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PERIOD ONE                                                                                                                                    

Steve Heyduck
The Pentateuch: More than Just Five Books!
On the road to Emmaus, Jesus explained his life and purpose “beginning with Moses.” In 4 sessions this week, we will look at the books of Moses, the first 5 books of the Bible in a fresh way that will help us see why Jesus started here.

Gavin Richardson
UMYF Revisited
Is the UMYF model many of us grew up in dated? Does it need revisiting for what is valuable and what can go to consignment?

Jarrod Conyers
Sex and the Youth Pastor: Where We Struggle to Be the Light

How can we as Youth Leaders best guide our young people to understanding and developing a healthy identity pertaining to their sexuality, when most of the music, movies, billboards, magazines, websites, and advertising support a lifestyle divergent from God's plan, and when the Church doesn't agree on where to stand? Join our discussion as we examine some of the major themes, ideas, scriptures, history, and beliefs about sex that have led us to this critical sociological juncture within the Church and the world around us.

Becky Jackson
From the Inside Out: Finding the Balance in the Spiritual & Physical Well Being

In a ministry that tends to be fueled by soda, pizza and crazy, late schedules, how does the common youth worker find balance in their Spiritual health and Physical Well being. Finding the balance leads to a longer ministry life, not to mention, a youth workers life. Begin your journey on finding the sacred balance – taught by youth ministry veteran, and Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach Becky Jackson.

Rod Hocott
Pre-Teen: The Bridge Between Children and Youth
Too often we lump all youth together and expect the outcome to be the same for all. With more and more communities going to Middle School educational programming, this offers the perfect opportunity for the church to make some changes in the way we deal with the different physical, emotional and spiritual needs of different age groups with whom we minister. This class will offer helpful tips on developmental phases of 5th – 7th graders, what you can expect from ministry with them, how to begin a Middle School program, how to change to a Middle School program, suggestions for recruiting volunteers and resources for making it work.

Dr. Mark Waters and Tim Kennedy (McMurry University)
Leadership and the iGeneration
What comes after Millennials? Some call this new group of young people the iGeneration. This class will explore sound servant-leadership principles with specific reference to iGeneration as well as the current Millennials.

Wanda Dye
How to Say Goodbye When Youth Leave
Saying goodbye to youth as graduate is just as important as saying hello. This class discusses the importance of strengthening that final connection with methods and traditions to celebrate and provide continued support of youth as they enter their young adult years.

PERIOD TWO                                                                                                                                   

Walt Marcum
What We Believe as United Methodists

This four day class will explore the basics of United Methodist belief, including our unique heritage in the English Reformation and the Via Media, the unique theological synthesis of John Wesley that includes his own unique appropriation of the Via Media in what he called the Catholic Spirit, using scripture, tradition, reason and experience as doctrinal standards, and a stress on holiness and perfection in salvation that more akin to the theology of the Eastern Church than many protestant bodies. We will also cover other aspects of United Methodist belief including recent changes that removed the term 'Wesleyan Quadrilateral' and 'pluralism' from the Discipline.

Erin Jackson
Giving Them the Keys: Creating a Student-Led Ministry Culture

Teenagers are hungry for meaningful opportunities to grow in their faith and to share their ministry gifts. Through discussion and interactive activities, this course will explore what it really looks like to have a "youth led" ministry. We will consider: What does "youth led ministry" really look like? Is youth-led ministry the right choice for your church? Defining success/failure in youth ministry. Dealing with failures and haters. Restructuring the way you spend your ministry time. Taking youth-led ministry to the next level.

Michelle Moore
Getting Organized

A class for those who need a little help and direction when it comes to getting organized (and staying organized) in their ministry. Topics would include time management tips, ways to create and manage tasks lists, tips for office management and storage, short and long term ministry plans, communication, and much more.

Ben Wheeler
How to Do the Work of God without Destroying the Work of God in You

“I’d rather burn out than rust out.” Unfortunately, this is a very common attitude among those of us who do professional ministry. Either way it happens, YOU’RE OUT! Youth workers need the tools to stay in it for the long haul. Topics in the class will include: Sabbath, Margin, Community, Retreat & Self Care. If you're feeling spiritually empty, emotionally exhausted and on the verge of burning out, this class is for you. If you want to keep from feeling spiritually empty, emotionally exhausted and on the verge of burning out, this class is for you, too!

Jarrod Conyers
The Next Pentecost: Where the Church, Culture, and Spirit of God Collide

Obsolete and outdated have become a very common words to describe the technology we purchased at Best Buy 6-months to 1-year ago; they are also becoming very common words in our culture today that are sadly ascribed to the Church, where fewer people today seem to find Him. What contemporary trends and historic influences can we identify that lead us to this juncture, and which of them can lead us forward in our Post-Modern Post-Christian HD 3-D 4-G society? Join us as we discuss which movements and ideas can lead us to the next catalyst of Holy revelation and Ecclesiastical change.

