On September 30 and October 1, youth ministry practitioners will convene at St. Benedict’s retreat centre outside Winnipeg for their fourth consecutive annual gathering. At ‘Stronger Together’ those who are instrumental in supporting youth ministry in the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada come together to enjoy a rare opportunity to learn from others engaged in the same kind of leadership.
The seed for Stronger Together was planted 2010. In the short years since, the small community of youth ministry practitioners across the full communion churches have embraced the opportunity to draw strength from one another at annual gatherings. The first event was held at Thetis Island, BC in 2011, followed by Cochrane, Alberta, and Ottawa before this year’s meeting in Manitoba.
Stronger Together gives attendees time for cross-pollination of ideas about their important ministries, lean on each other for support, and to nurture relationships that support the flourishing of youth ministry between their annual gatherings.
Laura Walton of the Youth Initiatives Team is excited for her two days at St. Benedict’s. “I am looking forward to a time of networking with both my Anglican and Lutheran counterparts,” she says, “It’s good to have the time to talk, learn, share, and laugh with those who share in a ministry that has opportunities for great things along with its struggles.”