Upcoming events

    • January 23, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Webinar
    Do you have a youth protection policy in place?
    If you do, have you reviewed and updated it recently?
    Did you know that it's not advisable to use another congregation's protection policy?

    Required by the Book of Order (G-3.0106), child and youth protection policies create safe frameworks for youth ministry. However, creating and implementing these policies can sometimes be overwhelming.

    Join us to learn how to navigate the PC(USA)'s resources for creating, reviewing, and updating protection policies that lay the foundation for connecting young people with God's grace, love, hope, and justice.  

    Webinar Leader:  Mike Kirk serves as an associate general counsel for the Presbyterian Mission Agency and helped design the resources for the PC(USA)'s "Creating Safe Ministries" initiative. He is a ruling elder and former clerk of the session at Highland Presbyterian Church in Louisville, KY.

    This is a free webinar courtesy of the Presbyterian Youth Workers' Association.

    • January 30, 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • January 31, 2018
    • 12:30 PM
    • Galt House, Louisville, KY

    Confirmation exists as a central component of the life and practice of many congregations, yet there is often a great deal of confusion about its purpose, effectiveness, and role in a young person’s faith journey. Come gather with other youth workers and Christian educators to engage the findings of the The Confirmation Project’s extensive research, to explore best practices for strengthening discipleship in youth, and to dream together about new ways to innovate your congregation’s confirmation process!

    Cost: Cost includes program, refreshments, and brunch on Tuesday.

    Registration Rates: 

    On or before December 8, 2017—$130.00

    December 9, 2017 through January 5, 2018—$150.00

    January 6, 2018 through January 30, 2018—$170.00

    (PYWA Members get a $25 Discount. Click here for discount code.)

    Sponsoring Entities: The pre-event is co-sponsored by the Office of Ministry with Youth (PCUSA) and the Presbyterian Youth Workers’ Association.


    Tuesday, January 30th

    • 2:00 pm     Welcome, Opening Prayer, Community Building
    • 2:30 pm      Presentation: The Confirmation Project
    • 4:00 pm      Break with Refreshments
    • 4:30 pm      Presentation: The Confirmation Project
    • 6:00 pm      Table Conversations and Reflections
    • 6:30 pm      Dismiss for the evening
    • Group Dinners Around Louisville

    Wednesday, January 31st

    • 8:45 am      Morning Prayer                       
    • 9:00 am      Presentation: The Confirmation Project
    • 10:15 am    Break
    • 10:30 am    New Ideas and Open-Source Networking
    • 11:45 am    Brunch 
    • 12:30 pm    End of Event
    Contact:           Michael Harper, PYWA Director (director@pywa.org)

    Register Now!

    • January 31, 2018
    • February 03, 2018
    • Galt House, Louisville, KY

    The 2018 Annual Event theme “Deep & Wide: Boundless Hospitality” encourages you to open your heart, your mind, and your doors. In Louisville, you will:

    • experience interactive plenary sessions that will engage and challenge

    • worship with spirit and imagination

    • engage in two mini-plenaries focusing on aspects of hospitality within your context

    • participate in resource-filled workshops

    • be welcomed to a variety of pre-event options

    • explore a thriving and welcoming city

    • leave with resources galore!

    The conference will take place at the Galt House Hotel right along the beautiful Ohio River in the heart of downtown Louisville.

    The Annual Event team and the Louisville local committee have been working diligently to creatively design this Annual Event to welcome you and provide you with a multitude of resources for ministry while also seeking to connect, enrich, empower, and sustain you in your ministry. Come to Louisville January 31 – February 3, 2018 and experience God’s Boundless Hospitality!

     Click Here to Learn about the PYWA-Sponsored Workshops!

    • February 08, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Zoom (Online Meeting)

    Moving Beyond “Purpling”—Practicing Intentional Hospitality with LGBTQ Youth

    For years, youth workers have used the phrase “no purpling” to prevent young women (pink) from mingling too much with young men (blue). This phrase might have served us well at one time, but it's time to move beyond. It's our responsibility to make sure that young LGBTQ people are able to fully be themselves as children of God. Moving Beyond Purpling is a chance to rethink everything that we use from language and games to everyday logistics when planning overnights and bathroom usage. Come and learn how to practice God's intentional, radical hospitality to all youth, especially those the church has often left on the margins.

    Webinar Leader: Shelley Donaldson serves as the senior high youth coordinator at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, IL. She's a contributing author for the recently published book, Four Views on Pastoring LGBT Youth.

    • February 14, 2018
    • March 28, 2018
    • 7 sessions
    • Zoom (Online Meeting)
    Member Meetup: Lenten Meditations

    Lent. 40 days that lead us toward Easter. 40 days of giving, prayer, penance, and perhaps fasting as we journey toward the cross. 40 days when we, as disciples, wander in the desert along side Jesus.

    Join us in the wilderness this Lent on Wednesdays beginning Ash Wednesday and continuing through Holy Week. Meetups will happen at 2:00 p.m. EST.

    Meetup Leader: Katie Sternhagen serves as the youth director at St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Ballwin, MO.

    • February 22, 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • Zoom (Online Meeting)

    Webinar: Engaging Youth in Mission

    This is a free webinar courtesy of the Presbyterian Youth Workers' Association.Webinar Leader: Bill Buchanan is the executive director for Youth Mission Co.  He is a Christian educator and an ordained minister. He grew up in Raleigh, NC  and has worked in churches in Virginia and North Carolina, particularly focusing on ministry with youth and mission.

    • April 05, 2018
    • Various Locations


Michael Harper

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