From the Block to Behind Bars: Understanding and Mentoring Youth Involved in Gangs and the Criminal Justice System Amy Williams, A Hope Dealer Youth in gangs and in the criminal justice system tend to plan their funerals and not their futures because of a lethal absence of HOPE. So how do we move these youth from hopelessness to walking in their purpose? This lab will discuss strategies on how to impact the lives of these youth. Participants will explore: • Factors that contribute to the “hopeless” mentality our youth believe and eventually perpetuate • Systems set in place to help our youth fail unless intervention happens • The role of the “church” (the BODY of Christ) in reaching high-risk youth (What has worked? What needs to change? How do the youth view our faith/the church and why they believe it?) • Strategies on how to reach, engage and build impactful relationships using mentoring that matters
Plenary: Practices that Sustain Leaders and Their Communities Elaine Heath, Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University In this session we will explore the power of a common set of spiritual practices around prayer, hospitality and justice to form the kind of leaders that the church and the world needs today. These practices were in many ways, Jesus’ rule of life. Leadership teams that follow a wise rule of life together with covenant accountability for the practices, discover in them a framework to support and cultivate personal and communal growth, shared leadership and authenticity.
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