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Columbia Seminary Offering Soul Tending Course for Youth Leaders, December 5-6


Decatur, GA— “Soul Tending: Finding Spirituality in Your Ministry,” a course designed for church youth leaders, will be offered on the seminary campus, December 5-6. Participants will explore indoor and outdoor spiritual practices that may nurture their own spirituality, as well as be incorporated in their ministries with young people. Instructors are Anne H. K. Apple, parish associate at Idlewild Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN, and Jim Apple, a deacon at Idlewild. In addition to being involved in worship, conference, and retreat leadership at Idlewild, Anne Apple writes for synod, presbytery, and denominational publications. She was in “Excellence from the Start” the precursor to “Company of New Pastors,” and is currently in the group, “Re-Forming Ministry,” funded by the Lilly Foundation. In 2004, she was selected as one of the “40 under 40: Young Presbyterians to Watch.” Jim Apple works in economic development at Morgan Keegan, Memphis, TN. Prior to joining Morgan Keegan, he spent 15 years in economic development work in Atlanta, Mobile, and Memphis. This course is part of the Youth Ministry Leadership Initiative (YMLI), a certification program offered jointly by Columbia and the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. YMLI is designed for pastors and lay leaders who are committed to developing strong church youth programs. Participants do not have to be enrolled in the certification program to attend this course. Facilitators for the program are Neema Cyrus-Franklin, director of youth ministries for the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, and Sarah Erickson, associate director of Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary. The fee for this course is $150 and includes two meals. Register online by going to and clicking on “Register Here” under Youth Ministry Leadership Initiative Soul Tending. Or call 404.687.4587. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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