Ninth Annual Youth Ministry Summit Features Dr. Chap Clark
One of the most dynamic and successful events for our region’s youth workers takes place each year on the campus of Southern Nazarene University. The Youth Ministry Summit, a product of a partnership between the South Central Field NYI and SNU’s Resource Center for Pastoral Leadership, has become a unique gathering anticipated by scores of youth pastors each fall. This year there were 59 who gathered to hear Dr. Chap Clark, and for fellowship, prayer and times of sharing.
Dr. Blair Spindle, SNU’s Campus Pastor and Dean of the Chapel, also serves the Church of the Nazarene as President of the NYI Council, South Central Field. Dr. Spindle’s report of the Summit held October 9-11, 2017 at SNU reads:
Our ninth youth ministry summit was outstanding. We were thrilled to have Dr. Chap Clark, professor of Youth, Family and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary with us. Chap is one of the premier youth culture researchers and an outstanding leader. His presentation at the summit was so relevant to youth workers who are trying to help hold on to young people who seem to be leaving the church at alarming rates. Chap's approach was what he calls, "Adoptive Youth Ministry" and it was challenging but encouraging at the same time. He believes the church is best when it is seen as family. We are able to catch a clearer picture of God's Kingdom when we foster a ministry of nurturing students who are indeed God's beloved children. One youth pastor said this about the 2017 YM Summit, "As always, it was awesome. I would say one of the best ones we've had." This continues to be a great event for the South Central Field and for SNU.
To learn more about the Youth Ministry Summit at SNU, contact Dr. Spindle at firstname.lastname@example.org or watch for information about the October 2018 event at rcpl.snu.edu.