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Deep Dives

Deep Dives occur pre-event (Thursday) and allow participants to go more in-depth into leading topics in youth ministry today. New this year you can sign-up for either one 4-hour Deep Dive or two, 2-hour Deep Dives. Below are our 2019 offerings. Add a Deep Dive to your NYWC registration today for only $69. Bonus, your Deep Dive registration also includes a ticket to our NYWC Comedy Kick-Off.

Thursday, 11/21, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

4-hour deep dives, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM:

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A New Kind of Volunteer

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The success of your ministry primarily depends on one thing: The quality of your volunteers. Before you decide to improve your communication skills, redecorate your environment, get a better worship band, or upgrade your technology, maybe you should become more intentional about investing in the leaders who volunteer on the front lines with teenagers.

Your ability to inspire, recruit, develop, and keep quality leaders will determine the effectiveness of your ministry. During this workshop you will explore the values and the systems you need to put in place to develop leaders who champion the faith of the next generation. When this kind of leader becomes the focus of your ministry it will change how you organize, teach, budget, calendar, program, and meet. We want to invite you to re-imagine a ministry where your volunteers are the primary reason students show up every week.

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The Church & Parachurch (Can We Be BFFs?)

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Youth ministry could be a perfect context for church/parachurch friendships. But sometimes instead of friendship, we experience resistance. It doesn't have to be that way! People who love Jesus and teenagers — regardless of their ministry context — can come alongside each other to model Christ’s encouragement, support, challenge, joy, and love. Let’s listen, discuss, and learn from each other, and then forge new relational bonds with our parachurch/church colleagues.

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Marriage & Ministry

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This course will be a time to focus on the priority of marriage in the midst of ministry. Marriage isn’t easy, and Ministry is tough; when the two are combined it can be very difficult. Seasoned in marriage (33 years) and veterans in youth ministry, Doug & Cathy Fields have spent their entire marriage in youth ministry and live to tell about it. Actually, they believe one of the most important skill sets you can display to your youth ministry is a strong marriage. And, it is possible!

This course will focus on the vulnerability of a ministry marriage and offer many positive and practical ideas on how to keep your marriage growing. The format will feature a combination of lecture, discussion, and personal interaction. Whether you’re newlyweds or marriage veterans, this course is a must for your marriage!

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Self Awareness 301 (Leading & Living After the Enneagram)

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Christian leaders benefit from taking time to step away from youth ministry's spotlight and to invest in their own personal and spiritual health. It's partly why many of us come to NYWC each year! The popularity of the Enneagram has shown how life-giving it is to discover how God has gifted us, how we've been shaped through the years, and how we interact with our work and others. This Deep Dive is a fresh opportunity to get away, unplug, and invest in your life as a Christian youth worker. We don't do that often enough. We won't just listen and learn about self-awareness, but you will leave feeling renewed, with sharpened leadership skills, and with fresh confidence for the ministry that God has given you to lead. This interactive and innovative Deep Dive is facilitated by veteran youth worker and leadership coach, Terry Linhart, author of The Self-Aware Leader.

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First Two Years in Youth Ministry

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Even if you’re not a youth ministry newbie—you could be a veteran who needs a fresh start— this Deep Dive is designed to help you be a youth leader who is effective and healthy over a long period of time. In this popular course, Josh and Karl share their successes and failures and will teach you how to evaluate your current youth ministry program; think deeply about your teenage audience and their families; develop a healthy youth ministry that’s built on more than fun and games; recruit, develop and empower volunteers; lead students toward a spiritual maturity they own; balance your professional and personal life; deal with conflict; and keep you from burning out. You’ll get decades full of advice, strategy and hope to help you build a solid foundation for a fruitful, long-term ministry.

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Being Present with God, Yourself, & Others

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This Deep Dive is a mini-spiritual retreat and a feast for the soul. We will learn how to be truly “presence- centered” as we focus on what it means to be present to God, present to yourself, and present to others. In a world driven by innovation, technology and success we are falsely promised that this can all happen while we become more time-efficient and productive. But the reality is that all of these things leave us increasingly exhausted and depleted of the things that truly lead to the Good Life that Jesus promised to give us. Come, learn and experience with our Soul Care Team what it means to live a life of presence.

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Improving Your Ministry to LGBTQ+ Youth

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This Deep Dive will draw on the latest findings about what same-sex attracted and LGBTQ+ youth benefit from Christian settings. Specifically, we will look at what it means to foster a youth ministry climate that is intentionally relational, intentionally formational, and intentionally secure.

2-hour deep dives, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM & 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM:

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Equipping & Empowering Your Youth Ministry Volunteers to Win!

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This seminar is designed to give you some practical tools & ideas you can use to strengthen your volunteer youth ministry team.

In this Deep Dive we'll talk include practical tools to help you win as we discuss how to:

-Train your volunteers

- Create a training strategy for the year

-Coach your volunteers

-Encourage your volunteers for the long haul

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How to Disrupt Racism One Friendship at a Time

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Teesha Hadra is a younger black woman. John Hambrick is an older white man. Their unlikely friendship has enabled them to see the world from the other's point of view. They'll discuss what they're learning about personal and systemic racism, as well as how friendship is something God uses to disrupt racism in the church and beyond.

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First Contact: How to Find, Get, and Keep a Job

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You want to work in youth ministry. You have discerned the call, equipped yourself for service and have been affirmed by those who really know your talents and gifts. Now what? It is time to make First Contact (um...yes...a Sci-Fi reference). This Deep Dive will help you with the development of your resume, sharpen your interviewing skills, and provide practical tips on where to look for a job. Oh, and if you have ever been hired and "left" your church quickly because it wasn’t the "right fit,” this Deep Dive is for you as well.

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Growing With: Providing Real Answers to Parents’ Biggest Questions

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As a youth leader, you want to journey with families, but often parents’ struggles with their teenagers and young adults leave them—and you—feeling overwhelmed and underprepared. Behind many parents’ most pressing questions is this nearly universal fear: as their kids grow up, their family will grow apart. Because parents and step-parents trust you, they often look to you for answers, which is beautiful...and daunting! The great news is you have the opportunity to empower parents with a new “growing with” posture that helps family members grow together toward God and each other. Whether or not you’re a parent yourself, come and learn six fresh strategies based on new research, as well as a toolkit of practical ideas to help families of teenagers and young adults thrive in their faith, family, and future.

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Communicating for Change

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Communication has to be about far more than just making a point; it must make a difference. This session will equip you to develop an approach to communication that matches the goal of life change.

We'll talk about...
• Crafting bottom lines that stick

• Finding your voice as a communicator

• Understanding the importance of transitions

• We’ll even evaluate a few of your outlines

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Smaller Church Youth Ministry

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Stop comparing yourself to larger youth ministries! This Deep Dive will help you turn your smaller church challenges into advantages with practical solutions for a thriving, vital ministry. Whether your church has 5 or 105 students, each youth ministry is more valuable than ever, no matter the size.

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15 Tech Resources to Make YOU Look Like a Pro

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Using technology in ministry is so much more than navigating social media and turning on video projectors. The resources shared in this session will help you look like a tech master, they will streamline your productivity, and they will make connecting with students fun and easy.

• Take away incredible graphic design shortcuts
• Learn a few video editing skills that will make you look like a guru
• Find alternative ways to create promotional material on a budget
• Discover amazing free content that is buried online
• Unearth a few apps that will trim your prep time and enhance your communication

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