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Thursday, November 20
 

11:00am

Check-In
Thursday November 20, 2014 11:00am - 7:30pm
Bldg A Level 4 Lobby

11:00am

YS Store Open
Thursday November 20, 2014 11:00am - 11:00pm
Exhibit Hall A2

11:00am

The Hub Open
Thursday November 20, 2014 11:00am - 11:00pm
Park Lounge Lobby - Level 3

11:00am

Sanctuary Open
Thursday November 20, 2014 11:00am - 11:00pm
A304

11:00am

Prayer Chapel Open
Thursday November 20, 2014 11:00am - 11:00pm
A303

1:00pm

Building a Successful Marriage AND Youth Ministry

Marriage isn’t easy; ministry is tough. Put the two together and things don’t get any easier. This intensive course will focus on the vulnerability of a ministry marriage and offer many positive and practical ideas on how to keep your marriage growing, even during ministry stress.


Speakers
avatar for Cathy Fields

Cathy Fields

Cathy Fields has been a volunteer youth worker for more than 20 years, and she’s served in every role in youth ministry from camp speaker to bus driver. She leads a senior high small group at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.
avatar for Doug Fields

Doug Fields

Doug Fields has been a pastor to teenagers and a ministry leader for more than 30 years. Today, most of Doug’s time is spent speaking at conferences, churches, or events; writing; teaching youth ministry at Azusa Pacific University; and providing leadership and resources as a part of the Youth Specialties Team.


Thursday November 20, 2014 1:00pm - 6:00pm
A410

1:00pm

Helping Hurting Kids

This intensive affirms the significant role that youth workers play as caring, involved adults in the lives of hurting teenagers. Marv helps listeners understand—in everyday language—what is going on behind behaviors like self injury, substance addictions, eating disorders, and bullying, and gives practical help in determining appropriate responses to some of the wild stuff students do.


Speakers
avatar for Marv Penner

Marv Penner

Marv Penner is the national director of Youth Specialties Canada and an associate staff member at the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding. He is an internationally known author, professor, speaker, and youth ministry veteran of more than 40 years, and oversees the Canadian Center for Adolescent Research, a research think tank.


Thursday November 20, 2014 1:00pm - 6:00pm
A311

1:00pm

How to Thrive in Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry

In this intensive, Katie and Josh draw from more than 45 years of collective experience to share their successes and failures, as well as some very practical ideas on youth ministry. They’ll give you the strategies to build a solid foundation for a fruitful, long-term ministry and offer advice on how to enjoy the ride.


Speakers
avatar for Katie Edwards

Katie Edwards

Katie Edwards has been working in full-time student ministries for more than 18 years. She is currently the junior high ministry director at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. She has a passion for teenagers and a passion for equipping and encouraging youth workers.
avatar for Josh Griffin

Josh Griffin

Josh is high school pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. He’s the co- founder of DownloadYouthMinistry.com and author of 99 Thoughts for Small Group Leaders with Doug Fields. Josh is a father of 4 who speaks a little, podcasts a little, Twitters a bit, and blogs a lot.


Thursday November 20, 2014 1:00pm - 6:00pm
A314

1:00pm

Questioning the Answers: Preparing Teens for the Difficult Faith Questions that Will Come

In today’s world, nothing is truly as it seems. This leads teenagers to abandon their faith as they enter college years and are caught off guard when difficult questions arise. In this session, Dan will discuss ways to pro-actively teach youth to respond to difficult questions.


Speakers
avatar for Dan Kimball

Dan Kimball

Vintage Faith Church
Dan Kimball is on staff at Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, CA, overseeing the mission and teaching. He is director of the ReGeneration Project at Western Seminary, which studies churches reaching new generations. He has served in youth and college ministry for more than 20 years.


Thursday November 20, 2014 1:00pm - 6:00pm
A312

1:00pm

Sexual Identity and the Youth Minister: Walking with LGBT Youth

This session helps prepare youth ministry staff to work more effectively with youth who are unsure about their sexual identity. Mark and Julie offer a developmental model that provides windows of opportunity to address meaning, purpose, and identity as well as provide support to those who are questioning or who identity as LGBT.


Speakers
avatar for Julie Rodgers

Julie Rodgers

Julie Rodgers shares life with urban youth through her role on staff at Mercy Street Ministries. As a speaker and writer about homosexuality and the Christian faith, she shares a hopeful vision for Christian communities moving forward. Julie received an MA in English from the University of Dallas, and she writes alongside friends on the Spiritual Friendship blog.
avatar for Mark Yarhouse

Mark Yarhouse

Dr. Mark A. Yarhouse is the Hughes Endowed Chair and professor of psychology at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Dr. Yarhouse promotes dialogue between people who view the topic of sexual identity differently. He is currently the chair of the task force on LGBT issues for the APA's Psychology of Religion.


Thursday November 20, 2014 1:00pm - 6:00pm
A301

1:00pm

Sticky Faith: How to Help Students Maintain Their Faith Long-term

Why is it that almost 1 out of 2 graduating seniors will pick up their diplomas and ditch their faith? This seminar takes a practical look at research conducted by the Fuller Youth Institute to unearth some of the myths students believe about the gospel, the church, their family, and youth ministry that cause them to shelve their faith.


Speakers
avatar for Brad Griffin

Brad Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Associate Director of the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, blogger (fulleryouthinstitute.org), and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of Sticky Faith (see stickyfaith.org), Can I Ask That?, and Deep Justice Journeys, and has authored a number of youth ministry book chapters and journal articles. A native Kentucky youth pastor, Brad now... Read More →
avatar for Kara Powell

Kara Powell

Kara Powell is executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Kara also serves as an advisor to Youth Specialties and volunteers in student ministries at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. She is the author or co-author of Sticky Faith, Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum, and more.


Thursday November 20, 2014 1:00pm - 6:00pm
A402/403

1:00pm

Youth Ministry Management Tools 2.0

In this session, speakers will explore the importance of organization in ministry. The practical session comes out of more than 20 years of experience and will help you develop a framework of support in more than 10 important areas like risk management, communicating, budgeting, leader meetings and more.


Speakers
avatar for Ginny Olson

Ginny Olson

Director of Youth Ministry, Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church
Ginny Olson is a youth ministry speaker, consultant, and the co-author of Youth Ministry Management Tools 2.0. She collaborates with the Church Law and Tax Report team to teach church administration at North Park University’s School of Business and Management. She is also the part-time Director of Youth Ministry for the Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church.
avatar for Mike Work

Mike Work

Mike Work has been around youth ministry for more than 30 years as a pastor, author, speaker, event producer, and mentor. Now, he’s the vice president of operations at Youth Specialties. Mike co-authored the original best-selling Zondervan/YS resource, Youth Ministry Management Tools (including newly released version 2.0).


Thursday November 20, 2014 1:00pm - 6:00pm
A313

6:15pm

Creative Prayer Through Lectio Divina
This session will imaginatively engage a selection from the Gospels through Lectio Divina. Together we will uniquely respond to the passage through journaling and art. 

Speakers
avatar for Lilly Lewin

Lilly Lewin

Lilly Lewin is the founder of Thinplace: a pilgrimage of discovery and creativity. Lilly helps communities get outside the box of worship through multi-sensory prayer, experiential worship, and art. She leads workshops, retreats, and creates Sacred Space experiences around the world. She is the author of Sacred Space: A Hands-On Guide to Creating Multisensory Worship Experiences with Dan Kimball. 


Thursday November 20, 2014 6:15pm - 7:00pm
A304

7:30pm

Big Room
Doors will open at 7:15pm

Speakers
avatar for Mark Matlock

Mark Matlock

Mark Matlock has been working with youth pastors, students, and parents for more than two decades. He serves as the executive director for Youth Specialties (YS), providing leadership for programs and training events, and also oversees the student ministries at YS, including the PlanetWisdom student conferences.

Artists
avatar for Brian Wurzell

Brian Wurzell

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


Thursday November 20, 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Exhibit Hall A3

9:00pm

Check-In
Thursday November 20, 2014 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Bldg A Level 4 Lobby

9:00pm

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
Thursday November 20, 2014 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Exhibit Hall A2

9:30pm

Compline (Evening Prayer)

Compline comes from the Latin word meaning “completion.” This peaceful and reflective 15-minute service is the liturgical equivalent of being tucked into bed. We pray, listen to God through scripture and silence, and ask God to watch over us as we sleep. On Saturday, communion will be offered during Compline.


Thursday November 20, 2014 9:30pm - 9:50pm
A304
 
Friday, November 21
 

7:30am

Sanctuary Open
Friday November 21, 2014 7:30am - 11:00pm
A304

7:30am

Prayer Chapel Open
Friday November 21, 2014 7:30am - 11:00pm
A303

8:00am

LAUDS (Morning Prayer)

Start your day by praying the hours as observed by God’s people for thousands of years. Join the sanctuary team in this simple, 15-minute time of scripture, silence, music, and spoken prayer.


Speakers
avatar for Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas has worked for Youthfront in Kansas City for over six years. As a camp director, he attempts to create environments where youth can encounter God in meaningful and sometimes unfamiliar ways. Micah also works for Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City as a worship leader. He is married to Jessica and has a daughter, Teagan.


Friday November 21, 2014 8:00am - 8:20am
A304

8:00am

Bible Study
Speakers
avatar for Tic Long

Tic Long

After 34 years of leadership at Youth Specialties, Tic Long is now the executive pastor at Journey Community Church in La Mesa, California. He has recently become a proud grandpa. He is starting to believe that his hair is never coming back.

Artists
avatar for Brian Wurzell

Brian Wurzell

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


Friday November 21, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
A311

8:00am

Check-In Open
Friday November 21, 2014 8:00am - 9:30am
Bldg A Level 4 Lobby

8:00am

YS Store Open
Friday November 21, 2014 8:00am - 10:00pm
Exhibit Hall A2

8:00am

The Hub Open
Friday November 21, 2014 8:00am - 10:45pm
Park Lounge Lobby - Level 3

8:30am

Becoming more like Christ: The Process of Transformation

“Go and create disciples throughout all the world, baptizing them and teaching them to do as I have commanded.” How do we change? Is there more we can do to grow in our walk with God? What does a vibrant life in the Kingdom look like? What is the Kingdom of Heaven? How do we become more like our incredible teacher, savior, and king Jesus?  Practical steps, ideas, and disciplines can shape and form us. We will explore the basics of Christian spiritual formation and our unique role in life with a good and beautiful God. 


Speakers
avatar for Mike Clifford

Mike Clifford

Mike Clifford holds a bachelor’s degree in zoological sciences from Friends University, and a master’s in organizational development. He is the curator for the Christian Spiritual Formation Undergraduate program at the Apprentice Institute and he also leads worship, teaches workshops, and creates and implements partnerships with churches and various organizations.


Friday November 21, 2014 8:30am - 9:15am
A304

8:45am

Practical Tips for Planning Your Event Calendar
Speakers
avatar for Mike Work

Mike Work

Mike Work has been around youth ministry for more than 30 years as a pastor, author, speaker, event producer, and mentor. Now, he’s the vice president of operations at Youth Specialties. Mike co-authored the original best-selling Zondervan/YS resource, Youth Ministry Management Tools (including newly released version 2.0).


Friday November 21, 2014 8:45am - 9:00am
Exhibit Hall A2

9:00am

Using Media to Spark Conversations with Students
Speakers
avatar for Walt Mueller

Walt Mueller

Walt Mueller is founder and president of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, which serves churches, schools, and community organizations around the world by providing information and analysis on contemporary youth culture. This 35-year youth ministry veteran speaks internationally on youth culture and is author of many books.


