Session length : 37 minutes 30 seconds
In this intercultural leadership session, you will learn the importance of engaging with youths in ways that demonstrate empathy and listening. You’ll learn the importance of trusting young people with leadership roles — to see them not as problems but as solutions and as active members of the church family who are contributing and who will lead us into the future.
James Grout grew up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His clear calling from God at age 18 was to teach the Bible to teenagers. After graduating with a Bible and Theology degree from Crown College in Minnesota, he spent 20 years as the youth pastor and teaching pastor at a church in Wheaton, Illinois. In 2007 he completed his master’s degree in ministry leadership at Moody Graduate School. In 2013 he accepted a call to the role of National Director for Alliance Youth of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, serving as a youth ministry consultant for about 2,000 U.S. churches. In 2016 he joined the National Engagement Team at OneChild, a global community of Child Champions that advocates for and provides holistic care to more than 40,000 children in 16 of the world’s poorest countries. James travels extensively each year and has spoken to thousands of teenagers domestically and around the world. He has also led over 40 short-term mission teams to 14 different countries. James and his two daughters live in Vancouver, Washington.