Save the date for our last training session of the school year! Dr. Jason Lief will be with us to talk about "Poetic Youth Ministry," and will explore the issue of young people and faith, specifically focusing on the various responses of the Christian community to the research suggesting young people are leaving the church.
Don't miss this opportunity and register now for this session!
Jason Lief teaches Theology and Youth Ministry at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. He is also the founder and director of The Prairie Project—a week long ministry event that introduces high school students to the diverse culture of Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Jason is the author of the book Poetic Youth Ministry: Learning to Love Young People by Letting them Go and is currently writing a book focusing on the intersection of Theology and Heavy Metal music. Jason is married to Tamara and they have three kids: Naomi (13), Christian (11), and Savannah (8).
Session 1: “I Didn’t Know we had a Pool”: Taking WALL-E to Youth Ministry
This session will explore the issue of young people and faith, specifically focusing on the various responses of the Christian community to the research suggesting young people are leaving the church. Using the film WALL-E this session with explore the social and cultural issues that impact religious belief. This discussion will provide the framework for a “poetic” form of youth ministry that is informed by a particular way of thinking about what it means to be the “church”.
Session 2: The Politics of Poetic Youth Ministry
This session will focus on the practical side of a “poetic” approach to youth ministry. What are the issues young people struggle with in the West? How do young people form and shape an identity? How can the Christian community engage in a form of ministry that invites young people to embrace their humanity in the new humanity of Jesus Christ? Using insights from theology, cultural theory, and philosophy this session will explore the practical wisdom at the center of a poetic approach to youth ministry that provides the basis for formative practices and a political approach to pastoral care.
Date: Thursday, April 7, 9:00a – 1:00p, lunch included
The community at LaCygne made me feel safe and comfortable.
People were checking on me and inviting me to activities. I felt like I could walk up to anyone, start a conversation and they would accept me. I want to go back because I loved the experience of community and getting to know others more.
I also really like the environment - especially the Snack Shack and the Blob which were amazing!
I plan to be a volunteer next summer and help create community for others.
I went to LaCygne by myself and didn't really know anyone. It was a chance to meet new people - a lot to do every day and I loved that the activities were optional.
One night after an evening gathering, they surprised us with the "Fugitives" game. It required us to run around in the pitch black dark, looking for clues and avoiding the other team. The combination of the surprise factor (out of the ordinary) and the high stakes made it feel like the Hunger Games. It was really awesome, we were scared and laughing at the same time!
Fugitives actually helped me bond with some other girls and I made life long friends.
We're thrilled to announce that camp registration for next summer is now open for Camp West and for LaCygne. As you enter our Camp Management System to register, please, take note of some of its key features:
You need just one account per family. Within that same account, you can choose different camp sessions for each of your children. Also, if you prefer, you can make one payment rather than multiple transactions.
You can spread your payments out over time by logging into your account and making a payment amount of your choosing toward the total balance due.
If you created an account last year, you can use it this year too. If your personal information has change, you will be able to make any necessary changes. If you forgot your username/password, use the "Forgot" feature on the Log-in page to reset your credentials.
As you set-up your online account, you can stop at anytime and your information will be saved. Log into your account anytime to manage your children's accounts and/or complete forms. You will get a confirmation email within 24 hours.
The majority of required forms will not be available until early Spring 2016.
All campers associated with a group must use a specific "Group Hold ID" provided by your group leader. You must have this Group Hold ID to receive a group discount. This year, there is just one Group Hold ID for all members of your group (not a different ID by grades or gender).
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If you are a pastor or staff member of a church, we want to extend an invitation for you to join us at LaCygne any Monday or Tuesday night in February. You are welcome to stay both nights and leave sometime on Wednesday or just one of the nights. You can set your arrival and departure times. This is a great way to start off 2014 with a time to replenish your life with Christ.
LaCygne is a community centered on 3 daily prayer gatherings, contemplation, and serving others. You are invited to study, rest, pray, walk the trails, or work. The community will take care of everything for you at LaCygne: a private room to stay in with a bed made up, meals, and space for work or study. There’s wifi available too.
The community prays at 8:30am, 12pm, and 5:30pm. On Monday nights prayer is at 8pm instead of 5:30. Prayer times last 15-20 minutes. You are invited to join the community for prayer if you would like, but you are certainly free to use the time however you wish. There are no requirements. You are free to join the community for meals or eat in solitude, or with others who have joined you for this time.
This special absolutely free of charge. It would be a gift to us to be able to serve and host you. LaCygne is about 1 hour south of downtown Kansas City on highway 69.
Everyone gives lip service to helping without hurting. We all know about toxic charity. But your mission trips and your service projects still don't look any different. And every summer we bypass our own city's blighted neighborhoods on our way to help out another city with theirs.
This summer, do justice right. Come alongside vulnerable neighborhoods and bear their burdens with them. But go deeper. Unearth the tragedies that have been inflicted upon them. Learn how they got that way and what we can do to heal these wounds by more than good intentions. This summer, join a Youthfront Missional Journey in the Argentine neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas or at our newly-reopened site in Croc, Mexico where we'll help your church move from charity and mercy to justice. Talk to one of our staff today.
Several months ago I was asked by Dr. Fred Edie, Associate Professor of the Practice of Christian Education at Duke Divinity School to write an article for an edition of the Liturgy Journal in which he was serving as guest editor. Here is how he approached me, "At the Dallas National Youth Worker Convention I snuck into several prayer times led by members of the Youthfront staff. I was impressed by their passion and, obviously, by their attentiveness to a rule of life rooted in liturgical prayer. Since this is not your mom and dad's evangelicalism (or youth ministry, for that matter), I was deeply curious about how this vision took root, how Youthfront, an organization with an historic Evangelical heritage, their staff and other young people are engaging with it, and why they imagined it is an important way of being in youth ministry in the present age. Can you write an article telling the story of how this came about?”
I entitled the article, A Liturgical Transformation. The first 50 people who click on this link can download a free copy.