If you received Youthfront's Year End Report I hope you rejoiced along with us for so many great things that happened during 2014. As we look forward to 2015, filled with amazing potential, I am full of gratitude for our friends and donors, and for the blessings God has poured out on us.
In less than five months we must finish a major renovation and remodel of the Chapel at Youthfront Camp West. This means more kids can come to camp and experience transformation through Jesus Christ. We still need around $350,000 to finish this project. When we open the new Chapel we will have completed a three year capital project that has added $4.4 million in additions and improvements at Camp West. I'm so excited because these facilities will be used for decades to come to fulfill our mission to bring youth into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
Dr. Chap Clark from Fuller Theological Seminary is coming to Kansas City! Youthfront is hosting a free Youthworker Training on Dec 11th at Christ Community Church Brookside Campus. Plus it's hard to beat Lunch from Oklahoma Joe's! REGISTER TODAY
Chapman “Chap” Clark is associate provost for strategic projects and professor and chair of the Youth, Family, and Culture Department in the School of Theology. He also serves as director of the Student Leadership Project and is the School of Theology’s representative on the executive board of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI). On faculty since 1997, he created and directs Fuller’s master’s level and Doctor of Ministry programs in Youth, Family, and Culture, and oversees PhD students in practical theology who are studying youth and family ministry, youth culture, and adolescent development.
A well-known practitioner, adolescent and family scholar, and author, Clark has more than 30 years of experience in direct ministry, including 15 years with Young Life, as well as positions with several churches, Denver Seminary, Youth Specialties, and for seven years, as senior editor of Youthworker Journal. He is currently on the teaching team of Harbor Christian Center in Gig Harbor, Washington, is president of ParenTeen and Harbor Hope Services, and continues to work closely with Young Life.
Clark’s extensive publications of books, articles, and videos focus primarily on relationships. Among the books he has authored, coauthored, and edited are Adopted (forthcoming), Youth Ministry in the 21st Century (forthcoming), Hurt: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers and Hurt 2.0 (2004, a CBA finalist for Book of the Year), Sticky Faith (2010), Counseling Teenagers (2010), When Kids Hurt: Helping Adults Navigate the Adolescent Maze (2009), Disconnected: Parenting Teens in a MySpace World (2007), Deep Justice in a Broken World: Helping Your Kids Serve Others and Right the Wrongs around Them (2007), Deep Ministry in a Shallow World (2006), Teens and Sex: A Leadership Video Curriculum (American Association of Christian Counselors, 2003), From Father to Son (2002), Starting Right: A Practical Theology of Youth Ministry (2001), Daughters and Dads (1998), The Youth Worker’s Handbook to Family Ministry (1997), and Let Me Ask You This . . . Conversations that Draw Couples Closer (1991). He has also edited and contributed to major youth and family ministry textbooks.
"Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star when it rose and have come to worship Him." (Matthew 2:2).
The reason the three wise men journeyed so far to see the Messiah was to worship Him, the King of Kings. They did so with their hearts, time, and gifts. Worshiping Christ should also be our goal as we celebrate Christmas!
Join Youthfront as we begin the Advent season with Pack Friday, the act of worshiping by serving one another. Add meaning and blessing to your holiday weekend by helping us package meals to feed 50,000 of our brothers and sisters right here in Kansas City. Pack Friday is an opportunity for your family, friends, neighbors, youth groups and churches all over Kansas City to come together and set our hearts on Christ this Advent season.
What: Pack Friday Something To Eat™ Meal Packaging Event
When: Friday, November 28th from 1 pm - 3 pm
Where: Something To Eat™ Warehouse 1200 South 5th Street, Kansas City, KS
Why: Because serving others is a great way to worship!
Youthfront LaCygne is offering a free month of retreat for pastors and church staff. You're invited.
During November you can book a retreat any Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday staying the night on Monday and/or Tuesday. The community at Youthfront LaCygne will take care of everything for you, and put you up in a private room. Wifi is available, and there's 600 acres of space to experience the beautiful outdoors.
Youthfront LaCygne seeks to create a sacred place of pilgrimage and transformation where young people freely discover what it means to be fully alive in Jesus Christ by facilitating spiritual exploration and practices, community, fun, and natural environments.
Youthfront LaCygne desires to be a gift to the church and to the world, and inviting you to be there on retreat is certainly an effort in that direction. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Micah Thomas at MThomas@Youthfront.com or if you're ready to book some time with us, just click the link below.
Dr. Jeffrey Keuss, author of "Blur: A New Paradigm for Understanding Youth Culture", and Professor of Christian Ministry, Theology and Culture at Seattle Pacific University is coming to Kansas City as a special guest of Youthfront. On Thursday, October 30th, Jeff will be joining us for a learning day. We will start at 9:00am and finish with lunch provided by Oklahoma Joes. Powerful combination, huh?
Jeff has been a colleague and friend. He is articulate, witty, super interesting and challenging. Our day is being hosted at Christ Community Church in Brookside. To read more about Dr. Keuss and/or to let us know you coming click here.
Exciting news regarding the 2014 Apprentice Institute National Conference
We are weeks away from hearing enlightening and powerful speakers at the 2014 Apprentice Institute National Conference. Registration is still open for this amazing event, click here for more registration details.
The brand new Activity Center is perfect. We had Hal Wood, who has been a Youthfront Board Member for 30 years, cut the ribbon. Hal is featured in the first picture with his son Grant. Grant was a student involved with Youthfront when Hal started as a board member. Hal is retiring from the board this year and we've asked Grant to fill his dad's seat. So cool.
The first week of campers are loving this new addition to Youthfront Camp West. Here are a few pictures of the facility. The last picture features our Camp Director Andy Garlich playing table soccer with SportingKC's Aurelien Collin.