Register by April 6 for free webinar on virtual tools for youth ministry

webinar panelistsBy MC USA staff

(Mennonite Church USA) – Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) is offering a free webinar for youth ministry leaders, entitled “Virtual tools for real youth ministry,” on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 4 p.m. EDT/1 p.m. PDT.

“There has been an explosion of resources for all kinds of online ministry offered in the past few weeks – except for youth ministry,” said Shana Peachey Boshart, MC USA’s denominational minister for faith formation. “Our youth are experiencing social isolation, stress and loss during the pandemic, and our pastors, leaders and sponsors are looking for effective ways to minister to them. There is no guidebook for how to move your youth group online during a pandemic. However, some of our leaders were using virtual tools for youth ministry before this all started, and they are willing to share tips and tools from their experience.”

Peachey Boshart will host the 60-minute webinar, featuring the following panelists:

Brooke Martin, youth and community formation coordinator for MC USA’s Eastern District and Franconia Conference and leader of the Conference’s Youth Formation Team, will share various ways to host youth meetings online.

Scott Roth, a credentialed leader with Eastern District and Franconia Conference with a background in community youth leadership, will discuss how to use gaming platforms to connect with youth.

Andrea Wall, pastor of Faith Formation at Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson, Nebraska, will demonstrate how to turn a simple web site into an online hub for faith formation activities and gatherings.

There will be time for questions and sharing following the panelists’ presentations.

For more information and to register, visit http://mennoniteusa.org/leadership-development/webinars/. Registration deadline is 10 p.m. EDT Monday, April 6.

With offices in Elkhart, Indiana and Newton, Kansas, Mennonite Church USA is the largest Mennonite denomination in the United States with 530 congregations and 62,000 members. An Anabaptist Christian denomination, Mennonite Church USA is part of Mennonite World Conference, a global faith family that includes churches in 86 countries.