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Saturday, 11/23

Seminar

YEEEEEEEEET (Own Your Ministries’ Unique Design)

Speaker: 
Catalyst Collective

Location:
Classroom 1
Read More
You don’t have to be mega-church to find success in ministry, but you do need a thorough understanding of what God has given you. Join us for an interactive session where we help you study your ministries’ unique design and why it matters.
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Biography
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

The Youth Mental Health Crisis: It's Time to Talk

Speaker: 
Project Path

Location:
Classroom 2
Read More

Your teens need more than you may be confident or equipped to give. Explore the first steps to responding with care.

close
Biography
Project Path

There are multiple challenges facing children growing up in mobile home parks but the most pressing challenge is the high school dropout rate. In mobile home parks, there is often a culture of "it's okay to drop out of high school." We've seen dropout rates in some parks as high as 80%. This is a crisis. Children who drop out of high school are more likely than their graduating peers to be incarcerated, live their entire life in poverty, and experience unemployment. We can end this with strong positive relationships and education. This is why we do what we do!

Seminar

Should I Let Students Lead Stuff?

Speaker: 
Because International

Location:
Classroom 2
Read More

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.

close
Biography
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 "Shut Up" Approach to Missions

Speaker: 
Amor Ministries

Location:
Classroom 1
Read More
Sharing the good news through listening, observing, and learning from other cultures.
close
Biography
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

Bridging Bridges in 2020

Speaker: 
Sunshine Gospel Ministries

Location:
Classroom 2
Read More
As ministries all over our country look to properly love people of color Chicago's BridgeBuilder program continues a 20 year history of connecting them with people of different backgrounds in conversations of faith & justice. Come hear how this missions trip (with a twist) maybe the right one for your youth and leaders.
close
Biography
Sunshine Gospel Ministries

Woodlawn is located on Chicago’s south side, adjacent to Hyde Park and the University of Chicago. The neighborhood has been home to noted authors, playwrights, athletes, and community activists. In the sixties, Woodlawn was at the height of its population, with many businesses, restaurants, and jazz clubs lining busy streets. Today almost all the businesses are gone, along with jobs and opportunities for many families. Beginning on 61st Street, the vision is to catalyze revitalization through reducing violence while creating pathways to opportunity for youth and adults.

Seminar

The Impact of User Generated Content Through Social Media

Speaker: 
Photoboxx

Location:
Classroom 1
Read More

Learn how user generated content and the use of social media at events is evolving community building. We will explore how to use your community as an audience builder beyond those already associated with your organization.

close
Biography
Photoboxx

Photoboxx is the best social media hashtag printer in the experiential marketing industry for Instagram & Twitter. We make tagging photos an organic experience resulting in valuable user generated content for your brand. Rent or purchase a Photoboxx today!

Seminar

The Power of Story: Creating Life-Changing Conversations

Speaker: 
Fabl

Location:
Classroom 1
Read More

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.

close
Biography
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.

Other

Movie Screening: I Still Believe

Location:
Ballroom B & C
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Biography
No Speaker

Saturday, 11/23

Exhibitor Mini Sessions 11:30-11:50 AM

Seminar

YEEEEEEEEET (Own Your Ministries’ Unique Design)

Speaker:  Catalyst Collective
Location: Classroom 1 Read More You don’t have to be mega-church to find success in ministry, but you do need a thorough understanding of what God has given you. Join us for an interactive session where we help you study your ministries’ unique design and why it matters. close Biography 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

The Youth Mental Health Crisis: It's Time to Talk

Speaker:  Project Path
Location: Classroom 2 Read More

Your teens need more than you may be confident or equipped to give. Explore the first steps to responding with care.

close Biography Project Path

There are multiple challenges facing children growing up in mobile home parks but the most pressing challenge is the high school dropout rate. In mobile home parks, there is often a culture of "it's okay to drop out of high school." We've seen dropout rates in some parks as high as 80%. This is a crisis. Children who drop out of high school are more likely than their graduating peers to be incarcerated, live their entire life in poverty, and experience unemployment. We can end this with strong positive relationships and education. This is why we do what we do!

Seminar

Should I Let Students Lead Stuff?

Speaker:  Because International
Location: Classroom 2 Read More

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.

close Biography 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.

Exhibitor Mini Sessions 12:00-12:20 PM

Seminar

The "Shut Up" Approach to Missions

Speaker:  Amor Ministries
Location: Classroom 1 Read More Sharing the good news through listening, observing, and learning from other cultures. close Biography 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

Bridging Bridges in 2020

Speaker:  Sunshine Gospel Ministries
Location: Classroom 2 Read More As ministries all over our country look to properly love people of color Chicago's BridgeBuilder program continues a 20 year history of connecting them with people of different backgrounds in conversations of faith & justice. Come hear how this missions trip (with a twist) maybe the right one for your youth and leaders. close Biography Sunshine Gospel Ministries

Woodlawn is located on Chicago’s south side, adjacent to Hyde Park and the University of Chicago. The neighborhood has been home to noted authors, playwrights, athletes, and community activists. In the sixties, Woodlawn was at the height of its population, with many businesses, restaurants, and jazz clubs lining busy streets. Today almost all the businesses are gone, along with jobs and opportunities for many families. Beginning on 61st Street, the vision is to catalyze revitalization through reducing violence while creating pathways to opportunity for youth and adults.

Exhibitor Mini Sessions 12:30-12:50 PM

Seminar

The Impact of User Generated Content Through Social Media

Speaker:  Photoboxx
Location: Classroom 1 Read More

Learn how user generated content and the use of social media at events is evolving community building. We will explore how to use your community as an audience builder beyond those already associated with your organization.

close Biography Photoboxx

Photoboxx is the best social media hashtag printer in the experiential marketing industry for Instagram & Twitter. We make tagging photos an organic experience resulting in valuable user generated content for your brand. Rent or purchase a Photoboxx today!

Exhibitor Mini Sessions 1:00-1:20 PM

Seminar

The Power of Story: Creating Life-Changing Conversations

Speaker:  Fabl
Location: Classroom 1 Read More

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.

close Biography 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.

Movie Screening 1:15-3:15 PM

Other

Movie Screening: I Still Believe

Location: Ballroom B & C Read More = close Biography No Speaker

Saturday, 11/23

Exhibitor Mini Sessions 11:30-11:50 AM

Seminar

YEEEEEEEEET (Own Your Ministries’ Unique Design)

Speaker:  Catalyst Collective
Location: Classroom 1 Read More You don’t have to be mega-church to find success in ministry, but you do need a thorough understanding of what God has given you. Join us for an interactive session where we help you study your ministries’ unique design and why it matters. close Biography 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

The Youth Mental Health Crisis: It's Time to Talk

Speaker:  Project Path
Location: Classroom 2 Read More

Your teens need more than you may be confident or equipped to give. Explore the first steps to responding with care.

close Biography Project Path

There are multiple challenges facing children growing up in mobile home parks but the most pressing challenge is the high school dropout rate. In mobile home parks, there is often a culture of "it's okay to drop out of high school." We've seen dropout rates in some parks as high as 80%. This is a crisis. Children who drop out of high school are more likely than their graduating peers to be incarcerated, live their entire life in poverty, and experience unemployment. We can end this with strong positive relationships and education. This is why we do what we do!

Seminar

Should I Let Students Lead Stuff?

Speaker:  Because International
Location: Classroom 2 Read More

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.

close Biography 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.

Exhibitor Mini Sessions 12:00-12:20 PM

Seminar

The "Shut Up" Approach to Missions

Speaker:  Amor Ministries
Location: Classroom 1 Read More Sharing the good news through listening, observing, and learning from other cultures. close Biography 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

Bridging Bridges in 2020

Speaker:  Sunshine Gospel Ministries
Location: Classroom 2 Read More As ministries all over our country look to properly love people of color Chicago's BridgeBuilder program continues a 20 year history of connecting them with people of different backgrounds in conversations of faith & justice. Come hear how this missions trip (with a twist) maybe the right one for your youth and leaders. close Biography Sunshine Gospel Ministries

Woodlawn is located on Chicago’s south side, adjacent to Hyde Park and the University of Chicago. The neighborhood has been home to noted authors, playwrights, athletes, and community activists. In the sixties, Woodlawn was at the height of its population, with many businesses, restaurants, and jazz clubs lining busy streets. Today almost all the businesses are gone, along with jobs and opportunities for many families. Beginning on 61st Street, the vision is to catalyze revitalization through reducing violence while creating pathways to opportunity for youth and adults.

Exhibitor Mini Sessions 12:30-12:50 PM

Seminar

The Impact of User Generated Content Through Social Media

Speaker:  Photoboxx
Location: Classroom 1 Read More

Learn how user generated content and the use of social media at events is evolving community building. We will explore how to use your community as an audience builder beyond those already associated with your organization.

close Biography Photoboxx

Photoboxx is the best social media hashtag printer in the experiential marketing industry for Instagram & Twitter. We make tagging photos an organic experience resulting in valuable user generated content for your brand. Rent or purchase a Photoboxx today!

Exhibitor Mini Sessions 1:00-1:20 PM

Seminar

The Power of Story: Creating Life-Changing Conversations

Speaker:  Fabl
Location: Classroom 1 Read More

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.

close Biography 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.

Breakouts 2:00-3:00 PM

Breakout

From Apathetic to Leader: Engaging and Equipping Every Student on a Mission Trip

Speaker:  Erica Schimelpfenig
Location: Room 18 Read More

What if you had a discipleship framework that engaged EVERY teenager in your ministry—from the apathetic to the student leaders? After 25 years of facilitating short-term mission trips, we’ve seen all the ways that a framework like this could help drive students into deeper discipleship in almost any size youth group. This training will walk you through a handprint discipleship framework that helps you engage, empower and equip 5-types of students in your ministry. Come ready to connect with your team or other youth workers around a framework that is easy to apply and impact your ministry and your next mission trip.

close Biography Erica Schimelpfenig

Erica is the Executive Director of YouthWorks and has served with the organization for almost 20 years. She began at YouthWorks as a summer staff and has since worked in a variety of roles such as a Recruiting Associate, Regional Director, Director of Recruiting and Director of Missions. She has been committed to providing opportunities for youth mission trips because she believes service allows teenagers to broaden perspectives, ignite passions, expose possibilities and inspire purists. Erica and her husband Cody stay busy with their 3 kids, ten, eight and five in Minneapolis, MN. A great day for Erica is doing house projects, working in the garden and finding a gem at a thrift store.

Breakout

The Leadership Pipeline Method

Speaker:  Jeff Eckart
Location: Room 19 Read More

Volunteers: we all want ‘em. In this breakout you will learn how to find, develop and keep them while understanding what motivates them. Discover how to build a strong and healthy team around you by learning a simple and proven visual method to instantly assess the strength of both your present and future volunteer leadership teams.

close Biography Jeff Eckart

Jeff Eckart founded Never The Same, a national youth ministry organization, in 2009. Learn more about him at www.jeffeckart.com and his organization at neverthesame.org.

