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Youth in Ministry to hold youth worker conference and teen summit

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (Jan. 13, 2003) – Youth in Ministry (YiM) will hold the “REAP the Harvest” conference Jan. 31 through Feb. 2. The conference includes events for youth, student ministers, pastors, and youth sponsors, and features youth ministry veteran Les Christie of the Youth Specialties CORE training team as keynote speaker.

“The conference is designed to refresh, encourage, activate and prepare those in service and ministry,” said Phyllis Fox, director of the YiM program.

The REAP the Harvest weekend begins with a banquet for youth ministers on Friday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. in McCormick Dining Center at Milligan College. Christie, chair of the youth ministry department at San Jose Christian College in California, will speak on “The Soul of a Youth Minister.”

The Saturday, Feb. 1, conference is open to youth ministers and youth workers and will be held at Crossroads Christian Church in Gray. Christie will present sessions on the following topics: “Positive Discipline: Working with Rude, Obnoxious and Apathetic Kids,” “Developing Leadership Potential in Youth,” and “Getting Teenagers to Talk.” Additional conference workshops will be provided by local senior ministers, student ministers and educators.

The conference concludes with a worship session for teens and youth groups on Sunday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m. in Seeger Chapel at Milligan College. Praise and worship will be led by the youth praise team of First Christian Church of Johnson City. Christie will speak on “Going Against the Flow: The Life of Daniel.”

For more information or to register for REAP the Harvest, contact Youth in Ministry at 423-975-8021 or visit www.youthinministry.org.

Youth in Ministry (YiM) is a program that helps teens discover their vocational calling in life, considering Christian ministry in all its forms among their options. The program offers youth summits, workshops, and weeklong summer conferences that range from quick overviews to in-depth explorations for high school students to personalize a vision for their lives and see how they can make a difference in this world. The program is a partnership of Emmanuel School of Religion, a graduate seminary, and Milligan College, a Christian liberal arts college, both located near Johnson City, Tennessee. YiM funding is provided by the Lilly Endowment of Indiana.

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MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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