Friday November 21, 2014 9:00am - 9:15am
Exhibit Hall A2

9:30am

YS Explores
Speakers
avatar for Paige Clingenpeel

Paige Clingenpeel

Serving the chat ministry of RemedyLIVE.com as a licensed mental health therapist, Paige specializes in helping adolescents and young adults. In addition to being on-air and supporting RemedyLIVE's video library, Paige also provides private counseling, and leadership at TrendsandTeens.com. She is a national speaker and educator to teens, their parents, and fellow youth workers.
avatar for Brock Morgan

Brock Morgan

Brock Morgan is the youth pastor at Trinity Church in Greenwich, CT, and has been working with students for more than 23 years. He is a popular speaker for camps, retreats, and conferences, and has overseen youth ministries in both urban and suburban contexts.
avatar for Dave Rahn

Dave Rahn

Dave Rahn is a youth ministry researcher, author, futurist, and missional leadership strategist who uses his talents as the senior vice president and chief ministry officer for Youth For Christ/USA, and the director of the youth ministry leadership program at the Huntington University Graduate Program. His passion is to invigorate Jesus’ church with kids who have a story to tell.
avatar for Jeremy Del Rio

Jeremy Del Rio

Jeremy Del Rio, Esq. co-founded and directs 20/20 Vision for Schools, a movement to transform public education that launched in New York City in 2008. He teaches as an adjunct faculty member at Alliance and Fuller seminaries, and connects, trains, and mentors youth workers regionally. He and his wife Diana have two sons, Judah and Cyrus.
avatar for Greg Stier

Greg Stier

Greg Stier’s rough, urban upbringing was transformed by the power of the gospel. Greg leads Dare 2 Share, a ministry that has equipped hundreds of thousands of teenagers to relationally and relentlessly share the gospel of Christ through large-scale conferences held from coast to coast. Greg is the author of thirteen books and countless articles.
avatar for Amy Williams

Amy Williams

Gang Intervention Specialist, Juvenile Justice Advocate, National Trainer, A Hope Dealer
Amy Williams, a 22-year youth ministry veteran, follows her passion to minister to teens involved in gangs, incarcerated youth, and/or those on probation/parole. Amy is a national trainer for Youth Specialties, CCDA, DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative, UYWI and others. She's on the Steering Committee for the CCDA Mass Incarceration Task Force and the National Institute for Juvenile Justice ministries.


Friday November 21, 2014 9:30am - 11:00am
Exhibit Hall A3

11:00am

11:00am

11:00am

Exhibit Hall Open
Friday November 21, 2014 11:00am - 1:00pm
Exhibit Hall A2

11:15am

11:15am

11:15am

Catching Up With Tony Campolo
Speakers
avatar for Tony Campolo

Tony Campolo

Professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University and associate pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia, Tony Campolo is an activist and author of nearly 40 books. Tony has worked to create, nurture, and support programs for at-risk children in cities across North America. He blogs regularly at redletterchristians.org, which he founded.


Friday November 21, 2014 11:15am - 11:30am
Exhibit Hall A2

11:30am

11:30am

11:30am

Characteristics of an Unhealthy Youth Ministry
Speakers
avatar for Duffy Robbins

Duffy Robbins

Duffy Robbins is professor of youth ministry at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA, and a 30-year veteran of youth ministry. He speaks around the world to teenagers and people who love teenagers, and is author of several books, including his newest, Building a Youth Ministry That Builds Disciples.


Friday November 21, 2014 11:30am - 11:45am
Exhibit Hall A2

11:45am

11:45am

11:45am

Mini Panel Discussion on Short-Term Mission Trips
Speakers
avatar for Mike King

Mike King

Mike King is in his 39th year of youth ministry and serves as president and CEO of Youthfront, an organization committed to creating holistic, missional environments for Christian formation by providing programs, resources, and training. He is as an adjunct professor at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, and also serves as a Youth Specialties Thought Partner.


Friday November 21, 2014 11:45am - 12:00pm
Exhibit Hall A2

11:45am

Midday Prayer

This 15-minute service is designed to briefly interrupt us in the middle of our day in order to refocus our attention on God as the center of our lives and worthy of our praise.


Speakers
avatar for Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas has worked for Youthfront in Kansas City for over six years. As a camp director, he attempts to create environments where youth can encounter God in meaningful and sometimes unfamiliar ways. Micah also works for Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City as a worship leader. He is married to Jessica and has a daughter, Teagan.


Friday November 21, 2014 11:45am - 12:00pm
A304

12:00pm

12:00pm

YMCA of the Rockies
Friday November 21, 2014 12:00pm - 12:10pm
Exhibit Hall A2 - BigStuf Stage

12:00pm

Practical Ways to Empower Volunteers
Speakers
avatar for Ginny Olson

Ginny Olson

Director of Youth Ministry, Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church
Ginny Olson is a youth ministry speaker, consultant, and the co-author of Youth Ministry Management Tools 2.0. She collaborates with the Church Law and Tax Report team to teach church administration at North Park University’s School of Business and Management. She is also the part-time Director of Youth Ministry for the Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church.


Friday November 21, 2014 12:00pm - 12:15pm
Exhibit Hall A2

12:15pm

12:15pm

12:15pm

Panel Discussion / Q&A: Sexual Identity
Speakers
avatar for Mark Matlock

Mark Matlock

Mark Matlock has been working with youth pastors, students, and parents for more than two decades. He serves as the executive director for Youth Specialties (YS), providing leadership for programs and training events, and also oversees the student ministries at YS, including the PlanetWisdom student conferences.
avatar for Julie Rodgers

Julie Rodgers

Julie Rodgers shares life with urban youth through her role on staff at Mercy Street Ministries. As a speaker and writer about homosexuality and the Christian faith, she shares a hopeful vision for Christian communities moving forward. Julie received an MA in English from the University of Dallas, and she writes alongside friends on the Spiritual Friendship blog.
avatar for Mark Yarhouse

Mark Yarhouse

Dr. Mark A. Yarhouse is the Hughes Endowed Chair and professor of psychology at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Dr. Yarhouse promotes dialogue between people who view the topic of sexual identity differently. He is currently the chair of the task force on LGBT issues for the APA's Psychology of Religion.


Friday November 21, 2014 12:15pm - 12:30pm
Exhibit Hall A2

12:30pm

12:30pm

12:45pm

12:45pm

1:00pm

Big Room
Doors will open at 12:45pm

Speakers
avatar for Tony Campolo

Tony Campolo

Professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University and associate pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia, Tony Campolo is an activist and author of nearly 40 books. Tony has worked to create, nurture, and support programs for at-risk children in cities across North America. He blogs regularly at redletterchristians.org, which he founded.

Artists
avatar for Brian Wurzell

Brian Wurzell

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
avatar for Propaganda

Propaganda

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


Friday November 21, 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Exhibit Hall A3

2:45pm

Family Room
In Family Room you’ll have the opportunity to interact with a small group of fellow youth workers as you learn together and discuss topics related to youth ministry. Together you’ll find common ground, learn from your differences, and discover new ways you can minister to the teens in your community.

Friday November 21, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
TBA

3:00pm

Stations of the Cross

Learn a brief history about the origin and spiritual practice of the stations of the cross. Engage in this powerful pilgrimage of prayer and meditation with other youth workers as together we commemorate the death of our Savior through the stations of the cross, depicting the final hours of Jesus Christ.


Speakers
avatar for Lilly Lewin

Lilly Lewin

Lilly Lewin is the founder of Thinplace: a pilgrimage of discovery and creativity. Lilly helps communities get outside the box of worship through multi-sensory prayer, experiential worship, and art. She leads workshops, retreats, and creates Sacred Space experiences around the world. She is the author of Sacred Space: A Hands-On Guide to Creating Multisensory Worship Experiences with Dan Kimball. 


Friday November 21, 2014 3:00pm - 3:45pm
A304

3:30pm

3:30pm

3:30pm

Exhibit Hall Open
Friday November 21, 2014 3:30pm - 7:30pm
Exhibit Hall A2

3:45pm

3:45pm

4:00pm

4:00pm

4:00pm

Creating Art as Prayer

We were created in the imago dei. We were designed to create, to be imaginative people who cooperate with God, the source of beauty and creativity. In this session, we will create art together in response to scripture readings. 


Speakers
avatar for Lilly Lewin

Lilly Lewin

Lilly Lewin is the founder of Thinplace: a pilgrimage of discovery and creativity. Lilly helps communities get outside the box of worship through multi-sensory prayer, experiential worship, and art. She leads workshops, retreats, and creates Sacred Space experiences around the world. She is the author of Sacred Space: A Hands-On Guide to Creating Multisensory Worship Experiences with Dan Kimball. 


Friday November 21, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
A304

4:15pm

4:15pm

4:15pm

SEEing Teenage Potential

Research demonstrates that teenagers are increasingly disenchanted with the church; yet joining the body of Christ is essential to being a Christ-follower. This seminar proposes a new form of outreach that begins with what we SEE. This seminar will provide a biblical and theological framework for SEEing teenage potential as a starting point for outreach.


Speakers
avatar for Sharon Ketcham

Sharon Ketcham

Gordon College
Sharon Galgay Ketcham is an associate professor of Christian ministries at Gordon College and is currently the president of the Association of Youth Ministry Educators. She earned her Ph.D. in theology and education from Boston College. Sharon’s two decades of experience in youth ministry include serving in full-time ministry, research, writing, teaching, and mentoring.


Friday November 21, 2014 4:15pm - 5:45pm
A301

4:15pm

Teens And Sexual Identity

Learn about a framework for understanding sexual identity in a way that will affect how you minister to sexual minority youth. We will discuss how sexual identity develops, as well as learn about competing responses from the gay community and the local faith community as we focus on implications for youth ministry.


Speakers
avatar for Julie Rodgers

Julie Rodgers

Julie Rodgers shares life with urban youth through her role on staff at Mercy Street Ministries. As a speaker and writer about homosexuality and the Christian faith, she shares a hopeful vision for Christian communities moving forward. Julie received an MA in English from the University of Dallas, and she writes alongside friends on the Spiritual Friendship blog.
avatar for Mark Yarhouse

Mark Yarhouse

Dr. Mark A. Yarhouse is the Hughes Endowed Chair and professor of psychology at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Dr. Yarhouse promotes dialogue between people who view the topic of sexual identity differently. He is currently the chair of the task force on LGBT issues for the APA's Psychology of Religion.


Friday November 21, 2014 4:15pm - 5:45pm
A315/316

4:15pm

Five Pressing Trends in Youth Culture

What are the cultural forces shaping the values, attitudes, and behaviors of students living in today’s world? In this practical and hope-filled seminar, veteran youth culture-analyst Walt Mueller will overview and critique of five of the most powerful cultural realities. Walt will also detail strategies for guiding students through these forces in a manner that will help you help them flourish by living life to the glory of God and realizing their created purpose.

 


Speakers
avatar for Walt Mueller

Walt Mueller

Walt Mueller is founder and president of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, which serves churches, schools, and community organizations around the world by providing information and analysis on contemporary youth culture. This 35-year youth ministry veteran speaks internationally on youth culture and is author of many books.


Friday November 21, 2014 4:15pm - 5:45pm
A302

4:15pm

Built to Last: Nurturing Students' Faith That Lives, Thrives, and Survives

Where will students be 5, 10, or 20 years from now in their walk with God? Most of us understand that real-world youth ministry is not about how well they start; it's about how well they finish. This seminar looks at the four key components of a youth ministry that stands the test of time.


Speakers
avatar for Duffy Robbins

Duffy Robbins

Duffy Robbins is professor of youth ministry at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA, and a 30-year veteran of youth ministry. He speaks around the world to teenagers and people who love teenagers, and is author of several books, including his newest, Building a Youth Ministry That Builds Disciples.


Friday November 21, 2014 4:15pm - 5:45pm
A404/405

4:15pm

Helping Teens Follow Jesus In a World That Doesn't

If we want students to follow Jesus for a lifetime, then we have to identify what doesn’t work and what is the real goal. In this seminar, we’ll remind each other what we don’t want to be doing and talk practically about implementing a theology and praxis that moves us toward developing teens who primarily identify themselves as followers of Jesus. 


Speakers
avatar for Brian Berry

Brian Berry

Brian Berry is a student ministry veteran and currently serves as the generation ministries pastor at Journey Community Church near San Diego, California where he oversees a staff that is responsible for infants through teens. He also blogs at briancberry.com and is the author of two recent books, As for Me and My Crazy House and Criticism Bites.


Friday November 21, 2014 4:15pm - 5:45pm
A314

4:15pm

Transitioning Kids with Disabilities from Elementary School Ministry to Middle School Ministry

Did God make a mistake when God created people with disabilities? Why don't we see more people with disabilities in our churches and youth ministries? Join us for an honest and compelling look at ministering with youth with disabilities and practical tips to help your church be welcoming and inclusive.


Speakers
avatar for Pam Harmon

Pam Harmon

Vice President - Capernaum, Young Life
Pam Harmon is the Vice President of Young LIfe's Capernaum Ministry, made up of caring people who strive to help provide teens with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities the tools to live abundant life to the full. Pam brings with her a vast array of experience serving youth with disabilities across the country.


Friday November 21, 2014 4:15pm - 5:45pm
A311

4:15pm

Helping Students Connect with Christ's Causes: Poverty and Social Justice
Learn how pursuing the cause of justice in your youth ministry can show students that hope for the poor is possible. Including them on that journey reveals that they are a part of that possibility.Hear the inspiring story of a middle school student who has taken “seek justice and love mercy” beyond her summer mission trip experience, as well as other practical stories and ideas straight from the trenches. You’ll get tools to help you become a missional in multiple areas of your youth ministry and be encouraged as you start or continue seeking justice in the world around you.