Breakout

Beyond "College Ministry:" Reconsidering Ministry for [and with] Emerging Adults

Speaker:  Steve Argue
Location: Room 15 Read More Chances are likely that your leadership is concerned about young people leaving your church. Chances are even greater that your church is expecting you to do something about it. Often the ministry default to solve this challenge is to create a “college ministry” to keep young people interested in church and God. While well-intentioned, this approach misses a majority of emerging adults who do not fit the typical “college student” mold and perpetuates a passive form of discipleship. Emerging adults [ages 18-29] are seeking something more reliable to help their faith keep up with their increasingly complex worlds. Let’s explore the research, consider some of Fuller Youth Institute’s latest findings pertaining to churches and emerging adults, and imagine effective approaches that promote ministry with emerging adults, not at them. close Biography Steve Argue

Steve Argue, PhD [Michigan State University] is the Associate Professor of Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary and the Applied Research Strategist at the Fuller Youth Institute [FYI]. He is also co-leading research projects on ministry innovation and spiritual formation for adolescents and emerging adults. He is also a board member for the Association of Youth Ministry Educators [AYME]. Steve served as a pastor and Theologian-In-Residence at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, MI. He researches, speaks, and writes on topics surrounding adolescence, emerging adulthood, spiritual development, and spiritual struggle. Recently, he has co-authored two books: Growing With: Every Parent's Guide to Helping Teenagers and Young Adults Thrive in Their Faith, Family, and Future [Baker Pub.]; and 18 Plus: Parenting Your Emerging Adults [Orange]. You will find Steve training for marathons, tweeting #RunningThoughts, and eating vegetarian in Southern California. www.StevenArgue.com

Breakout

Leading Beyond Fumes: You - Better, Healthier, Stronger

Speaker:  Larry Acosta
Location: Room 5 & 6 Read More We need you in kids’ lives to shepherd this fatherless generation. We can’t afford for you to burn out and boil dry. Come learn some practical rhythms you can implement into your busy ministry life and let’s work toward a healthier version of ourselves- TOGETHER! close Biography Larry Acosta

Larry Acosta is the Founder of the Urban Youth Workers Institute and he believes in urban youth workers like crazy. While he has proudly passed UYWI’s leadership, Larry’s vision for this next season of ministry is to train, mentor and mobilize urban leaders to plant multiethnic churches to reach the last, the lost and the least in our cities. Larry’s claim to fame however, is that he is married to Jayme, his bride of 28 years and they have four beloved children- Brock (23), Karis (22), Malia (17) and Diego (15).

Breakout

Youth Ministry Conversations with Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy

Speaker:  Reggie Joiner
Speaker:  Kristen Ivy
Location: Room 34 Read More

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.

close Biography 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.

close Biography 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

Improving Discipleship through Deeper Relationships

Speaker:  Tom Shefchunas
Location: Room 17 Read More

Discipling students is tough work. It's about WAY more than great content; it’s about great content in the context of great relationships. And that simply takes a great strategy, great people, and time. Join Tom Shefchunas, one of the authors of When Relationships Matter to learn how to improve your small group structure, empower your small group leaders, and to create engaging experiences that promote strong and healthy groups in which students can truly be discipled.

close Biography 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.

Breakout

Faith For Exiles: 5 Ways a New Generation is Following Jesus in Digital Babylon

Speaker:  Mark Matlock
Location: Ballroom D Read More Tired of hearing what the church is doing wrong? Mark Matlock will share what the church is doing RIGHT when it comes to developing resilient disciples. Based on new research done with the Barna Group, Mark will share about the cultural shift from “Jerusalem” to “digital Babylon” that is challenging our familiar disciple-making methodologies, a definition of “resilient discipleship” that accounts for the widespread experience of exile among young disciples, four profiles of young Christians and ex-Christians based on what factors contribute to their lasting—or lost—faith, and research-based practices that can help your congregation form resilient young disciples. close Biography Mark Matlock

Mark Matlock has been working with youth pastors, students, and parents for more than two decades. He is currently the president of WisdomWorks dedicated to helping individuals, churches and faith centered organizations leverage the transforming power of Biblical wisdom to accomplish their mission. Mark is the former Executive Director for Youth Specialties (YS) . Mark also provides executive leadership to BetterMan Ministries as it’s CEO. Mark serves on the board of The American Bible Society, and is an ordained minister and has served as a lay pastor at his home church of 28 years, Irving Bible Church. Mark has been married to his wife Jade for twenty-six years and they have two college age children. Mark’s upcoming book with David Kinnaman, Faith For Exiles will be released in 2019 with Baker Books.

Breakout

Self-Awareness 301: Leading and Living After the Enneagram

Speaker:  Terry Linhart
Location: Room 14 Read More You know your Enneagram number, your Myers-Briggs type, and your strengths… now what? What do we do when life and ministry just keep pressing in and we feel like we’re not quite where we need to be and we aren’t sure where God wants us to be? Life beyond 35 presents its unique challenges and identity development doesn’t end. We can easily feel “stuck” with ourselves, with our work, and with those pesky problems that keep popping up in our relationships, work, faith, and in our minds. Add in the fact that youth ministry is like a 30-ton press that presses out all sorts of personal issues and, we can feel stuck during some seasons of ministry and life. This seminar is for the veterans who want to take a deep and honest dive beyond the “101” self-awareness. Terry Linhart, author of The Self-Aware Leader (IVP) guides this seminar… and we’ll close the doors so we can be honest and real. close Biography Terry Linhart

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.

Breakout

Raising Your Own Kids in the Midst of Doing Ministry

Speaker:  Doug Fields
Location: Ballroom A Read More

We come to you from the future: you can do ministry and raise your kids at the same time without them hating the church. Actually, possibly the best decision we made was going into ministry and starting a family. We’ll share some helpful principles and answer your most pressing family questions. You’ll learn from two different perspectives: (1) parents (Doug/Cathy Fields) & (2) from at least one of their children who grew-up in/around youth ministry. This workshop could be the most important one you attend while at the NYWC.

close Biography 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.

Breakout

#EveryTeenEverywhere: Strengthening & Deepening your Gospel Impact

Speaker:  Greg Stier
Location: Room 16 Read More This is the largest generation of youth in history. There are ONE BILLION young people around the world! Join Greg Stier to learn 7 key values that will mobilize this generation to reach their peers. Greg lifted these values right out of the book of Acts – and they are powerful principles that will transform ministry as you know it. You will leave this session inspired and equipped with practical action steps and a tool to gauge where your ministry is right now and where you want to go in order to mobilize your teens to reach their campuses and community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. close Biography Greg Stier

As a young man, Greg witnessed his rough urban family being utterly transformed by the power of the Gospel. It impacted him so deeply he made it his life’s ambition to spread this message to as many as possible. Because teens come to Christ quicker and spread the Gospel faster than adults, Greg started Dare 2 Share in 1991. Since it’s inception Greg and his team have equipped more than a million teenagers to share their faith. Greg has authored 20 books, written countless articles and preached on stages across the nation. But the glue that binds all these together is an unquenchable passion to mobilize the next generation to reach their generation for Jesus. He won’t stop until every teen everywhere hears the Gospel from a friend.

Breakout

Empowering Your Church to Change Your City

Speaker:  Lucas Ramirez
Location: Room 20 Read More

Come hear a fresh vision with practical lessons for how we can level up from collaboration into the deeper unity Christ longs for in His Church. The body of Christ was designed to be the most powerful force for good in history, but division keeps us back from our true potential. This seminar will explore how to align our ministries with God’s design for unity and lead beyond our walls into collective city-wide strategies.

close Biography 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.

Breakout

Planning with Purpose

Speaker:  Vince Parker
Location: Room 21 Read More

In youth ministry, we often find ourselves reacting to day-to-day demands and executing last-minute ideas without considering how our plans fit into the overall strategy of the ministry. To achieve long-term success, we must stop guessing at what to do next and, instead, start evaluating where we want the ministry to end up so we can strategically plan how best to get there. This breakout session will help attendees step back from the everyday grind to gain a broader perspective and learn how to create an intentional strategy for the next year.

close Biography Vince Parker

Vince serves as the Central Ministry Leader for Switch, the student ministry at Life.Church. With more than 10 years on the Life.Church team, he uses his pastoral experience and eye for excellence to lead a team of more than 30 youth pastors across 10 states. Prior to his current role, Vince served as a youth pastor and as the Life.Church Broadway and Britton Pastor. Vince and his wife, Melissa, live in Oklahoma City with their daughter.

Breakout

They Will Lead Us: How to Empower Students Toward Revival

Speaker:  Virginia Ward
Location: Room 3 & 4 Read More Every generation faces challenges that can give way to a spiritual movement. History has shown that youth are often at the forefront of many of the movements that brought change to society and the church. This “café-style" session will facilitate the discussion of some the best practices of youth addressing today’s challenges in various contexts. And a bonus? There will be some youth and youth leaders who will help facilitate this conversation! close Biography 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.

Breakout

Race Card: Ministering When You're a Different Color Than Your Audience

Speaker:  Frank Gil
Speaker:  Karl Romeus
Location: Room 1 & 2 Read More This breakout is a discussion of the unique challenges and experiences people of color face in predominantly white churches. close Biography 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.

close Biography 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

Rethinking Belonging: What Every Teenager Needs is Different Than You Think

Speaker:  Mark Oestreicher
Location: Room 22 & 23 Read More

All teenagers are wrestling with three ‘tasks’: Identity, Purpose and Belonging. But in our current culture, belonging has become the lens through which the other tasks are viewed. We’ll talk about why this shift occurred, and how we should respond.

close Biography 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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Mastering the Art of Leading

Speaker:  Tic Long
Location: Room 24 & 25 Read More

No one ever said leading others is easy -- and it’s not! Often we are unprepared for the challenges that come with leadership. In reality, leadership is much more of an art than it is a science. It is full of nuance and subtlety, and at times, feels counter-intuitive...and yet, it can be mastered! In this seminar we will be looking at some of the temptations and pitfalls, as well as essential tasks and approaches, needed to lead others well.

close Biography Tic Long

Tic Long has spent most of his adult life in youth ministry and leadership. He worked at Youth Specialties for 34 years. Most of those years he spent leading the National Youth Workers Convention, which he was completely passionate about. He loved providing something special for youth workers. In 2011 he sensed God’s nudge to leave YS and become executive pastor of Journey Community Church in La Mesa, his home church. He stepped down from that role in April. He and his wife of 43 years, Terrie, have a son and two daughters, whom he loves like crazy. His two grandsons have him wrapped around their fingers.

Podcast

Podcast: Youth Ministry Sherpas

Host:  Steve Anderson
Host:  Matthew McCabe
Location: Room 9 Read More

Maryland-based youth pastors Steve Anderson and Mathew McCabe are good friends with over 50 years of experience in local churches. Having survived long enough to see the benefits of longevity, they want to help others do the same. With wisdom, conversation, community and laughter, the Youth Ministry Sherpas Podcast helps youth workers everywhere to keep going!

close Biography Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson got his start in youth ministry as a junior high volunteer leading a small group of 7th grade boys. Having survived that experience, he felt God calling him to seminary. He graduated from Denver Seminary in 2000 and has been the Student Ministries pastor at Mountain View Community Church (Frederick, MD) ever since. Steve is decent at basketball, sucks at golf, and is passionate about the Pittsburgh Pirates, Penguins and Steelers. He and his wife Karen have three sons slowly making their way out of the house. You can find his sons’ music on Spotify (Thomas Austin and Jon Henry) and his personal blog at www.givenenoughcoffee.com

close Biography Matthew McCabe

Mathew McCabe started in youth ministry in 1990 quite by accident, but soon discovered this is what he was called to do. He served a small church in Green Bay Wisconsin for 10 years before moving to Portland Oregon for 5 years. He currently serves at Cedarbrook Community Church (Clarksburg, MD), where he has been since 2005. Mathew is decent at golf, has run a handful of marathons (rather slowly) and is a passionate sports fan of the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers. He and his wife Gina have four children, two boys and two girls. They also have a part-time foster daughter from their student ministry. The older two are swimmers at Messiah College and the younger three are high school students.

