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Friday, 11/22

Elective

Morning Workout

Host: 
Mindy Heimer

Location:
Outside (weather permitting) or Room 1 & 2
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As Youth Workers we give of ourselves in so many ways - emotionally, spiritually, and even physically. Do lock-ins hurt your body? Are you tired of Diet Coke and Pizza as your two main food groups? Join us for a morning workout to jumpstart a healthy balance within your life and your ministry. We'll do a 30 minute HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) Workout followed by a wonderful cool-down of breathing, stretching, and setting our intentions for the day. You'll leave with a bunch of sweat on your body and a takeaway to to help you create a healthy lifestyle. Make sure you wear sturdy shoes, clothing you don't mind sweating in, and a water bottle. All levels of fitness and abilities are welcome!

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Mindy Heimer

Mindy Heimer is a Colorado native and loves to be active! She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Youth Ministry and has been following God’s call to doing ministry uniquely ever since. Motivating others to take care of their bodies and helping them step into their fullest potential is the passion God has placed in her heart. She is a REFIT® and REV+FLOW Instructor, a Certified Holy Yoga Instructor, and a Stoked Yogi Instructor (SUP Yoga). When she’s not teaching fitness or hanging with the youth at the church, you can find her outside paddling in some form of water whether it’s a lake, a river, or 2 feet of fresh powder. She’s married to Nathan and they spend their time chasing their two boys around on skateboards.

Podcast

Podcast: Parent Tips

Host: 
Jonathan McKee

Location:
Room 9
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Looking for some quick help as a parent? You've landed on the right podcast! Each episode is hosted by youth ministry veteran Jonathan McKee and provides about 10 minutes of hope and help for parents of teenagers.
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Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face, and The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for parents on his website TheSource4Parents.com. Jonathan, his wife Lori live in California.

Elective

First Timer Gathering

Host: 
Doug Fields

Host: 
Host Team

Location:
Ballroom D
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Doug Fields

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.

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Host Team

The NYWC Host Team is made up of youth workers just like you. Some of them are long time NYWC attendees and others are newer to the scene. They are excited to welcome you to NYWC and be TOGETHER with you in Tampa!

Elective

30 Hour Famine Leader Gathering

Host: 
World Vision

Location:
Room 17
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Whether you’re a seasoned veteran of 30 Hour Famine or never done it before, come hear about what’s new and how you can bring it to your youth group. We’ll be talking all things 30 Hour Famine, including hearing from a few leaders who are long-time Famine pros. They’ll be sharing their best tips and tricks for making the 30 Hour Famine a success at your church.

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World Vision

World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.

Elective

Multi-Site Gathering

Host: 
Kurt Johnston

Host: 
Karl Romeus

Host: 
Kent Bjurstrom

Location:
Room 15
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Let’s be honest, your church didn’t go multi-site to make student ministry easier! We want to get a bunch of minds in one room, share what’s going well, be honest about what's not, and share some ideas to help everyone get better! If you are currently a multi-site church planning on launching your first multi-site campus, don't miss this conversation.

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Kurt Johnston

Kurt Johnston has been in youth ministry since 1988. He currently leads the Student Ministry teams at Saddleback Church which includes 15 California and four international campuses. He loves to encourage youth pastors, and has written and created a ton of resources with that in mind. When not doing church stuff, Kurt likes to surf and sit around campfires with his family and friends.

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Karl Romeus

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.

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Kent Bjurstrom

Kent Bjurstrom is the Pastor of Student Ministries at Northview Church located in central Indiana with 13 campuses. With over 12 years of student ministry experience in worship & pastoral roles, his desire is to see middle school and high school students enter into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ and help them put their faith in motion. Kent and his wife Stephanie have been married for over 13 years and have 4 children. In the rare downtime with family, he enjoys watching college football & basketball, playing all sorts of different sports with his kids, and playing guitar. He dreams of cage diving with great white sharks at Guadalupe Island and always flosses with barb wire.

Elective

Job Mixer/Networking

Host: 
Tim Balow

Location:
Room 16
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Chances are you’re not going to stay at your current youth worker role forever. Let’s dig into some ideas and tools for job searching, experience some networking, and perhaps spark some ideas about where God might be leading you and equip you with the tools to help you get there. No job offers will be made during this event…but you never know where conversations can lead for your future as a youth worker!

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Tim Balow

Tim Balow is has served in a variety of youth worker roles between Chicago and Minneapolis over the last 10 years. Tim currently serves with Youth Specialties, working on projects focused on customer and content operations. Tim's passion is to serve the under-resourced youth worker and to encourage the next generation of students to step into a transformative relationship with Jesus.

Podcast

Podcast: Youth Ministry Labs

Host: 
Anthony Taylor

Host: 
Sam Pettersen

Location:
Room 9
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We explore the topic of how we can be more creative with technology, media, arts, and everything in between.

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Anthony Taylor

Anthony Taylor loves to laugh!! He loves making games and events come to life especially with DYM. He gets to lead the Student Pastor team for all 7 campuses of The Chapel. Best of all he is married to Elizabeth Taylor.

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Sam Pettersen

Sam Pettersen is a speaker and student pastor in the Chicagoland area and he is also an author for DYM.

Seminar

Scale of Evangelism

Speaker: 
Dignity Revolution

Location:
Classroom 1
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Can you make a difference in society without the Gospel? Reaching the next generation with the Gospel is the great commission. In this session, Bob Lenz will guide us as we discuss Biblical truths for reaching and seeking the lost and hurting world.

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Dignity Revolution

The Dignity Revolution is a unique movement that engages and challenges students, administrators, teachers, parents, and local community organizations to recognize the value of every person. There are many aspects to the Dignity Revolution including school assembly programs by Bob Lenz, classroom curriculum, teacher in-service programs, national online pledge and book by Bob Lenz.

Seminar

How to Use Planning Center for Your Youth Ministry

Speaker: 
Planning Center

Location:
Classroom 2
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You juggle a lot of responsibilities when you work with youth, and sometimes that means missed opportunities to connect. In this 20 minute session you will learn how to use Planning Center to capture every opportunity to connect with your students.

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Planning Center

Planning Center is a set of online software products you can subscribe to individually or use together as a full church management system.

Seminar

Why Jesus Is Better At Youth Ministry Than You Are

Speaker: 
Boy With a Ball

Location:
Classroom 3
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Jesus invited 12 young lives into 3 years together that would "turn the world upside down." Today, most of our churches reflect little to none of Jesus' ways. What if that could be different?

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Boy With a Ball

Boy With a Ball sets people free to bring about meaningful change. We do this by weaving together a global community dedicated to the most strategic fight in the world today: Helping hurting young people thrive. In a moment in history in which at-risk, disengaged young people around the globe have become their city's greatest threat, Boy With a Ball mobilizes them to become the solution, a powerful grassroots movement of catalytic leaders.