Speakers
avatar for Brooklyn Lindsey

Brooklyn Lindsey

Church of the Nazarene (Official)
Brooklyn Lindsey is a youth pastor at Highland Park Church of the Nazarene. She has authored numerous books and projects, including A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Your Teen Daughter, Confessions of a Not- So-Supermodel, Opposite Day, and The Kingdom Experiment: Youth Edition. Brooklyn also speaks at camps and events for teens and youth workers.


Friday November 21, 2014 4:15pm - 5:45pm
A412

4:15pm

Celebrating Chaos and Implementing Structure: Effective Programming for Middle School Ministry

The stereotype of middle school ministries comes in one phrase: out of control! Is it possible to have chaotic fun and structure? We'll look at creative and effective programming for middle schoolers. We'll introduce simple and essential guidelines that will allow you to retain your volunteers, parents' respect, and personal sanity!


Speakers
avatar for Heather Flies

Heather Flies

Heather Flies has been active in youth ministry since 1992 and has been serving as the junior high pastor at Wooddale Church in Minnesota for 17 years. Heather authored I Want to Talk to My Teen About...Girl Stuff for parents, and That's What She Said/That's What He Said for students..


Friday November 21, 2014 4:15pm - 5:45pm
A312

4:15pm

Creating Safe Places for Kids

If students feel vulnerable, defenseless, exposed, or at risk in a group, they will not feel free to engage in community. We have the opportunity to create space that is safe for all the students in our care. In this practical seminar, Marv will help you think through ways to make sure that students are safe—relationally, spiritually, physically, and emotionally.


Speakers
avatar for Marv Penner

Marv Penner

Marv Penner is the national director of Youth Specialties Canada and an associate staff member at the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding. He is an internationally known author, professor, speaker, and youth ministry veteran of more than 40 years, and oversees the Canadian Center for Adolescent Research, a research think tank.


Friday November 21, 2014 4:15pm - 5:45pm
A411

4:15pm

Science and Youth Ministry

The young people to whom we minister find themselves living in many different worlds, confronting distinct and sometime opposed ideologies, world views, and practices. One of these direct oppositions is the church's ideas of faith and their school's teaching and commitment to science. Young people often come to us wondering if faith and science are in deadly competition, and if not, then how can things like Genesis and evolution fit together? Do faith and science really oppose each other? And how might we engage in such conversations with our young people? The seminar will present the findings of the John Templeton Foundation research project, with a panel and room to discuss what is needed to help a conversation between faith and science happen in our youth groups.

Sponsored by: Sparkhouse / InterVarsity Press / Youthfront / Nazarene Theological Seminary / Fuller + Fuller Youth Institute / Howard Payne University / Gordon College / Luther Seminary / Seattle Pacific University


Speakers
avatar for Laura Addis

Laura Addis

Laura Addis lives in Kansas City working at both Youthfront and Second Presbyterian Church. Currently a DMin student at Fuller, she would be happy spending every afternoon with students and tweeting from @thelauralarsen. Laura is most spiritually disciplined in the fall when she is busy praying and fasting for her beloved LSU Tigers.
avatar for Dean Blevins

Dean Blevins

Dean Blevins serves as professor of practical theology and Christian discipleship at Nazarene Theological Seminary, and also directs the MA in Christian formation and discipleship at NTS. Dr. Blevins has taught courses in youth ministry, theology, spirituality, and leadership for over 20 years, and currently serves as president of the Religious Education Association.
avatar for Andrew Root

Andrew Root

Andrew Root is the Olson Baalson Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary. Andy has worked in congregations, parachurch ministries, and social service programs, and is the author of many books, including a four book series with Zondervan called A Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry.
avatar for David Wood

David Wood

An ordained pastor in the American Baptist Churches, Rev. David J. Wood has served as the senior minister of Glencoe Union Church in Glencoe, Illinois, since July 2009. Before that, he served at churches in Connecticut, Maine, France, and Kentucky. He’s also directed several Templeton-funded projects designed to integrate an engagement with science into the life of congregations.


Friday November 21, 2014 4:15pm - 5:45pm
A402/403

4:15pm

Assume the Position: The Posture of Ministry in a Christian Climate of 'Authority, Power, and Ambition'

Jesus’ call to ministry brings influence. What, then, is the posture of ministry leadership? How do influences like assumed or appointed authority and power fit with the servant leadership model and teaching of Jesus? This session will explore the Christian calling to leadership and influence and their relationship to a healthy walk with Christ.


Speakers
avatar for Chap Clark

Chap Clark

Professor of Youth, Family and Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary
Chap Clark, Ph.D., is based in Gig Harbor, WA. Chap is Associate Provost for Strategic Projects, and Professor of Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary, and President of ParenTeen. Chap has authored or co-authored more than 22 books, including the award-winning "Hurt: Inside the World of Today's Teenagers", "Hurt 2.0", "Sticky Faith", and "21st Century Youth Ministry: 5 Views". Chap and his wife Dee have three adult children.


Friday November 21, 2014 4:15pm - 5:45pm
A305

4:15pm

Leaving Well, Leading Through or Preparing for New Leadership

Perhaps change is in the air? Personnel transitions in ministry can be difficult, in this seminar we'll look at three main categories: 

1. Leaders on the move-- leaving well

2. Leading in transition-- volunteers carrying the load

3. Leading a new ministry-- starting well


Speakers
avatar for Brian Aaby

Brian Aaby

Brian Aaby is the director of YS Search & Coaching, assisting churches with personnel placement and provides coaching guidance for youth leaders. Brian served 17 years as a youth pastor and then founded and led Youthmark since 2008. Brian speaks nationally at churches, camps, conference, and events. He and his wife, Elisabeth, have three children and reside near Seattle.


Friday November 21, 2014 4:15pm - 5:45pm
A410

4:15pm

Made by God: Harnessing Your Personality for Effective Leadership

You’ve got what it takes! Understanding your God-customized personality not only helps in understanding yourself (and your friends), but this same understanding impacts your youth ministry in a mighty way. Personalities’ connection to spiritual gifts and Strengths Finders 2.0 will be considered here as well.


Speakers
avatar for Len Kageler

Len Kageler

Len Kageler has a long and positive track record in working in church-based student ministry. Len is professor of youth and family studies at Nyack College. His many books include Youth Ministry in a Multifaith Society: Forming Christian Identity Among Skeptics, Syncretists, and Sincere Believers of Other Faith, and The Volunteers Field Guide to Youth Ministry.


Friday November 21, 2014 4:15pm - 5:45pm
A313

5:30pm

Imaginative Prayer

Imaginative prayer involves contemplatively interacting with scripture, listening, looking, and being wholly engaged and present. We make ourselves totally available, body, mind, soul, and spirit, to the Holy Spirit. We listen. We practice patience. We enter into the depths of scripture. 


Speakers
avatar for Beth Slevcove

Beth Slevcove

Beth Slevcove has served as a Spiritual Director for the past 15 years, primarily working with people in ministry. She served as the Director of Spiritual Formation for Youth Specialties and holds advanced degrees in theology and education. She is an oblate at a Benedictine monastery and runs a surf company based on saving the endangered Tijuana Surf Monkey. Beth can often be found in the ocean, making tent forts with her little ones, or... Read More →


Friday November 21, 2014 5:30pm - 6:00pm
A304

6:15pm

6:15pm

6:15pm

Gauging Success in Your First Two Years of Ministry
Speakers
avatar for Katie Edwards

Katie Edwards

Katie Edwards has been working in full-time student ministries for more than 18 years. She is currently the junior high ministry director at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. She has a passion for teenagers and a passion for equipping and encouraging youth workers.


Friday November 21, 2014 6:15pm - 6:30pm
Exhibit Hall A2

6:30pm

6:30pm

Spikeball, Inc
Friday November 21, 2014 6:30pm - 6:40pm
Exhibit Hall A2 - BigStuf Stage

6:30pm

Connecting Students with the Marginalized, Poor, and Oppressed
Speakers
avatar for Brooklyn Lindsey

Brooklyn Lindsey

Church of the Nazarene (Official)
Brooklyn Lindsey is a youth pastor at Highland Park Church of the Nazarene. She has authored numerous books and projects, including A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Your Teen Daughter, Confessions of a Not- So-Supermodel, Opposite Day, and The Kingdom Experiment: Youth Edition. Brooklyn also speaks at camps and events for teens and youth workers.


Friday November 21, 2014 6:30pm - 6:45pm
Exhibit Hall A2

6:45pm

6:45pm

A New Conversation About Evangelism
Speakers
avatar for Greg Stier

Greg Stier

Greg Stier’s rough, urban upbringing was transformed by the power of the gospel. Greg leads Dare 2 Share, a ministry that has equipped hundreds of thousands of teenagers to relationally and relentlessly share the gospel of Christ through large-scale conferences held from coast to coast. Greg is the author of thirteen books and countless articles.


Friday November 21, 2014 6:45pm - 7:00pm
Exhibit Hall A2

6:45pm

7:00pm

7:00pm

7:00pm

Loving Students Through the Awkward Middle School Years
Speakers
avatar for Scott Rubin

Scott Rubin

Scott Rubin is the director of Elevate, the junior high ministry at Willow Creek Community Church. He's been working specifically with students, volunteers, and parents at Willow for the last 14 years. Scott has also written Middle School Ministry, The Red Stuff, and the teen edition of John Ortberg’s The Me I Want To Be.


Friday November 21, 2014 7:00pm - 7:15pm
Exhibit Hall A2

7:15pm

7:15pm

7:30pm

Big Room
Doors will open at 7:15pm

Speakers
avatar for Chris Hill

Chris Hill

Dr. Chris Hill has reached millions of people in with his message of hope. Having served as an urban youth pastor, an author, a professor, an activist, and an international evangelist, he comes armed him with a fresh and global perspective. In 2009, Dr. Hill began preaching at Heritage Christian Center in Denver, Colorado and is now the senior pastor.

Artists
avatar for Brian Wurzell

Brian Wurzell

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avatar for Propaganda

Propaganda

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avatar for The Skit Guys

The Skit Guys

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avatar for Tim Timmons

Tim Timmons

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Friday November 21, 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Exhibit Hall A3

10:00pm

Compline (Evening Prayer)

Compline comes from the Latin word meaning “completion.” This peaceful and reflective 15-minute service is the liturgical equivalent of being tucked into bed. We pray, listen to God through scripture and silence, and ask God to watch over us as we sleep. On Saturday, communion will be offered during Compline.


Speakers
avatar for Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas has worked for Youthfront in Kansas City for over six years. As a camp director, he attempts to create environments where youth can encounter God in meaningful and sometimes unfamiliar ways. Micah also works for Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City as a worship leader. He is married to Jessica and has a daughter, Teagan.


Friday November 21, 2014 10:00pm - 10:20pm
A304

10:00pm

Comedy Club - The Skit Guys and DYM Live

www.skitguys.com  

Tommy Woodard and Eddie James are The Skit Guys. They have been best friends since high school. Think of them as the wise guys in class who had everyone laughing and managed to make a career out of it. They've been teaching God's word using comedy, drama and whatever category talking action figures fit into for over twenty years.


Speakers
avatar for Katie Edwards

Katie Edwards

Katie Edwards has been working in full-time student ministries for more than 18 years. She is currently the junior high ministry director at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. She has a passion for teenagers and a passion for equipping and encouraging youth workers.
avatar for Doug Fields

Doug Fields

Doug Fields has been a pastor to teenagers and a ministry leader for more than 30 years. Today, most of Doug’s time is spent speaking at conferences, churches, or events; writing; teaching youth ministry at Azusa Pacific University; and providing leadership and resources as a part of the Youth Specialties Team.
avatar for Josh Griffin

Josh Griffin

Josh is high school pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. He’s the co- founder of DownloadYouthMinistry.com and author of 99 Thoughts for Small Group Leaders with Doug Fields. Josh is a father of 4 who speaks a little, podcasts a little, Twitters a bit, and blogs a lot.