Breakouts 3:30-4:30 PM

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Translating Truth to Life: Making Sure They Hear What You Think You Said

Speaker:  Duffy Robbins
Location: Room 22 & 23 Read More

If you teach the Bible to teenagers as a speaker, in a Bible study, as a small group leader, or a Sunday School teacher, you’re a translator: You take God’s truth and translate it into the language of everyday life. But, if you’re translating that message every week to a group of teenagers whose culture in some ways is quite different from our own, you know that’s not easy. As every missionary knows: We can say whatever we want to say, but they get to decide what it actually means. This seminar will help you think about the challenge of translating real Truth into the real-world, offering practical strategies for making sure they hear what you think you said.

close Biography Duffy Robbins

Dr. Duffy Robbins, Professor of Christian Ministry at Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania, is a respected youth ministry veteran with over forty years of experience in the field. He speaks around the world to teenagers and people who care about teenagers. A long-time member of the Youth Specialties team, Duffy also serves as a Teaching Pastor at Faithbridge Church, Spring, Texas, and a faculty member in the Doctor of Ministry program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he co-leads the doctoral cohorts for Ministry to Emerging Generations. Duffy has He's the author of numerous books including Ministry of Nurture, This Way to Youth Ministry: An Introduction to the Adventure, Speaking to Teenagers ( with Doug Fields), Youth Ministry Nuts and Bolts, Enjoy the Silence (with the lovely Maggie Robbins) and Building a Youth Ministry That Builds Disciples.

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Recognizing the Warning Signs of Anxiety and Depression in Teens and How to Help Them Through

Speaker:  Chinwé Williams
Location: Room 18 Read More While the mental health profession is a licensed, reputable, state-regulated industry; churches and faith-based programs are often the first places families in crisis go for help. Unfortunately, children whose mental illness has not been diagnosed or treated may be placed in the care of well-meaning youth leaders who are not necessarily equipped to identify or respond responsibly to their issues. These situations can be disheartening for the children and overwhelming for the youth leaders. This presentation equips youth workers with the knowledge and skills they need to deal with sensitive mental health matters in a safe and responsible manner. Through the course, participants will learn to recognize the signs of youth who are struggling, learn specific skills to know how to reach out comfortably and responsibly to a child, learn when to refer a child or family for professional help, and learn about the resources that are available to them. close Biography Chinwé Williams

Dr. Chinwé Williams is a Board-Certified Counselor (NCC), Certified Professional Counselors Supervisor (CPCS) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia. Dr. Williams has worked in the areas of counseling and counselor training for fifteen years. She has served as a college and high school counselor, group facilitator, supervisor, executive coach, consultant and therapist in public, non-profit and corporate work settings. In each of these roles, Dr. Williams has conducted assessments, created intervention plans, and supervised progress of stated goals. Her expertise lies in areas of trauma recovery, adolescent, college student and young adult development, and women’s wellness. She has previously taught at Georgia State University, University of Central Florida, and Rollins College. She is an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). Dr. Williams is also a published journal author and presenter at local, national, and international counseling conferences. She is a frequent invited guest on blogs, podcast, and articles- most recently a 2019 USA Today article contributor. She is the Owner & Principal Therapist at Meaningful Solutions Counseling & Consulting, where she maintains a growing private practice in Roswell, GA serving adolescents, young adults, individuals, couples, and families.

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Teens and Anxiety: Stressed Out

Speaker:  Walt Mueller
Location: Ballroom D Read More Jesus says to his followers, “Do not be anxious.” Is that even possible for students in today’s world of rampant anxiety? Anxiety has reached epidemic proportions among our kids. Anxiety is now the #1 health-care concern on college campuses. Even preschoolers are feeling more pressure than that experienced by previous generations of their peers. What is anxiety and how is it affecting today’s children and teens? What are its causes? And how can we step in the gap to provide responses that ease the pressure? In this practical and hope-filled seminar, Walt will lead you through an introduction to this destructive force and offer practical ministry responses. close Biography 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.

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Longevity in Youth Ministry

Speaker:  Heather Flies
Speaker:  Gary Garcia
Speaker:  Jeanne Mayo
Speaker:  Doug Fields
Location: Ballroom A Read More Ministry is tough, and it can be hard to stay in it for the longhaul. Come learn from this panel of long-time veterans who have been in youth ministry and be a part of the discussion around longevity in youth ministry. close Biography 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.

close Biography 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.

close Biography 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.

close Biography 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.

Breakout

Lead A Selfie-Centered Generation

Speaker:  Nona Jones
Location: Room 16 Read More

Get up-to-the-minute insights and advice on what it means to lean into, not away from, a generation that is both socially-isolated and digitally-connected.

close Biography Nona Jones

Nona Jones is a rare combination of preacher, teacher, author, business executive, entrepreneur, media personality and worship leader. In her day job she serves as the Head of Global Faith-Based Partnerships at Facebook where she facilitates the company’s work with faith-based organizations around the world. She is also CEO of eChurch Partners, 28:19 Apparrel and is set to release two books with Zondervan Publishers in 2020. Her preaching ministry has taken her around the world, having been licensed into the gospel ministry at the age of 17. Nona has been profiled by ESSENCE Magazine as an “Under 40 Woman to Watch” and Florida Trend Magazine as one of Florida’s “30-Something All Stars.” She has also been featured on TBN, CBN News and The Word Network. She holds a Bachelor in Communications and Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida where she has been recognized as an Outstanding Young Alumnus and she has completed graduate studies at the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation. She is a member of The Links, Incorporated and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. as well as a graduate of Leadership Florida and the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program, a joint initiative of President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton. She and her husband, Pastor Tim, lead Open Door Ministries in Gainesville, FL.

Breakout

The Secret to Great Small Groups

Speaker:  Jessica Sanchez
Location: Room 7 & 8 Read More

Have you ever wondered what makes a great, dynamic small group? How do you get students talking, asking questions and engaging with the Bible in a personal way? During our time together we will discuss the art of asking great questions, how to create a safe place where students can be real with one another, and what we can do as leaders to make the most of our time with students.

close Biography 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.

Breakout

Helping Kids Whose Hurts are Deep

Speaker:  Marv Penner
Location: Room 24 & 25 Read More Being a teenager has always been tough. The more deeply we get to know our students, the more we often realize how complex those stories are. But a good youth worker is a trusted youth worker who will hear these stories from kids who need someone to listen. The problem is that most of us don't feel trained or equipped to respond wisely when students choose to share their darkest secrets with us. This seminar will teach you the skills you need to get to the bottom of these stories, as well as determine what the best next steps are. We will look at legal obligations, what to do when you just don't know what to do, and when and how to get the help they need to find hope and healing in the midst of pain and brokenness. close Biography 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

Breakout

Helping Teens with Screens: Four Essential Conversations Most Kids Haven’t Had

Speaker:  Jonathan McKee
Location: Room 3 & 4 Read More

In a world where 89% of teenagers have smartphones and 97% are on social media, we’re seeing an unprecedented spike in depression, anxiety and teen suicide. . .and almost every mental health expert cites smartphones and social media as key factors. So how can caring adults avoid overreaction and initiate interaction about these issues? In this session we’ll unpack four conversations today’s young people desperately need.

close Biography 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.

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5 Actions to Unlock Student Leadership

Speaker:  Stuart Hall
Location: Room 14 Read More

Greatness lies within every single student within the influence of your ministry. They
might not know it. They might not even see it in themselves. But you know it. You see it.
And we want to help you call out the greatness in your students. But just like gold, that
greatness is usually hidden and isn’t beautiful until it is discovered, cleaned up and
polished a bit. The students in your ministry are the same way. We believe their
greatness is for service, not status. Looking to help your students develop their
influence? Engage in this fun, thought-provoking interactive.

close Biography 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.

Podcast

Podcast: Youth Ministry Hacks

Host:  Justin Knowles
Host:  Matt Ferrer
Host:  Karl Romeus
Location: Room 9 Read More

Justin Knowles & Matthew Ferrer along with a few special guests have open and honest conversations about life, with practical time-saving hacks to help you do ministry better.

close 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.

close Biography Matt Ferrer

Matthew is co-host of Youth Ministry Hacks. Additionally, he serves as a family pastor with an emphasis on worship ministry in CA.

close Biography 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

Keeping Your Own Marriage and Family #1

Speaker:  Jim Burns
Location: Room 17 Read More Let’s face it, marriage isn’t always easy and neither is ministry. When you combine ministry and marriage, you often have the frustrating problem of keeping your marriage positive and fresh. In this session, Jim will share insights from what he and his wife, Cathy, call their “high maintenance marriage.” He will talk about and give practical suggestions on over-commitment and fatigue in marriage, boundaries, growing spiritually together, communication, sexuality, problems specific to ministry marriages, and several other subjects important to balancing and keeping your marriage and family a priority in your life. Plus, you won’t want to miss the communication and marriage handouts with a marriage and family bibliography to keep your marriage vibrant and committed. close Biography 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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Navigating Rough Waters

Speaker:  Scott Rubin
Location: Room 15 Read More

My 19th school year in student ministry was the most challenging... by far. The church as a whole was battered, and yet students still had the same needs. God had so much to teach, not only about ministry, but also about myself. We’ll talk about the unique learnings that can happen in a season of adversity, and offer encouragement for navigating rough waters.

close Biography Scott Rubin

Scott is the Director of Student Ministries at Willow Creek Community Church, in tropical Chicagoland. He's been on staff there for over 25 years, working with students, volunteers & parents. Scott also likes teaching & creating resources (The Essential Guide to My New Life with Jesus, Middle School Ministry, Red Stuff, etc). He's a fan of his wife, his 3 sons, and he’d love to have dinner with Shaquille O’Neal, Will Smith and Tom Izzo.

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Building A College Ministry

Speaker:  Samer Massad
Location: Room 1 & 2 Read More

College ministry is hard and an often overlooked endeavor by the church. Why should the church care about college students? What are the "must haves" for any church wanting to start a college ministry? How can the church begin to reinvent itself in the eyes of a group of a students that are entering college ready to write off faith?

close Biography Samer Massad

Samer Massad is currently the Director of College Ministry at Woodstock City Church, one of the Atlanta area churches of North Point Ministries. After studying finance at the University of Georgia, he went on to study at Dallas Theological Seminary where he earned his Master's of Theology. Samer's role at Woodstock City affords him the unique opportunity to communicate to students of all ages on a weekly basis. His passion is to communicate the life-changing truth of Jesus in an engaging, relevant, and practical way. He enjoys getting to travel and speak to students ministries from across the country and has previously partnered with Orange, Big Stuf Camps, and High School Camps. Samer is one of the most relational and fun-loving guys you will ever meet. He is a coffee snob, a sports junkie and a book nerd. But more than anything he loves being a husband to his wife Julie and a dad to his daughter Harper.

