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Sunday, 11/24

Breakout

5 Rules for Communicating to Middle Schoolers

Speaker: 
Ashley Bohinc

Location:
Room 24 & 25
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Middle schoolers are incredibly unique and impressionable. The way they learn, the way they think and the way they process spiritual concepts during this phase of life is unlike any other. That’s why we’re convinced that if we really want to introduce middle schoolers to a loving God and teach them in a way that inspires them to follow Jesus with their lives, we’ve got to do it in a way that is developmentally appropriate. So, here’s what we did. We spent a lot of time asking this question: what are the characteristics of a great middle school talk? We came up with a list of just five things, and we are going to talk about them in this breakout!
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Biography
Ashley Bohinc

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

Breakout

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

Speaker: 
Chinwé Williams

Location:
Room 17
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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.

Breakout

Effective Ministry Partnering

Speaker: 
Mike Hoecherl

Location:
Room 7 & 8
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In today’s ministry, we find churches, para-churches, and nonprofits on every corner, with every one of them trying to get recognized while making an impact. However, despite what society wants us to believe, ministry is not a competition. What it should be is a collaboration. In light of this, how do we engage in ministry partnerships? What does a ministry partner look like? What will make these partnerships effective? And how do we make these partnerships last? This seminar will discuss several aspects of ministry partnering: the how, who, what, why and what does the Bible say?
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Mike Hoecherl

Mike went to Trinity International University for a Christian Ministries degree and was on staff at Faith Community Church as the youth pastor for 10 years. Mike was also on staff at Youth for Christ for 10 years as a Campus Life Director. Currently, Mike is the Executive Director at Camp ALACCA Bible Conference. Mike is married to his lovely wife Timmie, has two great kids Kennedy (18) and Payton (12). Teaching Youth and College young people how to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through their lives is his passion and he is currently working on his first book; Through the Lens of the Gospel.

Breakout

Helping Students to Make Wise Decisions

Speaker: 
Duffy Robbins

Location:
Ballroom D
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Why is it that so many of our students make decisions for Christ only to be tripped up because they don't know how to make Christ-like decisions? Can we really train kids to make "either-or choices" in a "multiple choice" culture? How do get kids in the habit of "thinking backwards" so that they're asking themselves, "Where do I want to end up?" instead of, "Where do I want to go now?". This seminar will provide a context and a strategy for helping kids make straight decisions in a crooked world.

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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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10 Tech Resources to Make YOU Look Like a Pro

Speaker: 
Brandon Early

Location:
Room 16
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Using technology in ministry is so much more than navigating social media and turning on video projectors. The resources shared in this session will help you look like a tech master, they will streamline your productivity, and they will make connecting with students fun and easy. This session will help you take away incredible graphic design shortcuts, learn a few video editing skills that will make you look like a guru. find alternative ways to create promotional material on a budget, discover amazing free content that is buried online, and unearth a few apps that will trim your prep time and enhance your communication
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Brandon Early

Brandon has been serving in youth ministry for over 20 years. He is currently of staff at Valley Church in West Des Moines, IA. Brandon is a voice behind the preteen column in Children’s Ministry Magazine, The Wired Ministry in Group Magazine and the tech voice of youthministry.com. He and his wife Keri have been married 18 years and have three great boys. Four of his favorite things are Jesus, his wife, Chicago Style Pizza, and fighting off their three boys with sweet ninja moves.

Breakout

Personal Care Toolbox

Speaker: 
Allison Williams

Location:
Room 3 & 4
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Death, illness, emergencies - how we care for students and families in pain is a vitally important and yet often overlooked area in many ministries. This workshop will help you show the love of Jesus when families are in crisis by providing you with practical ideas and resources you could implement tomorrow.

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Allison Williams

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

Breakout

Worlds Apart: How MS and HS Students Are So Different

Speaker: 
Scott Rubin

Location:
Room 18
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Have you ever felt like there’s about a 10 year maturity gap between junior higher & high school students? It seems most youth workers have a natural “lean” towards one of these age groups or the other, but there’s gigantic benefit in understanding both. We’ll talk about differences & similarities, and talk about strategies for serving both groups.
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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.

Breakout

Camp as a Catalyst for Growth

Speaker: 
Penny Hunter

Location:
Room 19
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We all know summer camp is a great tool for youth workers - but is it possible to be even more deliberate in seeing camp as a catalyst for growth in your student leaders? Or, being more effective in camp as an outreach opportunity for kids who would never visit youth group? Or maximizing camp as a compressed time of spiritual growth where students experience a spiritual breakthrough? Discuss those topics as you learn some best practices for keeping your students connected to the camp experience year-round, and pick up a tip or two about school-year weekend retreats.

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Penny Hunter

Penny Hunter has spent her life helping people engage well in good stories that compel people to action. There aren't many stories as compelling as those that unfurl while a kid is at camp. Penny is the creator of The Power of Camp campaign, the executive editor of InSite Magazine (a publication for Christian Camp pros), and a frequent conference and event speaker. Penny knows the power of camp first-hand and has helped camps and churches maximize the time guests (especially kids) spend at camp.

