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National Youth Workers Convention 2013

Post a Comment » Written on July 3rd, 2013     
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NYWC-20132The National Youth Workers Convention (NYWC) is a gathering of people from all around the country (and the world!) who work with and care about teenagers.

So, get ready to join over 6,000 of your fellow youth workers at the National Youth Workers Convention this fall in San Diego or Nashville. It’s the opportunity for you and your team to get training in over 80 seminars, be inspired and encouraged, do some bonding and team building, and have fun!

There’s a great line up of Big Room speakers and worship leaders. Confirmed so far: Bob Goff, Rachel Held Evens, Mark Batterson, Harvey Carey, Shane Claiborne, Doug Fields, Kara Powell, Mark Matlock, Rend Collective Experiment, and Audrey Assad.



Summer Fun

Post a Comment » Written on April 15th, 2013     
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Adventures in Leadership – June 15-22 

Do you have a high school student leader who is ready to be challenged to grow in his/her leadership abilities? Nominate 1 or 2 of your key leadership students for AIL. This amazing leadership development experience affirms the leadership potential of students and captures their imaginations on how God can use them as leaders. Because of its impact, other ECC conferences are now looking to replicate the AIL experience for their students.

If you’re interested in being an AIL leader, contact Jon Kramka. Promo and application materials are now available on our AIL page.

Global Student Leadership – June 29-July 7

Merge Ministries is providing an opportunity for US/Canadian youth to develop their leadership skills in an international cross-cultural setting. They will work in partnership with international youth who seek to develop their leadership skills. North American students will live, learn and serve alongside youth from other nations. Teaching and mentoring will be by both North American and International youth leaders. All learning will be done bilingually, in Spanish and English. North American students will live with their international counterparts, attend creative sessions on leadership together, and work together to encourage and enhance local community ministry in the international setting.

If you’re interested, contact Dale Lusk.

MUUUCE – August 15-17 

The Most Unbelievable Ultimate Urban Camping Experience for middle school/jr. high students will be at Crossroads in Woodbury, MN. Heather Flies is the speaker! More details to come.

Emerge – August 23-25  

Begin to plan now for this conference-wide high school leadership retreat. It’s a great opportunity to build your student leadership team and launch them for the school year. It’s at Lake Beauty Camp. More details to come.



Several opportunities to enrich your ministry

North Park Theological Seminary students have just returned from spring break, and the campus is once again busy with activity. Here are a few opportunities happening this spring and summer that we want to share with you:


Certificate Programs

We are offering two graduate certificate programs-spiritual direction and urban ministry-that begin this summer, both of which are designed to help support and strengthen your ministry.

Spiritual Direction: Examine this specialized ministry of listening, discernment, and prayer at our C. John Weborg Center for Spiritual Direction. Benefit from a creative cohort learning community and high-quality instruction to join a growing worldwide network of trained spiritual directors.

Apply online by March 31.

Urban Ministry: Integrate theology and practice to prepare for the changing needs of ministry in an urban setting. On-site summer intensive courses allow you to use Chicago as your classroom, and you’ll have the opportunity to study with Dr. Soong-Chan Rah,a leading scholar and practitioner in multicultural ministry.

Apply online by April 30.

Participate in either certificate program with a cohort group of fifteen to twenty clergy and lay students. You can complete the required 15 semester hours, including on-site summer intensives and online courses, in just over two years.

Tuition is approximately $7,500, and payment plans and limited financial assistance are available. For more information, please contact the Office of Seminary Admissions via email or at (773) 244-6229.

Nyvall Lectures

You’re invited to join us on campus on Thursday, April 18, from 9:00 am to noon, as we host our annual Nyvall Lectures in Isaacson Chapel.

Dr. Willie Jennings, professor at Duke Divinity School, will deliver a two-part lecture entitled, “An Obedient and Loving Church: Toward an Ecclesiology that Matters.” You can attend this lecture either in person or online via live webcast, courtesy of

Songwriting Workshop

We are also offering Songwriting for Christian Worship on Saturday, April 20. Designed with pastors and worship leaders in mind, this hands-on workshop will equip you and others in your congregation with a solid framework for writing powerful, effective songs for worship.

Register online.




The Justice Conference

Post a Comment » Written on February 18th, 2013     
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 The Justice Conference is a 2-Day annual conference taking place in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 22-23, 2013

This event promotes dialogue around justice related issues such as human trafficking, slavery, poverty, HIV/AIDS and human rights, featuring internationally acclaimed speakers, and hundreds of humanitarian organizations.

The Justice Conference is a movement of students, teachers, business people, parents, artists, social entrepreneurs, pastors, advocates and academics all of whom are discovering the paradox that true life is found when we give our lives away on behalf of others.

Why women value Triennial

Watch this video to learn why women value Triennial!

Special appearances by our very own Marti Burger and Aune Carlson!

August 15-18, 2013

San Diego, California

 When women gather, incredible things happen— especially when the gathering involves the diverse and dynamic women of the Covenant! Triennial is a four day conference that offers fellowship, worship, active learning, and fun for all women (ages 18+). Get ready to be equipped, motivated, and encouraged!