Breakout

Making The Most Of Your Weekly Student Environment

Speaker:  The Orange Team
Location: Room 34 Read More

For many of us, weekly programming for students boils down to three core elements: a game, worship, and a message. But could there be more to creating an effective environment for students than this? At Orange, we think so! In fact, we believe there are seven core elements to an effective weekly gathering for students—something we call “The Seven Segments.” Join us as we talk about how The Seven Segments can help all of us make the most of our weekly student environments week in and week out, and how Orange Students curriculum can play a helpful role in creating meaningful experiences for every student.

close Biography 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

Breakout

Games, Games, Games

Speaker:  Josh Griffin
Location: Room 20 Read More

NYWC veteran and youth ministry games guru Josh Griffin will walk you through a jillion games and ideas to help you have fun in your youth ministry. This workshop will be a combination of understanding the power of fun, tips and tricks to making games great, and brainstorming and sharing game ideas with the people around you. Every person will get a download code to grab a bunch of free games, too!

close Biography 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.

Podcast

Podcast: Morning After Ministry

Speaker:  Andrew Larsen
Speaker:  Timothy Miller
Location: Room 9 Read More 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. close Biography 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.

close Biography 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?

Breakout

How to Disrupt Racism One Friendship at a Time

Speaker:  John Hambrick
Speaker:  Teesha Hadra
Location: Room 19 Read More "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." close Biography John Hambrick

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.

close Biography Teesha Hadra

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.

Breakout

Designing Better Student Environments

Speaker:  Trey McKnight
Location: Room 5 & 6 Read More

As students move toward independence, they need to know there are others who will always have their back. How can you create an environment that fosters those kinds of relationships? How do you welcome middle schoolers without overwhelming them? How do you mobilize high school students to achieve their potential? Let’s explore how your ministry setting can be a natural extension of your student strategy. I will draw from my experience designing environments in big student ministries and large camps, and toss in some insight I’ve gotten from consulting with smaller environments, so that the average church leaders aren’t overwhelmed.

close Biography Trey McKnight

Trey is a visionary leader, host, and communicator with an intense passion for life, for people, and for inspiring life change in people. He has worked in student ministry for more than 16 years, including 4 years leading student teams and volunteers within North Point Ministries. He is the COO and Camp Director at Bigstuf Ministries, connecting with and reaching thousands of students and youth leaders across the country. Trey lives in Atlanta with his lovely wife Jamie, and their two boys, Mason and Rowen.

Breakout

It’s Personal: Five Questions You Should Answer to Give Every Kid Hope

Speaker:  Kristen Ivy
Speaker:  Reggie Joiner
Location: Room 21 Read More

​Students see our church building, they see our social media, and they see us on stage. But here’s what students want to know: Do you really see me? Do you know me? Do you care? In a world where students are often known by a number on a jersey, digits on a carpool tag, or a random username in an app, students need adults who are willing to pause and take the time to know them personally. Join us as we talk about the five big questions kids and teenagers are asking that can radically change the way we do ministry for the students we lead going forward.

close Biography 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.

close Biography 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.

Breakouts 2:00-3:00 PM

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From Apathetic to Leader: Engaging and Equipping Every Student on a Mission Trip

Speaker:  Erica Schimelpfenig
Location: Room 18 Read More

What if you had a discipleship framework that engaged EVERY teenager in your ministry—from the apathetic to the student leaders? After 25 years of facilitating short-term mission trips, we’ve seen all the ways that a framework like this could help drive students into deeper discipleship in almost any size youth group. This training will walk you through a handprint discipleship framework that helps you engage, empower and equip 5-types of students in your ministry. Come ready to connect with your team or other youth workers around a framework that is easy to apply and impact your ministry and your next mission trip.

close Biography Erica Schimelpfenig

Erica is the Executive Director of YouthWorks and has served with the organization for almost 20 years. She began at YouthWorks as a summer staff and has since worked in a variety of roles such as a Recruiting Associate, Regional Director, Director of Recruiting and Director of Missions. She has been committed to providing opportunities for youth mission trips because she believes service allows teenagers to broaden perspectives, ignite passions, expose possibilities and inspire purists. Erica and her husband Cody stay busy with their 3 kids, ten, eight and five in Minneapolis, MN. A great day for Erica is doing house projects, working in the garden and finding a gem at a thrift store.

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The Leadership Pipeline Method

Speaker:  Jeff Eckart
Location: Room 19 Read More

Volunteers: we all want ‘em. In this breakout you will learn how to find, develop and keep them while understanding what motivates them. Discover how to build a strong and healthy team around you by learning a simple and proven visual method to instantly assess the strength of both your present and future volunteer leadership teams.

close Biography Jeff Eckart

Jeff Eckart founded Never The Same, a national youth ministry organization, in 2009. Learn more about him at www.jeffeckart.com and his organization at neverthesame.org.

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Beyond "College Ministry:" Reconsidering Ministry for [and with] Emerging Adults

Speaker:  Steve Argue
Location: Room 15 Read More Chances are likely that your leadership is concerned about young people leaving your church. Chances are even greater that your church is expecting you to do something about it. Often the ministry default to solve this challenge is to create a “college ministry” to keep young people interested in church and God. While well-intentioned, this approach misses a majority of emerging adults who do not fit the typical “college student” mold and perpetuates a passive form of discipleship. Emerging adults [ages 18-29] are seeking something more reliable to help their faith keep up with their increasingly complex worlds. Let’s explore the research, consider some of Fuller Youth Institute’s latest findings pertaining to churches and emerging adults, and imagine effective approaches that promote ministry with emerging adults, not at them. close Biography Steve Argue

Steve Argue, PhD [Michigan State University] is the Associate Professor of Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary and the Applied Research Strategist at the Fuller Youth Institute [FYI]. He is also co-leading research projects on ministry innovation and spiritual formation for adolescents and emerging adults. He is also a board member for the Association of Youth Ministry Educators [AYME]. Steve served as a pastor and Theologian-In-Residence at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, MI. He researches, speaks, and writes on topics surrounding adolescence, emerging adulthood, spiritual development, and spiritual struggle. Recently, he has co-authored two books: Growing With: Every Parent's Guide to Helping Teenagers and Young Adults Thrive in Their Faith, Family, and Future [Baker Pub.]; and 18 Plus: Parenting Your Emerging Adults [Orange]. You will find Steve training for marathons, tweeting #RunningThoughts, and eating vegetarian in Southern California. www.StevenArgue.com

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Leading Beyond Fumes: You - Better, Healthier, Stronger

Speaker:  Larry Acosta
Location: Room 5 & 6 Read More We need you in kids’ lives to shepherd this fatherless generation. We can’t afford for you to burn out and boil dry. Come learn some practical rhythms you can implement into your busy ministry life and let’s work toward a healthier version of ourselves- TOGETHER! close Biography Larry Acosta

Larry Acosta is the Founder of the Urban Youth Workers Institute and he believes in urban youth workers like crazy. While he has proudly passed UYWI’s leadership, Larry’s vision for this next season of ministry is to train, mentor and mobilize urban leaders to plant multiethnic churches to reach the last, the lost and the least in our cities. Larry’s claim to fame however, is that he is married to Jayme, his bride of 28 years and they have four beloved children- Brock (23), Karis (22), Malia (17) and Diego (15).

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Youth Ministry Conversations with Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy

Speaker:  Reggie Joiner
Speaker:  Kristen Ivy
Location: Room 34 Read More

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.

close Biography 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.

close Biography 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.

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Improving Discipleship through Deeper Relationships

Speaker:  Tom Shefchunas
Location: Room 17 Read More

Discipling students is tough work. It's about WAY more than great content; it’s about great content in the context of great relationships. And that simply takes a great strategy, great people, and time. Join Tom Shefchunas, one of the authors of When Relationships Matter to learn how to improve your small group structure, empower your small group leaders, and to create engaging experiences that promote strong and healthy groups in which students can truly be discipled.

close Biography 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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Faith For Exiles: 5 Ways a New Generation is Following Jesus in Digital Babylon

Speaker:  Mark Matlock
Location: Ballroom D Read More Tired of hearing what the church is doing wrong? Mark Matlock will share what the church is doing RIGHT when it comes to developing resilient disciples. Based on new research done with the Barna Group, Mark will share about the cultural shift from “Jerusalem” to “digital Babylon” that is challenging our familiar disciple-making methodologies, a definition of “resilient discipleship” that accounts for the widespread experience of exile among young disciples, four profiles of young Christians and ex-Christians based on what factors contribute to their lasting—or lost—faith, and research-based practices that can help your congregation form resilient young disciples. close Biography Mark Matlock

Mark Matlock has been working with youth pastors, students, and parents for more than two decades. He is currently the president of WisdomWorks dedicated to helping individuals, churches and faith centered organizations leverage the transforming power of Biblical wisdom to accomplish their mission. Mark is the former Executive Director for Youth Specialties (YS) . Mark also provides executive leadership to BetterMan Ministries as it’s CEO. Mark serves on the board of The American Bible Society, and is an ordained minister and has served as a lay pastor at his home church of 28 years, Irving Bible Church. Mark has been married to his wife Jade for twenty-six years and they have two college age children. Mark’s upcoming book with David Kinnaman, Faith For Exiles will be released in 2019 with Baker Books.

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Self-Awareness 301: Leading and Living After the Enneagram

Speaker:  Terry Linhart
Location: Room 14 Read More You know your Enneagram number, your Myers-Briggs type, and your strengths… now what? What do we do when life and ministry just keep pressing in and we feel like we’re not quite where we need to be and we aren’t sure where God wants us to be? Life beyond 35 presents its unique challenges and identity development doesn’t end. We can easily feel “stuck” with ourselves, with our work, and with those pesky problems that keep popping up in our relationships, work, faith, and in our minds. Add in the fact that youth ministry is like a 30-ton press that presses out all sorts of personal issues and, we can feel stuck during some seasons of ministry and life. This seminar is for the veterans who want to take a deep and honest dive beyond the “101” self-awareness. Terry Linhart, author of The Self-Aware Leader (IVP) guides this seminar… and we’ll close the doors so we can be honest and real. close Biography Terry Linhart

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.

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Raising Your Own Kids in the Midst of Doing Ministry

Speaker:  Doug Fields
Location: Ballroom A Read More

We come to you from the future: you can do ministry and raise your kids at the same time without them hating the church. Actually, possibly the best decision we made was going into ministry and starting a family. We’ll share some helpful principles and answer your most pressing family questions. You’ll learn from two different perspectives: (1) parents (Doug/Cathy Fields) & (2) from at least one of their children who grew-up in/around youth ministry. This workshop could be the most important one you attend while at the NYWC.

close Biography 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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#EveryTeenEverywhere: Strengthening & Deepening your Gospel Impact

Speaker:  Greg Stier
Location: Room 16 Read More This is the largest generation of youth in history. There are ONE BILLION young people around the world! Join Greg Stier to learn 7 key values that will mobilize this generation to reach their peers. Greg lifted these values right out of the book of Acts – and they are powerful principles that will transform ministry as you know it. You will leave this session inspired and equipped with practical action steps and a tool to gauge where your ministry is right now and where you want to go in order to mobilize your teens to reach their campuses and community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. close Biography Greg Stier

As a young man, Greg witnessed his rough urban family being utterly transformed by the power of the Gospel. It impacted him so deeply he made it his life’s ambition to spread this message to as many as possible. Because teens come to Christ quicker and spread the Gospel faster than adults, Greg started Dare 2 Share in 1991. Since it’s inception Greg and his team have equipped more than a million teenagers to share their faith. Greg has authored 20 books, written countless articles and preached on stages across the nation. But the glue that binds all these together is an unquenchable passion to mobilize the next generation to reach their generation for Jesus. He won’t stop until every teen everywhere hears the Gospel from a friend.

