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Thursday, October 2
 

6:00am

Starbucks
Thursday October 2, 2014 6:00am - 6:00pm
CC 13th St. Lobby

11:00am

APizza
Thursday October 2, 2014 11:00am - 2:00pm
CC 13th St. Lobby

11:00am

Check-In
Thursday October 2, 2014 11:00am - 7:30pm
CC West Lobby

11:00am

The Hub Open
Thursday October 2, 2014 11:00am - 11:00pm
CC J Street Corridor

11:00am

Sanctuary Open
Thursday October 2, 2014 11:00am - 11:00pm
CC 317/318

11:00am

Prayer Chapel Open
Thursday October 2, 2014 11:00am - 11:00pm
CC 319

11:00am

YS Store Open
Thursday October 2, 2014 11:00am - 11:00pm
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

1:00pm

Building a Successful Marriage AND Youth Ministry

Marriage isn’t easy; ministry is tough. Put the two together and things don’t get any easier. This intensive course will focus on the vulnerability of a ministry marriage and offer many positive and practical ideas on how to keep your marriage growing, even during ministry stress.


Speakers
avatar for Doug Fields

Doug Fields

Doug Fields has been a pastor to teenagers and a ministry leader for more than 30 years. Today, most of Doug’s time is spent speaking at conferences, churches, or events; writing; teaching youth ministry at Azusa Pacific University; and providing leadership and resources as a part of the Youth Specialties Team.
avatar for Cathy Fields

Cathy Fields

Cathy Fields has been a volunteer youth worker for more than 20 years, and she’s served in every role in youth ministry from camp speaker to bus driver. She leads a senior high small group at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.


Thursday October 2, 2014 1:00pm - 6:00pm
CC 314

1:00pm

Helping Hurting Kids

This intensive affirms the significant role that youth workers play as caring, involved adults in the lives of hurting teenagers. Marv helps listeners understand—in everyday language—what is going on behind behaviors like self injury, substance addictions, eating disorders, and bullying, and gives practical help in determining appropriate responses to some of the wild stuff students do.


Speakers
avatar for Marv Penner

Marv Penner

Marv Penner is the national director of Youth Specialties Canada and an associate staff member at the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding. He is an internationally known author, professor, speaker, and youth ministry veteran of more than 40 years, and oversees the Canadian Center for Adolescent Research, a research think tank.


Thursday October 2, 2014 1:00pm - 6:00pm
CC 311/312

1:00pm

How to Thrive in Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry

In this intensive, Katie and Matt draw from more than 45 years of collective experience to share their successes and failures, as well as some very practical ideas on youth ministry. They’ll give you the strategies to build a solid foundation for a fruitful, long-term ministry and offer advice on how to enjoy the ride.


Speakers
avatar for Katie Edwards

Katie Edwards

Katie Edwards has been working in full-time student ministries for more than 18 years. She is currently the junior high ministry director at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. She has a passion for teenagers and a passion for equipping and encouraging youth workers.
avatar for Matt McGill

Matt McGill

Matt McGill is the associate pastor of Newport Mesa Church and has been in youth ministry for approximately 10,000 years. He is also one of the co-founders of Download Youth Ministry and is passionate about wisdom and speaking the truth… sometimes with love.


Thursday October 2, 2014 1:00pm - 6:00pm
CC 313

1:00pm

Questioning the Answers: Preparing Teens for the Difficult Faith Questions that Will Come

In today’s world, nothing is truly as it seems. This leads teenagers to abandon their faith as they enter college years and are caught off guard when difficult questions arise. In this session, Dan will discuss ways to pro-actively teach youth to respond to difficult questions.


Speakers
avatar for Dan Kimball

Dan Kimball

Dan Kimball is on staff at Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, CA, overseeing the mission and teaching. He is director of the ReGeneration Project at Western Seminary, which studies churches reaching new generations. He has served in youth and college ministry for more than 20 years.


Thursday October 2, 2014 1:00pm - 6:00pm
CC 315

1:00pm

Sexual Identity and the Youth Minister: Walking with LGBT Youth

This session helps prepare youth ministry staff to work more effectively with youth who are unsure about their sexual identity. Mark and Julie offer a developmental model that provides windows of opportunity to address meaning, purpose, and identity as well as provide support to those who are questioning or who identity as LGBT.


