The 13th annual Betenbough Homes Lectures on Youth and Family Ministry were held Nov. 5 – 6 with the theme “Bringing Generations Together for Spiritual Formation” from guest lecturer, Dr. Holly Allen.
Each year, the lectures are generously funded by Betenbough Homes and include two major components: a ministry internship job fair and a spiritual lectureship.
“This is an on-campus opportunity for students to network with youth and children’s ministers in the field, secure internships that will prepare them for future positions, and also receive some valuable training,” said Steven Bonner, coordinator of the lectures and a member of the LCU Bible faculty.
The Betenbough Lectures draw youth and children’s ministers from across Texas and other nearby regions to LCU campus for the two-day event. During the intern job fair, these ministers have the opportunity to interview students as potential interns for the following summer. This year, the fair hosted around 40 ministers from local and regional churches. The following lecture then provides students and visiting ministers alike the opportunity to witness nationally and internationally known speakers.
Initially instigated by David Fraze in 2003, the lectures work to bring high profile ministry names to campus, providing relevant training for students and visiting ministers. The 2015 lectures welcomed Dr. Holly Allen, an author and Professor of Family Science and Christian Ministries at Lipscomb University. Allen led four lecture sessions spread across Thursday evening and Friday morning.
“She is known nationally for her work in intergenerational Christian formation, and children’s spiritual formation,” said Bonner. “These are speakers that students have read or heard referenced because they are scholars who are known within the ministry field. Being able to see these scholars – engage with them and be exposed to them beyond what students have read about them – is a great benefit.”
In the future, Bonner hopes to see keynote speakers lead the lectures while other ministry practitioners supplement the theme. He also hopes to adapt the internship fair to be increasingly more efficient for students and ministers. The Betenbough Lectures grow and expand yearly, and Bonner is prepared to see the event change and evolve in the coming years so that it continues to be a beneficial spiritual event for LCU campus.