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ReFresh ministers to youth pastors, leaders
Youth pastors and lay leaders enjoyed a relaxing weekend of refreshment and encouragement in September at ReFresh, a retreat for youth leaders.
The two-day event allowed youth pastors and leaders a chance to bear one another's burdens and discuss the challenges leaders face, said Curt Blocker, Arizona Southern Baptist Convention student ministries team leader and student pastor at The Church at Arrowhead, Glendale.
"Weekends like this are important for youth leaders to focus on their own relationships with God, and how they can minister to one another," Blocker said. "It's important that senior pastors know these types of weekends and trainings are available to their youth leaders."
Leaders heard from the ministry training team Lead222 and speaker Keith Cote. Lead222 is an international coaching and mentoring ministry. Blocker said learning more about mentoring young people was a large focus of the weekend and one that is important for youth leaders to embrace.
"It really allowed us to focus on soul care and how to create mentoring relationships," he said.
ReFresh, held at the Christian Challenge building in Tempe, was sponsored by the state convention and featured a new partnership with Compassion International. Blocker said the addition of the Compassion ministries helped leaders to focus on outside issues while being able to learn more about Compassion's focus.
"As youth leaders, we tend to be more isolated, and there is a lot of encouragement that can come from each other. ReFresh is a chance to encourage each other," Blocker said. "More than networking, it's a chance to truly minister to each other."
ReFresh is an annual retreat offered to youth leaders from the state. Blocker said they already are planning the next event, to be held in the fall of 2014.
Blocker said he encourages anyone who would like to learn more about ReFresh see this post on the ASBC blog, Fuel, to hear from participants from this year's retreat.