We know that many youth are already stepping into leadership roles, and maybe even testing the waters to see what it might be like to be a pastor or church leader. At Phoenix 2013, there will be several opportunities for youth to explore their calls, and also to speak out about what they think makes a good leader. Read on for more information:

Announcement #1: Values Based Leadership Training for Youth

At the Phoenix convention this summer, one of the many significant learning tracks will be one focusing on leadership development for high school students.   This learning track is modeled from the Values Based Leadership Program (VBLP).   Students who are nominated by their pastor or sponsor will be taught principles of excellent leadership through an Anabaptist faith lens.   Please send the name of the person(s) you have talked to, the name of your congregation as well as an email contact for them to:  BethH@MennoniteUSA.org   For more information, read this article.

Announcement #2: Tell us about calling in 59 seconds

Denominational Ministry would like to hear from you! Actually we would like to see and hear from you! But not for more than 59 seconds!! We invite you to find someone or a group from your church to make a YouTube video to show at convention in Phoenix. Organizers of the Call Wall (which allows people to name those that they think would make good pastors) would like to show short YouTube videos from youth or small groups and congregations answering these two questions:

  • What qualities do you believe are important for a pastor to have?
  • What are the essential elements of a “calling congregation?”

Capture the video in the church or anywhere that adds to your creative process.   Finished videos can be sent to Chris Rahe at ChrisR@MennoniteUSA.org. What can you say in 59 seconds? Our guess is… plenty!

Go to http://mennoniteusa.org/2012/11/20/cultivating-call-in-59-seconds/ if you want to learn more about this opportunity.