My name is Deanna Beaudoin, I am a Parish Coordinator of Youth Ministry and have been working in full time ministry for nearly 6 years. It's my pleasure to endorse WCACYM's Summer Seminar.
When I first walked through the doors at Queens house three summers ago I had no idea how incredibly the formation I was about to receive would completely change my entire career. I came on the misconception that this was to be "some kind of youth ministry training" and half way through the first day I got my first glimpse of the professionalism possible in ministry that I hadn't even known existed.
Here are eight comprehensive and intensive courses that lay out the foundation, framework and Christocentric heart of Youth Ministry. I came hoping for some sort of direction that I might take back to my parish and left with a sound understanding of a theologically based, comprehensive and holistic model of Ministry.
Aside from the professionalism I encountered, there was so much more. WCACYM is much more than a puzzling acronym - it's a family of like minded yet completely individually gifted people passionate about building the kingdom of God. Whether we are part time, full time, or volunteers - it's widely embraced that we are ALL part of the fabric of ministry and working together greatly impacts our ability to affect change.
I've never felt more embraced, encouraged or empowered in a professional setting than my time spent at Summer Seminar.
It's my pleasure to share with you my experience which has been nothing short revolutionary.