Speakers
avatar for Julie Rodgers

Julie Rodgers

Julie Rodgers shares life with urban youth through her role on staff at Mercy Street Ministries. As a speaker and writer about homosexuality and the Christian faith, she shares a hopeful vision for Christian communities moving forward. Julie received an MA in English from the University of Dallas, and she writes alongside friends on the Spiritual Friendship blog.
avatar for Mark Yarhouse

Mark Yarhouse

Dr. Mark A. Yarhouse is the Hughes Endowed Chair and professor of psychology at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Dr. Yarhouse promotes dialogue between people who view the topic of sexual identity differently. He is currently the chair of the task force on LGBT issues for the APA's Psychology of Religion.


Thursday October 2, 2014 1:00pm - 6:00pm
CC 308

1:00pm

Sticky Faith: How to Help Students Maintain Their Faith Long-term

Why is it that almost 1 out of 2 graduating seniors will pick up their diplomas and ditch their faith? This seminar takes a practical look at research conducted by the Fuller Youth Institute to unearth some of the myths students believe about the gospel, the church, their family, and youth ministry that cause them to shelve their faith.


Speakers
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Brad Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Associate Director of the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, blogger (fulleryouthinstitute.org), and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of Sticky Faith (see stickyfaith.org), Can I Ask That?, and Deep Justice Journeys, and has authored a number of youth ministry book chapters and journal articles. A native Kentucky youth pastor, Brad now... Read More →
avatar for Kara Powell

Kara Powell

Kara Powell is executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Kara also serves as an advisor to Youth Specialties and volunteers in student ministries at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. She is the author or co-author of Sticky Faith, Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum, and more.


Thursday October 2, 2014 1:00pm - 6:00pm
CC 302/303

1:00pm

Youth Ministry Management Tools 2.0

In this session, speakers will explore the importance of organization in ministry. The practical session comes out of more than 20 years of experience and will help you develop a framework of support in more than 10 important areas like risk management, communicating, budgeting, leader meetings and more.


Speakers
avatar for Ginny Olson

Ginny Olson

Ginny Olson is the director of youth ministry for the Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church and an adjunct professor at Bethel University. Before entering academia, she was involved in hands-on youth ministry for more than 10 years at various churches and camps including serving on staff in the junior high ministry at Willow Creek Community Church.
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Mike Work

Mike Work has been around youth ministry for more than 30 years as a pastor, author, speaker, event producer, and mentor. Now, he’s the vice president of operations at Youth Specialties. Mike co-authored the original best-selling Zondervan/YS resource, Youth Ministry Management Tools (including newly released version 2.0). 


Thursday October 2, 2014 1:00pm - 6:00pm
CC 309/310

6:15pm

Creative Prayer through Lectio Divina
This session will imaginatively engage a selection from the Gospels through Lectio Divina. Together we will uniquely respond to the passage through journaling and art. 

Speakers
avatar for Lilly Lewin

Lilly Lewin

Lilly Lewin is the founder of Thinplace: a pilgrimage of discovery and creativity. Lilly helps communities get outside the box of worship through multi-sensory prayer, experiential worship, and art. She leads workshops, retreats, and creates Sacred Space experiences around the world. She is the author of Sacred Space: A Hands-On Guide to Creating Multisensory Worship Experiences with Dan Kimball. 


Thursday October 2, 2014 6:15pm - 7:00pm
CC 317/318

7:30pm

Big Room
Doors will open at 7:15pm

Speakers
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Mark Matlock

Mark Matlock has been working with youth pastors, students, and parents for more than two decades. He serves as the executive director for Youth Specialties (YS), providing leadership for programs and training events, and also oversees the student ministries at YS, including the PlanetWisdom student conferences.

Artists
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DJ Aslan

On the turntables for 20 years, DJ Aslan has performed alongside KJ-52, Lecrae, Andy Mineo, Trip Lee, Derek Minor, Tedashii, Propaganda, We Live As Kings (W.L.A.K.), and Dj Promote. He is an integral part of TableTurner DJs. He has had the privilege of being involved in productions such as Acquire the Fire, Church on the Moves Seeds Conference, and LifeChurch.tv.
avatar for Brian Wurzell

Brian Wurzell

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


Thursday October 2, 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
CC Exhibit Hall A

9:00pm

Check-In Open
Thursday October 2, 2014 9:00pm - 10:00pm
CC West Lobby

9:00pm

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
Thursday October 2, 2014 9:00pm - 11:00pm
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

10:00pm

Compline (Evening Prayer)

Compline comes from the Latin word meaning “completion.” This peaceful and reflective 15-minute service is the liturgical equivalent of being tucked into bed. We pray, listen to God through scripture and silence, and ask God to watch over us as we sleep. On Saturday, communion will be offered during Compline.


