Baylor Hosts Youth Worker University Aug. 3-4

Aug. 1, 2001

by Erika Snoberger, student newswriter

The Youth Worker University, a joint project between Baylor University and the Baptist General Convention of Texas, will take place Friday and Saturday on the Baylor campus.

The conference will include approximately 140 adults who serve as youth workers across the state, from Sunday School teachers to missions and discipleship leaders. Attendance this year is expected to be the largest in the program's three-year history. The goal of the weekend is to "help volunteers grow in knowledge and excitement about working with teenagers," said Don Mattingly, coordinator of youth programs at Baylor.

Among those leading the weekend workshop will be keynote speaker Dr. Richard Ross, founder of the national youth program "True Love Waits." In addition, several youth ministers and college professors from around Texas will lead workshops in such areas as youth outreach, youth activities, dealing with hurting teens and how to effectively teach Sunday School. Music also will be a major component of the program, with Chuck Bridwell, minister of music at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church in Waco, leading this area of the conference.

Registration begins at 4 p.m. Friday and commencement exercises for the newly "certified" youth workers will take place at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Bennett Auditorium.

For more information, contact Mattingly at 710-3827.

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