Artists
avatar for The Skit Guys

The Skit Guys

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Friday November 21, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Thomas Murphy Ballroom 2/3

10:00pm

Illusionist Jared Hall Live

Jared Hall will keep you on the edge of your seat, unable to look away as he makes audience members float, performs a straight-jacket escape, or simply finds your chosen card. He uses illusions and comedy to present the gospel of Jesus Christ in relevant, engaging ways. Traveling extensively across the nation, Jared performs his illusions for conferences, festivals, outreach events, youth camps, and Upward award nights.

http://vimeo.com/88289305

Artists
avatar for Jared Hall

Jared Hall

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Friday November 21, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
A411

10:00pm

Theology Cafe hosted by Sparkhouse
Friday November 21, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
A402/403

10:00pm

Why Evangelism Doesn't Work Anymore
Speakers
avatar for Greg Stier

Greg Stier

Greg Stier’s rough, urban upbringing was transformed by the power of the gospel. Greg leads Dare 2 Share, a ministry that has equipped hundreds of thousands of teenagers to relationally and relentlessly share the gospel of Christ through large-scale conferences held from coast to coast. Greg is the author of thirteen books and countless articles.


Friday November 21, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
A312

10:00pm

Writing for Youth Ministry

Do you have an idea that’s been brewing for a while and you’d like to see if there’s a audience beyond your ministry? Whether your interest is curriculum, an article, a blog or a full-blown book, this practical seminar will help you begin to navigate the publishing waters. We’ll talk about creating a strong proposal, understanding the youth ministry publishing world, and what goes into developing your platform. 


Speakers
avatar for Terry Linhart

Terry Linhart

After 16 years in full-time youth ministry, Terry Linhart has taught youth ministry courses at Bethel College (Indiana) for the past 11 years, where he also serves as chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy. He got his start in Youth for Christ, where he developed his teaching as one of the national trainers, and then served for many years as a church youth pastor. Terry has authored six books, including Global Youth Ministry and the... Read More →
avatar for Ginny Olson

Ginny Olson

Director of Youth Ministry, Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church
Ginny Olson is a youth ministry speaker, consultant, and the co-author of Youth Ministry Management Tools 2.0. She collaborates with the Church Law and Tax Report team to teach church administration at North Park University’s School of Business and Management. She is also the part-time Director of Youth Ministry for the Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church.


Friday November 21, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
A313
 
Saturday, November 22
 

7:30am

Sanctuary Open
Saturday November 22, 2014 7:30am - 11:00pm
A304

7:30am

Prayer Chapel Open
Saturday November 22, 2014 7:30am - 11:00pm
A303

7:45am

LAUDS (Morning Prayer)

Start your day by praying the hours as observed by God’s people for thousands of years. Join the sanctuary team in this simple, 15-minute time of scripture, silence, music, and spoken prayer.


Speakers
avatar for Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas has worked for Youthfront in Kansas City for over six years. As a camp director, he attempts to create environments where youth can encounter God in meaningful and sometimes unfamiliar ways. Micah also works for Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City as a worship leader. He is married to Jessica and has a daughter, Teagan.


Saturday November 22, 2014 7:45am - 8:00am
A304

8:00am

Becoming the Beloved

This is an invitation to come and recover your life. The truth is, we are loved and accepted as we are. However, most of us live like we still have something to prove. This need to prove ourselves over and over again leaves us feeling exhausted and anxious which leads to being judgmental and irritable. Come to the Sanctuary and spend time with God as the beloved, the already good enough. We will participate in the practice of visio divina as we meditate and reflect together on Rembrandt's painting, “The Return of the Prodigal Son.”


Speakers
avatar for Jamie Roach

Jamie Roach

Jamie Roach has served on the staff of Youthfront for over 25 years, working with students and youth workers. His passion is seeing people formed into the image of Jesus Christ. Jamie is an author, communicator, and spiritual director, and also serves on the staff of Lakeland Community Church working with youth and families. He has received his Masters of divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary. Jamie and his wife, Lea Ann, have four... Read More →


Saturday November 22, 2014 8:00am - 8:30am
A304

8:00am

Bible Study
Speakers
avatar for Tic Long

Tic Long

After 34 years of leadership at Youth Specialties, Tic Long is now the executive pastor at Journey Community Church in La Mesa, California. He has recently become a proud grandpa. He is starting to believe that his hair is never coming back.

Artists
avatar for Brian Wurzell

Brian Wurzell

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Saturday November 22, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
A311

8:00am

Guided City Prayer Walk

This offering will allow you to turn your “tourist jaunts” into an experiential prayer walk. Leave the convention center and hotel environment behind and enter into a prayerful journey through the neighborhood, labyrinth fashion. We’ll practice opening our eyes and hearts to the presence of Christ through the historical landmarks, public arts, and other sights, sounds, and smells of the city. Meet outside the Sanctuary room.


Speakers
avatar for Archie Honrado

Archie Honrado

Archie has been serving NYWC and YS for the last nine years as a spiritual director, prayer chapel curator, and guide for the city prayer walks, and was a member of the YS Soul Shaper Board. Archie's ecumenical background gives him a distinct perspective on 21st century spirituality in North America. Archie has been a member of Youth With a Mission since 1984, and is currently a spiritual director for Urban Youth Workers Institute in Los... Read More →


Saturday November 22, 2014 8:00am - 10:00am
A304

8:00am

The Hub Open
Saturday November 22, 2014 8:00am - 10:45pm
Park Lounge Lobby - Level 3

8:00am

YS Store Open
Saturday November 22, 2014 8:00am - 11:00pm
Exhibit Hall A2

8:45am

Soul Care
Speakers
avatar for Lilly Lewin

Lilly Lewin

Lilly Lewin is the founder of Thinplace: a pilgrimage of discovery and creativity. Lilly helps communities get outside the box of worship through multi-sensory prayer, experiential worship, and art. She leads workshops, retreats, and creates Sacred Space experiences around the world. She is the author of Sacred Space: A Hands-On Guide to Creating Multisensory Worship Experiences with Dan Kimball. 


Saturday November 22, 2014 8:45am - 9:00am
Exhibit Hall A2

9:00am

Reading Poetry as Prayer

Together we will focus on the uniqueness of poetry as a form of human expression and explore how to incorporate it into prayer personally and with students. This practice involves reading poetry mindfully as well as praying with poetry and even experimenting with writing poetry.


Speakers
avatar for Grant Wood

Grant Wood

Grant serves individuals, couples and families in the areas of emotional, relational, social, and spiritual development. Grant has received training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy with Dr. Sue Johnson, and has also completed advanced training in couple therapy at the Gottman Institute in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in pre-marital and marital enrichment, high conflict marriages, men’s issues, addictions, leadership... Read More →


Saturday November 22, 2014 9:00am - 9:45am
A304

9:15am

Big Room
Doors will open at 9:00am

Speakers
avatar for Tullian Tchividjian

Tullian Tchividjian

William Graham Tullian Tchividjian (pronounced cha-vi-jin), is the senior pastor Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, a lecturer of pastoral theology at Knox Theological Seminary, a contributing editor to Leadership Journal, and the grandson of Evangelist Billy Graham. He’s also a best-selling author and travels extensively, speaking at conferences, churches, and colleges around the country.

Artists
avatar for Brian Wurzell

Brian Wurzell

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avatar for Propaganda

Propaganda

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avatar for The Skit Guys

The Skit Guys

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Saturday November 22, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
Exhibit Hall A3

10:45am

10:45am

10:45am

Big Room Talk Back
Speakers
avatar for Tullian Tchividjian

Tullian Tchividjian

William Graham Tullian Tchividjian (pronounced cha-vi-jin), is the senior pastor Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, a lecturer of pastoral theology at Knox Theological Seminary, a contributing editor to Leadership Journal, and the grandson of Evangelist Billy Graham. He’s also a best-selling author and travels extensively, speaking at conferences, churches, and colleges around the country.


Saturday November 22, 2014 10:45am - 11:00am
Exhibit Hall A2

10:45am

Praying with Victor Hugo and Les Miserables

In Victor Hugo’s classic, Les Misérables, we find the two main characters, Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert, representing law versus grace; the theme clearly comes through in the book as well as various plays, movies, and musicals. We will contemplate Hugo’s life, what drove him to write this novel, and how it affected society when it was written. Through readings of the book and the use of video clips from movies of this war between law and grace, we can relate this to our own journey with God.

Facilitators: Archie 

Speakers
avatar for Mickey Cox

Mickey Cox

Mickey Cox is a spiritual director in Denver, Colorado, and is on the Spiritual Direction Colorado Board. He is also a member of St. Dunstan’s Benedictine Community in the Denver area and is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene. His work in youth ministry has spanned over 45 years, and he’s written two books to guide youth in spiritual formation.
avatar for Archie Honrado

Archie Honrado

Archie has been serving NYWC and YS for the last nine years as a spiritual director, prayer chapel curator, and guide for the city prayer walks, and was a member of the YS Soul Shaper Board. Archie's ecumenical background gives him a distinct perspective on 21st century spirituality in North America. Archie has been a member of Youth With a Mission since 1984, and is currently a spiritual director for Urban Youth Workers Institute in Los... Read More →


Saturday November 22, 2014 10:45am - 11:15am
A304

10:45am

Exhibit Hall Open
Saturday November 22, 2014 10:45am - 4:00pm
Exhibit Hall A2

11:00am

11:00am

11:00am

Family Room
In Family Room you’ll have the opportunity to interact with a small group of fellow youth workers as you learn together and discuss topics related to youth ministry. Together you’ll find common ground, learn from your differences, and discover new ways you can minister to the teens in your community.

Saturday November 22, 2014 11:00am - 12:15pm
TBA

11:15am

11:15am

11:30am

11:30am

11:30am

United Methodist Denomination Meeting
Saturday November 22, 2014 11:30am - 2:00pm
Central UMC 501 Mitchell St

11:45am

Alpha
Saturday November 22, 2014 11:45am - 11:55am
Exhibit Hall A2 - YouthWorks Stage

11:45am

12:00pm

12:00pm

12:00pm

Midday Prayer

This 15-minute service is designed to briefly interrupt us in the middle of our day in order to refocus our attention on God as the center of our lives and worthy of our praise.


Speakers
avatar for Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas has worked for Youthfront in Kansas City for over six years. As a camp director, he attempts to create environments where youth can encounter God in meaningful and sometimes unfamiliar ways. Micah also works for Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City as a worship leader. He is married to Jessica and has a daughter, Teagan.


Saturday November 22, 2014 12:00pm - 12:30pm
A304

12:00pm

Advent Christian General Conference
Saturday November 22, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
A307

12:45pm

12:45pm

Thought For Leading Students in Worship
Artists
avatar for Brian Wurzell

Brian Wurzell

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Saturday November 22, 2014 12:45pm - 1:00pm
Exhibit Hall A2

12:45pm

Group Spiritual Direction

This session will provide an introductory overview of group spiritual direction. We will cover the process and guidelines of and discuss how it can be used with your students, adult leaders, and staff. 


Speakers
avatar for Jamie Roach

Jamie Roach

Jamie Roach has served on the staff of Youthfront for over 25 years, working with students and youth workers. His passion is seeing people formed into the image of Jesus Christ. Jamie is an author, communicator, and spiritual director, and also serves on the staff of Lakeland Community Church working with youth and families. He has received his Masters of divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary. Jamie and his wife, Lea Ann, have four... Read More →
avatar for Maggie Robbins

Maggie Robbins

Maggie Robbins is a certified spiritual director, earning her certification through the Kairos School of Spiritual formation. She is still active within the Kairos community as a spiritual director and a member of the faculty. Nationally and internationally, she has provided spiritual direction and facilitated retreats for groups like Youth Specialties, Simply Youth Ministry, and the Presbyterian Church of Ireland. She also maintains a private... Read More →


Saturday November 22, 2014 12:45pm - 2:45pm
A304

1:00pm

1:00pm

1:15pm

1:15pm

1:30pm

Breathing 101

This session will help you grasp an understanding of the physiology and psychology of what happens when we breathe correctly, and how this can prepare us for prayer/meditation/action. We will practice how to breathe deeply and how to share this with students.


Speakers
avatar for Grant Wood

Grant Wood

Grant serves individuals, couples and families in the areas of emotional, relational, social, and spiritual development. Grant has received training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy with Dr. Sue Johnson, and has also completed advanced training in couple therapy at the Gottman Institute in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in pre-marital and marital enrichment, high conflict marriages, men’s issues, addictions, leadership... Read More →


Saturday November 22, 2014 1:30pm - 2:00pm
A304

1:30pm

Positive Discipline: Working with Rude, Obnoxious, and Apathetic Teens

Les will show you why teens get rowdy, how to set rules and consequences, and how to praise kids. He also has dozens of proven specific ideas you can use to feel confident when you deal with those particular students who drive you up the wall.


