.::Consulting & Training
Dr. Walter Surdacki has been doing youth ministry for over 16 years. He has served churches in Torrance, Malibu and San Jose California. He currently teaches Youth & Family Ministry courses at Lipscomb University. He is passionate about training and equipping parents, volunteers, student leaders and ministry to work with adolescents. He is available to speak or train your group.
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Dr. Surdacki is available to train on a variety of topics for a multitude of audiences. He has training for volunteer leaders, parents of adolescents, student leadership teams and more. He is also available to come and speak to your youth group in retreat settings and at camp. Here is just a sampling of topics he is available to teach on:
Parenting Kids in a MyYouBook World: Helping Your Student Make Wise Technology Choices.
21 is the New 16: The Extension of Adolescence and what it means for churches.
Signposts of Faith for the New Generation: Where we are missing the boat on worship for twenty-somethings.
What Happened to My Little Guy/Girl?: Navigating Adolescence in a Postmodern World.
Good to Great Small Groups: Developing You to Really Lead Discussions and Develop Community in Small Groups.
Third Place Youth Ministry: Developing Missional Youth Ministry.
Does God Sound Like James Earl Jones?: Practicing Spiritual Disciplines in a Techno Age
Welcoming the Alien: Helping Your Youth Ministry Be Wildly Open to Guests
The Shaping of Things to Come: Postmodern Youth Ministry in a Modern World
Every now and then, things don’t go well with a youth ministry. Dr. Surdacki is passionate about partnering with you and your ministry to help vision cast, search for a new youth minister, or problem solve. He is trained in conflict management and is able to help your team look at your ministry from a new perspective.
If you are interested in having Walter come and do some training or consulting, you can contact through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is some of the information that will be helpful in scheduling:
1. Availability: What are your requested dates that you are hoping to host the event?
2. Family: Requests will be filtered through the grid of whether or not this conflicts with family responsibilities.
3. Honorarium: We request an honorarium for the training engagement. This does not include travel expenses and lodging – for which you will be responsible. If you cannot afford the honorarium, please indicate what your budget allows or consider partnering with another church (or several churches) in your area to co-host an event. There are several creative ways we can partner with you to help come up with the honorarium.
4. Travel Expenses: You will be responsible for purchasing round-trip airfare. Depending on the location of your church, driving may be an option. If John drives, you will be responsible for reimbursing mileage at a rate of $0.55 per mile. You are also responsible for hotel accommodations, meals and transportation to and from the airport, hotel and the location of the event. This may include a rental car when appropriate.