Speakers
avatar for Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas has worked for Youthfront in Kansas City for over six years. As a camp director, he attempts to create environments where youth can encounter God in meaningful and sometimes unfamiliar ways. Micah also works for Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City as a worship leader. He is married to Jessica and has a daughter, Teagan.


Thursday October 2, 2014 10:00pm - 10:15pm
CC 317/318
 
Friday, October 3
 

6:00am

Starbucks
Friday October 3, 2014 6:00am - 6:00pm
CC 13th St. Lobby

7:30am

Sanctuary Open
Friday October 3, 2014 7:30am - 11:00pm
CC 317/318

7:30am

Prayer Chapel Open
Friday October 3, 2014 7:30am - 11:00pm
CC 319

8:00am

LAUDS (Morning Prayer)

Start your day by praying the hours as observed by God’s people for thousands of years. Join the sanctuary team in this simple, 15-minute time of scripture, silence, music, and spoken prayer.


Speakers
avatar for Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas has worked for Youthfront in Kansas City for over six years. As a camp director, he attempts to create environments where youth can encounter God in meaningful and sometimes unfamiliar ways. Micah also works for Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City as a worship leader. He is married to Jessica and has a daughter, Teagan.


Friday October 3, 2014 8:00am - 8:15am
CC 317/318

8:00am

Bible Study
Speakers
avatar for Tic Long

Tic Long

After 34 years of leadership at Youth Specialties, Tic Long is now the executive pastor at Journey Community Church in La Mesa, California. He has recently become a proud grandpa. He is starting to believe that his hair is never coming back.

Artists
avatar for Brian Wurzell

Brian Wurzell

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


Friday October 3, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
CC 302/303

8:00am

Check-In Open
Friday October 3, 2014 8:00am - 9:30am
CC West Lobby

8:00am

YS Store Open
Friday October 3, 2014 8:00am - 10:30pm
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

8:00am

The Hub Open
Friday October 3, 2014 8:00am - 10:45pm
CC J Street Corridor

8:30am

Becoming more like Christ, The Process of Formation

“Go and create disciples throughout all the world, baptizing them and teaching them to do as I have commanded.” How do we change? Is there more we can do to grow in our walk with God? What does a vibrant life in the Kingdom look like? What is the Kingdom of Heaven? How do we become more like our incredible teacher, savior, and king Jesus?  Practical steps, ideas, and disciplines can shape and form us. We will explore the basics of Christian spiritual formation and our unique role in life with a good and beautiful God. 


Speakers
avatar for Mike Clifford

Mike Clifford

Mike Clifford holds a bachelor’s degree in zoological sciences from Friends University, and a master’s in organizational development. He is the curator for the Christian Spiritual Formation Undergraduate program at the Apprentice Institute and he also leads worship, teaches workshops, and creates and implements partnerships with churches and various organizations.


Friday October 3, 2014 8:30am - 9:15am
CC 317/318

8:45am

Practical Ways to Use Media
Speakers
avatar for Walt Mueller

Walt Mueller

Walt Mueller is founder and president of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, which serves churches, schools, and community organizations around the world by providing information and analysis on contemporary youth culture. This 35-year youth ministry veteran speaks internationally on youth culture and is author of many books.


Friday October 3, 2014 8:45am - 9:00am
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

9:00am

Three Practical Tips to Planning Your Event Calendar
Speakers
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Mike Work

Mike Work has been around youth ministry for more than 30 years as a pastor, author, speaker, event producer, and mentor. Now, he’s the vice president of operations at Youth Specialties. Mike co-authored the original best-selling Zondervan/YS resource, Youth Ministry Management Tools (including newly released version 2.0). 


Friday October 3, 2014 9:00am - 9:15am
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

9:30am

YS Explores

New at NYWC this year, this session is for all attendees. It’s a time to explore a current subject in youth ministry from several viewpoints. At this year’s conference, YS Explores will dive into the topic of “Reaching Teens Outside Our Church.” 


Speakers
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Paige Clingenpeel

Serving the chat ministry of RemedyLIVE.com as a licensed mental health therapist, Paige specializes in helping adolescents and young adults. In addition to being on-air and supporting RemedyLIVE's video library, Paige also provides private counseling, and leadership at TrendsandTeens.com. She is a national speaker and educator to teens, their parents, and fellow youth workers.
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Brock Morgan

Brock Morgan is the youth pastor at Trinity Church in Greenwich, CT, and has been working with students for more than 23 years.  He is a popular speaker for camps, retreats, and conferences, and has overseen youth ministries in both urban and suburban contexts.
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Dave Rahn

