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:
A New Kind of Volunteer
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.
Reggie is the founder of Orange, a nonprofit organization providing resources and training to help churches maximize their influence on the spiritual growth of the next generation. He is also one of the founding pastors of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, GA. In his role as the executive director of Family Ministry, Reggie led a team to develop the concepts of ministry for preschoolers, children, students, and married adults over the course of his 11 years with the church. He is the author of Think Orange and co-author of Seven Practices of Effective Ministries His latest books include Losing Your Marbles/ Playing for Keeps, Parenting Beyond Your Capacity, Slow Fade, Lead Small, and Zombies, Football and the Gospel. Reggie and and his wife Debbie live in Cumming, GA, and have four grown children.
Being Present with God, Yourself, & Others
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.
Mike is in his 44th year in youth ministry and serves as President/CEO of Youthfront. Youthfront provides youth ministry programs, services, resources and training. Mike is an adjunct Professor at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City and a Senior Advisor for Museum of the Bible in Washington DC. Mike’s book Presence Centered Youth Ministry: Guiding Students into Spiritual Formation (InterVarsity Press) has received widespread critical acclaim. Mike and his wife of 44 years, Vicki, live in Kansas City. They have two sons and a daughter, all happily married, and eight grandchildren.
Lilly Lewin is worship curator and founder of the Thinplace Nashville gathering and freerangeworship.com. She takes worship outside the box, beyond singing, through multi-sensory prayer, experiential worship, and art. Lilly leads workshops and retreats on Rest, Creative Worship, and Finding Your Thinplace, and creates Sacred Space prayer experiences in the US and abroad. Check out her Freerange Friday posts at Godspacelight.com Lilly and her husband Rob live in Nashville, TN with a Goldendoodle named Jake from State Farm.
Beth Slevcove is a hospice chaplain, spiritual director, writer, mother, surfer and retreat leader who loves good books, good waves, good playgrounds and traveling old highways with her family in their VW camper van. She served as the director of spiritual formation for Youth Specialties and holds advanced degrees in theology and education. Her book, Broken Hallelujahs: Learning to Grieve the Big and Small Losses of Life, was released through InterVarsity Press. Beth is deeply rooted in her urban, Lutheran congregation and is an oblate at a Benedictine monastery. She lives with her husband, two kids and dozens of Tijuana Surf Monkeys from a surf company she runs. She can be reached at BethSlevSD@gmail.com. "This bio makes her sound way cooler than she actually is."-her kids.
Jamie has served on the staff of Youthfront for 33 years, working with students, parents and youth workers. His passion is seeing people formed into the image of Jesus Christ. Jamie is an author, communicator and spiritual director. He received his Masters of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary and is currently pursing a Masters of Arts in Counseling. Jamie loves Nebraska football, reading and hanging out with his family.
Marriage & Ministry
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 be a feature a combination of lecture, discussion, and personal interaction. Whether you’re newlyweds or marriage veterans, this course is a must for your marriage!
Doug Fields is a 30+ year veteran youth pastor. He is also the co-founder of Downloadyouthministry.com, a teaching pastor at Mariners Church, an Orange-consultant, part of the HomeWord Center for Youth/Family at Azusa Pacific University, and the author of more than 50 youth ministry & marriage books. More information about Doug is available at www.dougfields.com.
Cathy Fields has been a ministry leader for 20+ years, and she’s served in every role from camp speaker to bus driver. She currently leads a small group of 11th grade girls, mentors young leaders, serves as a premarital counselor, and speaks on issues of marriage, family, and parenting.
Self Awareness 301 (Leading & Living After the Enneagram)
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.
