PROGRESSIVE YOUTH MINISTRY
It can be difficult for a youth worker who identifies as “progressive” or “liberal” to find a tribe. Most events, conferences, camps, and curricula cater to evangelicals. But as progressive theology gains more of a foothold in the church, we need a place to gather as well — a tribe to meet with, and new ideas to stoke our imaginations.
In 2012, John Vest and Tony Jones, both veteran youth workers, began talking about a conference that would allow progressive youth ministers to gather, exchange ideas, worship, and network. In 2014, they founded PYM as an opportunity to do just that, and the immediate response was overwhelmingly positive. By 2015, in its second year, PYM had sold out the original space at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago.
The JoPa Group and Montreat Conference Center recently hosted the fourth annual Progressive Youth Ministry Conference March 8-10, 2017, in Montreat, NC. We committed to presenting a diverse line-up of speakers, fresh ideas for the theory and practice of youth ministry, and space for practitioners to share voices as well. Our theme was “Changing Hearts and Lives: Reclaiming the Spirituality of Metanoia,” with plenary sessions covering the topics of race, the environment, and spirituality.
Stay tuned for news about PYM 2018!
John and Tony