On Saturday, September 19, approximately 400 people from over 70 different churches attended Cairn’s annual We LUV Youthworkers Mini-Convention. The event was organized by Dr. Matt McAlack, Professor in the School of Divinity and Director of Youth and Family Ministry, and his wife Michele, Student Ministry Advisor. The convention is designed to equip youth leaders, volunteer youthworkers, counselors, and teachers to be more effective in reaching and discipling teenagers.
This year’s keynote speaker was Walt Mueller, founder and president of the Center for Youth/Parent Understanding. Mr. Mueller has been working with young people and families for over 35 years. A graduate of Geneva College (BA) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MDiv), he earned his doctorate at Gordon-Conwell in “Ministry to Postmodern Generations.” He has served in ministry with the Coalition for Christian Outreach and as a youth pastor in churches in Johnstown, PA, and Philadelphia. In his keynote session, he shared insightful observations, cautions, and opportunities that are arising because of the growing pervasiveness of social media in our culture.
With over 25 different workshops to choose from, attendees explored a variety of topics, such as talking to teens about homosexuality, how video games have changed the way teens learn, the needs of teens in foster care, the importance of prayer, helping teens make wise decisions, keeping Christ at the center of youth ministry, and many others.
The convention is offered free each year at Cairn as a way of saying thank you to those who serve our teenagers so faithfully.
For more information about the event, contact Matt McAlack at firstname.lastname@example.org.