Terry is a veteran youth worker, speaker, author, and educator. His focus is on helping leaders, teams, and organizations do better work and fulfill the mission that God has called them to do. Terry has written eight books, including The Self-Aware Leader (IVP) and Teaching the Next Generations (Baker). His Talksheets (Zondervan) for middle school students on the Life of Christ has been a best-seller for over 10 years. After 15 years in full-time youth ministry, Terry teaches Christian Ministries courses at Bethel University (South Bend, IN) for the last 18 years. Five years ago, Terry founded Arbor Research Group, a consulting group that provides organizations, businesses, and churches with a variety of services to help them complete their mission. Arbor has helped InterVarsity, Youth Specialties, Youth for Christ USA, Christianity Today and many other organizations, schools, and churches with a variety of projects.
First Two Years in Youth Ministry
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.
With more than 20 years of experience, Josh Griffin is one of the leading voices in youth ministry. Most recently, he served as the high school pastor at Saddleback Church. He’s the cofounder of DownloadYouthMinistry.com, and he hosts a weekly youth ministry podcast with Doug Fields. Josh has created more than 50 youth ministry resources and authored several books, and he just completed a new freshman Bible curriculum for the Awana program. Josh and his wife have four children.
Karl is the Student Ministry Director at Bayside Church in Northern California. Bayside is a vibrant church with 7 campuses and 19,000 people in weekly attendance. He oversees aspects of children's ,middle school, high school and college ministry across all campuses. He has been in ministry for the past 16 years and studied Christian Leadership and Biblical Theology at Grand Canyon University. Karl is also a part of the leadership team for Thrive Unleashed, a youth conference for 3000 students, in Northern California. Though he is absolutely in love with Boston sports, his heart belongs to his wife Jen and daughters Georgia and Ruby.
Improving Your Ministry to LGBTQ+ Youth
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.
Mark Yarhouse is the Dr. Arthur P. and Mrs. Jean May Rech Chair in Integration at Wheaton College, where he serves as a core faculty member in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.
2-hour deep dives, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM & 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM:
Equipping & Empowering Your Youth Ministry Volunteers to Win!
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
Katie has been doing full time youth ministry for the past 23 years at Saddleback Church in California. She is the Junior High Pastor and the director of Student Ministries at the Lake Forest campus. She has a passion for teenagers and a passion for equipping & encouraging youth workers. She loves her Kindle, chocolate, naps, Starbucks and movies. Katie lives in Southern California with her husband Ron and her 3 kids Abby, Ella & Cooper.
How to Disrupt Racism One Friendship at a Time
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.
John hales from Ventura, California where he grew up surfing and playing guitar. He graduated second in his class from Pepperdine University and then attended Fuller Theological Seminary. His first call was to Community Presbyterian Church, also in Ventura, where he worked with high school students. He subsequently held positions with Young Life, The American Church in London, Kings College – University of London, and Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He is currently on staff at North Point Community Church’s Buckhead Campus. He serves there as the Director of Staff Development and the Director of Starting Point. He is also a Staff Coach for North Point Ministries. John is married to Patty, who is an art teacher at a public elementary school. They have two grown children, John Jr. and Carrell, and a Golden Retriever named Dodger.
Teesha Hadra, a native Floridian and University of Florida alum, left a successful law career to enter full time ministry at Buckhead Church, an urban campus of North Point Community Church in Atlanta in 2013. She and her husband now live in Pasadena, CA, where she is working on a Master of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary. She is also the co-author of Black and White: Disrupting Racism One Friendship at a Time and serves as the Executive Pastor at Church of the Resurrection, an Anglican Parish in Los Angeles.
First Contact: How to find, get, and keep a job?
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.
David works for the President (not that one) and serves as Assistant Professor and Chair of Youth Ministry at Lubbock Christian University. He leads the awesome team of ministry coaches at NYWC and helps oversee and edit the Youth Specialties blog. He also partners with the Fuller Youth Institute and Fellowship of Christian Athletes to impact churches, youth workers, coaches and teenagers. He can be found drinking strong coffee, reading books, talking to people, singing musicals, in the weight room (leg day optional) or on a football field. The very best part of David’s life is spending time with his wife Lisa and their two children Braeden and Shelbee.
