Pfeiffer's YeTI program offers great experience for high school students
Pfeiffer Youth Theological Institute a/k/a/ YeTI
is a two-week summer experience for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors
who want to become useful and effective servant leaders—and are ready to learn more about themselves in relation to God and God’s call on their lives. The dates for this year’s program are June 18 through July 1, 2017
. Over the course of two weeks, students will explore time-honored theological ideas, put faith into action through hands-on learning, engage in a daily rhythm of prayer and worship and discover what it means to be a beloved member of God’s household through field trips, community service and outdoor leadership training. After engaging in this program, students will be better equipped to lead mission and ministry in their home communities.
During the first week, s
tudents will experience Pfeiffer University’s undergraduate campus in Misenheimer, N.C. During the second week
, students will travel to one of three cities for community-based projects centered on topics introduced during week one. For example, students who choose to serve in Charlotte will work with Pfeiffer’s sport ministry partners, such as the Charlotte Bobcats, Charlotte Hornets and NASCAR, while working with Charlotte-area youth. Those who go to Asheville will stay in the Haw Creek community, working with the Missional Wisdom Foundation to put to use principles related to eco-justice and community building. In Washington D.C., students will participate in the work and ministry of agencies housed in the Methodist Building on Capitol Hill, The United Methodist General Board of Church and Society and Wesley Downtown as they explore issues of immigration and justice on small and large scales.
Due to the generosity of the Lilly Endowment
, cost for the program is $300.
Information and registration can be found at www.pfeiffer.edu/yeti
, or contact Sherri Barnes, program director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources for Vital Congregations
Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor
GBHEM Leadership Resources
Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church
Englewood Book Review
Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations
Ted Talks: The Golden Circle
Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability
Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability
Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians
Be A Disciple
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network
Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations
Living As United Methodist Christians
Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials
Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today
John Wesley Sermons: Anthology
Get Their Name
Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit
Canoeing the Mountains
Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People
Community: The Structure of Belonging
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
Institute for Emerging Issues
Congregations 4 Children
The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants
The Duke Endowment
The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:
- Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
- Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.
We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at email@example.com.