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Consultants and Workshops


The Oaten Institute is pleased to be able to take workshops and programs on the road through our trained consultants. At the moment, we have consultants available who focus on training those engaged in youth ministry. Keep watching this site for development of our consultants programming for additional areas of ministry. 


Youth Ministry Consultants

Contact us to host a youth ministry training workshop in your area… or watch for upcoming Webinars. 


The 2015 General Council Youth and Young Adult (YAYA) strategy of the United Church of Canada includes a vision of youth ministry consultants across the country:  

“Mentors/Elders, Coaches, and Consultants:
In partnership with educations centres, and theological schools, mentors, coaches, and consultants will be trained and coordinated to meet the needs of those in ministry with youth and young adults. Mentors or Elders share what they personally know – what they have learned over time. A coach assists by helping people discover answers and solutions to questions and challenging situations. Consultants provide expertise in particular areas. All three will be necessary to develop and support successful and sustainable ministry with youth and young adults into the future.”


Five Oaks Centre, through its Oaten Institute, has partnered with General Council to make this aspect of the YAYA strategy a reality. 


A network of consultants has been training to provide the following services: 

Workshops: Our consultants can offer a variety of workshops for youth leaders. Congregations, clusters of churches, other governing bodies such as Presbytery, or any other interested group can request that a workshop take place in their local area. 


Please see the list of available workshops here


The workshops are typically 2-3 hours long. 

Payment for the workshop will be negotiated and sent to Five Oaks. The requesting body will be responsible for paying a workshop fee, mileage for the workshop leader and any program materials and photocopying needed to implement the workshop. 


If you are interested in hosting one or more of the workshops in your area then please contact us at 519-442-3212.  We will discuss your request and recruit a consultant who can best serve your needs. 


Webinars: Our youth ministry consultants will offer workshops in partnership with United in Learning. Please refer to the webinar section of our website for upcoming opportunities. 


Mentoring & Guided Studies: This aspect of the project will soon be a reality. Watch for details to come. 


View the network of Consultants here.


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