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Youth Ministry Spirituality Retreat, March 9-10


Decatur, GA.— Columbia Theological Seminary will host a weekend retreat for youth leaders on March 9-10 on the seminary campus in Decatur, GA. Titled Soul Tending: Finding Spirituality in Your Ministry, the event is designed to encourage adult leaders of youth to nurture their own spirituality as they incorporate spiritual practices into their ministries with young people. The cost is $150, which includes two meals. Housing and other meals are available on the seminary campus. Registration is due no later than Monday, March 5. Soul Tending is offered through the Youth Ministry Leadership Initiative (YMLI), a partnership between the seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning and the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. Seminar leader are Jim and Anne H. K. Apple. Anne serves as parish associate at Idlewild Presbyterian Church, in Memphis, TN, where Jim is a deacon and chairs the recreation committee. Facilitators are Neema Cyrus-Franklin, director of youth ministries for the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, and Sarah Erickson, associate director of Lifelong Learning at the seminary. This retreat is one of eight experiences included in YMLI’s certification program for youth ministry. Now in its second year, the certification program is designed for lay leaders and pastors who are committed to developing strong programs for youth within the church. The full YMLI program leading to certification in youth ministry includes a weekend retreat, six weekend courses, and a capstone retreat offered over a two-year period. The curriculum covers topics such as youth ministry programming, spirituality, theology, biblical studies, church polity, and youth development. Participants who complete all eight sessions receive a certificate in youth ministry; however, enrollment in all courses, except the capstone retreat, is open to those interested in taking selected courses. For information about the YMLI certification program or individual courses, please visit or You may download information, including registration forms at each site. You may also contact Sarah F. Erickson, associate director for Lifelong Learning at Columbia (404-687-4526), for additional information. 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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