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Empowering Your Church to Change Your City

Speaker:  Lucas Ramirez
Location: Room 20 Read More

Come hear a fresh vision with practical lessons for how we can level up from collaboration into the deeper unity Christ longs for in His Church. The body of Christ was designed to be the most powerful force for good in history, but division keeps us back from our true potential. This seminar will explore how to align our ministries with God’s design for unity and lead beyond our walls into collective city-wide strategies.

close Biography 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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Planning with Purpose

Speaker:  Vince Parker
Location: Room 21 Read More

In youth ministry, we often find ourselves reacting to day-to-day demands and executing last-minute ideas without considering how our plans fit into the overall strategy of the ministry. To achieve long-term success, we must stop guessing at what to do next and, instead, start evaluating where we want the ministry to end up so we can strategically plan how best to get there. This breakout session will help attendees step back from the everyday grind to gain a broader perspective and learn how to create an intentional strategy for the next year.

close Biography Vince Parker

Vince serves as the Central Ministry Leader for Switch, the student ministry at Life.Church. With more than 10 years on the Life.Church team, he uses his pastoral experience and eye for excellence to lead a team of more than 30 youth pastors across 10 states. Prior to his current role, Vince served as a youth pastor and as the Life.Church Broadway and Britton Pastor. Vince and his wife, Melissa, live in Oklahoma City with their daughter.

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They Will Lead Us: How to Empower Students Toward Revival

Speaker:  Virginia Ward
Location: Room 3 & 4 Read More Every generation faces challenges that can give way to a spiritual movement. History has shown that youth are often at the forefront of many of the movements that brought change to society and the church. This “café-style" session will facilitate the discussion of some the best practices of youth addressing today’s challenges in various contexts. And a bonus? There will be some youth and youth leaders who will help facilitate this conversation! close Biography 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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Race Card: Ministering When You're a Different Color Than Your Audience

Speaker:  Frank Gil
Speaker:  Karl Romeus
Location: Room 1 & 2 Read More This breakout is a discussion of the unique challenges and experiences people of color face in predominantly white churches. close Biography 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.

close Biography 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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Rethinking Belonging: What Every Teenager Needs is Different Than You Think

Speaker:  Mark Oestreicher
Location: Room 22 & 23 Read More

All teenagers are wrestling with three ‘tasks’: Identity, Purpose and Belonging. But in our current culture, belonging has become the lens through which the other tasks are viewed. We’ll talk about why this shift occurred, and how we should respond.

close Biography 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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Mastering the Art of Leading

Speaker:  Tic Long
Location: Room 24 & 25 Read More

No one ever said leading others is easy -- and it’s not! Often we are unprepared for the challenges that come with leadership. In reality, leadership is much more of an art than it is a science. It is full of nuance and subtlety, and at times, feels counter-intuitive...and yet, it can be mastered! In this seminar we will be looking at some of the temptations and pitfalls, as well as essential tasks and approaches, needed to lead others well.

close Biography Tic Long

Tic Long has spent most of his adult life in youth ministry and leadership. He worked at Youth Specialties for 34 years. Most of those years he spent leading the National Youth Workers Convention, which he was completely passionate about. He loved providing something special for youth workers. In 2011 he sensed God’s nudge to leave YS and become executive pastor of Journey Community Church in La Mesa, his home church. He stepped down from that role in April. He and his wife of 43 years, Terrie, have a son and two daughters, whom he loves like crazy. His two grandsons have him wrapped around their fingers.

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Podcast: Youth Ministry Sherpas

Host:  Steve Anderson
Host:  Matthew McCabe
Location: Room 9 Read More

Maryland-based youth pastors Steve Anderson and Mathew McCabe are good friends with over 50 years of experience in local churches. Having survived long enough to see the benefits of longevity, they want to help others do the same. With wisdom, conversation, community and laughter, the Youth Ministry Sherpas Podcast helps youth workers everywhere to keep going!

close Biography Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson got his start in youth ministry as a junior high volunteer leading a small group of 7th grade boys. Having survived that experience, he felt God calling him to seminary. He graduated from Denver Seminary in 2000 and has been the Student Ministries pastor at Mountain View Community Church (Frederick, MD) ever since. Steve is decent at basketball, sucks at golf, and is passionate about the Pittsburgh Pirates, Penguins and Steelers. He and his wife Karen have three sons slowly making their way out of the house. You can find his sons’ music on Spotify (Thomas Austin and Jon Henry) and his personal blog at www.givenenoughcoffee.com

close Biography Matthew McCabe

Mathew McCabe started in youth ministry in 1990 quite by accident, but soon discovered this is what he was called to do. He served a small church in Green Bay Wisconsin for 10 years before moving to Portland Oregon for 5 years. He currently serves at Cedarbrook Community Church (Clarksburg, MD), where he has been since 2005. Mathew is decent at golf, has run a handful of marathons (rather slowly) and is a passionate sports fan of the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers. He and his wife Gina have four children, two boys and two girls. They also have a part-time foster daughter from their student ministry. The older two are swimmers at Messiah College and the younger three are high school students.

Breakouts 3:30-4:30 PM

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Translating Truth to Life: Making Sure They Hear What You Think You Said

Speaker:  Duffy Robbins
Location: Room 22 & 23 Read More

If you teach the Bible to teenagers as a speaker, in a Bible study, as a small group leader, or a Sunday School teacher, you’re a translator: You take God’s truth and translate it into the language of everyday life. But, if you’re translating that message every week to a group of teenagers whose culture in some ways is quite different from our own, you know that’s not easy. As every missionary knows: We can say whatever we want to say, but they get to decide what it actually means. This seminar will help you think about the challenge of translating real Truth into the real-world, offering practical strategies for making sure they hear what you think you said.

close Biography Duffy Robbins

Dr. Duffy Robbins, Professor of Christian Ministry at Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania, is a respected youth ministry veteran with over forty years of experience in the field. He speaks around the world to teenagers and people who care about teenagers. A long-time member of the Youth Specialties team, Duffy also serves as a Teaching Pastor at Faithbridge Church, Spring, Texas, and a faculty member in the Doctor of Ministry program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he co-leads the doctoral cohorts for Ministry to Emerging Generations. Duffy has He's the author of numerous books including Ministry of Nurture, This Way to Youth Ministry: An Introduction to the Adventure, Speaking to Teenagers ( with Doug Fields), Youth Ministry Nuts and Bolts, Enjoy the Silence (with the lovely Maggie Robbins) and Building a Youth Ministry That Builds Disciples.

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Recognizing the Warning Signs of Anxiety and Depression in Teens and How to Help Them Through

Speaker:  Chinwé Williams
Location: Room 18 Read More While the mental health profession is a licensed, reputable, state-regulated industry; churches and faith-based programs are often the first places families in crisis go for help. Unfortunately, children whose mental illness has not been diagnosed or treated may be placed in the care of well-meaning youth leaders who are not necessarily equipped to identify or respond responsibly to their issues. These situations can be disheartening for the children and overwhelming for the youth leaders. This presentation equips youth workers with the knowledge and skills they need to deal with sensitive mental health matters in a safe and responsible manner. Through the course, participants will learn to recognize the signs of youth who are struggling, learn specific skills to know how to reach out comfortably and responsibly to a child, learn when to refer a child or family for professional help, and learn about the resources that are available to them. close Biography Chinwé Williams

Dr. Chinwé Williams is a Board-Certified Counselor (NCC), Certified Professional Counselors Supervisor (CPCS) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia. Dr. Williams has worked in the areas of counseling and counselor training for fifteen years. She has served as a college and high school counselor, group facilitator, supervisor, executive coach, consultant and therapist in public, non-profit and corporate work settings. In each of these roles, Dr. Williams has conducted assessments, created intervention plans, and supervised progress of stated goals. Her expertise lies in areas of trauma recovery, adolescent, college student and young adult development, and women’s wellness. She has previously taught at Georgia State University, University of Central Florida, and Rollins College. She is an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). Dr. Williams is also a published journal author and presenter at local, national, and international counseling conferences. She is a frequent invited guest on blogs, podcast, and articles- most recently a 2019 USA Today article contributor. She is the Owner & Principal Therapist at Meaningful Solutions Counseling & Consulting, where she maintains a growing private practice in Roswell, GA serving adolescents, young adults, individuals, couples, and families.

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Teens and Anxiety: Stressed Out

Speaker:  Walt Mueller
Location: Ballroom D Read More Jesus says to his followers, “Do not be anxious.” Is that even possible for students in today’s world of rampant anxiety? Anxiety has reached epidemic proportions among our kids. Anxiety is now the #1 health-care concern on college campuses. Even preschoolers are feeling more pressure than that experienced by previous generations of their peers. What is anxiety and how is it affecting today’s children and teens? What are its causes? And how can we step in the gap to provide responses that ease the pressure? In this practical and hope-filled seminar, Walt will lead you through an introduction to this destructive force and offer practical ministry responses. close Biography 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.

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Longevity in Youth Ministry

Speaker:  Heather Flies
Speaker:  Gary Garcia
Speaker:  Jeanne Mayo
Speaker:  Doug Fields
Location: Ballroom A Read More Ministry is tough, and it can be hard to stay in it for the longhaul. Come learn from this panel of long-time veterans who have been in youth ministry and be a part of the discussion around longevity in youth ministry. close Biography 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.

close Biography 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.

close Biography 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.

close Biography 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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Lead A Selfie-Centered Generation

Speaker:  Nona Jones
Location: Room 16 Read More

Get up-to-the-minute insights and advice on what it means to lean into, not away from, a generation that is both socially-isolated and digitally-connected.

close Biography Nona Jones

Nona Jones is a rare combination of preacher, teacher, author, business executive, entrepreneur, media personality and worship leader. In her day job she serves as the Head of Global Faith-Based Partnerships at Facebook where she facilitates the company’s work with faith-based organizations around the world. She is also CEO of eChurch Partners, 28:19 Apparrel and is set to release two books with Zondervan Publishers in 2020. Her preaching ministry has taken her around the world, having been licensed into the gospel ministry at the age of 17. Nona has been profiled by ESSENCE Magazine as an “Under 40 Woman to Watch” and Florida Trend Magazine as one of Florida’s “30-Something All Stars.” She has also been featured on TBN, CBN News and The Word Network. She holds a Bachelor in Communications and Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida where she has been recognized as an Outstanding Young Alumnus and she has completed graduate studies at the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation. She is a member of The Links, Incorporated and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. as well as a graduate of Leadership Florida and the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program, a joint initiative of President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton. She and her husband, Pastor Tim, lead Open Door Ministries in Gainesville, FL.