Dave Rahn is a youth ministry researcher, author, futurist, and missional leadership strategist who uses his talents as the senior vice president and chief ministry officer for Youth For Christ/USA, and the director of the youth ministry leadership program at the Huntington University Graduate Program. His passion is to invigorate Jesus’ church with kids who have a story to tell.
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Jeremy Del Rio

Jeremy Del Rio, Esq., co-founded and leads 20/20 Vision for Schools, a movement to transform public education that launched in New York City in 2011. He teaches youth and community development at Alliance and Fuller seminaries, and connects, trains, and mentors youth workers nationally.
avatar for Greg Stier

Greg Stier

Greg Stier’s rough, urban upbringing was transformed by the power of the gospel. Greg leads Dare 2 Share, a ministry that has equipped hundreds of thousands of teenagers to relationally and relentlessly share the gospel of Christ through large-scale conferences held from coast to coast. Greg is the author of thirteen books and countless articles.
avatar for Amy Williams

Amy Williams

Gang Intervention Specialist, Juvenile Justice Advocate, National Trainer, A Hope Dealer
Amy Williams, a 22-year youth ministry veteran, follows her passion to minister to teens involved in gangs, incarcerated youth, and/or those on probation/parole. Amy is a national trainer for Youth Specialties, CCDA, DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative, UYWI and others. She's on the Steering Committee for the CCDA Mass Incarceration Task Force and the National Institute for Juvenile Justice ministries.


Friday October 3, 2014 9:30am - 11:00am
CC Exhibit Hall A

11:00am

11:00am

11:00am

Exhibit Hall Open
Friday October 3, 2014 11:00am - 1:00pm
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

11:00am

APizza
Friday October 3, 2014 11:00am - 2:00pm
CC 13th St. Lobby

11:00am

East Lobby Concessions
Friday October 3, 2014 11:00am - 3:00pm
CC East Lobby

11:00am

East Lobby Concessions
Need a quick snack or some lunch?  Stop by East Lobby Concessions in the Convention Center and you’ll find snacks, soda, water, sandwiches, rice bowls, salads, fresh fruit, salty snacks like chips and pretzels, super nachos, coffee and pastries, candy, cookies and MORE.  Cash and credit card accepted.  Located on Third Floor of the Convention Center - take the escalators right outside of the Exhibit Hall to get there.  There is great outdoor seating as well.

Friday October 3, 2014 11:00am - 3:00pm
CC East Lobby

11:15am

11:15am

11:15am

Catching up with Tony Campolo
Speakers
avatar for Tony Campolo

Tony Campolo

Professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University and associate pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia, Tony Campolo is an activist and author of nearly 40 books. Tony has worked to create, nurture, and support programs for at-risk children in cities across North America. He blogs regularly at redletterchristians.org, which he founded.


Friday October 3, 2014 11:15am - 11:30am
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

11:15am

Interview with Tony Campolo
Speakers
avatar for Tony Campolo

Tony Campolo

Professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University and associate pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia, Tony Campolo is an activist and author of nearly 40 books. Tony has worked to create, nurture, and support programs for at-risk children in cities across North America. He blogs regularly at redletterchristians.org, which he founded.


Friday October 3, 2014 11:15am - 11:45am
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

11:30am

11:30am

11:30am

Three Characteristics of an Unhealthy Youth Ministry
Speakers
avatar for Duffy Robbins

Duffy Robbins

Duffy Robbins is professor of youth ministry at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA, and a 30-year veteran of youth ministry. He speaks around the world to teenagers and people who love teenagers, and is author of several books, including his newest, Building a Youth Ministry That Builds Disciples.


Friday October 3, 2014 11:30am - 11:45am
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

11:45am

11:45am

11:45am

Three Ways Youth Ministry Impacts Other Ministries of the church
Speakers
avatar for Maina Mwaura

Maina Mwaura

Maina Mwaura is the North campus pastor of Whitesburg Baptist Church in Huntsville, AL. Prior to becoming the campus pastor, he was in student ministry for 22 years. He is a graduate of Liberty University and New Orleans Theological Seminary where he received his M.Div.


Friday October 3, 2014 11:45am - 12:00pm
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

11:45am

Midday Prayer

This 15-minute service is designed to briefly interrupt us in the middle of our day in order to refocus our attention on God as the center of our lives and worthy of our praise.


Speakers
avatar for Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas has worked for Youthfront in Kansas City for over six years. As a camp director, he attempts to create environments where youth can encounter God in meaningful and sometimes unfamiliar ways. Micah also works for Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City as a worship leader. He is married to Jessica and has a daughter, Teagan.