Speakers
avatar for Les Christie

Les Christie

Chair, Youth Ministry Department, William Jessup University
Les Christie has been in youth ministry for many years. He was at one church in Southern California for 22 years. He is the author of 18 books and has spoken in in 15 countries, and every state but Alaska. He was a youth minister in Compton, CA in the late 60's and early 70's.


Saturday November 22, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
A302

1:30pm

Teenagers Matter: Fostering Faith through Moratorium

Do your students own their faith or are they living on a borrowed faith of others? How do you know? Could a crisis of faith be a sign of spiritual growth? Research on adolescent identity formation demonstrates that ownership of faith requires significant questioning and reflection. When teenagers fail to engage in such questioning before high school graduation they often drift from faith in college. How do we stop the drift?  This seminar will include an actual lesson you can use with students and parents to help introduce them to the process of fostering faith through moratorium.


Speakers
avatar for Mark Cannister

Mark Cannister

Mark Cannister is professor of Christian ministries at Gordon College, executive administrator for the Association of Youth Ministry Educators. Mark’s three decades of experience in ministry include serving as youth minister and church elder, consulting with churches and parachurch organizations, and mentoring the emerging generation of youth workers.


Saturday November 22, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
A311

1:30pm

Teaching Students to Think Critically and Christianly about Music and Media

Five years ago, we learned that students ages 8 to 18 were spending more than 7 and a half hours per day engaged with media. As people called to help students live out their faith in every nook and cranny of their lives, youth workers must equip students and their parents to follow Jesus onto the media landscape by training them to engage thoughtfully, intentionally, critically, and Christianly with media and music. In this seminar, Walt will teach you about the powerful life-shaping role that music and media play in student’s lives, along with a very practical, biblical method to teach students that will develop their ability filter their music and media choices through a Christian world and life view.


Speakers
avatar for Walt Mueller

Walt Mueller

Walt Mueller is founder and president of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, which serves churches, schools, and community organizations around the world by providing information and analysis on contemporary youth culture. This 35-year youth ministry veteran speaks internationally on youth culture and is author of many books.


Saturday November 22, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
A412

1:30pm

5 Essentials of Middle School Ministry

Beginning with the goal of middle school ministry, this seminar will detail the 5 essentials from which everything we do flows. From understanding development to discussing what middle schoolers need, we will provide the scaffolding for an exciting, vibrant, and life-changing ministry.


Speakers
avatar for Chap Clark

Chap Clark

Professor of Youth, Family and Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary
Chap Clark, Ph.D., is based in Gig Harbor, WA. Chap is Associate Provost for Strategic Projects, and Professor of Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary, and President of ParenTeen. Chap has authored or co-authored more than 22 books, including the award-winning "Hurt: Inside the World of Today's Teenagers", "Hurt 2.0", "Sticky Faith", and "21st Century Youth Ministry: 5 Views". Chap and his wife Dee have three adult children.


Saturday November 22, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
A402/403

1:30pm

Ministering to Middle Schoolers with Gender in Mind

Join other women as we discover the gifts boys bring to our ministries, ideas on how to dig deep in conversation, and how to train our guy youth workers to minister well. We’ll also honestly look at issues middle school girls face, Scripture that relates to these chaotic times, and the practical, effective ways we can minister to them!


Speakers
avatar for Heather Flies

Heather Flies

Heather Flies has been active in youth ministry since 1992 and has been serving as the junior high pastor at Wooddale Church in Minnesota for 17 years. Heather authored I Want to Talk to My Teen About...Girl Stuff for parents, and That's What She Said/That's What He Said for students..


Saturday November 22, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
A410

1:30pm

Effective Youth Ministry Programming: Big Pictures and Blueprints

This seminar will offer a big picture vision of what it means to build disciples, and offer a practical framework for fleshing out this vision in the context of a youth ministry program.


Speakers
avatar for Duffy Robbins

Duffy Robbins

Duffy Robbins is professor of youth ministry at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA, and a 30-year veteran of youth ministry. He speaks around the world to teenagers and people who love teenagers, and is author of several books, including his newest, Building a Youth Ministry That Builds Disciples.


Saturday November 22, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
A411

1:30pm

Leading Small Groups…Without Losing Your Mind

Small groups are a proven way to help teenagers connect and feel heard, but effective small groups require good leaders. The this workshop provides 5 basic tools that will help anyone leading a small group (and one of them is duct tape!).


Speakers
avatar for Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the president of The Source for Youth Ministry and author of more than a dozen books and curriculum. He speaks to and trains parents and leaders worldwide, and provides free resources for youth workers internationally on his website.


Saturday November 22, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
A312

1:30pm

Making Disciples of Whom? Christology and Youth Ministry

The National Study of Youth and Religion and more recent research shows that many students in our own youth groups do not believe that Jesus Christ is the one and only way of salvation. They no longer believe in the historic Christian faith, but rather their “faith” is a smattering of quasi-religious fumes, endured with a hefty back story of tolerance, that rides on the nationality of the metanarrative congruence of all faiths. One can certainly do youth ministry from all three pluralism platforms: historic (Jesus is the only way), modern (Jesus is a good way, but there are other ways), or postmodern (who cares about religious dogma; it’s not important anyway), but the this-world outcomes are very different. This session explores in what respect a historic Christian Christology is vital for actual disciple making youth ministry, as well as for youth flourishing.

Sponsored by: Sparkhouse / InterVarsity Press / Youthfront / Nazarene Theological Seminary / Fuller + Fuller Youth Institute / Howard Payne University / Gordon College / Luther Seminary / Seattle Pacific University


Speakers
avatar for Laura Addis

Laura Addis

Laura Addis lives in Kansas City working at both Youthfront and Second Presbyterian Church. Currently a DMin student at Fuller, she would be happy spending every afternoon with students and tweeting from @thelauralarsen. Laura is most spiritually disciplined in the fall when she is busy praying and fasting for her beloved LSU Tigers.
avatar for Len Kageler

Len Kageler

Len Kageler has a long and positive track record in working in church-based student ministry. Len is professor of youth and family studies at Nyack College. His many books include Youth Ministry in a Multifaith Society: Forming Christian Identity Among Skeptics, Syncretists, and Sincere Believers of Other Faith, and The Volunteers Field Guide to Youth Ministry.
avatar for Sharon Ketcham

Sharon Ketcham

Gordon College
Sharon Galgay Ketcham is an associate professor of Christian ministries at Gordon College and is currently the president of the Association of Youth Ministry Educators. She earned her Ph.D. in theology and education from Boston College. Sharon’s two decades of experience in youth ministry include serving in full-time ministry, research, writing, teaching, and mentoring.
avatar for Mike King

Mike King

Mike King is in his 39th year of youth ministry and serves as president and CEO of Youthfront, an organization committed to creating holistic, missional environments for Christian formation by providing programs, resources, and training. He is as an adjunct professor at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, and also serves as a Youth Specialties Thought Partner.
avatar for Mike Langford

Mike Langford

Mike Langford is assistant professor of theology, discipleship, and ministry (and coordinator of youth ministry education and training) at Seattle Pacific University and Seattle Pacific Seminary. In addition to his academic training in both practical and systematic theology, he has been involved in youth ministry for more than 20 years.


Saturday November 22, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
A314

1:30pm

A Mentor's Playbook
Join us to learn how to train volunteer youth workers to become confident and effective mentors for students. In this session, we'll discuss:
  •  How to overcome the top obstacles that stop volunteers from becoming mentors.
  •  How to model and train volunteers to live a lifestyle of a mentor.
  •  Eight mentoring lessons to train and equip your volunteer mentors.
  •  About a proven guide for what to do during mentoring times to see spiritual transformation in the lives of students.

Speakers
avatar for Bo Boshers

Bo Boshers

Bo Boshers is president of Lead222, a coaching and mentoring ministry to youth leaders. Bo is recognized as a national leader and influencer of youth ministry around the world. He served as executive director of student ministries in Willow Creek Community Church and the Willow Creek Association which influences over 20,000 churches. He is a best-selling author and motivational speaker and trainer.


Saturday November 22, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
A313

1:30pm

Help! I Married a Youth Worker!

This session is for women who are married to youth workers. It's a time to come together and get ideas and input on some of the issues we all face in our roles in ministry. Come prepared to encourage others, be encouraged, talk with other wives, and learn from their wisdom. 


Speakers
avatar for Cathy Fields

Cathy Fields

Cathy Fields has been a volunteer youth worker for more than 20 years, and she’s served in every role in youth ministry from camp speaker to bus driver. She leads a senior high small group at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.


Saturday November 22, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
A315/316

1:30pm

Lead Differently: Four Characteristics of Daniel-esque Youth Leaders

The biblical Daniel lived and led with excellence and he was placed in charge of an entire empire. The four characteristics that made Daniel a great leader can make you one too—learn how to utilize them in this informative session.


Speakers
avatar for Greg Stier

Greg Stier

Greg Stier’s rough, urban upbringing was transformed by the power of the gospel. Greg leads Dare 2 Share, a ministry that has equipped hundreds of thousands of teenagers to relationally and relentlessly share the gospel of Christ through large-scale conferences held from coast to coast. Greg is the author of thirteen books and countless articles.


Saturday November 22, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
A404/405

1:30pm

Practical Tips to Improve Your Speaking Chops

Let’s face it: Teaching week-after-week is a very difficult task. Doug has been teaching teenagers every week for more than 30 years and has learned a few things along the way that seem to work. In this breakout session, he’ll share with you some of his “secrets” to being a more effective communicator. Keeping kids awake, teaching effectively, and moving an audience toward life-change requires skill and hard work. Doug’s goal is to help you win—not with a bunch of theory but with tested ideas that will help you be a more effective communicator.


Speakers
avatar for Doug Fields

Doug Fields

Doug Fields has been a pastor to teenagers and a ministry leader for more than 30 years. Today, most of Doug’s time is spent speaking at conferences, churches, or events; writing; teaching youth ministry at Azusa Pacific University; and providing leadership and resources as a part of the Youth Specialties Team.


Saturday November 22, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
A305

1:30pm

The New Calling: How Church Planting and Senior Pastoring Can Still Impact Youth Ministry

This seminar is designed for student pastors to know that just because their calling has changed, they still have a place in youth ministry.


Speakers
avatar for Maina Mwaura

Maina Mwaura

Maina Mwaura is the North campus pastor of Whitesburg Baptist Church in Huntsville, AL. Prior to becoming the campus pastor, he was in student ministry for 22 years. He is a graduate of Liberty University and New Orleans Theological Seminary where he received his M.Div.


Saturday November 22, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
A301

2:00pm

The Spirituality of Napping

Perhaps the most spiritual thing you could do during NYWC is take a nap. Youth workers are not exempt from the sleep-deprived condition of our culture. Sleeping was an essential step back to spiritual and physical health when Elijah encountered God after being overcome by his situation and his futile attempt to flee from his problems. The Sanctuary will provide a peaceful and quiet place for you to learn your limits and take time to rest.


Speakers
avatar for Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas has worked for Youthfront in Kansas City for over six years. As a camp director, he attempts to create environments where youth can encounter God in meaningful and sometimes unfamiliar ways. Micah also works for Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City as a worship leader. He is married to Jessica and has a daughter, Teagan.


Saturday November 22, 2014 2:00pm - 2:30pm
A304

3:00pm

Classic Prayer through Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina is the spiritual practice of divine reading. This classic practice of meditating on scripture, historically embraced by all Christians, is being rediscovered as a transformational way to engage with sacred text.


Speakers
avatar for Maggie Robbins

Maggie Robbins

Maggie Robbins is a certified spiritual director, earning her certification through the Kairos School of Spiritual formation. She is still active within the Kairos community as a spiritual director and a member of the faculty. Nationally and internationally, she has provided spiritual direction and facilitated retreats for groups like Youth Specialties, Simply Youth Ministry, and the Presbyterian Church of Ireland. She also maintains a private... Read More →


Saturday November 22, 2014 3:00pm - 3:30pm
A304

3:15pm

3:15pm

Book Signing
Speakers
avatar for Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the president of The Source for Youth Ministry and author of more than a dozen books and curriculum. He speaks to and trains parents and leaders worldwide, and provides free resources for youth workers internationally on his website.


Saturday November 22, 2014 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Exhibit Hall A2

3:30pm

Assessing Your Ministry's Health
Speakers
avatar for Brian Aaby

Brian Aaby

Brian Aaby is the director of YS Search & Coaching, assisting churches with personnel placement and provides coaching guidance for youth leaders. Brian served 17 years as a youth pastor and then founded and led Youthmark since 2008. Brian speaks nationally at churches, camps, conference, and events. He and his wife, Elisabeth, have three children and reside near Seattle.