Seminar

Marketing Your Youth Ministry

Speaker: 
Reach Mission Trips

Location:
Classroom 1
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A round table discussion about marketing strategies for your youth group with a graphic designer, a video editor, and fellow youth workers. Together we will explore practical tools for using video, graphics, and social media to creatively build your youth group.

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Reach Mission Trips

Ministering since 1992, Reach Mission Trips (aka Reach Workcamps and Reach Ministries) is a week-long mission of service to low-income communities. Working with local agencies and/or local churches, our mission trips seek to make an impact on homeowners, communities, students and adults who attend. It is a life-changing experience as campers participate in activities that build community and self-esteem, encourages spiritual growth, and enables them to understand their role in combating poverty. Reach strives to be the industry leader by providing the highest quality Christian mission trips for middle school and high school youth groups.

Seminar

Should I Let Students Lead Stuff?

Speaker: 
Because International

Location:
Classroom 2
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A round table discussion about marketing strategies for your youth group with a graphic designer, a video editor, and fellow youth workers. Together we will explore practical tools for using video, graphics, and social media to creatively build your youth group.

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Because International

They started the nonprofit organization Because International™ to serve as the structure to get The Shoe That Grows to as many kids as possible who are in desperate need of footwear to protect their feet. This was always meant to be a small hobby for Kenton and his friends. It was something they were passionate about, but they never dreamed it would be the worldwide cause and movement that it is today.

Seminar

The Power of Story: Creating Life-Changing Conversations

Speaker: 
Fabl

Location:
Classroom 3
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Students live in a world today where they are consumed by stories; their story and the stories of those around them. This session looks at a way to break through the digital chatter and share His ultimate story.

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Fabl

As easy-to-use as any landing page builder, as robust as any CMS — Fabl is a content marketing, management and publishing platform for the efficient production of highly engaging, data-driven content pages at scale. Beyond a typical content marketing platform, Fabl unshackles marketers from their cost, time and technological restrictions.

Elective

Spouses in Ministry Gathering

Host: 
Cathy Fields

Location:
Room 14
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Join 30+ year youth ministry spouse veteran Cathy Fields for a time of guided conversation with others just like you who are trying to figure out how to navigate marriage, family, calling, personal growth… you name it. We will talk about all of those issues as well as balance, expectations, and vacations! Come, talk, learn, meet people who you can connect with throughout the weekend.

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Cathy Fields

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.

Elective

City Prayer Walk

Host: 
Archie Honrado

Location:
Offsite (Meet at Sanctuary)
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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.

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Archie Honrado

Archie Honrado has been working with youth and youth workers the last 35 years. Archie's missionary journey has taken him to over 50 countries. Archie has been involved with Youth Specialties for over a decade through the art of spiritual direction and teaching various contemplative prayer practices. Archie lives in Northern California with his wife and two boys and for the last 10 years been researching neurotheology and monastic spirituality.

Elective

Small Church Meetup

Host: 
Stephanie Caro

Location:
Room 24 & 25
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Meet others in the same setting, discover common challenges, hear/share ideas, and walk away knowing you're more close to "normal size" than you thought you were.

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Stephanie Caro

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!

Podcast

Podcast: My Third Decade

Host: 
Derry Prenkert

Location:
Room 9
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Youth Ministry veteran Derry Prenkert talks about longevity in youth ministry and how to stay in it for the long haul.

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Derry Prenkert

Derry is a Disney World enthusiast in full-on mid-life crisis mode. He is now in his 3rd decade of Youth Ministry, all served at Nappanee Missionary Church in Nappanee, Indiana.

Elective

Came Alone Gathering

Host: 
Host Team

Location:
Ballroom A
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We've all been there. Attending an event by yourself can sometimes be overwhelming. Join us to meet other fellow youth workers who came alone so that you know that we are all in this together.

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Host Team

The NYWC Host Team is made up of youth workers just like you. Some of them are long time NYWC attendees and others are newer to the scene. They are excited to welcome you to NYWC and be TOGETHER with you in Tampa!

Elective

DYM Member Meetup

Host: 
Doug Fields

Host: 
Josh Griffin

Location:
Ballroom D
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Get together with DYM founders Doug Fields & Josh Griffin and hang out as we talk DYM ideas, meet Members, giveaway DYM swag, answer questions, and laugh together. We’ve got some fun surprise announcements and of course, everyone who shows up will get something FREE! Also, we’ll kickoff the prestigious Llama Hunt™ and the clue sheet will be delivered for exclusive perks and prizes. It’s a don’t-miss member event (you don’t have to be a DYM Member to attend... come find out more of what DYM can do to help you win).

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Doug Fields

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.

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Josh Griffin

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.

Seminar

Using Social Media for Youth Ministry

Speaker: 
Ministry Gear

Location:
Classroom 1
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Simple tactics to reach, grow, and unite your ministry.

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Ministry Gear

Ordering t-shirts can be a pain when you’re dealing with hidden fees and companies that just don’t care about you. At Ministry Gear, we are committed to helping you choose, design, and order the perfect shirts with no hassle. That means stellar customer service, free shipping, free design, and absolutely no hidden fees. We want to serve you, so you can get back to what matters.

Seminar

Discipleship is Less Like Hippos and More Like Honeybees

Speaker: 
Christian Endeavor

Location:
Classroom 2
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In a world where discipleship approaches can often revolve around 'food' and 'fun', what does it mean to equip students to live for Christ 24/7 and to help them remain steadfast as young adults, and beyond? Here's a hint…it has everything to do with treating them less like hippos and more like honeybees...

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Christian Endeavor

Since 1881, we’ve been inspiring, equipping and encouraging churches in student discipleship. Our approach isn’t revolutionary (you don’t need another gimmick or add-on to your ministry), it’s tangible, intentional & biblical.

Seminar

Bible Translation: Not Just for Adults

Speaker: 
Wycliffe Bible Translators

Location:
Classroom 3
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Bible translation isn't just a boring, time-consuming mission fit only for academics. Wycliffe Bible Translators wants to show how you can engage your students with interactive games and tasks that touch on the intricacies of languages and communication in the mission field.

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Wycliffe Bible Translators

For more than 70 years, Wycliffe has helped people around the world translate the Bible into their own languages.

Seminar

How to Use Planning Center for Your Youth Ministry

Speaker: 
Planning Center

Location:
Classroom 1
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You juggle a lot of responsibilities when you work with youth, and sometimes that means missed opportunities to connect. In this 20 minute session you will learn how to use Planning Center to capture every opportunity to connect with your students.

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Planning Center

Planning Center is a set of online software products you can subscribe to individually or use together as a full church management system.

Seminar

Why Short Term Missions STILL Matter

Speaker: 
Amor Ministries

Location:
Classroom 2
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The responsibility of serving alongside and how to respond to the needs of a community through local leadership. Lessons learned through 40 years of ministry.
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Amor Ministries

Amor's mission remains the same. We believe that God has called us to keep families together. As we carry out this mission, we realize that building a house doesn't just provide shelter. It builds a foundation for the future. Our very name means love. We choose to show God's love through simple, tangible acts of service. Amor demonstrates to the poor the same grace we have all received through Jesus. Our mission statement is: Bring people together to manifest Jesus.

