Urban youth missions director to speak

Eric Iverson, multicultural integrity director of YouthWorks, a Christian organization in Minneapolis working with youth and missions, will be a guest speaker at Northwestern College Sept. 30 at 11:05 a.m. and Oct. 1 at 10:05 a.m. He will speak in chapel about youth short-term mission trips. The public is invited to attend.

After speaking in chapel, Iverson will speak in youth ministry classes. Another representative of YouthWorks will be available to talk with students and community members in the Rowenhorst Student Center. He will have a display table with informational materials about short-term mission work and summer programs and be available for answering questions.

YouthWorks introduces youth to missions and service for a week during the summer. During 2008, the ministry will expose 38,000 youths to short-term mission trips at more than 75 different sites around North America. Iverson’s job is to make sure the short-term missions are good experiences for the youth who serve as well as the people who are being served.

Iverson was a summer youth counselor for his church, Park Avenue United Methodist Church, before serving as the youth director. He has written two magazine articles for Reverb Magazine: “Jesus Justice: Turning the World on Its Head” and “Moving Together Toward a Greater Goal.” He has been serving urban youth in the Minneapolis area for 24 years.