Seminars

Looking for a training seminar to equip and inspire your volunteers or staff?

Below is a list of topics offered by our Lifeteams trainers. This is not a comprehensive list of all that is available, but can form a starting point to define what your group is needing.  We work with you to customize a relevant, practical and contextual training for your group’s specific training needs. If you’d like to start that process simply fill out our inquiry form HERE.

Seminars we offer to train you and your team…

 

Are You Listening?
What’s in their suitcase?
Building Bridges with Hard to Reach Youth
Caring for the Caregiver
Still Standing: Helping Kids Beat the Odds
Standing on the Ledge: Responses When Youths’ Lives Unravel
Small Groups: Big impact!
Stepping into Big Issues in Teen’s Lives
Mentoring. How to and Why 
Challenging Young Leaders to Take the Next Step
Adventure Based Learning – The Impact of Discovery
Being Intentional When Working with Youth
God’s Heart for the World
Brainstorming: Building the best Ideas
Maintaining Our Priorities
Exploring Evangelism
The God Who Speaks: Exploring Listening Prayer for yourself        and your youth
Understanding Self-Harm
Dealing with Disappointment and Failure
Talking About Jesus with kids who don’t expect to like Him.

 


 Are You Listening?

“Many people are looking for an ear that will listen.  They do not find it among Christians, because Christians are talking when they should be listening.  He who no longer listens to his brother will soon no longer be listening to God either…” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)  In this age of hyper connectedness,  the experience of real life, real time conversation is becoming foreign to some young people.  Imagine if people who love Jesus were reflecting the image of the God who listens with intentionality and skill to the world around them. The impact of that choice could change lives.  This seminar is just a begin but imagine where it could lead.

 

What’s in their suitcase?

A snapshot of the baggage campers might be bringing to camp –  When young people show up at camp it’s easy to forget that they have not stepped out of a void, but instead arrive carrying a whole suitcase full of weight.  Coming alongside them – even just for a week – means being aware of what may be in that suitcase and what we can do to help bear the weight.  Together we’ll get a sense of some of the realities facing youth, leaving you feeling prepared to understand their needs and direct them to the one who loves them right where they are.

 

Building Bridges with Hard to Reach Youth

Let’s face it.  Some kids are just downright intimidating.  But even kids with the toughest shell have a soft place inside that desperately seeks belonging and significance.  With patience and some basic skills, you can build that bridge offering youth a way toward a place their heart truly desires to be.

 

Caring for the Caregiver

Compassion fatigue is a reality with those who are involved with youth in chronic crisis.  In our experience, much of the emotional exhaustion stems from the beliefs we carry about ourselves and about God.  Taking time to revisit those beliefs and reconnect with the God who doesn’t need us to save the world, may be the beginning of walking a little more lightly through the heavy realities of life.  

 

Still Standing: Helping Kids Beat the Odds

Being an adolescent can be tough, yet some kids make it through the storms with a smile, while others seem to go under with the smallest ripple.  There are no magical formulas, but research and experience show there are some very specific things that kids who thrive have in common, and the good news is that most of these assets can be built into a youth’s life with intentionality and time. Interestingly enough, they’re many of the same things that God has invited us toward, as we build spiritual resiliency.  This practical workshop will give you some handles to grab onto as you help youth move to adulthood, with spiritual and personal stability that will help them weather the storms and come out the other side.

 

Standing on the Ledge: Practical Responses When Youths’ Lives Unravel

Suicidal thoughts, anxiety, depression, cutting … young people are telling us that the pain inside is intense and they don’t know what to do.  As a youth worker or parent we often feel like helpless onlookers, but having an understanding of the core issues and a few ideas of how to respond can take us off the ledge ourselves and into a place where we can respond in truly helpful ways.   Together we will look at some practical step by step responses and ideas for interacting with kids in crisis.  Note: This seminar can focus on all or any individual crisis issues listed above, depending on time and need.

 

Small Groups: Big impact!

We’re going to look at the value of small groups beyond the traditional pictures you probably have in your head.  With the right structure, they can be the highlight of kids’ week and a chance to build resiliency, community, a sense of who I am, and a fascination with the God who knows my name.  Through this seminar you’ll get to learn by doing and you’ll probably have some fun and go home with tools you can use to build small groups with huge impact.

 

Stepping into Big Issues in Teen’s Lives

The issues some young people deal with can feel overwhelming. But you don’t need to know everything about self-harm or anxiety or broken homes to step alongside young people in ways that matter.  Come learn about some places you can start from, when stepping into the chaos.

 

Mentoring: How to and Why 

This is geared for those who find themselves in a mentoring position or want to find themselves there. We talk about why mentoring is important in the spiritual development of people and the mentor.

 

Challenging Young Leaders to Take the Next Step

For those who find themselves in leadership and are interested in developing the team they lead. We talk about the difference between Challenging and Encouragement and how each has a purpose in the growth of those we lead.

 

Adventure Based Learning: The Impact of Discovery 

How to use simple experience based activities to teach. For those who like to move while they learn. Activities that are fun and have a point. Simple activities that help lead people to deeper truths.

 

Being Intentional When Working with Youth

Geared to those who don’t want to “just wait and see what happens”, this seminar will explore the importance of being intentional and how we can best do that in our youth work practice. We will look at how being intentional with youth can actually make space for God.

God’s Heart for the World

Geared to youth leaders and volunteers. During this session, we will explore God’s view of people, and His pursuit of them.  The purpose is to align our hearts and ministry with God’s mission in the world.

 

Brainstorming: Building the best Ideas

This is a practical, “hands on” session to help individuals and groups learn the processes involved in brainstorming for events, activities or any situation where a fresh approach would be helpful.

 

Maintaining Our Priorities

This seminar assumes that many of our schedule related frustrations are based in a poor understanding and management of our priorities.  This practical seminar will involve each participant engaging with the priority issues in their life and ministry.

 

 Exploring Evangelism

In this seminar, we will discuss some key issues in sharing the gospel with the world around us.  Topics will include “Truth”, “Spontaneity”, “Relationship”, “Preparation”, and “Stories in Evangelism”, with the purpose of moving us to action.

 

iThe God Who Speks: Exploring Listening Prayer

This session is good for all ages and all different levels of spiritual maturity. We spend time simply guiding the group in a series of different expressions of prayer. From the traditional Lectio Divina, to the more modern idea of listening prayer you can expect to spend time actively listening to for voice of God. This is a mini spiritual retreat that can be compressed into an hour, or spread out over a weekend.

 

Understanding Self-Harm

This seminar is geared for youth leaders encountering the issue of self harm with the kids they work with. We unearths the truths and myths of self harm and shares strategies of how to help youth discover the companionship of Christ during this struggle.

 

Dealing with Disappointment and Failure

Why do we count the longevity of youth workers in months instead of years? Burn out. Those nasty words we are all tired of hearing about. In this seminar we discuss the idea of our posture and motivation for doing what we do. We challenges youth workers to reconsider their idea of success and replace it with a more christ-like mentality that will help them when disappointment and failure come along to discourage us.

 

 Talking about Jesus with kids who don’t expect to like Him.

Kids have all sorts of ideas about Jesus and many of those ideas aren’t very attractive. But what if we were able to help them see Him as He really is, in ways that will make sense in their everyday world? This workshop will equip you to think differently about the gospel that truly is good news for young people and will give you ideas for introducing teens to a Jesus they never expected.

 If you are interested in booking Lifeteams Resources for your next training event please click HERE to complete a booking inquiry form. Thank you!

 

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