Local Church Ministries Presents Virtual Workshops
Engaging the Youth
Engaging the Youth
Resources for Youth Ministry
During Annual Meeting weekend, the ISC Local Church Ministry Team presented a workshop by Rev. Debbie Jo Atkins, Pastor of Staunton St. Paul UCC, and Julie Gvillo, former Presbyterian Youth Pastor and founder of A Place of Grace. Julie shared several resources that were helpful for youth ministries. She shares them here to enrich your youth programs throughout Illinois South Conference.
- Sustainable Youth Ministry by Mark DeVries
- Family-Based Youth Ministry by Mark DeVries
- Growing Souls by Mark Yaconelli
- Contemplative Youth Ministry by Mark Yaconelli
- Messy Spirituality by Mark Yaconelli
- The God-bearing Life: The Art of Soul Tending for Youth Ministry by Kenda Creasy Dean
- Practicing Passion: Youth and the Quest for a Passionate Church by Kenda Creasy Dean
- Starting Right: Thinking Theologically About Youth Ministry by Kenda Creasy Dean
- Soul Tending: Life-Forming Practices for Older Youth and Young Adults by Beverly Burton, Drew Dyson.
- The Presbyterian Church (USA) toolkits, a collective kit of "Essential Practices" for communal faith formation that can be engaged at any age.
Download the free toolkit for youth here.
Download the free toolkit for faith practices here.
Julie Gvillo, is the Founder and Creative Executive Director of A Place of Grace. A Place of Grace is exactly what its name implies ... holy ground for meeting God face to face.
With thirteen years of pastoral and Christian Education experience in a ministry setting, her passion for spiritual formation has only grown and expanded. She shares this passion with pastors and church educators through seminars and retreats. To learn more about Julie and her work, click here.
Rev. Debbie Jo Atkins is the Pastor and Teacher at Staunton St. Paul United Church of Christ. She has developed a strong youth group at her church titled, Exhale Youth Group, which has been very active for several years, including events, mission trips, fundraising and more.