August 27 Bread and Butter training designed to encourage and empower local church youth workers


On August 27, 2011, the North Alabama Conference will host the first Bread and Butter Youth Ministry Training for youth workers and student leaders (11th and 12th grade). The day will take place at Trinity UMC in Birmingham and will feature Duffy Robbins as the keynote speaker plus a selection of breakout seminars led by leaders with a passion for their subjects and years of experience to share.

The Bread and Butter training event was created to encourage and empower youth workers who play a critical role in local churches working toward the Conference ministry goal of empowering a new generation of Christians.

The day is designed for seasoned veterans, first time newbies, and volunteers. With a variety of workshops and a chance to connect with youth leaders throughout the Conference, participants will be sure to find something that will fit their church’s youth ministry needs.

Toby Chastain, Youth Minister at Hartselle First UMC, says, “It has been a desire of mine since I came to this conference five years ago to see this type of event get off the ground. It's very exciting that it’s now happening. I think everyone can benefit from this event. Our hope is that churches won’t just send their youth leader, but will send their whole team from Sunday school teachers to UMYF leaders and anyone else who cares about ministry to students.”

The featured speaker Duffy Robbins is a cornerstone in the field of youth ministry. A thirty-five year veteran of youth ministry, Duffy speaks around the world to teenagers and people who care about them. He’s made it this long in youth ministry because he figured out the secret to budgets, dealing with parents, and working with church staff! He’s also a bestselling author and a professor of youth ministry at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania.

The day will also offer a variety of breakout seminars to give participants ideas, insights and inspiration that will enhance local church youth ministry. Seminars include the following:

  • Mission Trips 101
  • Fundraising
  • Confirmation
  • Working with Parents
  • UMYF Planning
  • Small Church Youth Ministry
  • Counseling Teens
  • Gender Specific Ministry
  • Small Group Ministry
  • Recruiting and Training Volunteers
  • Worship 360

It is recommended that each church bring their whole youth ministry team so they can attended seminars on many different topics.

Conference Youth Coordinator Rev. Clay Farrington offers this invitation:

What's up youth workers!! If you love students, want to see them become sold out disciples of JC and (like me) need all the help you can get, plan on joining us for North Alabama's first ever Bread & Butter Youth Ministry Training August 27, 2011. The event will feature headline speaker: Duffy Robbins and a whole host of youth workers from across the state leading break out sessions covering virtually every aspect of youth ministry.

Registration is just $20 per person, $15 for groups of 5 or more, and only $10 for 11th & 12th grade student leaders. And that includes a ton of freebies and prizes!

I'll be bringing my whole team of volunteers (some students too) and some of my youth pastor buddies from other denominations in town. I hope to see you there!


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