Seminar

School & Youth Ministry Transformation

Speaker: 
EncounterLife

Location:
Classroom 3
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Imagine every youth in America encountering the radical, life-changing love of Jesus. We have witnessed the impact of tens of thousands of ordinary students as they share faith and grow faith by a simple lifestyle of passion, prayer, purity, and purpose. Come hear how our free resources, tools, and training can impact your ministry. Join the growing movement to transform every campus and community in America. Find free resources for youth pastors and leaders at encounterlifeyouth.com.
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EncounterLife

The Gospel is a story of Jesus’ love for everyone. While a lot of people know things about Jesus, fewer have truly encountered His life-giving love. Even fewer of those who know Jesus’ love will share it. EncounterLife exists to inspire and equip you to share Jesus’ love—one home at a time.

Elective

Learn the DYM Sidekick App

Host: 
Doug Fields

Host: 
Steve Stone

Location:
Ballroom D
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Discover 1,248,762 ways to improve your programming, enhance your creativity, & help students have fun and engage in ministry. The creator of the Sidekick app and a team of veteran users will walk you through the best tips and tricks to enhance your skills with the Sidekick app. Learn how to be creative and engaging in minutes. The Sidekick app is blowing up and it’s becoming one of the easiest ways to engage students in laughter, learning and provide ministry opportunities. It’s so easy to use, 3rd graders are running programs with it—seriously... we’ll show you. Walk out with a free demo app and you can start playing with it immediately.

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Doug Fields

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.

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Steve Stone

Steve Stone is a developer at Download Youth Ministry and creator of the Sidekick app (https://sidekick.tv). Before learning to write code he served on the Student Ministries team at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY. You can nerd out with Steve about coffee, terrible documentaries, and using technology the church. He lives in Louisville with the love of his life, Lauren, and three sons, Elliot, Oliver, and Levi.

Elective

Orange Meetup

Host: 
The Orange Team

Location:
Offsite (Meet at Front Channel Entrance)
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Join the Orange Students crew and some salty sailors by 10am Friday on the Pirate Water Taxi. Meet the Orange Students crew at the Front Channel Entrance of the convention center. Seating is limited on this pirate-y adventure so first come first serve. Aye, aye?!

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The Orange Team

Meet the team behind the XP3 curriculum and what they're learning by serving pastors all over the world. https://orangestudents.com

Elective

The Church and Parachurch (Can We Be BFFs?)

Speaker: 
Crystal Kirgiss

Location:
Room 22 & 23
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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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Crystal Kirgiss

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.

Podcast

Podcast: What It Is, What It Means

Host: 
Jeff & Shara Bachman

Location:
Room 9
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We dive into Pop Culture that hits our radar this week and look at what it means for our families and ministry we work with.

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Jeff & Shara Bachman

Jeff & Shara Bachman met at a car wash 21 years ago and instantly disliked one another. One was in band and the other was a cheerleader (you can pray for discernment which one is which). They have decades of youth ministry between them and currently serve in High School Ministry at Mariners Church. They are both obsessed with pop culture.

Seminar

Spilling the Ministry Tea: 8 Crazy Ideas For Youth Pastors with Nothing to Lose

Speaker: 
Catalyst Collective

Location:
Classroom 1
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The perfect session for anyone who LOVES thinking creatively about ministry. We will share with you 8 hacks that transformed our broke, unattractive youth group into a thriving non-profit serving thousands. All attendees will receive some free merch and perhaps even confirmation on things God has already been whispering to you.
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Catalyst Collective

Catalyst is a stimulus for change. A commitment to the people that make it possible. and a call-to-action for a movement of personal, social and political transformation.

Seminar

Tips for Timeless Design

Speaker: 
Ministry Gear

Location:
Classroom 2
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Simplify Your Logo, Maximize Your Message

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Ministry Gear

Ordering t-shirts can be a pain when you’re dealing with hidden fees and companies that just don’t care about you. At Ministry Gear, we are committed to helping you choose, design, and order the perfect shirts with no hassle. That means stellar customer service, free shipping, free design, and absolutely no hidden fees. We want to serve you, so you can get back to what matters.

Seminar

Coming to Our Sense: Multisensory Ministry

Speaker: 
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Location:
Classroom 3
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Drawing from scripture, science, and insights from the Miller Summer Youth Institute at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, this workshop will explore how and why our ministries can benefit from multisensory experiences. Participants will receive a workbook to go along with the session, a free book courtesy of SYI, and practical ideas for experimenting with multisensory ministry.

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Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Founded in 1794, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate theological school of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), offering master's and doctor of ministry degrees as well as certificate programs.

Breakout

Bridging the Gap from High School to College

Speaker: 
Crystal Chiang

Speaker: 
Gerald Fadayomi

Location:
Room 14
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Graduation Sunday doesn't mark the end of a student's need for guidance and support in their faith journey. Unfortunately though, oftentimes it is. But with all of the responsibilities and tasks we have on our plates week-in and week-out, what could it possibly look like to continue walking with our students as they move to colleges all over the country? In this breakout, you'll discover practical ways your ministry can walk with high school seniors as they kick off their college careers this fall.

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Crystal Chiang

Crystal Chiang is the Executive Director of Student Strategy at Orange. Before joining the team at Orange, she spent 10 years as a high school Spanish teacher and student ministry leader, doing everything from small groups to speaking to curriculum design. Crystal and her husband, Tom, live in Atlanta, GA with their embarrassingly ill-tempered chihuahua, Javier.

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Gerald Fadayomi

Gerald Fadayomi is an Atlanta based communicator/preacher with a passion for inspiring students to have an active faith. This passion has allowed him to speak to students at camps and conferences across the country including North Point Ministries, Passion City Church, Bigstuf Camps, Orange Conference and many other events. Gerald is the author of “Before You Go,” a resource designed to help students follow Jesus and grow in their faith after high school. He also co-authored Starting Now, a devotional for college freshman. Gerald now serves as the Founder and President of the Stello Initiative, a 501c3 organization that mobilizes college students to serve through service based conferences. Prior to this role, Gerald spent 3 years doing non-profit work for the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, and 4 years as a student pastor at Browns Bridge Church. Gerald is happily married to his beautiful wife Kiley and loves spending his free time cheering on Lebron James and browsing through the SNKRS app.

