Register now for Youth Ministry Continuing Education Opportunities at LSTC November 4, 2008

Youth in Mission at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago invites youth ministry workers, outdoor ministry program directors, seminarians and clergy to its second annual Urban Youth Ministry January term course and the first annual YIM Conference on Pastoral Care for Youth.

Urban Youth Ministry, a one week intensive course, will be offered January 5-9, 2009, highlighting the gifts and challenges of urban youth ministry. The Rev. Lawrence J. Clark, a veteran of urban youth ministry, and the Rev. Joy McDonald Coltvet will team teach this course, utilizing a wide range of consultants from various ministry settings.

Grounded in biblical study and current texts by Fernando Arzola, Kenda Creasy Dean, Fred Edie, Patricia Hendricks, Eboo Patel, Andrew Root, and Efrem Smith/Phil Jackson, this course will encourage participants to reflect, rethink, research, explore, and understand the impact of challenging realities such as poverty and systemic racism on young people and the things these same young people have to teach the church. Field experiences will explore creative ways to respond to the needs of urban youth, including the ways worship and service can be ways to reach youth effectively. Registration is now open. Cost for the week-long class is $1325 for academic credit or $675 for those not in a degree program. Scholarship assistance may be available. Contact the Youth in Mission office for a scholarship application For additional course information and to register, contact

Pastoral Care for Youth: a conference for Youth Ministry workers on April 20-22, 2009, will feature keynote speaker the Rev. Dr. Robert Dykstra. Dykstra is professor of pastoral care at Princeton Theological Seminary and author of Counseling Troubled Youth and co-author of Losers, Loners, and Rebels: The Spiritual Struggles of Boys.

"In addition to being one of the most popular and provocative teachers on campus-his Pastoral Care of Adolescents course is legendary and packed every time he teaches it-Bob is a prophetic voice on behalf of young people in general. His own ministry has walked many, many young people into faith in Jesus Christ," writes Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean.

Workshops will be offered in the following areas:

  • Pastoral Care for Youth who have Lost Trust: Dealing with boundaries violations
  • Pastoral Care for Child of a Substance Abuser: Breaking the silence and the disease
  • Pastoral Care for the Teenage Girl: Dealing with body image disorders
  • Pastoral Care for the Discriminated: Caring for those that have experienced the "isms"
  • Pastoral Care for the Grieving Youth: Care after the loss of a peer/family & being a survivor

Conference registration is open from November 1 thru March 20. Fees are $80 per person until January 22 and $90 from January 23 - March 20, plus housing and transportation costs.

For more information on the Urban Youth Ministry course or about the Pastoral Care for Youth Conference, including registration, consult 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, and LSTC continues to seek individuals or congregations who wish to partner with us in this ministry. To invest in the future of YIM programs please contact Jessica Nipp at


Heather Wallace
Youth in Mission Prrogram Coordinator


Jan Boden
Director of Communication and Marketing

The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.

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