I just returned from a relaxing weekend at our area campgrounds. I was there for a God @ Center retreat for adults who serve in ministry with youth. It's been awhile since I've had the privilege of gathering with others involved in youth ministry and spend time in conversation and discernment about what ministry with teenagers is all about. The retreat was led by Rev. Randy Kuss. Once upon a time, Randy headed up our DOC denominational office for youth ministry and he has been a part of the Youth Ministry and Spirituality Project (YMSP). Randy now devotes his free time to traveling the country and presenting spirituality retreats for youthworkers based on the YMSP findings and his own 30+ years in youth ministry.
The focus of this particular retreat was being attentive to the presence of God. Our time together included prayer, an art experience, conversation, meditation, singing, worship, shared meals, and an opportunity to try our hand at such ancient Christian practices as the Awarness Examen. I think those at the retreat would agree that we enjoyed the opportunity for sabbath and left with a renewed understanding that we have to be attentive to our own spirituality if we expect to ask youth to be attentive to their connection with God. More on my learnings from this event soon.