Thank you for your interest in presenting at the "Shaping Our Story" Conference.

This event will be held at Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, NC on November 8-12. The "Shaping Our Story" Conference will bring together outdoor and youth ministry professionals and volunteers from across the United States and Canada. The event is sponsored by the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association, the Presbyterian Youth Workers Association, and the Office of Christian Formation of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. The conference has been endorsed by the Outdoor Ministries Association of the United Church of Christ. and the Outdoor Ministries Institute of the United Church of Canada.

The Planning Team for the conference is seeking workshop presenters.
Our workshop sessions are scheduled throughout the week and are approximately 75 minutes in length. As a community of servant leaders, we do not compensate workshop leaders. If you are not planning on attending the conference as a participant, we are willing to provide you meals and the program participant fee during the day of your session.

The theme for the conference is “Shaping Our Story.” 
After this past year of pandemics, political unrest, and racial tension, youth and outdoor ministry workers are starting to face the realities of what the next chapter holds for our ministry contexts. While there is no way to foreshadow the next conflict, or understand how all will be resolved in our ministries, we can begin to shape how we respond as we move forward in hope. This conference will seek to address how we as ministry professionals and volunteers tell our stories of grief and joy, fear and hope, discomfort and resilience, AND hold all of these feelings as we work together to rebuild community and a sense of belonging.

The Planning Team suggests the following as possible workshop presentations.
In connection with our theme, and the ongoing work of our ministries, the following topics are suggested. If you feel confident in leading one of the following, we encourage you to submit a proposal.

Outdoor Ministry Topics
Strategic Planning/Mission/Visioning
Grief and Loss: Healing Camps and Retreats
Year-round Engagement with Campers
Staff Mental Health
Legacy Gifts
Creative Bible Studies and Sabbath Practices
Healthy, Crowd-Pleasing Meals
Community Building at Camp
Fund Raising 201
Creative Staffing Models
Creative Program Models
Creative Revenue Streams
Maintenance/Facility Concerns
Summer Staff Training

Youth Ministry Topics
Community Building
Now What? Moving Forward when You have Lost Momentum
Decolonizing Your Youth Mission Trips
Exploring the Enneagram
Keeping and Recruiting Volunteers
Empowering Your Youth to Tell Their Story
Telling Your Story: Where Does Confirmation Fit into the Story of Faith?

Topics Addressing Both Outdoor and Youth Ministries
Games/Team Building
Working with Generations
Panel: How Outdoor and Youth Ministry Leaders Can Work Better Together
Camp/Conference and Youth Leaders Who Work Well Together
Effective Youth Retreats
Trip/Travel Safety

Submit a Workshop Proposal Today
Whether it is one of the suggested topics above or one of your own creation, please fill out the form below to submit your proposed session. The Planning Team will finalize workshops in August.

Workshop Proposal Form