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Youth Leadership Symposium ... Building Leaders, Fostering Faith

The Youth Leadership Symposium strives to build leadership for fostering faith in youth ministry programs by providing quality continuing education for both adults and high school youth in leadership positions in their congregations. The Symposium is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religion of Ohio Northern University and the Office of Next Generations Leadership of the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Past Youth Leadership Symposiums

April 12, 2011
Keynote addresses by Rev Steven Cady

“Avoiding the Slushie: GLEE-ning the Gospel from a World of Grilled Cheesus”

“Creative Encounters: Improv Everywhere and the Future of Youth Ministry”

Scott Miller: “A Student Leadership Revolution” 
Mike Nygren: “Butterflies are Good: Effective Communication in Youth Ministry” 
Carl Gladstone: “Youth Leadership Teams As Missional Investors, Empowering Youth as Missional Entrepreneurs” 
Elizabeth Kelly: “Pastoral Care in Crisis and Death: From the ER to Youth Group” 
Rachel Burns: "Make Mine a Double: Parenting + Youth Ministry" 

April 28, 2010
Keynote addresses Katherine Turpin, associate professor of religious education at Iliff School of Theology
“Targeted: Adolescent Faith Development in Consumer Culture”
“Beyond Branding: Faith Communities that Challenge Consumer Faith”

Deborah Light: “Volunteerism: Planting a Seed that Can Last a Lifetime”
Caryn Griffin: “Mental Health Issues and Youth: What Every Youth Minister Needs to Know”
Tim Van Meter: “Living in the Delight of Creation: Youth Ministry and Ecological Practices”
Kristin Shrom-Rhoads: “A Theology of Play”
Randy Kuss and Deborah Strock-Kuss: “A Call to Response-Ability”