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Youth in Mission announces conference "Pastoral Care for Youth"- April 20-22, 2009

Posted Apr 29, 2008

Youth in Mission ministry at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago invites both youth ministry workers and clergy to its first annual YIM Conference for Youth Ministry Workers April 20-22, 2009. The topic, "Pastoral Care for Youth," was identified by a survey of youth ministry workers as a topic which they thought needed more coverage in the youth ministry field.

The Keynote Speaker/Preacher will be the Rev. Dr. Robert Dykstra, professor of pastoral care at Princeton Theological Seminary and author of several books including Counseling Troubled Youth and co-author of Losers, Loners, and Rebels: The Spiritual Struggles of Boys. Prof. Dykstra's colleague Kenda Creasy Dean said, "In addition to being one of the most popular and provocative teachers on campus (Prof. Dykstra's "Pastoral Care for Adolescents" course at the Princeton Seminary is legendary - and packed...every time he teaches it) Bob is a prophetic voice on behalf of students and young people in general...His own ministry has walked many, many young people into faith in Jesus Christ."

For more information on the conference including possible workshop topics, registration and housing information check out our website at or by calling 800-635-1116 ext. 725.

Youth in Mission was originally funded by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., for the purpose of encouraging young people to explore their gifts for ministry and to consider a profession of serving others through the church. Lilly continues to fund the YIM programs through a matching grant.


Heather Wallace
Youth in Mission Program Coordinator



Jan Boden
Director of Communications

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its approximately 290 students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in the masters level and advanced studies programs. Graduates become pastors, other church leaders, and university and seminary professors. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, allowing students to cross-register among the 12 member seminaries and drawing on a wealth of ecumenical resources. LSTC enjoys a number of cooperative arrangements with the University of Chicago.

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