We continue our series on topics from Connected for Life. In this episode, Dr. Deb Arfsten returns to talk about the importance of developing a support system for youth ministry in your congregation. This network of the church goes beyond volunteers and parents, and helps increase the focus of the family of God on the next generation.
Find the LCMS Youth Ministry resource website at youthesource.com. Get your copy of Connected for Life at cph.org/p-31891-Connected-for-Life-Essential-Guide-to-Youth-Ministry.aspx. Find Four Devotions for Ministry Teams at youthesource.com/2021/01/28/four-devotions-for-ministry-teams-encouragement-from-paul.
Bio: Dr. Debbie Arfsten is the professor of Christian Education, DCE Program Director, and Synodical Placement Director at Concordia Chicago. In addition to teaching and administration, she serves as coordinator of all field experiences including supervision of internships. Dr. Arfsten’s has a Ph.D. in leadership from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. She has also written for various publications on these same topics, most recently contributing a chapter to “Connected for Life: Essential Guide to Youth Ministry.” Dr. Arfsten has served the LCMS Youth Gathering since 1992, most recently as the manager for international participants. She also is currently serving as the chair of the wellness committee at the LCMS Northern Illinois District, and is part of the Ministerial Care Coalition of the LCMS.
End Goals is the podcast of LCMS Youth Ministry in the Office of National Mission. LCMS Youth Ministry Staff discuss practices for healthy youth ministry and interview practitioners who provide insight for experienced and new youth leaders.