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Youth Ministry certification courses scheduled for 2010-2011



Decatur, GA— The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary has announced 2010-2011 courses for the Youth Ministry Leadership Initiative (YMLI) Certificate program. “Because the Bible Tells Me So: Putting the Bible Back in Bible Study” is scheduled for August 27-28. The next event, “Discerning Your Call to Youth Ministry,” is October 22-24. The latter course is considered a beginning point for the certificate program, but is open to anyone interested in youth ministry.

“Because the Bible Tells Me So” focuses on biblical themes in the Old and New Testaments and ways to weave Bible study and pop culture together in ways that appeal to youth. Course leaders are Anna Brown and Victor Cyrus-Franklin. Brown is a certified Christian educator and recently received the Doctor of Educational Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary. An elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), she is director of Christian education at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church, Duluth, GA. Cyrus-Franklin is the advocacy organizer for the General Commission on Religion and Race of the United Methodist Church and serves as assistant and youth pastor of East Point First Mallalieu United Methodist Church,  East Point, GA. He received the Master of Divinity degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center. Course information/registration.

“Discerning Your Call to Youth Ministry” is designed to encourage youth leaders to ask important questions about their ministry and youth ministry as a whole. Led by Rodger Nishioka and Neema Cyrus-Franklin, the course highlights challenges, opportunities, and issues affecting youth ministry in today’s culture. Rodger Nishioka, an author, speaker and respected leader in young adult and youth ministry, is the Benton Family Associate Professor of Christian Education at Columbia Theological Seminary. Neema Cyrus-Franklin  received the M.Div. from Johnson C. Smith Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center. An experienced youth conference leader, she serves as director of youth ministries for the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. Course information/registration.
Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The YMLI program is now in its sixth year. For additional information about the program, please contact Sarah Erickson at or 404-687-4526 or Neema Cyrus-Franklin at or 678-638-1473.

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