Breakout

The #1 Key In Growing Your Ministry

Speaker: 
Jeanne Mayo

Location:
Room 15
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Jeanne has grown youth ministries from handfuls to hundreds over and over again. Repeatedly, she has found that following a few pragmatic steps in creating what she calls “a friendship culture” tops all the other “secret sauces” when it comes to growth and genuine spiritual impact. She’s run successful youth ministries through the years (still does). But this relevant and transferable session unpacks the major impact-factor. Sound easy? It’s not as simple as you might casually think. But fail the “friendliness test” in youth ministry and you fail.
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Jeanne Mayo

Acclaimed by Ministries Today as "America’s Number One Youth Pastor," Jeanne Mayo has thrown her heart and passion into youth and young adult ministry for over four decades. Her ministry DNA is reflected in her life mission statement: "The motivation and mentorship of Kamikaze Christianity into practicing and potential Kingdom champions." She has taken 5 different youth ministries from handfuls to hundreds; and even today, she is still actively in the trenches and on staff at Victory Church, a thriving church of over 16,000. She also criss-crosses the globe as a public speaker to teenagers, college students, young adults, as well as to their leaders. In recent years, Jeanne founded Youth Leader’s Coach, a non-profit organization that seeks "to instruct, equip, inspire and encourage the youth pastors and youth leaders of this generation." Through this venue, she has begun a coaching/mentoring arm called "The Cadre." Over 1,000 of the nation’s premiere youth and young adult leaders and ministries have now experienced this intensive year of personal mentoring and coaching with Jeanne.

Breakout

Improving Your Ministry to LGBTQ+ Youth: On Being Intentional

Speaker: 
Mark Yarhouse

Location:
Room 22 & 23
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This breakout 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.

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Mark Yarhouse

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.

Breakout

Communication: Five Keys to Effectively Communicate to Students in 2019 & Beyond

Speaker: 
Karl Romeus

Location:
Room 24 & 25
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Instagram, snapchat, and YouTube may have shortened students attention span, but they've also enabled students to access any and all content in seconds. In this breakout, we’ll look at five key strategies to implement into your up-front teaching, print communication, and social media.

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Karl Romeus

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.

Breakout

Youth Ministry Conversations with Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy

Speaker: 
Reggie Joiner

Speaker: 
Kristen Ivy

Location:
Room 34
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Join Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy for a discussion on leading the next generation and what they’ve been rethinking in 2019. Seating is limited for this conversational breakout.

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Reggie Joiner

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.

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Kristen Ivy

Kristen is the Executive Director of Messaging at Orange (The reThink Group, Inc.) and the Co-Founder and Director of The Phase Project. She and her husband Matt are currently parenting their three amazing children through the phases. Before beginning her career at Orange in 2006, Kristen earned her bachelors of education from Baylor University in 2004 and a Master of Divinity from Mercer University in 2009. She worked in the public school system as a high school Biology and English teacher where she learned firsthand the joy and importance of influencing the next generation. At Orange, Kristen has played an integral role in the development of the elementary, middle school, and high school curriculums and has shared her experiences at speaking events across the country. Kristen is the co-host of the Parent Cue Live, a weekly podcast for parents. She is also the co-author of twenty-four books, including her latest release: It's Personal, live a life that gives hope.

Breakout

How Do You Know When It's Time to Go?

Speaker: 
Tom Shefchunas

Location:
Room 21
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Have you ever wondered if it was time to move on from your current job? This can be one of the most excruciating decisions for a youth worker. One one hand, we feel called to a group of students, and yet, we feel like we there might be something else God is calling us too. On top of that…this sort of big change is just scary! Join Tom Shefchunas as he shares his story of leaving a church after 13 years, the lessons he learned along the way, and some practical steps for you to figure out what decision is best for you.

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Tom Shefchunas

Tom Shefchunas (Shef) is the Executive Director at Youth Specialties. Shef also leads the development and strategy for XP3 Middle School and High School curriculum. Before that Shef was North Point Ministries’ Multi-Campus Director of Transit, their middle school ministry, for 12 years. And before that, he spent 10 years as a high school teacher, coach, and principal. His passion is working with, recruiting, and developing volunteers and leaders who will shape the next generation. Through nearly two decades of leadership in ministry Shef has had numerous opportunities to coach and be coached by some amazing individuals.

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Energizing Families’ Spiritual Lives

Speaker: 
Jim Burns

Location:
Room 18
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One of the greatest callings in life is to build a spiritual legacy for kids. This seminar will focus on how to model and offer spiritual values to kids so that they will develop a positive, vibrant relationship with God. There are many things a youth worker can do, as well as partner with parents to energize kids’ spiritual lives. This seminar will look at how to include God’s presence in a kid’s life, build renewal times, and help families in your church develop spiritual times together. One of the horrible statistics of this decade is that up to 65% of today’s young people will leave the church sometime after they graduate from high school, but there is a 300% better chance of your kids staying in the church if there are healthy faith conversations that take place in church and the home. Jim will help you have positive conversations about faith, sexuality, friendships, creating a media safe home, peer influence and a host of other important issues.

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Jim Burns

Jim Burns is the president of HomeWord and the Executive Director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. He has close to 2 million resources in print in 20 languages. He primarily writes and speaks on the values of HomeWord, which are: Strong Marriages, Confident Parents, Empowered Kids, and Healthy Leaders. Some of his most popular books are: Confident Parenting, The Purity Code, Creating an Intimate Marriage, and Closer. Jim and his wife, Cathy, live in Southern California and have three grown daughters, Christy, Rebecca, and Heidi; two sons-in-law, Steve and Matt; and two grandchildren, James and Charlotte.

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Launching the Next Generation of High School Students

Speaker: 
Stuart Hall

Location:
Room 17
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We all intuitively know we are slowly losing the battle regarding high school students. And in a day where “copy and paste” ministry models appear at every turn, flipping the script and creating a developmentally thoughtful high school ministry could be seen as an act of rebellion. Join us as we wrestle with balancing convincing evidence from the developmental and behavioral communities with our mission to launch the next generation of Jesus followers into a world that desperately needs their example.

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Stuart Hall

Stuart provides vision and leadership for Orange (whatisorange.com) and INFLUNSR (influnsr.co), deeply desires to fuel the next generation of leaders worth following to engage culture, speaks to a ton of students, leaders, coaches and parents each year, has coauthored three books: The 7 Checkpoints and MAX Q with Andy Stanley and Wired For a Life of Worship (Leaders Edition) with Louie Giglio, laughs incessantly, and serves as a volunteer high school girls varsity basketball coach. Stuart and his beautiful wife Kellee reside just north of Atlanta, Georgia and have three young adult children.

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Social Media Madness: What Kids' Social Media Posts Reveal About Who They Are and What They Need

Speaker: 
Walt Mueller

Location:
Ballroom D
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In today’s world, kids live out their lives on social media. To get to know our kids along with their deepest longings and needs is a task made easier when we take time to deconstruct how they are fabricating, curating, and promoting themselves online. In this seminar, Walt will walk you through how a student’s use of social media can open your eyes to their most pressing unmet spiritual needs, along with practical ministry responses that will answer those needs with Gospel-centered hope. The seminar will end with some suggested social media practices that can re-form students in ways that bring honor and glory to God.