Saturday November 22, 2014 3:30pm - 3:45pm
Exhibit Hall A2

3:45pm

Roles You Take on as the Spouse of a Youth Worker
Speakers
avatar for Cathy Fields

Cathy Fields

Cathy Fields has been a volunteer youth worker for more than 20 years, and she’s served in every role in youth ministry from camp speaker to bus driver. She leads a senior high small group at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.


Saturday November 22, 2014 3:45pm - 4:00pm
Exhibit Hall A2

4:00pm

Adolescence Isn't New: Why That Matters for Us Today

For more than a thousand years, thinkers, creators, and preachers have been describing, defining (and often complaining about) the stage of life known as "adolescentia." And what they described, defined (and often complained about) sounds surprisingly similar to today's rhetoric. What does that mean for us—the generation of youth workers who've been told that we're dealing with a recent, man-made, culturally constructed stage of life? 



Speakers
avatar for Crystal Kirgiss

Crystal Kirgiss

Crystal Kirgiss has worked with students for more than 25 years. She earned her Ph.D. from Purdue University where she lectures and studies the history of adolescence. She writes the “Guys” and “Girls” columns for Youthwalk magazine, was part of the core writing team for The Way Bible, and is the author or co-author of 11 books.


Saturday November 22, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
A412

4:00pm

Divorce and Young People

Research shows a majority of Christian youth doubt their faith, but few ever talk about it, leaving teenagers to doubt alone. In this seminar we'll consider practical ways to journey alongside youth who are doubting their faith.  Grounded in both theology and research, we'll explore various kinds of adolescent doubt while learning to engage their doubts and questions as a vital part of discipleship.


Speakers
avatar for Andrew Root

Andrew Root

Andrew Root is the Olson Baalson Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary. Andy has worked in congregations, parachurch ministries, and social service programs, and is the author of many books, including a four book series with Zondervan called A Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry.


Saturday November 22, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
A410

4:00pm

Culture Shift: How to Innovatively Reach a Post-Christian World

Almost half a century ago, Bob Dylan wrote this famous lyric, “The times, they are a changing.” That statement is true now more then ever. What we are seeing in recent years confirms that the United States is moving closer to a post-Christian world. How is this affecting students and how do we respond as youth workers? Come hear the latest research and some innovative ideas for reaching today's teenager.  


Speakers
avatar for Brock Morgan

Brock Morgan

Brock Morgan is the youth pastor at Trinity Church in Greenwich, CT, and has been working with students for more than 23 years. He is a popular speaker for camps, retreats, and conferences, and has overseen youth ministries in both urban and suburban contexts.
avatar for Ben Woodman

Ben Woodman

Ben has been a youth pastor since 1999. He is the co-host of Alpha's new Youth Film Series. He and his wife Melissa live near the beach in Vancouver, Canada. He is a huge fan of Bear Grylls, Judah Smith, Bob Goff, Nicky Gumbel, and any youth leader at a local church.


Saturday November 22, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
A402/403

4:00pm

Saying is Believing: Why It's Crucial for Teenagers to Testify

Various studies show that the average teenager in our youth groups, when asked to speak of her faith, is speechless. When we have a hard time talking about something, we often have a hard time believing that thing is true. This seminar is designed to provide practical thoughts and tips on how to empower our teenagers to speak publicly about their faith.


Speakers
avatar for Amanda Drury

Amanda Drury

Amanda Drury is an ordained minister teaching youth ministry courses at Indiana Wesleyan University. She has an MDiv and PhD from Princeton theological Seminary. Her book, Saying is Believing: The Necessity of Testimony in Adolescent Spiritual Development, comes out in March 2015.


Saturday November 22, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
A311

4:00pm

The Be With Factor
This session will go over the who, what, and how for mentoring students towards spiritual transformation. We'll discuss:
  •  How to choose students who are ready to be mentored.
  •  The high-five guide for mentoring.
  •  How to teach students a lifestyle  of mentoring.
  •  Eight mentoring tips to teach and model to every student on how live as a Christ follower.

Speakers
avatar for Bo Boshers

Bo Boshers

Bo Boshers is president of Lead222, a coaching and mentoring ministry to youth leaders. Bo is recognized as a national leader and influencer of youth ministry around the world. He served as executive director of student ministries in Willow Creek Community Church and the Willow Creek Association which influences over 20,000 churches. He is a best-selling author and motivational speaker and trainer.


Saturday November 22, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
A313

4:00pm

Middle School Ministry Nitty Gritty

Lots of people run the other direction when they see junior high students. But you know that God can and does reach into their lives. This seminar will help you think about who a middle schooler is, why reaching them in junior high is so crucial, and how to shape a ministry to help them grow and learn.



Speakers
avatar for Scott Rubin

Scott Rubin

Scott Rubin is the director of Elevate, the junior high ministry at Willow Creek Community Church. He's been working specifically with students, volunteers, and parents at Willow for the last 14 years. Scott has also written Middle School Ministry, The Red Stuff, and the teen edition of John Ortberg’s The Me I Want To Be.


Saturday November 22, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
A302

4:00pm

Beyond Fish Poaching: Demonstrating the Kingdom of God in a Public School Near You

Adults promise children that if they stay in school they will be equipped to succeed in life, but we have failed to make good on that promise for generations and too often our campus ministry efforts amount to little more than fish poaching strategies. Come explore how churches are rediscovering saltiness as they partner with local public schools for transformational change.


Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Del Rio

Jeremy Del Rio

Jeremy Del Rio, Esq. co-founded and directs 20/20 Vision for Schools, a movement to transform public education that launched in New York City in 2008. He teaches as an adjunct faculty member at Alliance and Fuller seminaries, and connects, trains, and mentors youth workers regionally. He and his wife Diana have two sons, Judah and Cyrus.


Saturday November 22, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
A301

4:00pm

Bible Study and Technology that Will Empower Your Youth Ministry
The most important resources that we have today that has the ability to inspire and transform students is the Word of God. Sadly, the Bible & theology is often neglected. Join us as we use Logos Bible Software to unpack the depth of Scripture and learn how to communicate the scriptures to  students leveraging technology and stunning visual tools.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Muddamalle

Joel Muddamalle

Joel Muddamalle is a National Presenter and conference speaker for Logos Bible Software. Prior to joining Logos Joel served as a youth pastor and associate teaching pastor. Joel's passion is to equip the Church with the best tools available for the life-long pursuit of God and equipping them to communicate the Gospel. As the world has gone digital Joel’s passion is to show people how to use technology to radically change the way you... Read More →


Saturday November 22, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
A305

4:00pm

Looking Back to 'Race Ahead': Addressing Youth Ministry's Racial Past for a more Faithful Future

In the United States, race, racism, and racial construction has and continues to have an indelible impact on the landscape of youth ministry. Regardless of geographical location, denominational affiliation, ethnic background, or economic position, the category of race has shaped the lives of teens and youth workers in many faith communities. Yet, race remains a virtually non-existent category in most professional youth ministries, particularly within evangelicalism. This forum will flesh out some of the recent historical and social realties that have shaped what seems like an impasse in evangelical youth ministry. In particular, we will discuss how the historic lack of racial awareness and the development of tangible incarnational theologies amongst racially diverse populations created today’s current ministerial divorce between persons of color and many white evangelical churches and professional youth workers. We will explore how we might embrace a constructive framework for moving forward through a racialized incarnational theology that engenders concrete practices for youth ministry in the 21st century.

Sponsored by: Sparkhouse / InterVarsity Press / Youthfront / Nazarene Theological Seminary / Fuller + Fuller Youth Institute / Howard Payne University / Gordon College / Luther Seminary / Seattle Pacific University


Speakers
avatar for Laura Addis

Laura Addis

Laura Addis lives in Kansas City working at both Youthfront and Second Presbyterian Church. Currently a DMin student at Fuller, she would be happy spending every afternoon with students and tweeting from @thelauralarsen. Laura is most spiritually disciplined in the fall when she is busy praying and fasting for her beloved LSU Tigers.
avatar for Melvin Bray

Melvin Bray

Melvin Bray is an Emmy® award-winning storyteller, writer, educator, and social entrepreneur. He is an active member of multiple vanguard networks working to cultivate more sustainable approaches to a life of faith, including Faith Forward and the Wild Goose Festival. He is co-editor of the recently published Faith Forward: A Dialogue on Children, Youth & a New Kind of Christianity and coordinating author of The Stories... Read More →
avatar for Brandon Winstead

Brandon Winstead

Brandon Winstead, Ph.D., is currently the director of student ministries at Killearn United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, FL. He is the author of There All Along: Black Participation in the Church of the Nazarene, 1914-1969 and has written numerous articles and delivered papers in the fields of youth ministry and African-American religious history.

Artists
avatar for Propaganda

Propaganda

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Saturday November 22, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
A312

4:00pm

Theology by Design

Businesses around the world use "human-centered design" methods create new products and services that meet the needs of their customers. And these same tools—developing empathy, identifying insights, prototyping solutions, and iterating—work in the church world too! Learn the fundamentals of design thinking and ways to use design to address challenges, problems, and opportunities in your youth ministry.


Speakers
avatar for Bethany Stolle

Bethany Stolle

Bethany Stolle spent nearly a decade developing youth ministry curriculum like ReNew VBS, re:form, and Connect for sparkhouse, the ecumenical publishing division of Augsburg Fortress. Bethany is passionate about bringing together design and theology, understanding people’s needs through design research, and making space to create stuff with others.


Saturday November 22, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
A315/316

4:00pm

Being a 'HOLI' Youth Leader

Youth ministry today requires a youth leader/worker who can serve youth and their families holistically. Today's youth and their families need additional support to raise youth who are Christ-centered. Using the acronym HOLI, this workshop will empower youth leaders with tools to serve youth holistically in every environment.


Speakers
avatar for Virginia Ward

Virginia Ward

Virginia Ward is the youth pastor at the Abundant Life Church in Cambridge, MA. She’s currently attending Gordon-Cornwell Theological Seminary to complete a Doctorate of Ministry in emerging generations. Ward also serves as a trainer for the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative, a national, faith-based urban youth leadership venture.


Saturday November 22, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
A314

4:00pm

Sticky Faith Family Ministry

Why is it that the only glimpse you get of some of your students’ parents is their taillights on their way out of your church parking lot? How come parents say they want resources and training from you but then don’t show up for seminars and don’t even open e-mails you send them? What can you do in every grade of middle school and high school to help families develop faith that lasts? This seminar takes a practical look at Sticky Faith research conducted by the Fuller Youth Institute on students and families just like yours. Thanks to case studies of churches like yours and interviews we’ve conducted with amazing families nationwide, you’ll leave with all sorts of super practical ideas you can use this month to partner with parents and equip them to point their kids to Jesus all week long.


Speakers
avatar for Kara Powell

Kara Powell

Kara Powell is executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Kara also serves as an advisor to Youth Specialties and volunteers in student ministries at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. She is the author or co-author of Sticky Faith, Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum, and more.


Saturday November 22, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
A411

4:00pm

Youth Minisry Management Tools

Youth workers are wired for relationships, not reviewing budget reports. Yet any strong youth ministry requires that you use your administrative skills as well. Get tips on the basics of ministry management, especially finances, risk management, and scheduling.


Speakers
avatar for Ginny Olson

Ginny Olson

Director of Youth Ministry, Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church
Ginny Olson is a youth ministry speaker, consultant, and the co-author of Youth Ministry Management Tools 2.0. She collaborates with the Church Law and Tax Report team to teach church administration at North Park University’s School of Business and Management. She is also the part-time Director of Youth Ministry for the Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church.
avatar for Mike Work

Mike Work

Mike Work has been around youth ministry for more than 30 years as a pastor, author, speaker, event producer, and mentor. Now, he’s the vice president of operations at Youth Specialties. Mike co-authored the original best-selling Zondervan/YS resource, Youth Ministry Management Tools (including newly released version 2.0).


Saturday November 22, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
A404/405

4:15pm

The Spirituality of Grief

We all experience loss and so do our students. Some loss is “ordinary,” like the loss that comes when we change jobs, move, or marry. Some loss is “extraordinary,” like losing someone we love, or finding out we have cancer. Loss changes us. We can go the way of the world and ignore, minimize, or numb out to the things that hurt us, or we can find ways to grieve honestly, openly, and creatively. Loss can connect us more deeply with God, others, and ourselves. We will explore spiritual practices that allow us to say “yes” to God in all that life brings.


