Catechists, Small Group Leaders, and Others
Engaging Young People in God Talk - A Workshop with Special Guest Presenter, Dr. Bob McCarty
You will come away from this workshop with CONCRETE SKILLS to help facilitate small group discussion about our faith.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20
All are welcome, but catechists and small group leaders are especially encouraged to attend. Bob is AWESOME - you won't be disappointed!
There is no fee for this workshop.
According to the research, a factor leading to disaffiliation by young people is the lack of opportunity to talk about faith issues! This session will provide participants with practical skills on how to use symbols, analogy, and metaphors in engaging young people in God talk. These skills are applicable to home, classes, youth ministry settings, and in our conversations. Further, this session will identify spiritual practices, faith skills, and rituals that enable young people to ‘talk’ about God and faith and to live out their discipleship. Participants will also consider the importance of creating space for deep conversations for young people so that questions and doubts can be verbalized. Let’s talk about young people and about God!
Bob McCarty is a pastoral ministry consultant and trainer and has been in professional ministry since 1973, serving in parish, school, diocesan, and national settings. He offers consultations, retreats, workshops and training programs in ministry skills and issues internationally. Bob serves as the project coordinator for the Saint Mary’s Press research project, Going, Going, Gone: The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics.His recent books are Thriving in Youth Ministry; The Vision of Catholic Youth Ministry: Fundamentals, Theory and Practice; Be A Champion for Youth: Standing With, By and For Young People, co-authored with his wife, Maggie; and Faith Talk: Having Conversations with Young People That Matter! through Saint Mary’s Press.
Bob is a volunteer in his parish youth ministry and catechetical program at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fulton, MD. Bob has a BS in Sociology/Theology from St. Joseph’s University, an MA in Religious Education from LaSalle University and a D.Min. from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana. Bob is adjunct faculty at The Catholic University of America and The University of Dallas. His hobbies include rock climbing, cycling, and grandparenting!Date: 10/20/2019 (Sun.) Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT Location: FFC 101 at SJCC