Brian Faust
How Do I Convince the Church to Change My Job Description?
Do you have a job description that doesn't jive with what you like to do? Are you realizing God is calling you to another ministry? Are you passionate about something that is not in what you signed-up to do? Are you struggling where God may be leading you in your current job situation? If you can answer yes to any of these, this is the class to take as we talk about how we change the culture of our job description and what we do in the local church.

Terry Parsons
Four Ways to Effectively Counsel with Youth
This class is exactly what you need to provide you with proven counseling models to help you address those crucial personal, relational and spiritual issues with those in your care. We will focus on topics such as identity, decision making, relationships and family issues in the context of counseling and spiritual growth. 

PERIOD THREE                                                                                                                                      

Bishop Richard Wilke
A Bishop's Thoughts on Vital Bible Passages to Use
 
If you had the chance to sit down with a Bishop and ask, "What would be the most important passages in the Bible for me to teach to my students," what do you think the Biship would say? Well, wonder no more!  Bishop Wilke will take the time each day to share four key Scripture passages that he believes everyone needs to teach and use in their ministry. Time will also be set aside each day for you to ask the group's input on your passages as well. You will not want to miss this!

Becky Jackson
Developing and Implementing Camp Ministry

One of the greatest ways to help youth connect with Christ is through their experiences at camp. Learn how to take the mountain top high out of typical "church camp" and make it a lasting life long impact on your youth that will take them past mid-winters, weekend retreats and summer camp. From vision and design, to implementation and follow up, Becky Jackson (Youth Events Coordinator for Southwest Texas Conference) will help you design or re-design your camp to better meet the needs of today's youth.

Gavin Richardson
Youth Ministry Technologies

Cover the expanse of technologies available in youth ministry as well as 'walk-thru' tutorials on implementing many of them. Have a question, this is your workshop!

Michelle Moore
Being Young in Youth Ministry

A class for those who are young and in youth ministry. Topics would include how to set boundaries both personally and professionally, ways to help your congregation see you as an adult (and not just a "big" youth), tips for preventing burn out, and much more

Steve Heyduck
Deconstructing the Alleged Generation Gap

The Generation Gap, popularized in the 1960s, has proven to be self-fulfilling prophecy. In the half-century since, not only has the gap allegedly widened, but also has turned growing up on its head. In the church this has developed into turning youth ministry into entertainment hoping to connect with them, only to leave them the adult generation that says, "Here we are, entertain us."

Julie Peters
Developing Young Christian Leaders
How to create a culture of call for young people to discern and use their gifts in ministry and life. This workshop will cover the key components of building a ministry program for young leaders after they are identified. You will also have a chance to dialogue with the materials and resources from Resurrection's MAC (Ministry As a Career) Track which was created to help students hear and discern a call to vocational ministry. All of our current MAC Track resources and manuals will be provided to participants. There will be opportunity to apply the information you receive to your setting and begin developing a plan that would work in your unique setting.

Walt Marcum
Science and Faith

Are science and faith necessarily in conflict? Can they be complimentary? What can science offer to faith? This four session class will explore the relationship between science and faith or religion, how this relationship has developed through the centuries, the current situation. Special attention will be given to recent developments in science that are particularly relevant to the science/faith discussion, including developments in astronomy and cosmology as well as developments in fundamental physics, particularly quantum physics. No formal background in science is needed for this class. 

PERIOD FOUR                                                                                                                                                              

SHORT SHOPS (TUESDAY)

Ben Wheeler
Protecting the Work of God in You

Youth ministry lessons from Nehemiah.

Becky Jackson 
Safe Sanctuary & Child Protection Training

The UM General Conference strongly recommends that all staff and workers who work with children and youth complete a Child Protection Training in compliance with the Safe Sanctuary Policy. SWTX offers this course to all who attend Perkins, in order to help both paid & unpaid youth workers, meet this requirement. This requirement must be renewed yearly. The state of Texas also requires this course for all overnight events with youth and children. Join us for the one-time short shop so that you can be in compliance for the year as you minister to youth and young adults in your ministry. All certificates will be signed and given to participants at the end of the course for submission to the respective churches and conferences.

Brian Faust
The Art of Saying "No" to the "Other Duties Assigned"

Are you the jack of all trades on your staff? Is there something that you have to do or other duty you have been assigned that you struggle with doing? We will look at those duties, have a little fun, and talk about how we can make those situations better for everyone involved.