Growing With: Providing Real Answers to Parents’ Biggest Questions
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.
Kara Powell, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women to Watch,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or co-author of a number of books including Growing With, Growing Young, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Essential Leadership, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum.
Communicating for Change
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
After over 30 years of ministry, Lane Jones is as excited as ever about the mission of the local church. He is one of the co-founders of North Point Ministries (NPM) in Alpharetta, Georgia. In 2006, Lane led the team that planted Browns Bridge Community Church in Cumming, Georgia, which was NPM’s third local church. He currently serves as the NPM Executive Director of Multisite Ministry overseeing NPM’s six Atlanta churches and the development of an expanding network of churches worldwide. Lane is the co-author of Seven Practices of Effective Ministry and Communicating for a Change. He is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and also serves as host of the Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast. He is a native of Atlanta, Georgia where he lives with his wife Traci. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.
Smaller Church Youth Ministry
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.
Stephanie Caro has been involved in ministry to children, youth, and adults in the local church (both large and small) since…a long time ago. Her humorous, straightforward style keeps her busy presenting and coaching at conferences, training events, camps, mission trips, retreats, churches, etc. She is now Senior Consultant for Ministry Architects, which allows her to help churches assess, vision, and formulate their ministry game plans. Her books, Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches and 99 Thoughts for the Smaller Church Youth Worker, were published by Group/Simply Youth Ministry. Her latest book, Smaller Church Youth Ministry: No Staff, No Money, No Problem, was published by United Methodist Publishing House in December of 2016. Her next book, Ten Solutions for Smaller Churches, comes out in 2019. Stephanie is a contributing author to several ministry resources like YouthWorker Journal and Group Magazine. Check out Stephanie's blogs at youthministry.com, youthspecialties.com, Princeton Theological Seminary, and others. Stephanie and her husband, Steve, live in Katy, TX. Their 7 children are all grown!
15 Tech Resources to Make YOU Look Like a Pro
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
Brandon has been serving in youth ministry for over 20 years. He is currently of staff at Valley Church in West Des Moines, IA. Brandon is a voice behind the preteen column in Children’s Ministry Magazine, The Wired Ministry in Group Magazine and the tech voice of youthministry.com. He and his wife Keri have been married 18 years and have three great boys. Four of his favorite things are Jesus, his wife, Chicago Style Pizza, and fighting off their three boys with sweet ninja moves.
Discipleship That Lasts
Discipleship is at the heart of youth ministry, but many find it tough to conceptualize what it actually looks like. In this session, we’re not going to talk new and flashy strategies that promise “quick results” for discipleship (because, let’s be honest, those don’t actually exist). And while certain elements of discipleship will always remain supernaturally mysterious, we can work together to identify some key elements. Together, we’ll envision, discuss, and implement practical discipleship strategies; learn a simple blueprint for understanding how discipleship flows in regards to relationships; and discuss how youth workers & parents can partner to “close the gap” on student discipleship in ways that seem conflicting but are perfectly in synch with their adolescent stage of development.
—Learn a simple blueprint for understanding how discipleship flows both from and towards specific relationships.
—Discuss how both youth workers and parents can help “close the gap” on student discipleship in ways that may seem opposite but are in fact perfectly in sync.
—Prioritize what’s most important for the adolescent stage of discipleship.
Crystal (PhD, Purdue Univ) has worked with adolescents from 6th-grade through college-age for over 30 years. She's written many books and articles about a variety of topics from music to Jesus to C. S. Lewis to the middle ages. She's also been a core writer for many Bible editions, including the recent *The Way* (NLT - Tyndale). She thinks, writes, speaks, and engages with both teens and adults about faith, following Jesus, the Bible, literature, the history of adolescence, and more. For 14 years, she taught writing, literature, and The Bible as Literature at Purdue University. She currently serves as the Vice President of Discipleship for Young Life. She's married to Mark, a veteran youth worker.