Workshops.
ReFocus will provide workshops during morning and afternoon sessions for students, all designed to confront some of the obstacles and challenges that our youth face in these times. Whether it be battling temptations, finding time for God, social media, or other things, students will be able to pick two workshops of their choice. Each student will have a chance to attend one workshop during morning session and one workshop during afternoon session. Learn more about our workshops and workshop leaders below.

Dealing with Stress and Anxiety

Janean Tinsley

Between keeping up with grades, school, social life, and work on top of the ever-changing world we live in, we have all experienced the struggles of stress and anxiety. We are pleased to have Janean Tinsley at ReFocus to lead this workshop. Janean is the owner/operator of First Step Christian Counselling in Paducah, specializing in past trauma exposure, substance abuse, family restoration, and individual counseling for troubled souls. These servies are all given from a Christian and Biblical perspective and we look forward to seeing how Janean can help our students learn to biblically cope and deal with stress and anxiety.

Location: TBD

Smart Social Networking

Dr. Michael Ramage

Social media has become a huge part of how students interact with each other in our society whether it be Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, TikTok, or many other avenues. No matter what outlet, the ways to being a smart techie are the same. Dr. Michael Ramage, the director of the Center for Computer and Information Technology at Murray State University, will bring his expertise to this workshop to help educate our students on being smart social networkers. As president for the Technology Council of West Kentucky and his work on the boards of multiple non-profit organizations, Dr. Ramage will be all the ready to discuss topics and answer questions from our Refocus students.

Location: TBD

Overcoming Temptations

Allen Tinsley

Into every student and adult's life will fall a measure of temptations whether it be drugs, alcohol, sex, greed, or any number of different things. Peter states in 1 Peter 2:11 "Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul." Take heart! The temptations, though strong and seemingly constant sometimes, can be conquered. You can rise above it through Christ! Allen Tinsley will be leading this workshop through both personal testimony and first-hand professional experiences. After 25 years in the medical field, Allen was led to become a Board certified Addiction medicine doctor. He's worked for 8 years for Behavioral Health Group, offering treatment for opioid addiction from Paducah to Pikeville in 5 different cities.

Location: TBD

Keeping God First

Cody Dalton

It's the ultimate challenge. No matter how old we are, there are distractions and temptations in life that keep us from putting God first in our thoughts and choices. Add in school work, extra curricular activities and a heavy dose of peer pressure and you can see how challenging this can be for students. In the book of Mark, he pleads for us to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." Growing in our faith includes instilling habits of obedience that demonstrate mature love and this is what our students will discuss in this workshop titled "Keeping God First". Cody Dalton is the Student Minister at First Baptist Benton and will lead this workshop. He desires for students to know the joy of walking daily with Christ.

Location: TBD

Youth Leader "Think Tank" (First Session Only)

Brent Powell

This workshop is just for our youth leaders and led by Brent Powell, our Assistant Youth Director here at Benton First United Methodist Church. A relaxed time to talk over and collaborate with other local youth leaders, ministers, and volunteers. There are many challenges to leading, teaching, and ministering effectively to students and what better way to improve in our ministries than to learn from each other what does and doesn't work. This will be a very open discussion offered once during our morning session and once during our afternoon session. We look forward to seeing all our fellow youth leaders and volunteers as we all have some very valuable insights to share and can all use some encouragement, and that's what this workshop is all about!

Location: TBD

Any Additional Workshops will be posted as they are finalized