Steve Wilke
Discover: Youth Disciple Online

In today's age of students being connected with each other through technology, how do we as youth workers help them learn about their faith where they are at? This Short Shop will look at how we can help students do online Bible study through the use of Disciple Online, a 32-week online program geared toward high school youth. This class will look into how to make it happen. Groups using this program have already launched in the fall of 2012, so come and learn how it is helping youth programs go beyond the walls of the church, and constraints due to schedules.

Gavin Richardson
Making Part-Time Youth Ministry Work

Can you make youth ministry work in a part-time or volunteer status? I have and will share some of my tips, tricks, and resources as well as a 'mindset' for ministry.

Julie Peters
Ministry as a Career: Helping Students Discern a Call to Vocational Ministry

Have you ever wondered how to carve out a student ministry culture that helps students seriously consider ministry as a vocational option? Do you have students who have a passion for Christ and gifts that could be used in various ministry settings? Do you feel a responsibility to help raise up the next generation of Christian leaders? If so, consider joining this class as we explore ways to carve out a culture of call in any youth ministry, regardless of size or setting. We will also learn from the challenges, mistakes, and successes of the first four years of development of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection's MAC (Ministry As a Career) Track ministry, which was created to help students hear and discern a call to vocational ministry.

Bishop Richard Wilke 
Current Cultural Revolution

Cultural revolutions happen and often we are not aware of it. These revolutions have a great effect not only on our ministries, but how we should be ministering as well. Did you know that we are in one now? Join this class to talk about the current cultural revolution and how to minister effectively within it.

SHORT SHOPS (WEDNESDAY) 

Wanda Dye
Word! Teaching Theology to Youth in Their Own Language


Julie Peters
Mission Trips for Teens: Preparing, Maximizing Impact, and Debriefing

This short stop will cover the basics of preparing a team for the mission field, domestic or international, maximizing the impact on the students, and debriefing the experience. We will lay a Biblical foundation for the hows and whys of mission work. There will also be some discussion of sustainability in mission work and a time to share ideas for fundraising for mission trips.

Michelle Moore
Getting Organized

A class for those who need a little help and direction when it comes to getting organized (and staying organized) in their ministry. Topics would include time management tips, ways to create and manage tasks lists, tips for office management and storage, short and long term ministry plans, communication, and much more.

Steve & Rachel Heyduck
Strengthening One's Marriage While in Ministry

Ever find yourself torn between "all the ministry you feel the need to do" and your spouse? If you have ever had to play the "You promised to love, honor, and respect" me through your "call to ministry" card on your spouse, let's get together and regain perspective on life, love, ministry, and marriage.

Gavin Richardson
Youth Ministry in the Great Emergence

Ever wonder what the future of youth ministry is going to look like? What are some of the things your teenagers are going to attract and keep coming to? How is the church changing and its effect on youth ministry going to be? We will offer a framework and some glimpses into those questions.

Erin Jackson
Giving Them the Keys: Creating a Student-Led Ministry Culture

Teenagers are hungry for meaningful opportunities to grow in their faith and to share their ministry gifts. Through discussion and interactive activities, this course will explore what it really looks like to have a "youth led" ministry. We will consider: What does "youth led ministry" really look like? Is youth-led ministry the right choice for your church? Defining success/failure in youth ministry. Dealing with failures and haters. Restructuring the way you spend your ministry time. Taking youth-led ministry to the next level.

SHORT SHOPS (THURSDAY)

Katie Eichler
Deepening Youth Theology Beyond "You Should Read Your Bible More"
If the world is to be transformed by the disciples being made in our youth groups, the depth of their faith and understanding must go beyond come to church, read your bible, pray. Come for a discussion about a world where youth ministry may not be flashy, but it certainly isn't watered down.

Michelle Moore
Being Young in Youth Ministry
A class for those who are young and in youth ministry. Topics would include how to set boundaries both personally and professionally, ways to help your congregation see you as an adult (and not just a "big" youth), tips for preventing burn out, and much more

Jarrod Conyers
Excel>erate: Advanced Programming Tricks to Simplify Your Ministry

We all use basic Excel or Numbers spreadsheets to keep track of our attendance, our budgets, and our students, but most of us have only scratched the surface of what these programs can actually do to make our jobs easier. In this short shop, with little, moderate, or zero Excel experience, learn how the formula building blocks, colored conditional formatting, and a handful of simple yet powerful functions can convert your basic Windows and Mac spreadsheet into a dynamic digital assistant. No computer necessary.

Erin Jackson
How to Squeeze in One More Event Per Week

Let's be honest - we get too busy to take care of ourselves. This short shop will explore the warning signs of youth ministry burnout, the signs of healthy youth ministry and developing a spiritual health/self-care plan.

Gavin Richardson
Motivation 2.0
Where are the Youth? What motivates today's young people and how can we get them to show up? Or can we?

Wanda Dye
Seriously Silly: Connecting to Youth at Different Emotional Levels