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Walt Mueller

Walt Mueller is a 42 year youth ministry veteran and President of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, a ministry equipping youth workers, parents, and others to understand and minister to kids growing up in today's youth culture. His great passion is to understand both Word and world, bringing the Gospel to bear on a youth culture that is rapidly changing. He speaks, teaches, and writes on youth culture and family issues. He is the author of 9 books, and blogs at cpyu.org. His commentary and analysis on youth culture, "Youth Culture Today" is heard daily on over 800 radio stations and online. He is the host of the "Youth Culture Matters" podcast. Walt also mentors Doctoral Students in Ministry to the Emerging Generations at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He's a husband, dad, and grandfather to 5 grandkids. . . which continues to fuel his passion for understanding today's youth culture.

Podcast

Podcast: Morning After Ministry

Host: 
Andrew Larsen

Host: 
Timothy Miller

Location:
Room 9
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The Morning After Ministry Show is a caffeine-fueled look-back at the week and ministry that was. We hope you'll join the conversation.
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Andrew Larsen

After 15 years in student ministry, I was recently demoted to senior pastor. My friend Tim and I use DYM as an excuse to hang out during office hours and to fund our families’ Disney addictions. My wife and I have 4 boys. No, we are not trying for a little girl.

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Timothy Miller

I love Jesus, my wife, all 5 of my children, and Andrew J Larsen. I’m stuck living where most of you vacation, and I go to Disney World way too much. Did I mention I like to party?

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Built to Last: Longevity in Youth Ministry

Speaker: 
Gary Garcia

Location:
Room 7 & 8
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The numbers don’t lie: the national average for youth pastors is just a couple years at one church before moving on to the next one. But if you want to have an impact on generations of students, then longevity is key to responding to the ministry that comes with the call. Gary Garcia has been the youth pastor at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship for the past 28 years. He will be talking about the things that have helped him last for almost 3 decades in youth ministry at the same church. Those topics include marriage/family, senior pastor relationships, parents, dry seasons, focus and more.
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Gary Garcia

Gary Garcia has been the Youth Pastor at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Southern California for 27 years. He is also the Assemblies of God Regional Youth Ministry Director for Los Angeles and Orange Counties. While still having a passion for being in the trenches with students, he also loves training youth pastors and workers. He's been married to his wife Ami for 22 years and has 3 kids.

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Seven Leadership Skills To Help You Win!

Speaker: 
Kurt Johnston

Location:
Room 5 & 6
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Because he's been in youth ministry for over thirty years and because he's made a ton of mistakes, Kurt has learned a few things along the way. In this workshop, he will share his top seven leadership skills that have helped him survive and thrive in a local church setting.
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Kurt Johnston

Kurt Johnston has been in youth ministry since 1988. He currently leads the Student Ministry teams at Saddleback Church which includes 15 California and four international campuses. He loves to encourage youth pastors, and has written and created a ton of resources with that in mind. When not doing church stuff, Kurt likes to surf and sit around campfires with his family and friends.

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Unlock the Student Leaders in Your Crowd

Speaker: 
Gabriel Zamora

Location:
Room 1 & 2
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Find out how to transition students from fans to contributors. Every student is a leader waiting for someone to put them in the game.

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Gabriel Zamora

First and foremost, Gabriel Zamora is a husband and father. He has been married for 10 years to his best friend, Domonique, and is the father of Gabriel Joel (3 years old), Judah (2 years old), and has a little girl. Eliza Ruth, on the way. Secondly, he serves as a youth pastor for Youth Church at First Assembly of God in Fort Myers, Florida. He is also in high demand to speak nationally to both youth and adult crowds and has done ministry in 23 countries across 4 continents. At the early age of 13, he was called into ministry from a family background of poverty, drugs, gangs and violence. Ever since, he has thoroughly believed that Jesus is the answer the world needs and is looking for. He graduated from CFNI (Christ for the Nations Institute) with a degree in Pastoral Ministry and is currently getting a masters in Theology with the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Third and last, he is a secret lover of country music and not-so-secret lover of the Yankees

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Should I Choose People or Programs? Wait, Can I Have Both?

Speaker: 
Virginia Ward

Location:
Room 19
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Sometimes when planning our youth ministry calendars, we are faced with the tension of having to choose to focus on our programs at the expense of the people we are called to reach and work with. This session examines this tension and provides practical tools for obtaining and maintaining a balance of people development and programs.

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Virginia Ward

Virginia Ward serves as the Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor of Youth Ministry and Leadership at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston Campus, where she teaches classes in urban youth ministry and leadership. She makes ministry personal by inspiring, enlightening, and empowering individuals and organizations to equip the next generation of leaders. Virginia’s local and national involvement in the training and development of youth leaders spans three decades. She comes with extensive experience as an urban pastor, ministry organizer, and youth ministry expert. Virginia pursued education in ministry, earning a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry, and Doctor of Ministry in Emerging Generations at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. A third-generation minster, Virginia is an Associate Pastor at Abundant Life Church where her husband Lawrence Ward is the Senior Pastor and Bishop. They have two sons, Paul and Mark. Together they formed a consulting company, Wards of Wisdom to equip urban leaders and ministries seeking change.

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Co-vocational Youth Ministry

Speaker: 
Ginny Olson

Location:
Room 3 & 4
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An increasing number of youth ministry workers have multiple jobs. Besides doing youth ministry, youth workers are working other part-time or full-time jobs or managing gigs like driving for Uber or designing websites. This seminar will help co-vocational youth workers learn how to minister effectively with a limited schedule.

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Ginny Olson

Ginny Olson has been involved in youth ministry for several decades on a variety of levels: youth pastor, youth ministry professor, speaker and writer. She is the author of Teenage Girls and the co-author of Youth Ministry Management Tools 2.0. Currently, she is the Director of Youth Ministry for the Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church, as well the founder of Olson Ministry Consulting.

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A Model For Reaching and Discipling GenZ: I’ve read the GenZ statistics, now what?

Speaker: 
Lucas Ramirez

Location:
Room 20
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There is a lot of new research on the emerging iGen or GenZ generation. But how do we turn this helpful information into something practical we can use? A sea of data only helps us if we can harness and apply it in our ministries. Lucas will share a practical model for how we can use the new data in structuring our student outreach and discipleship programs to be the most relevant, impactful and appealing to this rising generation.

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Lucas Ramirez

Lucas’ journey started in the heart of Argentina, being born in Buenos Aires. He emigrated to the U.S. as a child with his family. Now, Lucas lives out his passion for raising up the next generation of leaders in his role as director of The Gathering Place, an innovative student outreach organization that impacts over 8,000 students annually. He is a non-profit executive, author and keynote speaker to a diverse group of audiences. He has spoken at venues such as Catalyst Conference, TEDx, Liberty Convo and has been featured on FOX & FRIENDS. He is an organizational leadership expert and loves sharing and learning new ideas. The greatest blessing in his life is being married to his college sweetheart, Thea Ramirez, who is the Founder and CEO of Adoption-Share. The couple has three kids and the family lives in Coastal Georgia. Lucas thinks he might just be the luckiest guy alive.

