Community partnerships creates unity among area ministry leaders

Equip 2:6HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Huntington University has partnered with community organizations to orchestrate its first collaborative youth ministry conference. The conference aims to aid in developing relations and unity between area ministry leaders.

Equip2:6 is the first partnership between several organizations, including HU. Partners include representatives from Emmanuel Community Church, Youth for Christ, NACCAP (the North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals) and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Roger Vezeau, chief ministry officer for Youth for Christ in the Fort Wayne area, believes this collaboration is encouraging and essential when it comes to youth ministry.

“Collaboration has never been a stranger in the field of youth ministry,” Vezeau said. “However, in recent years there has been even more encouraging partnerships developing that I think will impact the effectiveness of youth ministry in this region.”

The title of the event is inspired by Ephesians 2:6 and drives its directive from that verse.

“Ephesians 2:6 speaks directly to the united position all Christian believers have been given in Christ,” said Brian Kramer, pastor of student ministries at Emmanuel Community Church in Fort Wayne. “It inspires our united effort in equipping youth workers.”

Sept. 20 will be the first Equip2:6 conference held at Huntington University. The conference is directed toward those involved in youth ministry and student leaders.

The goal of the program is to build relationships and mutual vision among youth ministries. The day will consist of worship as well as breakout sessions.

This day-long conference will feature keynote speaker Richard Ross, professor at Southwest Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He has penned books such as “Student Ministry and the Supremacy of Christ” and is the founder of the international “True Love Waits” movement, an organization which stresses the pursuit of purity in young adults.

According to Brian Kramer, pastor of student ministries at Emmanuel Community Church in Fort Wayne, the conference came about after two needs were noticed in the Northeast Indiana area. First, was a lack of good regional training for youth workers and student leaders. Second was a resistance or lack of emphasis toward youth ministers working together in the greater Fort Wayne community.

“We thought a conference might go a long way in addressing these issues,” said Kramer, a key leader of the event. “We also felt that we had an excellent potential partner in the mission in Huntington University, with its location, its generous local vision and the strength of its ministry department.”

Cost for the day will be $15 for preregistration.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).


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