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The Secret to Great Small Groups

Speaker:  Jessica Sanchez
Location: Room 7 & 8 Read More

Have you ever wondered what makes a great, dynamic small group? How do you get students talking, asking questions and engaging with the Bible in a personal way? During our time together we will discuss the art of asking great questions, how to create a safe place where students can be real with one another, and what we can do as leaders to make the most of our time with students.

close Biography 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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Helping Kids Whose Hurts are Deep

Speaker:  Marv Penner
Location: Room 24 & 25 Read More Being a teenager has always been tough. The more deeply we get to know our students, the more we often realize how complex those stories are. But a good youth worker is a trusted youth worker who will hear these stories from kids who need someone to listen. The problem is that most of us don't feel trained or equipped to respond wisely when students choose to share their darkest secrets with us. This seminar will teach you the skills you need to get to the bottom of these stories, as well as determine what the best next steps are. We will look at legal obligations, what to do when you just don't know what to do, and when and how to get the help they need to find hope and healing in the midst of pain and brokenness. close Biography 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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Helping Teens with Screens: Four Essential Conversations Most Kids Haven’t Had

Speaker:  Jonathan McKee
Location: Room 3 & 4 Read More

In a world where 89% of teenagers have smartphones and 97% are on social media, we’re seeing an unprecedented spike in depression, anxiety and teen suicide. . .and almost every mental health expert cites smartphones and social media as key factors. So how can caring adults avoid overreaction and initiate interaction about these issues? In this session we’ll unpack four conversations today’s young people desperately need.

close Biography 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.

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5 Actions to Unlock Student Leadership

Speaker:  Stuart Hall
Location: Room 14 Read More

Greatness lies within every single student within the influence of your ministry. They
might not know it. They might not even see it in themselves. But you know it. You see it.
And we want to help you call out the greatness in your students. But just like gold, that
greatness is usually hidden and isn’t beautiful until it is discovered, cleaned up and
polished a bit. The students in your ministry are the same way. We believe their
greatness is for service, not status. Looking to help your students develop their
influence? Engage in this fun, thought-provoking interactive.

close Biography 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.

Podcast

Podcast: Youth Ministry Hacks

Host:  Justin Knowles
Host:  Matt Ferrer
Host:  Karl Romeus
Location: Room 9 Read More

Justin Knowles & Matthew Ferrer along with a few special guests have open and honest conversations about life, with practical time-saving hacks to help you do ministry better.

close 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.

close Biography Matt Ferrer

Matthew is co-host of Youth Ministry Hacks. Additionally, he serves as a family pastor with an emphasis on worship ministry in CA.

close Biography 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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Keeping Your Own Marriage and Family #1

Speaker:  Jim Burns
Location: Room 17 Read More Let’s face it, marriage isn’t always easy and neither is ministry. When you combine ministry and marriage, you often have the frustrating problem of keeping your marriage positive and fresh. In this session, Jim will share insights from what he and his wife, Cathy, call their “high maintenance marriage.” He will talk about and give practical suggestions on over-commitment and fatigue in marriage, boundaries, growing spiritually together, communication, sexuality, problems specific to ministry marriages, and several other subjects important to balancing and keeping your marriage and family a priority in your life. Plus, you won’t want to miss the communication and marriage handouts with a marriage and family bibliography to keep your marriage vibrant and committed. close Biography 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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Navigating Rough Waters

Speaker:  Scott Rubin
Location: Room 15 Read More

My 19th school year in student ministry was the most challenging... by far. The church as a whole was battered, and yet students still had the same needs. God had so much to teach, not only about ministry, but also about myself. We’ll talk about the unique learnings that can happen in a season of adversity, and offer encouragement for navigating rough waters.

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Scott is the Director of Student Ministries at Willow Creek Community Church, in tropical Chicagoland. He's been on staff there for over 25 years, working with students, volunteers & parents. Scott also likes teaching & creating resources (The Essential Guide to My New Life with Jesus, Middle School Ministry, Red Stuff, etc). He's a fan of his wife, his 3 sons, and he’d love to have dinner with Shaquille O’Neal, Will Smith and Tom Izzo.

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Building A College Ministry

Speaker:  Samer Massad
Location: Room 1 & 2 Read More

College ministry is hard and an often overlooked endeavor by the church. Why should the church care about college students? What are the "must haves" for any church wanting to start a college ministry? How can the church begin to reinvent itself in the eyes of a group of a students that are entering college ready to write off faith?

close Biography Samer Massad

Samer Massad is currently the Director of College Ministry at Woodstock City Church, one of the Atlanta area churches of North Point Ministries. After studying finance at the University of Georgia, he went on to study at Dallas Theological Seminary where he earned his Master's of Theology. Samer's role at Woodstock City affords him the unique opportunity to communicate to students of all ages on a weekly basis. His passion is to communicate the life-changing truth of Jesus in an engaging, relevant, and practical way. He enjoys getting to travel and speak to students ministries from across the country and has previously partnered with Orange, Big Stuf Camps, and High School Camps. Samer is one of the most relational and fun-loving guys you will ever meet. He is a coffee snob, a sports junkie and a book nerd. But more than anything he loves being a husband to his wife Julie and a dad to his daughter Harper.

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Making The Most Of Your Weekly Student Environment

Speaker:  The Orange Team
Location: Room 34 Read More

For many of us, weekly programming for students boils down to three core elements: a game, worship, and a message. But could there be more to creating an effective environment for students than this? At Orange, we think so! In fact, we believe there are seven core elements to an effective weekly gathering for students—something we call “The Seven Segments.” Join us as we talk about how The Seven Segments can help all of us make the most of our weekly student environments week in and week out, and how Orange Students curriculum can play a helpful role in creating meaningful experiences for every student.

close Biography 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

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Games, Games, Games

Speaker:  Josh Griffin
Location: Room 20 Read More

NYWC veteran and youth ministry games guru Josh Griffin will walk you through a jillion games and ideas to help you have fun in your youth ministry. This workshop will be a combination of understanding the power of fun, tips and tricks to making games great, and brainstorming and sharing game ideas with the people around you. Every person will get a download code to grab a bunch of free games, too!

close Biography 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.

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Podcast: Morning After Ministry

Speaker:  Andrew Larsen
Speaker:  Timothy Miller
Location: Room 9 Read More 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. close Biography 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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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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How to Disrupt Racism One Friendship at a Time

Speaker:  John Hambrick
Speaker:  Teesha Hadra
Location: Room 19 Read More "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." close Biography John Hambrick

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.

close Biography Teesha Hadra

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.

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Designing Better Student Environments

Speaker:  Trey McKnight
Location: Room 5 & 6 Read More

As students move toward independence, they need to know there are others who will always have their back. How can you create an environment that fosters those kinds of relationships? How do you welcome middle schoolers without overwhelming them? How do you mobilize high school students to achieve their potential? Let’s explore how your ministry setting can be a natural extension of your student strategy. I will draw from my experience designing environments in big student ministries and large camps, and toss in some insight I’ve gotten from consulting with smaller environments, so that the average church leaders aren’t overwhelmed.

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Trey is a visionary leader, host, and communicator with an intense passion for life, for people, and for inspiring life change in people. He has worked in student ministry for more than 16 years, including 4 years leading student teams and volunteers within North Point Ministries. He is the COO and Camp Director at Bigstuf Ministries, connecting with and reaching thousands of students and youth leaders across the country. Trey lives in Atlanta with his lovely wife Jamie, and their two boys, Mason and Rowen.

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It’s Personal: Five Questions You Should Answer to Give Every Kid Hope

Speaker:  Kristen Ivy
Speaker:  Reggie Joiner
Location: Room 21 Read More

​Students see our church building, they see our social media, and they see us on stage. But here’s what students want to know: Do you really see me? Do you know me? Do you care? In a world where students are often known by a number on a jersey, digits on a carpool tag, or a random username in an app, students need adults who are willing to pause and take the time to know them personally. Join us as we talk about the five big questions kids and teenagers are asking that can radically change the way we do ministry for the students we lead going forward.

close Biography 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.

close Biography 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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From Apathetic to Leader: Engaging and Equipping Every Student on a Mission Trip

Speaker: 
Erica Schimelpfenig

Location:
Room 18
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What if you had a discipleship framework that engaged EVERY teenager in your ministry—from the apathetic to the student leaders? After 25 years of facilitating short-term mission trips, we’ve seen all the ways that a framework like this could help drive students into deeper discipleship in almost any size youth group. This training will walk you through a handprint discipleship framework that helps you engage, empower and equip 5-types of students in your ministry. Come ready to connect with your team or other youth workers around a framework that is easy to apply and impact your ministry and your next mission trip.

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Erica Schimelpfenig

Erica is the Executive Director of YouthWorks and has served with the organization for almost 20 years. She began at YouthWorks as a summer staff and has since worked in a variety of roles such as a Recruiting Associate, Regional Director, Director of Recruiting and Director of Missions. She has been committed to providing opportunities for youth mission trips because she believes service allows teenagers to broaden perspectives, ignite passions, expose possibilities and inspire purists. Erica and her husband Cody stay busy with their 3 kids, ten, eight and five in Minneapolis, MN. A great day for Erica is doing house projects, working in the garden and finding a gem at a thrift store.

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The Leadership Pipeline Method

Speaker: 
Jeff Eckart

Location:
Room 19
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Volunteers: we all want ‘em. In this breakout you will learn how to find, develop and keep them while understanding what motivates them. Discover how to build a strong and healthy team around you by learning a simple and proven visual method to instantly assess the strength of both your present and future volunteer leadership teams.

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Jeff Eckart

Jeff Eckart founded Never The Same, a national youth ministry organization, in 2009. Learn more about him at www.jeffeckart.com and his organization at neverthesame.org.

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Beyond "College Ministry:" Reconsidering Ministry for [and with] Emerging Adults

Speaker: 
Steve Argue

Location:
Room 15
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Chances are likely that your leadership is concerned about young people leaving your church. Chances are even greater that your church is expecting you to do something about it. Often the ministry default to solve this challenge is to create a “college ministry” to keep young people interested in church and God. While well-intentioned, this approach misses a majority of emerging adults who do not fit the typical “college student” mold and perpetuates a passive form of discipleship. Emerging adults [ages 18-29] are seeking something more reliable to help their faith keep up with their increasingly complex worlds. Let’s explore the research, consider some of Fuller Youth Institute’s latest findings pertaining to churches and emerging adults, and imagine effective approaches that promote ministry with emerging adults, not at them.
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Steve Argue

Steve Argue, PhD [Michigan State University] is the Associate Professor of Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary and the Applied Research Strategist at the Fuller Youth Institute [FYI]. He is also co-leading research projects on ministry innovation and spiritual formation for adolescents and emerging adults. He is also a board member for the Association of Youth Ministry Educators [AYME]. Steve served as a pastor and Theologian-In-Residence at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, MI. He researches, speaks, and writes on topics surrounding adolescence, emerging adulthood, spiritual development, and spiritual struggle. Recently, he has co-authored two books: Growing With: Every Parent's Guide to Helping Teenagers and Young Adults Thrive in Their Faith, Family, and Future [Baker Pub.]; and 18 Plus: Parenting Your Emerging Adults [Orange]. You will find Steve training for marathons, tweeting #RunningThoughts, and eating vegetarian in Southern California. www.StevenArgue.com

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Leading Beyond Fumes: You - Better, Healthier, Stronger

Speaker: 
Larry Acosta

Location:
Room 5 & 6
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We need you in kids’ lives to shepherd this fatherless generation. We can’t afford for you to burn out and boil dry. Come learn some practical rhythms you can implement into your busy ministry life and let’s work toward a healthier version of ourselves- TOGETHER!
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Larry Acosta

Larry Acosta is the Founder of the Urban Youth Workers Institute and he believes in urban youth workers like crazy. While he has proudly passed UYWI’s leadership, Larry’s vision for this next season of ministry is to train, mentor and mobilize urban leaders to plant multiethnic churches to reach the last, the lost and the least in our cities. Larry’s claim to fame however, is that he is married to Jayme, his bride of 28 years and they have four beloved children- Brock (23), Karis (22), Malia (17) and Diego (15).

