Upcoming events

    • January 30, 2018
    • February 03, 2018
    • Louisville, KY & Baltimore, MD

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     2018 Youth Ministry Innovation Cohort Information

    Ministry Architects is partnering with the Presbyterian Youth Workers’ Association to connect, uphold, and inspire youth workers through a 12-month innovation cohort program. One of the challenges today in youth ministry (and in churches for that matter) is, “How do we create a thriving, missional ministry that serves the community around us?” This cohort will work together to tackle this challenge by engaging the factors that contribute to the problem, focusing on sustainable ministry systems, and creating and testing innovative solutions to the problem. The findings of the cohort will be presented to multiple conferences throughout the spring of 2019.

    The work of the innovation cohort is intended to be an investment for congregations who are looking to rethink their approach to ministry with youth and who want to stay ahead of our changing culture. A maximum of 12 churches will be invited to begin the process in January of 2018 in Louisville, KY. This one-year cohort will include two face-to-face gatherings and eight virtual gatherings plus an opportunity to present the cohort’s finding at a conference. In addition to these gatherings, each church in the cohort will receive up to six hours of individualized, customized coaching from Ministry Architects.


    • First Gathering—January 30–February 3, 2018, in Louisville, KY (during the APCE Annual Event)
    • Second Gathering—February 26–March 1, 2018, in Baltimore, MD (during the NEXT Church National Gathering)
    • Tentative First Presentation—2019 APCE Annual Event in Galveston, TX
    • 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!


Michael Harper

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