For more information on Triennial, check out

A Journey of Discovery

A Journey of Discovery by Addition, Subtraction and Introspection

Lent is the time in the Christian year that leads us to Easter and our celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.

This isn’t just another devotional book. This is a guide to a 40-day journey to resurrection.

Lent? What is Lent? Is it that stuff you dig out of the depths of your pants pocket or your belly button? (No. That’s lint by the way). Maybe you think Lent is something only other churches do.

Even if you’re not familiar with Lent, you can probably agree that Easter is essential to the life of the followers of Jesus. It’s the time of year when we are intentional about retelling and rehearing the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Because Christ invites His followers to not just hear about the resurrection, but to participate in it, Christians have historically taken the 40 days leading up to Easter to prepare their hearts and minds to enter the story of Jesus.

This little book is a guide…a help…a companion on the 40-day journey of prayer and Christian practice known as Lent. On this journey, you’ll practice the disciplines of addition, subtraction, and introspection so that you may more fully participate in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This is Lent. And we take this journey because we all need resurrection.

Pre-order this book Today! Expected to ship by February 8th, 2013

Talking About Health

A Dialogue with Health Professionals and Youth Pastors

The journey through adolescence toward adulthood includes both opportunities and challenges for health. The developing adolescent brain is faced with making decision regarding risky actions or healthy behaviors influenced by their social milieu. Youth ministers and health professionals working with adolescents have a unique opportunity to help teenagers weather life’s challenges through addressing physical, mental, and spiritual health.

Given the influence of youth ministers on adolescent lives and the knowledge of health professionals working with youth, this workshop is designed to create a context for dialogue and lay a foundation for collaborative efforts to strengthen the health of adolescents.


Keynote Address: Risk and Resilience

A discussion between neuroscientist Dr. Duke Han and Daniel White Hodge, director of the Center for Youth Ministry Studies at North Park University.


Workshop 1: To Life!: Healthy Living

A dialogue between health professional Christine Smith and youth pastor Min Song

Workshop 1: Mental Health

A dialogue between health professional Robert Auger and youth worker Jen Morales-Crye


Saturday, February 16, 2013

8:30 am – 4:30 pm


Cost: $30 Nursing CEUs available for an additional $15

Participants will be awarded seven contact hours for this CNE activity through North Park University.

Tickets can be reserved now and paid for at the door with check or cash without the credit card fees. Checks should be made out to North Park University. Click “Other Payment Options” then “Pay at Door.”

Scholarship for Undocumented Students

Undocumented students planning to attend (or continue attending) a 2 or 4 year college in the fall of 2013 may apply for an Illinois Dream Fund Scholarship. The Fund offers scholarships of $2,000 towards an Associate’s degree and $6,000 towards a Bachelor’s degree. $100,000 of scholarships have been reserved for JROTC cadets — with roughly $200,000 worth of funds open to non-JROTC students.

Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 2.5, be planning to attend or continue attending college in fall 2013, and submit and application (including essay, high school transcript, parent(s) income tax return, and two letters of recommendation) by mail before March 1st, 2013.

Applications can be downloaded at

CCDA Café at Trinity International University

FRIENDLY REMINDER: CCDA Café is this Thursday, January 31st. This is a perfect opportunity to learn more about CCDA or introduce your friends to the philosophy of CCD. Click to RSVP!

  • Meet other people who have a vision to see wholistically restored communities with Christians fully engaged in the process of transformation
  • Learn about the philosophy of Christian Community Development (CCD)
  • Meet people from the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and hear the stories of people all over the country who are bearing witness to the Kingdom of God by reclaiming and restoring under-resourced communities.
  • Learn about opportunities to be involved in Christian Community Development ministries in your community
  • Join Trinity’s 2013-14 CCDA Academic Chapter

Trinity International University, Waybright Center, Melton Hall

2065 Half Day Road, Deerfield, IL 60015

Date & Time
Thursday, January 31, 2013

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Ministry Job Fair, Adolescent Health Issues and CYMS Lecture Series

Adolescent Health Issues  
A Dialogue with Health Professionals and Youth Pastors 
Featuring Dr. Duke Han and Dr. Daniel White Hodge

The journey through adolescence toward adulthood includes both opportunities and challenges for health. The developing adolescent brain is faced with making decision regarding risky actions or healthy behaviors influenced by their social milieu. Youth ministers and health professionals working with adolescents have a unique opportunity to help teenagers weather life’s challenges through addressing physical, mental, and spiritual health.


Saturday, February 16th
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
$30 per person
Hamming Hall
Nursing CEUs available for additional $15

Visit website for more details, information on workshops/speakers and to register.



Ministry Internship & Job Fair
The only ministry internship and job fair in the Chicagoland region
This event is designed to bring together ministries that are recruiting individuals for jobs and internships, and those who are seeking positions. It is open to the public, and has grown to include students from colleges and seminaries all over Chicagoland, as well as adults who are looking for ministry positions.
Professional development opportunities for job seekers include: mock interviews and panel discussions on “first two years in ministry” and “how to candidate for ministry positions.”


Saturday, March 2
10 am – noon
Anderson Chapel
FREE for both job seekers, as well as organizations that have ministry positions available.

Visit website for details, information and to register.


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