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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.

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Improving Discipleship through Deeper Relationships

Speaker: 
Tom Shefchunas

Location:
Room 17
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Discipling students is tough work. It's about WAY more than great content; it’s about great content in the context of great relationships. And that simply takes a great strategy, great people, and time. Join Tom Shefchunas, one of the authors of When Relationships Matter to learn how to improve your small group structure, empower your small group leaders, and to create engaging experiences that promote strong and healthy groups in which students can truly be discipled.

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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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Faith For Exiles: 5 Ways a New Generation is Following Jesus in Digital Babylon

Speaker: 
Mark Matlock

Location:
Ballroom D
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Tired of hearing what the church is doing wrong? Mark Matlock will share what the church is doing RIGHT when it comes to developing resilient disciples. Based on new research done with the Barna Group, Mark will share about the cultural shift from “Jerusalem” to “digital Babylon” that is challenging our familiar disciple-making methodologies, a definition of “resilient discipleship” that accounts for the widespread experience of exile among young disciples, four profiles of young Christians and ex-Christians based on what factors contribute to their lasting—or lost—faith, and research-based practices that can help your congregation form resilient young disciples.
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Mark Matlock

Mark Matlock has been working with youth pastors, students, and parents for more than two decades. He is currently the president of WisdomWorks dedicated to helping individuals, churches and faith centered organizations leverage the transforming power of Biblical wisdom to accomplish their mission. Mark is the former Executive Director for Youth Specialties (YS) . Mark also provides executive leadership to BetterMan Ministries as it’s CEO. Mark serves on the board of The American Bible Society, and is an ordained minister and has served as a lay pastor at his home church of 28 years, Irving Bible Church. Mark has been married to his wife Jade for twenty-six years and they have two college age children. Mark’s upcoming book with David Kinnaman, Faith For Exiles will be released in 2019 with Baker Books.

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Self-Awareness 301: Leading and Living After the Enneagram

Speaker: 
Terry Linhart

Location:
Room 14
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You know your Enneagram number, your Myers-Briggs type, and your strengths… now what? What do we do when life and ministry just keep pressing in and we feel like we’re not quite where we need to be and we aren’t sure where God wants us to be? Life beyond 35 presents its unique challenges and identity development doesn’t end. We can easily feel “stuck” with ourselves, with our work, and with those pesky problems that keep popping up in our relationships, work, faith, and in our minds. Add in the fact that youth ministry is like a 30-ton press that presses out all sorts of personal issues and, we can feel stuck during some seasons of ministry and life. This seminar is for the veterans who want to take a deep and honest dive beyond the “101” self-awareness. Terry Linhart, author of The Self-Aware Leader (IVP) guides this seminar… and we’ll close the doors so we can be honest and real.
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Terry Linhart

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.

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Raising Your Own Kids in the Midst of Doing Ministry

Speaker: 
Doug Fields

Location:
Ballroom A
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We come to you from the future: you can do ministry and raise your kids at the same time without them hating the church. Actually, possibly the best decision we made was going into ministry and starting a family. We’ll share some helpful principles and answer your most pressing family questions. You’ll learn from two different perspectives: (1) parents (Doug/Cathy Fields) & (2) from at least one of their children who grew-up in/around youth ministry. This workshop could be the most important one you attend while at the NYWC.

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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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#EveryTeenEverywhere: Strengthening & Deepening your Gospel Impact

Speaker: 
Greg Stier

Location:
Room 16
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This is the largest generation of youth in history. There are ONE BILLION young people around the world! Join Greg Stier to learn 7 key values that will mobilize this generation to reach their peers. Greg lifted these values right out of the book of Acts – and they are powerful principles that will transform ministry as you know it. You will leave this session inspired and equipped with practical action steps and a tool to gauge where your ministry is right now and where you want to go in order to mobilize your teens to reach their campuses and community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
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Greg Stier

As a young man, Greg witnessed his rough urban family being utterly transformed by the power of the Gospel. It impacted him so deeply he made it his life’s ambition to spread this message to as many as possible. Because teens come to Christ quicker and spread the Gospel faster than adults, Greg started Dare 2 Share in 1991. Since it’s inception Greg and his team have equipped more than a million teenagers to share their faith. Greg has authored 20 books, written countless articles and preached on stages across the nation. But the glue that binds all these together is an unquenchable passion to mobilize the next generation to reach their generation for Jesus. He won’t stop until every teen everywhere hears the Gospel from a friend.

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Empowering Your Church to Change Your City

Speaker: 
Lucas Ramirez

Location:
Room 20
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Come hear a fresh vision with practical lessons for how we can level up from collaboration into the deeper unity Christ longs for in His Church. The body of Christ was designed to be the most powerful force for good in history, but division keeps us back from our true potential. This seminar will explore how to align our ministries with God’s design for unity and lead beyond our walls into collective city-wide strategies.

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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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Planning with Purpose

Speaker: 
Vince Parker

Location:
Room 21
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In youth ministry, we often find ourselves reacting to day-to-day demands and executing last-minute ideas without considering how our plans fit into the overall strategy of the ministry. To achieve long-term success, we must stop guessing at what to do next and, instead, start evaluating where we want the ministry to end up so we can strategically plan how best to get there. This breakout session will help attendees step back from the everyday grind to gain a broader perspective and learn how to create an intentional strategy for the next year.

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Vince Parker

Vince serves as the Central Ministry Leader for Switch, the student ministry at Life.Church. With more than 10 years on the Life.Church team, he uses his pastoral experience and eye for excellence to lead a team of more than 30 youth pastors across 10 states. Prior to his current role, Vince served as a youth pastor and as the Life.Church Broadway and Britton Pastor. Vince and his wife, Melissa, live in Oklahoma City with their daughter.

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They Will Lead Us: How to Empower Students Toward Revival

Speaker: 
Virginia Ward

Location:
Room 3 & 4
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Every generation faces challenges that can give way to a spiritual movement. History has shown that youth are often at the forefront of many of the movements that brought change to society and the church. This “café-style" session will facilitate the discussion of some the best practices of youth addressing today’s challenges in various contexts. And a bonus? There will be some youth and youth leaders who will help facilitate this conversation!
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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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Race Card: Ministering When You're a Different Color Than Your Audience

Speaker: 
Frank Gil

Speaker: 
Karl Romeus

Location:
Room 1 & 2
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This breakout is a discussion of the unique challenges and experiences people of color face in predominantly white churches.
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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.

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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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Rethinking Belonging: What Every Teenager Needs is Different Than You Think

Speaker: 
Mark Oestreicher

Location:
Room 22 & 23
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All teenagers are wrestling with three ‘tasks’: Identity, Purpose and Belonging. But in our current culture, belonging has become the lens through which the other tasks are viewed. We’ll talk about why this shift occurred, and how we should respond.

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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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Mastering the Art of Leading

Speaker: 
Tic Long

Location:
Room 24 & 25
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No one ever said leading others is easy -- and it’s not! Often we are unprepared for the challenges that come with leadership. In reality, leadership is much more of an art than it is a science. It is full of nuance and subtlety, and at times, feels counter-intuitive...and yet, it can be mastered! In this seminar we will be looking at some of the temptations and pitfalls, as well as essential tasks and approaches, needed to lead others well.

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Tic Long

Tic Long has spent most of his adult life in youth ministry and leadership. He worked at Youth Specialties for 34 years. Most of those years he spent leading the National Youth Workers Convention, which he was completely passionate about. He loved providing something special for youth workers. In 2011 he sensed God’s nudge to leave YS and become executive pastor of Journey Community Church in La Mesa, his home church. He stepped down from that role in April. He and his wife of 43 years, Terrie, have a son and two daughters, whom he loves like crazy. His two grandsons have him wrapped around their fingers.

Podcast

Podcast: Youth Ministry Sherpas

Host: 
Steve Anderson

Host: 
Matthew McCabe

Location:
Room 9
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Maryland-based youth pastors Steve Anderson and Mathew McCabe are good friends with over 50 years of experience in local churches. Having survived long enough to see the benefits of longevity, they want to help others do the same. With wisdom, conversation, community and laughter, the Youth Ministry Sherpas Podcast helps youth workers everywhere to keep going!

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Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson got his start in youth ministry as a junior high volunteer leading a small group of 7th grade boys. Having survived that experience, he felt God calling him to seminary. He graduated from Denver Seminary in 2000 and has been the Student Ministries pastor at Mountain View Community Church (Frederick, MD) ever since. Steve is decent at basketball, sucks at golf, and is passionate about the Pittsburgh Pirates, Penguins and Steelers. He and his wife Karen have three sons slowly making their way out of the house. You can find his sons’ music on Spotify (Thomas Austin and Jon Henry) and his personal blog at www.givenenoughcoffee.com

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Matthew McCabe

Mathew McCabe started in youth ministry in 1990 quite by accident, but soon discovered this is what he was called to do. He served a small church in Green Bay Wisconsin for 10 years before moving to Portland Oregon for 5 years. He currently serves at Cedarbrook Community Church (Clarksburg, MD), where he has been since 2005. Mathew is decent at golf, has run a handful of marathons (rather slowly) and is a passionate sports fan of the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers. He and his wife Gina have four children, two boys and two girls. They also have a part-time foster daughter from their student ministry. The older two are swimmers at Messiah College and the younger three are high school students.

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Translating Truth to Life: Making Sure They Hear What You Think You Said

Speaker: 
Duffy Robbins

Location:
Room 22 & 23
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If you teach the Bible to teenagers as a speaker, in a Bible study, as a small group leader, or a Sunday School teacher, you’re a translator: You take God’s truth and translate it into the language of everyday life. But, if you’re translating that message every week to a group of teenagers whose culture in some ways is quite different from our own, you know that’s not easy. As every missionary knows: We can say whatever we want to say, but they get to decide what it actually means. This seminar will help you think about the challenge of translating real Truth into the real-world, offering practical strategies for making sure they hear what you think you said.

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Duffy Robbins

Dr. Duffy Robbins, Professor of Christian Ministry at Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania, is a respected youth ministry veteran with over forty years of experience in the field. He speaks around the world to teenagers and people who care about teenagers. A long-time member of the Youth Specialties team, Duffy also serves as a Teaching Pastor at Faithbridge Church, Spring, Texas, and a faculty member in the Doctor of Ministry program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he co-leads the doctoral cohorts for Ministry to Emerging Generations. Duffy has He's the author of numerous books including Ministry of Nurture, This Way to Youth Ministry: An Introduction to the Adventure, Speaking to Teenagers ( with Doug Fields), Youth Ministry Nuts and Bolts, Enjoy the Silence (with the lovely Maggie Robbins) and Building a Youth Ministry That Builds Disciples.