Speakers
avatar for Beth Slevcove

Beth Slevcove

Beth Slevcove has served as a Spiritual Director for the past 15 years, primarily working with people in ministry. She served as the Director of Spiritual Formation for Youth Specialties and holds advanced degrees in theology and education. She is an oblate at a Benedictine monastery and runs a surf company based on saving the endangered Tijuana Surf Monkey. Beth can often be found in the ocean, making tent forts with her little ones, or... Read More →


Saturday November 22, 2014 4:15pm - 5:15pm
A304

5:30pm

Catholic Mass
Saturday November 22, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
TBA

6:30pm

Panel Discussion / Q&A: Crossing Urban + Suburban Ministry Lines
Speakers
avatar for Laura Addis

Laura Addis

Laura Addis lives in Kansas City working at both Youthfront and Second Presbyterian Church. Currently a DMin student at Fuller, she would be happy spending every afternoon with students and tweeting from @thelauralarsen. Laura is most spiritually disciplined in the fall when she is busy praying and fasting for her beloved LSU Tigers.
avatar for Melvin Bray

Melvin Bray

Melvin Bray is an Emmy® award-winning storyteller, writer, educator, and social entrepreneur. He is an active member of multiple vanguard networks working to cultivate more sustainable approaches to a life of faith, including Faith Forward and the Wild Goose Festival. He is co-editor of the recently published Faith Forward: A Dialogue on Children, Youth & a New Kind of Christianity and coordinating author of The Stories... Read More →
avatar for Brandon Winstead

Brandon Winstead

Brandon Winstead, Ph.D., is currently the director of student ministries at Killearn United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, FL. He is the author of There All Along: Black Participation in the Church of the Nazarene, 1914-1969 and has written numerous articles and delivered papers in the fields of youth ministry and African-American religious history.


Saturday November 22, 2014 6:30pm - 6:45pm
Exhibit Hall A2

6:45pm

Formation for Mission

An interactive exploration of how we change and impact the world. We all want to change the world in one way or another, but why and how? Following Jesus is about taking on his life in mind, heart, and soul. We will explore ways to cultivate the same intimate embrace of the world that Jesus revealed to us. Mission is fueled by Christ’s life and love pulsing through us daily. 


Speakers
avatar for Mike Clifford

Mike Clifford

Mike Clifford holds a bachelor’s degree in zoological sciences from Friends University, and a master’s in organizational development. He is the curator for the Christian Spiritual Formation Undergraduate program at the Apprentice Institute and he also leads worship, teaches workshops, and creates and implements partnerships with churches and various organizations.


Saturday November 22, 2014 6:45pm - 7:15pm
A304

7:00pm

Small Church Youth Ministry
Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Caro

Stephanie Caro

Stephanie Caro has been involved in ministry for more than 30+ years. She’s the author of Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches. She’s the senior consultant for Ministry Architects and the director of their Small Church division.


Saturday November 22, 2014 7:00pm - 7:15pm
Exhibit Hall A2

7:30pm

Big Room
Doors will open at 7:15pm

Speakers
avatar for Kara Powell

Kara Powell

Kara Powell is executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Kara also serves as an advisor to Youth Specialties and volunteers in student ministries at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. She is the author or co-author of Sticky Faith, Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum, and more.

Artists
avatar for Brian Wurzell

Brian Wurzell

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
avatar for Propaganda

Propaganda

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avatar for The Digital Age

The Digital Age

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Saturday November 22, 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Exhibit Hall A2

9:30pm

Big Room Talk Back
Speakers
avatar for Kara Powell

Kara Powell

Kara Powell is executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Kara also serves as an advisor to Youth Specialties and volunteers in student ministries at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. She is the author or co-author of Sticky Faith, Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum, and more.


Saturday November 22, 2014 9:30pm - 9:45pm
Exhibit Hall A2

9:30pm

Book Signing
Speakers
avatar for Les Christie

Les Christie

Chair, Youth Ministry Department, William Jessup University
Les Christie has been in youth ministry for many years. He was at one church in Southern California for 22 years. He is the author of 18 books and has spoken in in 15 countries, and every state but Alaska. He was a youth minister in Compton, CA in the late 60's and early 70's.


Saturday November 22, 2014 9:30pm - 10:00pm
Exhibit Hall A2

9:30pm

Exhibit Hall Open
Saturday November 22, 2014 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Exhibit Hall A2

9:45pm

10:00pm

Compline with Communion

Compline comes from the Latin word meaning “completion.” This peaceful and reflective 15-minute service is the liturgical equivalent of being tucked into bed. We pray, listen to God through scripture and silence, and ask God to watch over us as we sleep. On Saturday, communion will be offered during Compline.


Speakers
avatar for Beth Slevcove

Beth Slevcove

Beth Slevcove has served as a Spiritual Director for the past 15 years, primarily working with people in ministry. She served as the Director of Spiritual Formation for Youth Specialties and holds advanced degrees in theology and education. She is an oblate at a Benedictine monastery and runs a surf company based on saving the endangered Tijuana Surf Monkey. Beth can often be found in the ocean, making tent forts with her little ones, or... Read More →
avatar for Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas has worked for Youthfront in Kansas City for over six years. As a camp director, he attempts to create environments where youth can encounter God in meaningful and sometimes unfamiliar ways. Micah also works for Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City as a worship leader. He is married to Jessica and has a daughter, Teagan.


Saturday November 22, 2014 10:00pm - 10:15pm
A304

10:00pm

10:00pm

Comedy Club - Derrick Tennant with Dave and Brian Live
Derrick is a comedian and motivational speaker based in Atlanta, GA. After suffering a brain injury that left him with little use of his left side that forced his to give up his dream of a career in basketball, he began traveling the world sharing his story and encouraging students to use obstacles as opportunities.

Comedians Dave and Brian are a nationally touring musical comedy duo based out of Philadelphia, PA.  Their high energy live show consists of hilarious original songs and stand-up comedy.   They have been described as “truly phenomenal,” “fresh,” and “cutting edge!”.  More than just your average acoustic guitar/glockenspiel duo, Dave and Brian have spent the past 8 years crafting a truly unique comedy experience.  In that time they have traveled all over the country performing shows at various comedy clubs, churches, colleges, and conferences. Their music has been featured on NBC’s “The Today Show,” NPR’s “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” show, andFunnyorDie.com.

http://daveandbrian.com/ 


Saturday November 22, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
A411

10:00pm

Concert with Propaganda and DJ Bobbito the Chef Live

Propaganda

http://www.humblebeast.com/propaganda

With an uncompromising message intertwined with hot rhythms and beats, LA’s Propaganda puts together lyrically potent, relevant music that reaches across the spectrum of youth and pop culture. Bringing with him years of classroom teaching and community service experience, he is eloquently bold in the message of each song and never shies away from a strong poetic element in his music.

 


Artists
avatar for Propaganda

Propaganda

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Saturday November 22, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Thomas Murphy Ballroom 2/3

10:00pm

How to Reach a Generation that is Going the Opposite Direction

Dialogue with seasoned youth leaders in an evening of insight and discovery. Learn best practices for reaching today’s students and ask questions about the challenges you're facing in a post-Christian world. This session will also provide an exclusive first-look at a new youth video series.


Speakers
avatar for Jake Kircher

Jake Kircher

Jake Kircher has been working in youth ministry for 13 years as a pastor, writer, and speaker. He is the author of the new book Teaching Teenagers in a Post-Christian World and the THINK curriculum, both published with The Youth Cartel. He is also the co-author of 99 Thoughts on Marriage and Ministry. Currently he serves as the youth pastor at Grace Community Church in New Canaan, CT.
avatar for Brooklyn Lindsey

Brooklyn Lindsey

Church of the Nazarene (Official)
Brooklyn Lindsey is a youth pastor at Highland Park Church of the Nazarene. She has authored numerous books and projects, including A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Your Teen Daughter, Confessions of a Not- So-Supermodel, Opposite Day, and The Kingdom Experiment: Youth Edition. Brooklyn also speaks at camps and events for teens and youth workers.
avatar for Brock Morgan

Brock Morgan

Brock Morgan is the youth pastor at Trinity Church in Greenwich, CT, and has been working with students for more than 23 years. He is a popular speaker for camps, retreats, and conferences, and has overseen youth ministries in both urban and suburban contexts.
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Ben Woodman

Ben has been a youth pastor since 1999. He is the co-host of Alpha's new Youth Film Series. He and his wife Melissa live near the beach in Vancouver, Canada. He is a huge fan of Bear Grylls, Judah Smith, Bob Goff, Nicky Gumbel, and any youth leader at a local church.


Saturday November 22, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
A313

10:00pm

Live Theater - Laughter is Sacred Space

In this gritty and dramatic talk, Ted Swartz walks you through his relationship with friend and business partner, Lee Eshleman, who took his own life in 2007. Ted explores the paradox of working with a comedic partner struggling with bipolar disorder, as well as the challenge of writing and performing stories about God while experiencing the absence of God after Lee’s death.

Using multi-media and his twenty years of storytelling experience, Laughter is Sacred Space is honest, funny and vulnerable, and reveals the unique journey of working as a comedic actor under the shadow of a mental illness, and offers hope and humor in a way that only Ted could deliver.

Sponsored by Eastern Mennonite University 

http://vimeo.com/53380760 



Saturday November 22, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
A305

10:00pm

Sticky Faith Film and Discussion

For seven years, the Fuller Youth Institute has blended research and story to engage church communities and families worldwide. At NYWC, FYI is debuting two short films featuring families struggling to shift toward holistic, integrated faith.  Part of a new video curriculum series, these films will help you  better equip families and your congregation to live out faith together. Join us for an open Q&A discussion with Kara Powell and the film director after the screening. Plus, everyone who attends this premier will receive a free copy of the entire video curriculum!


Speakers
avatar for Kara Powell

Kara Powell

Kara Powell is executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Kara also serves as an advisor to Youth Specialties and volunteers in student ministries at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. She is the author or co-author of Sticky Faith, Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum, and more.
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Matthew Schüler

Matthew Schuler holds a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a BS in Journalism and Mass Communication from Kansas State University. As Creative Director at the Fuller Youth Institute, he manages film production, website development, and graphic design. Matthew also teaches at various churches throughout Southern California.


Saturday November 22, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
A404/405

10:00pm

Theology Cafe hosted by Sparkhouse
Saturday November 22, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
A402/403
 
Sunday, November 23
 

7:30am

Sanctuary Open
Sunday November 23, 2014 7:30am - 11:30am
A304

7:30am

Prayer Chapel Open
Sunday November 23, 2014 7:30am - 11:30am
A303

8:00am

LAUDS (Morning Prayer)

Start your day by praying the hours as observed by God’s people for thousands of years. Join the sanctuary team in this simple, 15-minute time of scripture, silence, music, and spoken prayer.


Speakers
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Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas has worked for Youthfront in Kansas City for over six years. As a camp director, he attempts to create environments where youth can encounter God in meaningful and sometimes unfamiliar ways. Micah also works for Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City as a worship leader. He is married to Jessica and has a daughter, Teagan.


Sunday November 23, 2014 8:00am - 8:30am
A304

8:00am

Bible Study
Speakers
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Tic Long

After 34 years of leadership at Youth Specialties, Tic Long is now the executive pastor at Journey Community Church in La Mesa, California. He has recently become a proud grandpa. He is starting to believe that his hair is never coming back.

Artists
avatar for Brian Wurzell

Brian Wurzell

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Sunday November 23, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
A311

8:00am

The Hub Open
Sunday November 23, 2014 8:00am - 1:30pm
Park Lounge Lobby - Level 3

8:00am

YS Store Open
Sunday November 23, 2014 8:00am - 1:30pm
Exhibit Hall A2

8:30am

Praying the Hours

We all have a rule or rhythm of life, even if it happens to be a lack of rhythm. Find out why anchoring the days of your life in fixed times of prayer is important, and learn the various components of liturgical prayer and the ways in which it can be incorporated into your life and community.


Speakers
avatar for Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas has worked for Youthfront in Kansas City for over six years. As a camp director, he attempts to create environments where youth can encounter God in meaningful and sometimes unfamiliar ways. Micah also works for Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City as a worship leader. He is married to Jessica and has a daughter, Teagan.


Sunday November 23, 2014 8:30am - 9:15am
A304

9:00am

Exhibit Hall Open
Sunday November 23, 2014 9:00am - 11:15am
Exhibit Hall A2

9:15am

Fun and Games: Engaging Your Students in New Ways

And you’ll have fun, fun, fun until Les Christie ends this seminar in prayer. If you’re in need of a break and your mind is on overload, this workshop promises no heavy philosophy or theology.  See, hear and play a ton of fast paced, unbelievably innovative games.  You’ll learn gaming tricks you can use immediately. Explore crowd breakers, indoor and outdoor games, quiet and wild games, and games for large and small youth groups.  You will go away encouraged and ready to lead your students next week.