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Practical Wisdom for Youth Ministry: The Not-So-Simple-Truths That Matter

Speaker: 
David Fraze

Location:
Room 1 & 2
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Youth Ministry is incredible and awful, fun and not-so-fun, rewarding and punishing, great on your family and...you get the picture. Youth ministry is a dynamic roller coaster of ups and downs. Like most roller coaster enthusiasts, the more drops, turns, and curves -- the better. Youth ministry will not disappoint. If you want to thrive and survive the ride, you need to buckle up and listen to the safety instructions. Oh, and you don't need to keep your hands inside the vehicle at all times. You can raise them if you want.

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David Fraze

David Fraze (D.Min., Fuller Theological seminary) is Special Assistant to the President of Lubbock Christian University, Assistant Professor and Director of the Youth and Family Ministry Program (www.lcu.edu). David has been in student ministry for over 30 years. David is a popular speaker at Youth Events, Public/Private School Events, Ministry Trainings and Seminars. David is a writer who has contributed articles for various youth ministry journals and blogs. He authored Practical Wisdom for Youth Ministry: Not-So-Simple Truths That Matter and contributed a chapter to Owning Faith. David works with Youth Specialties (www.youthspecialties.com) as the leader of Ministry Coaching and Seminar Speaker at the National Youth Workers Convention and is the Co-Editor of the Youth Specialties Blog. He is a speaker and partner with the Fuller Youth Institute speaking on the topics of Sticky Faith, Growing Young and Right Click (a seminar on technology). He also serves as Character Coach for Frenship High School Football. He has been married to Lisa for 28 years. They have two children, Braeden and Shelbee.

Breakout

Treating People Better Than Dogs: Welcoming People with Disabilities in Church

Speaker: 
Joel Sonnenberg

Location:
Room 5 & 6
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Most churches want to be sensitive and respectful to people with disabilities...but the majority do not know how. As a result, with the best intentions, our churches become an unwelcoming place for these individuals and families. Come learn simple and effective tips you can implement today and for years to come.
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Joel Sonnenberg

Burned beyond recognition at the age of two, when a tractor trailer smashed into his family’s car at a toll booth; Joel sustained an 88 percent burn injury. God's given Joel a unique platform. Joel has been seen twice on The Today Show, starred in PBS documentaries, seen on 48 Hours, and was the center of an Emmy and Peabody award-winning documentary. Traveling to over 40 countries, he has been filmed for Italian National Television, Korean, Colombian, German and Dutch-TV just to name a few. He has appeared in magazines and newspapers throughout the U.S. Worldwide, he has been seen by well over 40 million people.

Podcast

Podcast: YW Guide to Videogames

Host: 
Marty Estes

Location:
Room 9
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Marty Estes

Marty Estes is a 15+ year veteran of student and children’s ministry who is still a kid at heart. His interests include podcasting, LEGO, video games, and his family (not in that order). His favorite foods are steak, bacon, and anything not fruits or vegetables. He currently resides in West TN with his wife, Erin, and two children, Isaac and Annaliese, who he is training in the ways of LEGO, Star Wars, bacon, and video games. His passion is to see people connect with Jesus and experience radical life change due to their walk with Him.

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Growing With: Providing Real Answers to Parents’ Biggest Questions

Speaker: 
Steve Argue

Location:
Room 15
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As a youth leader, you want to journey with families, but often parents’ struggles with their teenagers and young adults leave them—and you—feeling overwhelmed and underprepared. Behind many parents’ most pressing questions is this nearly universal fear: as their kids grow up, their family will grow apart. Because parents and step-parents trust you, they often look to you for answers, which is beautiful…and daunting! The great news is you have the opportunity to empower parents with a new “growing with” posture that helps family members grow together toward God and each other. Whether or not you’re a parent yourself, come and learn six fresh strategies based on new research, as well as a toolkit of practical ideas to help families of teenagers and young adults thrive in their faith, family, and future.
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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

Turn Your Youth Service into a Late Night Talk Show

Speaker: 
Frank Gil

Location:
Room 14
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Looking for a fun and special way to get your students to get out of the routine and invite their friends to youth group? This breakout will teach you how to turn your service into a late night talk show that your students will be talking about for a long time and want to invite their friends.
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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.

Breakout

Incredibly Hot Games and Community Builders for Teens

Speaker: 
Les Christie

Location:
Ballroom A
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And you’ll have fun, fun, fun until Les Christie ends this seminar in prayer. If your mind is on overload and you need an exciting break, this seminar promises no heavy theology or philosophy. See, hear, and play a bunch of fast-paced, unbelievably fun and inexpensive games. Learn how to introduce and lead games with confidence with your group of teens. Explore crowd breakers, indoor and outdoor games, quiet and wild games, and games for large and small groups.
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Les Christie

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

Breakout

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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