LSTC offers a one-week intensive Urban Youth Ministry course January 6-11, 2008 October 23, 2007

Urban youth workers, pastors, and seminarians will look at the gifts and challenges of urban youth ministry during a one-week intensive course at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, January 6 - 11, 2008. The Rev. Lawrence J. Clark, a veteran of urban youth ministry, and the Rev. Joy McDonald Coltvet will team teach "Urban Youth Ministry." Guest speakers from urban ministry settings will share their experiences and insights throughout the week.

Grounded in biblical and theological study this course will encourage participants to reflect, rethink, research, explore, and understand the impact of urban realities on young people.
"Urban Youth Ministry" will look at the complexities of this ministry while using models that show creative ways to respond to the needs of urban youth. It will also look at current Lutheran understandings of youth ministry and a variety of worship formats to reach youth.

Registration for the class is on November 14 and 15. Youth workers and pastors are encouraged to apply as non-degree/special students or audit the class. ELCA rostered and youth leaders may use continuing education funds to cover the cost. A limited number of need-based scholarships for youth ministry workers may also be available. For more information about registration and cost, contact the Rev. Joy McDonald Coltvet as soon as possible for details.

This course is made possible through funding from LSTC's Youth in Mission programs.
The Rev. Lawrence J. Clark is a long-time leader in urban youth ministry. He is the Executive Director of The Lutheran Theological Center (LTCA) in Atlanta, Ga. Pastor Clark served as associate to the bishop of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod and as pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church in Chicago. He holds degrees from San Francisco State University, an M.Div. from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, with studies at LTCA 1994-95. He is completing a doctor of ministry in mission and leadership at the LSTC.

The Rev. Joy McDonald Coltvet is LSTC's director of vocation and recruitment where she guides LSTC's recruitment initiatives and assists in the vocational discernment of potential seminarians. Pastor McDonald Coltvet holds an M.Div. from LSTC and a bachelor's degree from Luther College. She did her field work at Bethany Lutheran Church in Chicago. Before returning to LSTC, she was the associate pastor of Galilee Lutheran Church in Pewaukee, Wis. and campus pastor at The Corner House: Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

For more information on the Urban Youth Ministry course contact the Rev. Joy McDonald Coltvet at 800-635-1116 ext. 727 or by email at


Joy McDonald Coltvet
Director of Vocation and Recruitment

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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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