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Growing Young: Helping Young People Discover and Love Your Church

Speaker: 
Kara Powell

Location:
Ballroom A
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In the midst of the discouraging reports about the aging and decline of churches today, how can you help young people discover and embrace your church? Through a landmark investigation of more than 250 diverse congregations effectively capturing the imaginations and hearts of teenagers and twenty-somethings, the Fuller Youth Institute uncovered six core commitments that are key to reaching and retaining young people. This seminar explores those findings as well as stories of real-life churches like yours that are thriving. As a youth leader, you’ll leave with a host of doable ideas to help your church change young people, and help young people change your church.

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Kara Powell

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.

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Women In Ministry Panel

Speaker: 
Allison Williams

Speaker: 
Ashley Bohinc

Speaker: 
Katie Edwards

Speaker: 
Jessica Sanchez

Location:
Room 16
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Join some of the leading women in ministry for this panel and discussion around women in ministry. Everyone is welcome to attend and be a part of the conversation.
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Allison Williams

Allison has been in full-time ministry in Southern Indiana for 14 years. Her current ministry is crib to college. She has a heartbeat for pastoral care and seeks out creative ways to shepherd and encourage students and youth workers. She’s created over 40 youth ministry resources available on Download Youth Ministry. Allison has never met a stranger, loves cooking up new recipes, and is so organized she has two label makers (just in case).

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Ashley Bohinc

Ashley Bohinc serves as the Director of Middle School Strategy at Orange and the USA Executive Director of Carry 117, a ministry in Ethiopia which focuses on orphan prevention and family preservation by empowering women. She is most passionate about resourcing the local church, communicating onstage, developing leaders, working with students, and engaging in world missions. Additionally, in her downtime, you’ll find her watching Friends, traveling, on one of her Fairytale Friday Adventures, or sorting through her massive collection of army green vests and jackets.

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Katie Edwards

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.

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Jessica Sanchez

Jessica Sanchez has been serving the local church for over 15 years in a variety of roles in children's ministry, youth ministry, and now adult ministries. She is serving as the small groups minister at her church and her deepest joy remains in empowering, ministering to, and caring for leaders in the church. She has been on staff at Saddleback Church for the last 10 years and lives in Los Angeles with her husband where they serve their church together.

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A Boundless Life

Speaker: 
Danielle Strickland

Location:
Ballroom A
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How do we live out a faith that is rich and free, deep and wide? How does our personal faith journey become something that affects change in the world? Practicing a faith that keeps Jesus at the center requires some shifts in our everyday lives. Using three foundational postures from the life of Jesus and the early disciples, Danielle gives transformational insights and needed correction for a truly love-based living that will align us to Kingdom values in our everyday life.
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Danielle Strickland

Danielle Strickland is currently based in Toronto, Canada. Her aggressive compassion has served people firsthand in countries all over the world. From establishing Justice Departments for The Salvation Army to launching Global anti-trafficking initiatives, to creating new movements to mobilize people towards transformational living. Danielle trains, advocates, and inspires people to live differently. Danielle is the author of 5 books with her most recent being "The Ultimate Exodus: Finding Freedom From What Enslaves You" and "The Zombie Gospel: The Walking Dead and What it means to be Human." She is host of DJStrickland Podcast, Co-founder of Infinitum, Amplify Peace and Brave Global. Danielle is a mom of 3, wife to @stephencourt and has been affectionately called the "ambassador of fun".

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Thriving as a Woman in Ministry

Speaker: 
Heather Flies

Location:
Room 1 & 2
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As women in ministry, we often receive mixed messages—Are we supposed to be sensitive and maternal? Tough and assertive? Are we supposed to help others in an over the top way, sacrificing ourselves? Or are we supposed to take care of ourselves so we can take care of others well? Be a part of an honest and authentic conversation about the challenges of being a woman in ministry. Having been a woman in ministry for 26 years, Heather will help you to feel encouraged, empowered and understood.
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Heather Flies

Heather Flies has been ministering to students since 1991. She loves the challenge of communicating truth in an authentic, humorous and straight forward way to teenagers, especially middle schoolers! Heather has been the Junior High Pastor at Wooddale Church for 23 years. She and her husband live in Minnesota with their two Saint Bernards.

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To Hug or Not to Hug: Loving Kids Well Without Crossing the Line

Speaker: 
Marv Penner

Location:
Room 24 & 25
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How do we develop and maintain meaningful relationships with students? What are the appropriate boundaries when it comes to one-on-one conversations, spending time together, connecting with kids after school or working together on a ministry project? What are some of the dangers we need to be aware of in the context of a "counselling" or mentoring relationship? How do we handle requests for confidentiality? How much are we obliged to tell parents about what's going on in the private world of their teenager? What sort of damage is done when a leader blows it relationally or morally? What are the next steps when we or one of our volunteers crosses a line? These are some of the thorny questions that we need to address in order to do youth ministry with integrity. This workshop will address these questions and more with practical tools that will help you guard your life and ministry.
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Marv Penner

Marv is a veteran youth worker who has equipped and empowered young leaders for over 35 years. He has a special place in his heart for hurting kids and families. As an author, licensed clinical counselor, seminary professor, and ministry consultant he finds his greatest joy in seeing leaders thrive. He is the Executive Director of the Coalition for Youth Ministry Excellence and lives in the beautiful Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada

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Smaller Church Ministry

Speaker: 
Stephanie Caro

Location:
Room 5 & 6
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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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Stephanie Caro

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!

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Movie Screening: Speechless

Speaker: 
Fabl

Location:
Ballroom B & C
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Fabl

As easy-to-use as any landing page builder, as robust as any CMS — Fabl is a content marketing, management and publishing platform for the efficient production of highly engaging, data-driven content pages at scale. Beyond a typical content marketing platform, Fabl unshackles marketers from their cost, time and technological restrictions.

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4 Things Your Volunteers Really Want (And Will Keep Them Coming Back)

Speaker: 
Ashley Bohinc

Location:
Room 3 & 4
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It’s no secret that people who work with teenagers are their own (amazing) brand of crazy. And since the volunteers in your youth ministry are one in a million, you want to do everything you can to ensure they stick around for the long haul. But what will keep them around? Come learn about what your volunteers really want, and what you can do to keep them coming back week after week.

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Ashley Bohinc

Ashley Bohinc serves as the Director of Middle School Strategy at Orange and the USA Executive Director of Carry 117, a ministry in Ethiopia which focuses on orphan prevention and family preservation by empowering women. She is most passionate about resourcing the local church, communicating onstage, developing leaders, working with students, and engaging in world missions. Additionally, in her downtime, you’ll find her watching Friends, traveling, on one of her Fairytale Friday Adventures, or sorting through her massive collection of army green vests and jackets.