Speakers
avatar for Les Christie

Les Christie

Chair, Youth Ministry Department, William Jessup University
Les Christie has been in youth ministry for many years. He was at one church in Southern California for 22 years. He is the author of 18 books and has spoken in in 15 countries, and every state but Alaska. He was a youth minister in Compton, CA in the late 60's and early 70's.


Sunday November 23, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
A313

9:15am

How to Create a Thriving Small-church Youth Ministry

Bigger isn't always better, and a small youth group doesn't mean small-thinking ministry. Our time together will cover how to be sustainable in reaching critical mass, developing volunteers, and how you can bring the most leadership to the small church ministry table.


Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Caro

Stephanie Caro

Stephanie Caro has been involved in ministry for more than 30+ years. She’s the author of Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches. She’s the senior consultant for Ministry Architects and the director of their Small Church division.


Sunday November 23, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
A311

9:15am

Faith, Doubt, Emerging Adulthood, and A Way Forward

In this seminar, we address what faith, doubt, and struggle means for emerging adults and what we, as ministry leaders, must do to support their faith journey beyond high school. If you are seeking to reimagine the way you prepare your students for college or are stuck over what "college-age ministry" looks like for an emerging generation, you're not alone and this seminar is for you.


Speakers
avatar for Steve Argue

Steve Argue

Steve Argue is the pastor and theologian in residence and serves on Ministry Leadership Team at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, MI. He teaches youth ministry at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and serves on the Advisory Council for the Fuller Youth Institute. He loves running, eats vegetarian, and tweets #RunningThoughts.


Sunday November 23, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
A302

9:15am

The Big 5: Five Cultural Trends that Impact Discipleship and What We Can Do About It

Andy Blanks looks at the latest trends and research and examines the main cultural trends impacting teenagers' spiritual development. Better yet, this interactive conversation will help you know how to address these trends to deepen your students' walk with Christ.


Speakers
avatar for Andy Blanks

Andy Blanks

Andy Blanks has been in and around youth ministry for the last 14 years, mostly devel- oping Bible study curriculum and discipleship resources. He’s the co-founder of youthmin- istry360, has authored several books and countless articles, and leads youth ministry seminars and workshops around the country. Andy’s passion is discipleship, and he still engages on a weekly level with a senior high guys’ small group. A life-long... Read More →


Sunday November 23, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
A312

9:15am

When Disciples Disciple Disciples
Hepling students walk out biblical principles of discipleship together. 

Ever notice your most "committed" kids are the ones who don’t sit around and wait for someone to show them what to do, but they actively take up cross and follow? What would it be like if you were able to cultivate the type of atmosphere that caused discipleship to catch on and spread? We’ll discuss practical methods surrounding discipleship for students and examine the journey of taking teens from reckless followers to disciplined followers (well, with maybe a hint of recklessness still remaining).


Speakers
avatar for Fred Lynch

Fred Lynch

Fred Lynch serves as an associate pastor at Life Community Church, an urban-focused church plant near Dallas, TX. As a former youth pastor, Fred founded P.I.D. (Preachers in Disguise), one of the first gospel rap acts. They recorded 6 albums and toured all over the nation, communicating the message of the gospel through the arts of rhythm and rhyme. 


Sunday November 23, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
A412

9:15am

A New Kind of Evangelism

This seminar will focus on a way of sharing the great good news that doesn’t treat the hearer as a project and stimulates their curiosity and imagination about what it might mean for them to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Learn how to implement in your own life and your youth ministry.


Speakers
avatar for Mike King

Mike King

Mike King is in his 39th year of youth ministry and serves as president and CEO of Youthfront, an organization committed to creating holistic, missional environments for Christian formation by providing programs, resources, and training. He is as an adjunct professor at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, and also serves as a Youth Specialties Thought Partner.


Sunday November 23, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
A410

9:15am

Effective Youth Outreach for the Hope Dealer

In this workshop, we'll discuss youth who many consider violent, useless, or a virus in our communities (with a main focus on youth in gangs, jail, or “on the fringe”). We'll emphasize effective strategies, like mentoring, for impacting these young people. Learn how to help promote hope and a feeling of purpose in life, which can lead to familial and societal change.


Speakers
avatar for Amy Williams

Amy Williams

Gang Intervention Specialist, Juvenile Justice Advocate, National Trainer, A Hope Dealer
Amy Williams, a 22-year youth ministry veteran, follows her passion to minister to teens involved in gangs, incarcerated youth, and/or those on probation/parole. Amy is a national trainer for Youth Specialties, CCDA, DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative, UYWI and others. She's on the Steering Committee for the CCDA Mass Incarceration Task Force and the National Institute for Juvenile Justice ministries.


Sunday November 23, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
A402/403

9:15am

Sustainable Youth Ministry

In the world of youth ministry, there are a handful of factors that make a program thrive over the long haul. This seminar will introduce you to these factors and offer a strategic design for instilling these foundational patterns into the fabric of any youth ministry, regardless of its model.


Speakers
avatar for Mark DeVries

Mark DeVries

Mark DeVries is the founder of Ministry Architects. Since 1986, Mark served as the associate pastor for youth at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. Mark is the author of a number of books and is a frequent speaker and presenter at youth ministry events and conferences.


Sunday November 23, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
A315/316

9:15am

The Art of Bible Storying

Together, we'll explore the art of Bible Storying, a new (ancient) way of engaging the Scriptures. You'll participate in a Bible Storying experience, rooted in the Hebrew tradition of storytelling, imaginative listening, creative response, and lively dialogue. You'll also gain insights into spiritual formation and learning-centered environments.


Speakers
avatar for Michael Novelli

Michael Novelli

For more than two decades, Michael Novellis’s passion has been to explore the intersection of spiritual formation and experiential learning. This drive continues to fuel his work as a content designer, church youth leader, and community advocate. Michael has a M.Ed. in integrated learning and serves as a senior curriculum developer for sparkhouse.


Sunday November 23, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
A301

9:15am

Doing Youth Ministry With the Inklings

Certain dead British academics have quite a lot to teach living youth ministers. We'll discuss ideas of Lewis, Tolkien, and Sayers (including subcreation, eucatastrophe, saying best what needs to be said, the sacrement of creative work, and more) and explore how they relate to both our own life of faith and our ministry with students.


Speakers
avatar for Crystal Kirgiss

Crystal Kirgiss

Crystal Kirgiss has worked with students for more than 25 years. She earned her Ph.D. from Purdue University where she lectures and studies the history of adolescence. She writes the “Guys” and “Girls” columns for Youthwalk magazine, was part of the core writing team for The Way Bible, and is the author or co-author of 11 books.


Sunday November 23, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
A305

9:15am

Prioritizing a Leader's Private Life: Discovering What Matters Most

As a ministry leader your life is being watched—you’re a public figure! Beneath the skin of that public persona is a private world that must be healthy for the public ministry to thrive. There’s a constant tension between these two worlds because the teenagers, parents, church staff, and congregants have expectations and those heavy expectations often dismantle the inner world. In this workshop, we’ll talk about how to protect, develop, and strengthen the inner world. Ministry isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon and to run effectively we’ve got to learn to pace ourselves and focus on what’s most important.


Speakers
avatar for Doug Fields

Doug Fields

Doug Fields has been a pastor to teenagers and a ministry leader for more than 30 years. Today, most of Doug’s time is spent speaking at conferences, churches, or events; writing; teaching youth ministry at Azusa Pacific University; and providing leadership and resources as a part of the Youth Specialties Team.


Sunday November 23, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
A411

9:15am

Success: New Measurements for the Way Forward

Success can be a loaded word today, especially in the church. In this seminar we’ll look at the changing cultural tides and how this has affected everything from our students, to our programs, and to our view of what success truly should be.


Speakers
avatar for Brock Morgan

Brock Morgan

Brock Morgan is the youth pastor at Trinity Church in Greenwich, CT, and has been working with students for more than 23 years. He is a popular speaker for camps, retreats, and conferences, and has overseen youth ministries in both urban and suburban contexts.


Sunday November 23, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
A314

9:15am

What We Can Learn from Muslim Youth Ministry

There are 1400 Mosques and Islamic Centers in the United States and about 20% of them have their own youth ministries.  Muslim youth ministry, like its Christian counterpart, is organized nationally, regionally, and locally. This session explores the foundation and models of youth work done by Muslims for Muslims and what can we learn from them.


Speakers
avatar for Len Kageler

Len Kageler

Len Kageler has a long and positive track record in working in church-based student ministry. Len is professor of youth and family studies at Nyack College. His many books include Youth Ministry in a Multifaith Society: Forming Christian Identity Among Skeptics, Syncretists, and Sincere Believers of Other Faith, and The Volunteers Field Guide to Youth Ministry.


Sunday November 23, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
A404/405

9:30am

Scripture, like Sunday Morning Jazz

Join us as we gather together to interact with and read scripture in a creative way. Participate as a group "playing" the scriptures like a collection of jazz musicians improvising as they go. This communal approach to reading and hearing scripture will breath life into your soul. As your voice finds its place among the many others, you will again be reminded of the beauty of our sacred text and discover afresh how you belong in this story. 


Speakers
avatar for Jamie Roach

Jamie Roach

Jamie Roach has served on the staff of Youthfront for over 25 years, working with students and youth workers. His passion is seeing people formed into the image of Jesus Christ. Jamie is an author, communicator, and spiritual director, and also serves on the staff of Lakeland Community Church working with youth and families. He has received his Masters of divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary. Jamie and his wife, Lea Ann, have four... Read More →


Sunday November 23, 2014 9:30am - 10:00am
A304

10:00am

Sabbath-Keeping

We live in a world that moves non-stop, and in a church that keeps up with it. When are you allowed to stop? What about Sabbath?  Time set aside for being instead of doing? How would that even work? Come and learn about Sabbath, and imagine how intentionally stopping and resting can be incorporated into your life, family, and even ministry.


Speakers
avatar for Kara Root

Kara Root

Kara K. Root is the Pastor of Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis—a congregation that shapes its life around worship, hospitality and Sabbath rest.  She is also a trained spiritual director, certified Christian Educator, the mom of two clever kids and two unruly dogs, and the wife and proofreader of a wily theologian.  She blogs about ministry and motherhood at “in the hereandnow.”


Sunday November 23, 2014 10:00am - 10:30am
A304

10:15am

10:30am

Artist Interview
Artists
avatar for Audrey Assad

Audrey Assad

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Sunday November 23, 2014 10:30am - 10:45am
Exhibit Hall A2

10:30am

Praying with Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh lived in the depths of his soul. Vincent's biographically inspired art offers a unique allegory of an interior life. He wanted art to guide the religious life into a life-giving spirituality. To contemplate his art is to contemplate his life. His life, an integration of art and spirituality, is a paradox of the human and divine. He lived and died contemplating his true self. Spend some quality and spacious time beholding his extraordinary art, interacting with van Gogh’s writings, and perhaps awakening a deeper way of praying that opens you to new possibilities.


Speakers
avatar for Archie Honrado

Archie Honrado

Archie has been serving NYWC and YS for the last nine years as a spiritual director, prayer chapel curator, and guide for the city prayer walks, and was a member of the YS Soul Shaper Board. Archie's ecumenical background gives him a distinct perspective on 21st century spirituality in North America. Archie has been a member of Youth With a Mission since 1984, and is currently a spiritual director for Urban Youth Workers Institute in Los... Read More →


Sunday November 23, 2014 10:30am - 11:15am
A304

10:45am

Big Room Speaker Interview
Speakers
avatar for Kenda Creasy Dean

Kenda Creasy Dean

Kenda Creasy Dean is an ordained United Methodist pastor in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference and the Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also serves as the coordinating pastor of Kingston United Methodist Church, where she is co-founder and chief permissionary for Ministry Incubators, an accelerator program for unlikely-yet-sustainable ministries.


Sunday November 23, 2014 10:45am - 11:00am
Exhibit Hall A2

11:15am

Big Room
Doors will open at 11:00am

Speakers
avatar for Kenda Creasy Dean

Kenda Creasy Dean

Kenda Creasy Dean is an ordained United Methodist pastor in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference and the Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also serves as the coordinating pastor of Kingston United Methodist Church, where she is co-founder and chief permissionary for Ministry Incubators, an accelerator program for unlikely-yet-sustainable ministries.

Artists
avatar for Audrey Assad

Audrey Assad

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avatar for Brian Wurzell

Brian Wurzell

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Sunday November 23, 2014 11:15am - 1:00pm
Exhibit Hall A3