As we seek to live out our vision, we do three things. We create experiences and events that provide an opportunity for soul care or student ministry development, we offer a community of youth workers that encourage and support one another, and we provide helpful resources in the areas of spiritual formation and student ministry for the youth worker and their teams.
Our experiences and events are designed to care for your soul as well as equip you for the work of student ministry. One kind of experience we offer is a spiritual formation retreat. These retreats focus on personal spiritual reflection and serve as an opportunity to step away from ministry for a few days and simply enjoy being with God. We call these retreats “Soul Thirst” and offer them twice a year.
Another kind of experience we offer is a spiritual practice event. These experiences are intended to introduce youth workers to the spiritual disciplines in a community environment. Youth workers are invited to attend and are encouraged to bring friends, coworkers, or volunteer teams to experience it together. These events are typically offered at least once a year in a two to three hour format.
Finally, every semester we offer an equipping luncheon on the campus of Lancaster Bible College. These luncheons are designed to provide practical insights and resources for the local youth worker. The luncheon is a great opportunity to connect with other youth workers in your area.
We’re all about community at the Project. Youth ministry can be a lonely experience at times. Who could better understand what you’re going through than other youth workers? Moreover, God never intended us to do this alone. We’re convinced that our spiritual growth and development can only really happen within relationship – relationship with God and with others.
We try to do three things at the Project to help you connect with community. First, each of our mentoring shepherds disciple a few key youth workers every year. This mentorship is life on life and intensive in nature. It’s a unique way for someone to intentionally pour into your life.
Second, we offer coaching cohorts. These cohorts are a small group experience that brings together local youth workers for 3- 4 times over the course of a few months. These cohorts are led by a local practioner and are designed to tackle topical issues related to your ministry experience. Nothing is off the table as leaders gather together and share ideas, questions, and encouragement.
Finally, the Project’s website is a great way to connect with others. Whether it’s by getting involved with the comment section on the blog or meeting others through the Facebook, Google+, or Twitter pages, the Project’s online presence is the source of an ongoing conversation between youth workers seeking to encourage one another as we try to live, lead, and love well.
We all know we need a little help when it comes to youth ministry – everything from a quick idea for a devotional to a strategy for recruiting new volunteers. A key element to any healthy growing student ministry is access to quality resources and ideas.
Here at the Project, we want to help you discover the resources that will help you lead well. This website is an ever-growing resource center for you and your ministry – providing free downloadable resources, audio and video recording from our events, links to great ministry sites, and a bi-weekly blog to continually encourage you with the latest ideas and resources in the area of student ministry and spiritual formation.