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Creative Communication To A YouTube Generation

Speaker: 
Jeanne Mayo

Location:
Room 15
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The average attention span in today’s youth culture lasts for only every 8.25 seconds. To put that into perspective, a goldfish actually has an attention span of 9 seconds. The teenagers we’re communicating to are .75 seconds less attentive than “Bubbles!” Thankfully, you don’t have to be a creative person to upscale your communication “stickiness” with intentional forms of creativity. You’ll leave this session with cool, specific suggestions you can use the week you get home.
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Jeanne Mayo

Acclaimed by Ministries Today as "America’s Number One Youth Pastor," Jeanne Mayo has thrown her heart and passion into youth and young adult ministry for over four decades. Her ministry DNA is reflected in her life mission statement: "The motivation and mentorship of Kamikaze Christianity into practicing and potential Kingdom champions." She has taken 5 different youth ministries from handfuls to hundreds; and even today, she is still actively in the trenches and on staff at Victory Church, a thriving church of over 16,000. She also criss-crosses the globe as a public speaker to teenagers, college students, young adults, as well as to their leaders. In recent years, Jeanne founded Youth Leader’s Coach, a non-profit organization that seeks "to instruct, equip, inspire and encourage the youth pastors and youth leaders of this generation." Through this venue, she has begun a coaching/mentoring arm called "The Cadre." Over 1,000 of the nation’s premiere youth and young adult leaders and ministries have now experienced this intensive year of personal mentoring and coaching with Jeanne.

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Rise and Shine

Speaker: 
Damien Horne

Location:
Room 7 & 8
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Damien Horne’s “Rise and Shine” story is a journey of overcoming adversity and discovering his God-given purpose to encourage, inspire, and motivate others though his gift of music and storytelling. He believes when we live out our purpose, we “SHINE” and then in-turn liberate others to do the same!

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Damien Horne

The first of his family's twelve to graduate from high school, Horne left his hometown of Hickory to try to make it on the Los Angeles music scene. He survived years of homelessness there and in Nashville before he was discovered by John Rich of Lonestar and Big and Rich fame. He has landed publishing deals with Big Love and Warner Chapel and shared the stage with the likes of Faith Hill and John Legend. Also an ordained minister, Horne is a fervent supporter and promoter of The Boys and Girls Club and The Salvation Army.

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Responding to LGBTQ+ Students

Speaker: 
Mark Oestreicher

Speaker: 
Tom Shefchunas

Speaker: 
Ginny Olson

Location:
Ballroom D
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Being a teenager is hard, but being an LGBTQ+ teenager is even harder. Come learn from this panel of Youth Ministry Veterans about both their personal and ministry experiences. Be a part of the discussion as we discuss a way forward with this difficult subject.
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Mark Oestreicher

Mark Oestreicher (Marko) is a partner in The Youth Cartel, which publishes books and curriculum for youth workers, and provides the leading Youth Ministry Coaching Program. Marko is also the author of many books. He lives in San Diego. Twitter: @markosbeard

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Tom Shefchunas

Tom Shefchunas (Shef) is the Executive Director at Youth Specialties. Shef also leads the development and strategy for XP3 Middle School and High School curriculum. Before that Shef was North Point Ministries’ Multi-Campus Director of Transit, their middle school ministry, for 12 years. And before that, he spent 10 years as a high school teacher, coach, and principal. His passion is working with, recruiting, and developing volunteers and leaders who will shape the next generation. Through nearly two decades of leadership in ministry Shef has had numerous opportunities to coach and be coached by some amazing individuals.

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Ginny Olson

Ginny Olson has been involved in youth ministry for several decades on a variety of levels: youth pastor, youth ministry professor, speaker and writer. She is the author of Teenage Girls and the co-author of Youth Ministry Management Tools 2.0. Currently, she is the Director of Youth Ministry for the Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church, as well the founder of Olson Ministry Consulting.

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600 Years of Youth Ministry (and why that matters for 2020)

Speaker: 
Crystal Kirgiss

Location:
Room 14
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“They’re turning away from God; they want to quit church; they’re being pulled away by culture; they don’t take life seriously; they’re interested in just one thing; they’re hanging out with the wrong crowd; they need their own worship music; they’re making bad decisions; they need deeper faith … ” said parents, preachers, and other adults, for at least the past 600 years. The lifestage (adolescence, teenage) isn’t new. Our worries and fears aren’t new. And our deep desire for teens to develop a deeply rooted faith definitely isn’t new. Accurate history provides a helpful (and sometimes rollicking) backdrop for how we can best love, guide, mentor, and disciple our students.
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Crystal Kirgiss

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.

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Positive Discipline: Working with Rude and Obnoxious and Apathetic Teens

Speaker: 
Les Christie

Location:
Room 15
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Don’t let discipline problems drive you out of youth ministry! Take a positive approach instead. Learn why teens get rowdy, how to set rules and consequences, and how to praise teens. Get dozens of proven, specific ideas you can use to feel confident when you deal with those particular students who drive you up the wall. You’ll leave this seminar with a new appreciation for all the teens in your ministry.

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Les Christie

Les was born in Liverpool, England. He is married to Gretchen, they have two sons and three grandkids. In paid Youth Ministry for 54 years (24 years at one church in So Cal). Les was the Chair of the youth ministry department at William Jessup University for 22 years. He has spoken in every state but Alaska and in 21 foreign countries. He has authored 18 books on youth ministry and written over 70 magazine articles. Les Loves God and loves kids. He is an enthusiastic, dynamic speaker with a deep love for students.

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Equipping & Empowering Your Youth Ministry Volunteers to Win!

Speaker: 
Katie Edwards

Location:
Room 17
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This seminar is designed to give you some practical tools & ideas that you can use to strengthen your volunteer youth ministry team. In this breakout we'll talk include practical tools to help you win as we discuss how to train and coach volunteers, create a teaching strategy for the year, and encourage volunteers for the long haul.
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Katie Edwards

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.

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When Parents Win

Speaker: 
Kara Powell

Location:
Room 22 & 23
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Across the board, youth leaders say they believe in the importance of partnering with parents. But beyond treating parents as checkbooks, chauffeurs and chaperones, many of us aren’t sure what it means to truly “partner,” and are even less sure how to do it well. Based on years of world-class research by the Fuller Youth Institute combined with the best thinking of the Orange team, this breakout shares the key steps that every church can use to help parents win, which in turn helps young people win. Whether you’re in middle school ministry, high school ministry, or family ministry, you’ll leave this seminar with a host of practical ideas to help you win with parents all year long.

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Kara Powell

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.

Breakout

How to Jump-start Your Youth Ministry

Speaker: 
Justin Knowles

Location:
Room 18
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Whether you are literally starting a new position or you have been in your position for year and just need a reboot, there are some practical ways in which to get the blood flowing in your personal leadership, your volunteer leadership and ministry programming to get the ball rolling again. Sometimes we just need to restart, ask some hard questions, take a go hard look at our ministry and make some tough decisions to breath life again. This workshop is a very practical way on how to essentially…. Re-start.
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Biography
Justin Knowles

Justin Knowles is the Youth Network Pastor at Sandals Church in Riverside, CA. He oversees the student ministry across all 10 Sandals Church campuses. He hosts Youth Ministry Hacks Podcast, loves to write about his ministry journey and he teaches at all sorts of camps or retreats. He and his wife Kristin have a son named Graham and baby # 2 on the way. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @justinknowles3.

