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Columbia Seminary Offering Youth Ministry Leaders’ Event on Pastoral Care


Decatur, GA—Columbia Theological Seminary will host the event “Know Where to Turn When the Youth Turn to You” on December 7-8. Skip Johnson, adjunct assistant professor of pastoral theology and care and a United Methodist minister with extensive youth ministry experience, will lead the event, which is part of the Youth Ministry Leadership Initiative (YMLI) certificate program. The YMLI courses are open to anyone involved in youth ministry. Facilitators are Neema Cyrus Franklin and Sarah Erickson. The program fee is $150 (includes two meals). Registration closes December 3. The focus of this event is the care and nurture of the youth of the church, as well as the youth leader’s role as a caregiver to adolescents in crisis. General information about appropriate resources and practical advice about the mechanics of competent youth counseling will be a major part of the discussions. The presentations will make use of role playing, video segments, music, small group discussions and lectures. You may register for the retreat online on Columbia’s Web site or download the YMLI certification program brochure (which includes a registration form). You may also register for housing on the seminary campus at reasonable rates. For more information, please contact Sarah Erickson, associate director for Lifelong Learning, at 404-687-4526. 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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