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Columbia Seminary Offering Youth Ministry Leaders’ Retreat on Pastoral Care


Decatur, GA—Columbia Theological Seminary will host “Know Where to Turn When the Youth Turn to You,” a retreat on providing pastoral care for young people. Open to anyone involved in youth ministry, the event is August 21-22 on the seminary campus. Skip Johnson, who teaches pastoral theology and care at Columbia, is leading the event. He is a United Methodist minister with extensive youth ministry experience. The program will focus on the care and nurture of a church’s young people, and the youth leader’s role as a caregiver to adolescents in crisis. Participants will receive information about appropriate resources and practical advice about competent youth counseling. The agenda also includes discussion of pre-course readings, role playing, video segments, music, small group discussions, and lectures. The program fee of $165 includes two meals. On-campus housing is available.

 Registration closes August 7. To register, go to, scroll to the event, and click on "Register Here." Register separately for housing in the listing directly below the event listing. This event is part of the Youth Ministry Leadership Initiative (YMLI) certificate program, a partnership of Columbia Theological Seminary and the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. Facilitators for the program are Neema Cyrus Franklin and Sarah Erickson. For more information, please contact Sarah Erickson, director of Lifelong Learning, at, or 404-687-4526. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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