Active games aren't just a tool to wear out the 7th graders who can't sit still, they're a chance to build trust, remove barriers, and can be the first step to honest conversation with the kids, youth, or adults in your community. In this workshop we?ll explore games as a ministry tool, learn to play a bunch of games, and plan a large-scale rec event. Recognizing that you come from a variety of church and budget sizes, we'll also group think ways to alter and scale these games to fit the size, age, or abilities of your group. Think of it as theology plus aerobics plus think tank plus pool noodles or something like that.
Eric Dillenbeck lives in Shaker Heights, OH with his wife, Amy, his three children, Anna 16, Sam 14, and Sarah, 11. They all shower love upon their very photogenic pooch, Gus. Eric has served the PCUSA as a church educator, youth director and pastor in churches in South Carolina, Georgia and Ohio. He has served as a recreation leader in numerous conferences including, Montreat, Triennium, Faith in 3D and presbytery retreats. He currently serves as the Manager of the Summer Youth Employment Program for Youth Opportunities Unlimited, a nonprofit focused on youth workforce development in the Greater Cleveland area. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Heights Community Congress, a small nonprofit committed to working for fair housing and diverse communities.
Alex Collier is a husband, dad of 2 young'uns, fly fisherman, and rabid Tar Heel fan that has called Seattle home for the past 14 years. He's worked in youth and adult ministry in several capacities and has always been a fan of leading rec events for groups of all sizes. Montreat is really close to his heart, because it's also pretty close to where he grew up, so he's excited to return to the Land of SweetTea and Bojangles