Designated Minister for Networking, Resourcing and Creativity in the Ohio Conference UCC. She has a history of making space for creativity and innovation in the wider church. She served the wider church first as the Associate Conference Minister for Youth and Young Adult Ministries in Iowa and most recently as Area Minister in Michigan. She brings a wide breadth of experience as a coach, teacher and trainer specializing in youth ministry for the Center for Progressive Renewal and as an associate consultant with Vibrant Faith Ministries. She has also been a digital ministry innovator when she served as one of the founding staff members of Extravagance UCC (an online ministry based in the Ohio Conference). In her spare time, Nicole does yoga, cooks for friends and watches as many Oscar-nominated movies as possible. She recently took up the hobby of training for and competing in triathlons and half marathons.
Should I register as an individual or a congregational team?
Individual registration allows one user to view and interact with the material. Registration as a team allows you to show the videos and use the material with groups in your church such as a church council, ministry team, or working group. If you register as a group, each member of your team will receive a unique log in so that they can access the material on their own, if they desire.
What resources will I need for this class?
You will need a computer and access to the Internet.
What is the coolest thing I’ll learn if I take this class?
How to take best practices of effective faith formation and implement one concrete, manageable change in your local church.
What does a typical module look like?
In a typical module session, there are four sections: 1.) The session overview with reading/viewing list; 2.) The Ministry Practice; 3.) The Team Huddle in which you take the key concept to your team; 4.) a suggested Facebook Discussion topic that will help you connect with others who are taking and/or have taken the course.