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Fundraising 101

Speaker: 
Ange Garrett

Location:
Room 19
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You fundraise for all kinds of things - charities, mission trips, retreats, summer camp, maybe even your salary! Come learn from Katie Swift, National Director of World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine, on how to fundraise well. You’ll walk away with practical ideas that you can apply to anything you fundraise for with your youth group.
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Ange Garrett

Ange Garrett's passion sits with storytelling through experiential marketing and fundraising, while communicating a passion for serving the world’s poor. As an advocate for the poor, she travels around to churches and conferences in the US activating others into getting involved “with the things that break the heart of God” with World Vision. Ange is fiercely passionate about baking, the oxford comma, and all things cheese. In her downtime from being a wife to the most handsome 6’9” husband you’ll ever see, and a mom to the cutest 2-year-old on the planet, she enjoys traveling, The Bachelor, and all things arts and crafts.

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Sustainable Youth Ministry

Speaker: 
Mark DeVries

Location:
Room 16
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In the world of youth ministry, there are a handful of constant factors that thrive over the long haul. This seminar introduces participants to those factors and offers a strategic design for instilling these foundational patterns into the fabric of any ministry, regardless of its model. This workshop is delivered in four parts.

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Mark DeVries

Mark DeVries has served as a youth pastor for 36+ years, 28 of those at First Presbyterian Church Nashville, where he recently stepped into the role of Associate Pastor of New Projects. Mark is president of MINISTRY ARCHITECTS (2002), a consulting team that moves churches "beyond stuck" and strategically forward. Having worked with hundreds of churches, Ministry Architects has helped build sustainable ministries for youth, children, families and young adults, as well as providing strategic coaching for church wide efforts. Mark is a graduate of Baylor University and Princeton Theological Seminary is author of several books, including Family-Based Youth Ministry, Sustainable Youth Ministry, and most recently, Sustainable Childrens Ministry, (co-authored with Annette Safstrom) and Reimagining Young Adult Ministry (co-authored with Scott Pontier). Mark and his wife, Susan, live in Nashville, Tennessee. They have three grown children and five grandchildren who bring delight to their lives on a daily basis.

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Creating a Safe Place in Your Ministry

Speaker: 
The Orange Team

Location:
Room 34
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The Orange Team

Meet the team behind the XP3 curriculum and what they're learning by serving pastors all over the world. https://orangestudents.com

Podcast

Podcast: 15-Minutes with Frank

Host: 
Frank Gil

Location:
Room 9
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Want to grow as a youth worker but don't have a ton of time? Spend 15 minutes with Frank as he talks about what he is doing in his youth group and sharing what is on his mind regarding student ministry.

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Frank Gil

Frank Gil is a youth pastor and a speaker who has a passion in helping youth workers to win in their ministry. He is the Student Ministries Pastor at Epikos Church in Wisconsin. Frank started working with Jr. High and High School students at 19 and hasn’t looked back. It’s this knowledge and experience over the last 13 years that has launched him into reaching young people and those that pastor them. Dedicated to helping others, Frank shares his heart and adventures in ministry on his weekly podcast, “15 Minutes w/ Frank”, which is found on the DYM Podcast Network. Frank is a Popeye's Chicken enthusiast, Disney purveyor, and a beard grower. Frank resides in Milwaukee with his wife Cori and their dog named Grace.

Other

Extreme Bingo

Host: 
Justin Knowles

Location:
Room 22 & 23
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We have discovered that students love to re-claim old things and make it their own - so we thought we would give BINGO a try. This is not your grandma’s bingo! We will be paying BINGO, with a twist! We promise you will want to come join us for this late night option for not only a chance to win some big prizes but also to be able to take this game home to your students and have them be as upset with you, as you will be with us, playing this game!

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Biography
Justin Knowles

Justin Knowles is the Youth Network Pastor at Sandals Church in Riverside, CA. He oversees the student ministry across all 10 Sandals Church campuses. He hosts Youth Ministry Hacks Podcast, loves to write about his ministry journey and he teaches at all sorts of camps or retreats. He and his wife Kristin have a son named Graham and baby # 2 on the way. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @justinknowles3.

Other

Silent Disco

Host: 
Party Headphones

Location:
Ballroom D
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Join us for the first ever YS silent disco. Silent disco is a unique way of experiencing music, where headphones and a silent atmosphere instantly transforms into a high energy musical performance.

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Party Headphones

Amping up the party scene nationwide with Silent Disco Rentals since 2011!

Other

Texas Hold 'Em

Host: 
Brandon Early

Location:
Room 24 & 25
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Join us for a fast pace, multi-table, Texas Hold 'Em tournament. This event is totally free with killer prizes awarded. Limited space is available, secure your seat by showing up.

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Brandon Early

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.

Other

30 Square in the Air

Host: 
Claim Your Campus

Location:
Room 18
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Everyone is familiar with 9 Square in the Air, but this is 3.33334 times the fun. Come play the game as you’ve never done before. A larger grid means more time to play and less time to wait, but keep your eye on the sky in all directions or you could find yourself out. Stay in and you have a better chance of winning prizes by simply occupying a square.
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Claim Your Campus

Claim Your Campus empowers students to begin praying for change, grace, peace, justice, and mercy.

Other

A Night of Magic, Mystery, and Laughs

Talent: 
Jared Hall

Talent: 
David Wood

Location:
Ballroom A
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Join Jared and David as they bring you a night you won’t soon forget. As two of the top Christian entertainers in youth ministry blow your minds with their magic, keep you laughing with their humor, and touch your hearts with their passion for sharing the message of Jesus through their illusions.

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Jared Hall

Jared 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 many conferences, festivals, outreach events, youth camps, and Upward award nights. God called Jared to ministry while he was a student in high school in Baytown, Texas. While in school, he began using illusions, comedy, and even mind-blowing stunts to capture the attention of students and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them. Jared’s heart and passion is to partner with churches and ministry organizations to share the message of hope and forgiveness that is found in Jesus Christ. Over the last decade he has been blessed with opportunity to perform at over fifteen hundred different events and outreach opportunities.

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David Wood

David is a world class sleight of hand artist who has been performing professionally at churches and universities across the country for over a decade. He is a pastor and a magician, and has the incredible ability to engage students through his magic, comedy, and inspiring stories. David is passionate about sharing the love of Jesus in a unique and creative way. He lives in Oakdale, CA with his wife and four children.

Podcast

Podcast: Youth Ministry Booster

Host: 
Youth Ministry Booster

Location:
Room 9
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Youth Ministry Booster

YMB is the equipping and encouraging membership network that helps youth ministry leaders rock it.

Other

Game Night

Host: 
Host Team

Location:
Bay Bistro Seating Area
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Ever host a board game night in your youth group but don't get to play? This is your chance! Join us this late night and have your pick of traditional boards games to play with your fellow youth workers.

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Host Team

The NYWC Host Team is made up of youth workers just like you. Some of them are long time NYWC attendees and others are newer to the scene. They are excited to welcome you to NYWC and be TOGETHER with you in Tampa!

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