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Recognizing the Warning Signs of Anxiety and Depression in Teens and How to Help Them Through

Speaker: 
Chinwé Williams

Location:
Room 18
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While the mental health profession is a licensed, reputable, state-regulated industry; churches and faith-based programs are often the first places families in crisis go for help. Unfortunately, children whose mental illness has not been diagnosed or treated may be placed in the care of well-meaning youth leaders who are not necessarily equipped to identify or respond responsibly to their issues. These situations can be disheartening for the children and overwhelming for the youth leaders. This presentation equips youth workers with the knowledge and skills they need to deal with sensitive mental health matters in a safe and responsible manner. Through the course, participants will learn to recognize the signs of youth who are struggling, learn specific skills to know how to reach out comfortably and responsibly to a child, learn when to refer a child or family for professional help, and learn about the resources that are available to them.
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Chinwé Williams

Dr. Chinwé Williams is a Board-Certified Counselor (NCC), Certified Professional Counselors Supervisor (CPCS) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia. Dr. Williams has worked in the areas of counseling and counselor training for fifteen years. She has served as a college and high school counselor, group facilitator, supervisor, executive coach, consultant and therapist in public, non-profit and corporate work settings. In each of these roles, Dr. Williams has conducted assessments, created intervention plans, and supervised progress of stated goals. Her expertise lies in areas of trauma recovery, adolescent, college student and young adult development, and women’s wellness. She has previously taught at Georgia State University, University of Central Florida, and Rollins College. She is an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). Dr. Williams is also a published journal author and presenter at local, national, and international counseling conferences. She is a frequent invited guest on blogs, podcast, and articles- most recently a 2019 USA Today article contributor. She is the Owner & Principal Therapist at Meaningful Solutions Counseling & Consulting, where she maintains a growing private practice in Roswell, GA serving adolescents, young adults, individuals, couples, and families.

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Teens and Anxiety: Stressed Out

Speaker: 
Walt Mueller

Location:
Ballroom D
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Jesus says to his followers, “Do not be anxious.” Is that even possible for students in today’s world of rampant anxiety? Anxiety has reached epidemic proportions among our kids. Anxiety is now the #1 health-care concern on college campuses. Even preschoolers are feeling more pressure than that experienced by previous generations of their peers. What is anxiety and how is it affecting today’s children and teens? What are its causes? And how can we step in the gap to provide responses that ease the pressure? In this practical and hope-filled seminar, Walt will lead you through an introduction to this destructive force and offer practical ministry responses.
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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.

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Longevity in Youth Ministry

Speaker: 
Heather Flies

Speaker: 
Gary Garcia

Speaker: 
Jeanne Mayo

Speaker: 
Doug Fields

Location:
Ballroom A
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Ministry is tough, and it can be hard to stay in it for the longhaul. Come learn from this panel of long-time veterans who have been in youth ministry and be a part of the discussion around longevity in youth ministry.
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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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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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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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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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Lead A Selfie-Centered Generation

Speaker: 
Nona Jones

Location:
Room 16
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Get up-to-the-minute insights and advice on what it means to lean into, not away from, a generation that is both socially-isolated and digitally-connected.

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Nona Jones

Nona Jones is a rare combination of preacher, teacher, author, business executive, entrepreneur, media personality and worship leader. In her day job she serves as the Head of Global Faith-Based Partnerships at Facebook where she facilitates the company’s work with faith-based organizations around the world. She is also CEO of eChurch Partners, 28:19 Apparrel and is set to release two books with Zondervan Publishers in 2020. Her preaching ministry has taken her around the world, having been licensed into the gospel ministry at the age of 17. Nona has been profiled by ESSENCE Magazine as an “Under 40 Woman to Watch” and Florida Trend Magazine as one of Florida’s “30-Something All Stars.” She has also been featured on TBN, CBN News and The Word Network. She holds a Bachelor in Communications and Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida where she has been recognized as an Outstanding Young Alumnus and she has completed graduate studies at the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation. She is a member of The Links, Incorporated and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. as well as a graduate of Leadership Florida and the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program, a joint initiative of President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton. She and her husband, Pastor Tim, lead Open Door Ministries in Gainesville, FL.

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The Secret to Great Small Groups

Speaker: 
Jessica Sanchez

Location:
Room 7 & 8
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Have you ever wondered what makes a great, dynamic small group? How do you get students talking, asking questions and engaging with the Bible in a personal way? During our time together we will discuss the art of asking great questions, how to create a safe place where students can be real with one another, and what we can do as leaders to make the most of our time with students.

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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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Helping Kids Whose Hurts are Deep

Speaker: 
Marv Penner

Location:
Room 24 & 25
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Being a teenager has always been tough. The more deeply we get to know our students, the more we often realize how complex those stories are. But a good youth worker is a trusted youth worker who will hear these stories from kids who need someone to listen. The problem is that most of us don't feel trained or equipped to respond wisely when students choose to share their darkest secrets with us. This seminar will teach you the skills you need to get to the bottom of these stories, as well as determine what the best next steps are. We will look at legal obligations, what to do when you just don't know what to do, and when and how to get the help they need to find hope and healing in the midst of pain and brokenness.
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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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Helping Teens with Screens: Four Essential Conversations Most Kids Haven’t Had

Speaker: 
Jonathan McKee

Location:
Room 3 & 4
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In a world where 89% of teenagers have smartphones and 97% are on social media, we’re seeing an unprecedented spike in depression, anxiety and teen suicide. . .and almost every mental health expert cites smartphones and social media as key factors. So how can caring adults avoid overreaction and initiate interaction about these issues? In this session we’ll unpack four conversations today’s young people desperately need.

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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.

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5 Actions to Unlock Student Leadership

Speaker: 
Stuart Hall

Location:
Room 14
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Greatness lies within every single student within the influence of your ministry. They
might not know it. They might not even see it in themselves. But you know it. You see it.
And we want to help you call out the greatness in your students. But just like gold, that
greatness is usually hidden and isn’t beautiful until it is discovered, cleaned up and
polished a bit. The students in your ministry are the same way. We believe their
greatness is for service, not status. Looking to help your students develop their
influence? Engage in this fun, thought-provoking interactive.

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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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Podcast: Youth Ministry Hacks

Host: 
Justin Knowles

Host: 
Matt Ferrer

Host: 
Karl Romeus

Location:
Room 9
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Justin Knowles & Matthew Ferrer along with a few special guests have open and honest conversations about life, with practical time-saving hacks to help you do ministry better.

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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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Matt Ferrer

Matthew is co-host of Youth Ministry Hacks. Additionally, he serves as a family pastor with an emphasis on worship ministry in CA.

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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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Keeping Your Own Marriage and Family #1

Speaker: 
Jim Burns

Location:
Room 17
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Let’s face it, marriage isn’t always easy and neither is ministry. When you combine ministry and marriage, you often have the frustrating problem of keeping your marriage positive and fresh. In this session, Jim will share insights from what he and his wife, Cathy, call their “high maintenance marriage.” He will talk about and give practical suggestions on over-commitment and fatigue in marriage, boundaries, growing spiritually together, communication, sexuality, problems specific to ministry marriages, and several other subjects important to balancing and keeping your marriage and family a priority in your life. Plus, you won’t want to miss the communication and marriage handouts with a marriage and family bibliography to keep your marriage vibrant and committed.
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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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Navigating Rough Waters

Speaker: 
Scott Rubin

Location:
Room 15
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My 19th school year in student ministry was the most challenging... by far. The church as a whole was battered, and yet students still had the same needs. God had so much to teach, not only about ministry, but also about myself. We’ll talk about the unique learnings that can happen in a season of adversity, and offer encouragement for navigating rough waters.

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Scott Rubin

Scott is the Director of Student Ministries at Willow Creek Community Church, in tropical Chicagoland. He's been on staff there for over 25 years, working with students, volunteers & parents. Scott also likes teaching & creating resources (The Essential Guide to My New Life with Jesus, Middle School Ministry, Red Stuff, etc). He's a fan of his wife, his 3 sons, and he’d love to have dinner with Shaquille O’Neal, Will Smith and Tom Izzo.

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Building A College Ministry

Speaker: 
Samer Massad

Location:
Room 1 & 2
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College ministry is hard and an often overlooked endeavor by the church. Why should the church care about college students? What are the "must haves" for any church wanting to start a college ministry? How can the church begin to reinvent itself in the eyes of a group of a students that are entering college ready to write off faith?

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Samer Massad

Samer Massad is currently the Director of College Ministry at Woodstock City Church, one of the Atlanta area churches of North Point Ministries. After studying finance at the University of Georgia, he went on to study at Dallas Theological Seminary where he earned his Master's of Theology. Samer's role at Woodstock City affords him the unique opportunity to communicate to students of all ages on a weekly basis. His passion is to communicate the life-changing truth of Jesus in an engaging, relevant, and practical way. He enjoys getting to travel and speak to students ministries from across the country and has previously partnered with Orange, Big Stuf Camps, and High School Camps. Samer is one of the most relational and fun-loving guys you will ever meet. He is a coffee snob, a sports junkie and a book nerd. But more than anything he loves being a husband to his wife Julie and a dad to his daughter Harper.

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Making The Most Of Your Weekly Student Environment

Speaker: 
The Orange Team

Location:
Room 34
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For many of us, weekly programming for students boils down to three core elements: a game, worship, and a message. But could there be more to creating an effective environment for students than this? At Orange, we think so! In fact, we believe there are seven core elements to an effective weekly gathering for students—something we call “The Seven Segments.” Join us as we talk about how The Seven Segments can help all of us make the most of our weekly student environments week in and week out, and how Orange Students curriculum can play a helpful role in creating meaningful experiences for every student.

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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

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Games, Games, Games

Speaker: 
Josh Griffin

Location:
Room 20
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NYWC veteran and youth ministry games guru Josh Griffin will walk you through a jillion games and ideas to help you have fun in your youth ministry. This workshop will be a combination of understanding the power of fun, tips and tricks to making games great, and brainstorming and sharing game ideas with the people around you. Every person will get a download code to grab a bunch of free games, too!

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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.

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Podcast: Morning After Ministry

Speaker: 
Andrew Larsen

Speaker: 
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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How to Disrupt Racism One Friendship at a Time

Speaker: 
John Hambrick

Speaker: 
Teesha Hadra

Location:
Room 19
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"Teesha Hadra is a younger black woman. John Hambrick is an older white man. Their unlikely friendship has enabled them to see the world from the other's point of view. They'll discuss what they're learning about personal and systemic racism, as well as how friendship is something God uses to disrupt racism in the church and beyond."
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John Hambrick

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.

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Teesha Hadra

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.

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Designing Better Student Environments

Speaker: 
Trey McKnight

Location:
Room 5 & 6
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As students move toward independence, they need to know there are others who will always have their back. How can you create an environment that fosters those kinds of relationships? How do you welcome middle schoolers without overwhelming them? How do you mobilize high school students to achieve their potential? Let’s explore how your ministry setting can be a natural extension of your student strategy. I will draw from my experience designing environments in big student ministries and large camps, and toss in some insight I’ve gotten from consulting with smaller environments, so that the average church leaders aren’t overwhelmed.

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Trey McKnight

Trey is a visionary leader, host, and communicator with an intense passion for life, for people, and for inspiring life change in people. He has worked in student ministry for more than 16 years, including 4 years leading student teams and volunteers within North Point Ministries. He is the COO and Camp Director at Bigstuf Ministries, connecting with and reaching thousands of students and youth leaders across the country. Trey lives in Atlanta with his lovely wife Jamie, and their two boys, Mason and Rowen.

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It’s Personal: Five Questions You Should Answer to Give Every Kid Hope

Speaker: 
Kristen Ivy

Speaker: 
Reggie Joiner

Location:
Room 21
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​Students see our church building, they see our social media, and they see us on stage. But here’s what students want to know: Do you really see me? Do you know me? Do you care? In a world where students are often known by a number on a jersey, digits on a carpool tag, or a random username in an app, students need adults who are willing to pause and take the time to know them personally. Join us as we talk about the five big questions kids and teenagers are asking that can radically change the way we do ministry for the students we lead going forward.

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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.

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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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