Friday October 3, 2014 11:45am - 12:00pm
CC 317/318

12:00pm

Practical Tips to Empowering Volunteers
Speakers
avatar for Ginny Olson

Ginny Olson

Ginny Olson is the director of youth ministry for the Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church and an adjunct professor at Bethel University. Before entering academia, she was involved in hands-on youth ministry for more than 10 years at various churches and camps including serving on staff in the junior high ministry at Willow Creek Community Church.


Friday October 3, 2014 12:00pm - 12:15pm
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

12:15pm

Panel Discussion / Q&A: Sexual Identity
Speakers
MM

Mark Matlock

Mark Matlock has been working with youth pastors, students, and parents for more than two decades. He serves as the executive director for Youth Specialties (YS), providing leadership for programs and training events, and also oversees the student ministries at YS, including the PlanetWisdom student conferences.
avatar for Julie Rodgers

Julie Rodgers

Julie Rodgers shares life with urban youth through her role on staff at Mercy Street Ministries. As a speaker and writer about homosexuality and the Christian faith, she shares a hopeful vision for Christian communities moving forward. Julie received an MA in English from the University of Dallas, and she writes alongside friends on the Spiritual Friendship blog.
avatar for Mark Yarhouse

Mark Yarhouse

Dr. Mark A. Yarhouse is the Hughes Endowed Chair and professor of psychology at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Dr. Yarhouse promotes dialogue between people who view the topic of sexual identity differently. He is currently the chair of the task force on LGBT issues for the APA's Psychology of Religion.


Friday October 3, 2014 12:15pm - 12:45pm
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

12:30pm

12:45pm

12:45pm

1:00pm

Big Room
Doors will open at 12:45pm

Speakers
avatar for Tony Campolo

Tony Campolo

Professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University and associate pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia, Tony Campolo is an activist and author of nearly 40 books. Tony has worked to create, nurture, and support programs for at-risk children in cities across North America. He blogs regularly at redletterchristians.org, which he founded.

Artists
DA

DJ Aslan

On the turntables for 20 years, DJ Aslan has performed alongside KJ-52, Lecrae, Andy Mineo, Trip Lee, Derek Minor, Tedashii, Propaganda, We Live As Kings (W.L.A.K.), and Dj Promote. He is an integral part of TableTurner DJs. He has had the privilege of being involved in productions such as Acquire the Fire, Church on the Moves Seeds Conference, and LifeChurch.tv.
avatar for Propaganda

Propaganda

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
avatar for Brian Wurzell

Brian Wurzell

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


Friday October 3, 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm
CC Exhibit Hall A

2:45pm

Family Room
In Family Room you’ll have the opportunity to interact with a small group of fellow youth workers as you learn together and discuss topics related to youth ministry. Together you’ll find common ground, learn from your differences, and discover new ways you can minister to the teens in your community.

Friday October 3, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
TBA

3:00pm

Stations of the Cross

Learn a brief history about the origin and spiritual practice of the stations of the cross. Engage in this powerful pilgrimage of prayer and meditation with other youth workers as together we commemorate the death of our Savior through the stations of the cross, depicting the final hours of Jesus Christ.


Speakers
avatar for Lilly Lewin

Lilly Lewin

Lilly Lewin is the founder of Thinplace: a pilgrimage of discovery and creativity. Lilly helps communities get outside the box of worship through multi-sensory prayer, experiential worship, and art. She leads workshops, retreats, and creates Sacred Space experiences around the world. She is the author of Sacred Space: A Hands-On Guide to Creating Multisensory Worship Experiences with Dan Kimball. 


Friday October 3, 2014 3:00pm - 3:45pm
CC 317/318

3:30pm

3:30pm

3:30pm

Exhibit Hall Open
Friday October 3, 2014 3:30pm - 7:30pm
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

3:45pm

3:45pm

4:00pm

4:00pm

4:00pm

Creating Art as Prayer

We were created in the imago dei. We were designed to create, to be imaginative people who cooperate with God, the source of beauty and creativity. In this session, we will create art together in response to scripture readings. 


Speakers
avatar for Lilly Lewin

Lilly Lewin

Lilly Lewin is the founder of Thinplace: a pilgrimage of discovery and creativity. Lilly helps communities get outside the box of worship through multi-sensory prayer, experiential worship, and art. She leads workshops, retreats, and creates Sacred Space experiences around the world. She is the author of Sacred Space: A Hands-On Guide to Creating Multisensory Worship Experiences with Dan Kimball. 


Friday October 3, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
CC 317/318

4:15pm

4:15pm

4:15pm

Teens And Sexual Identity

Learn about a framework for understanding sexual identity in a way that will affect how you minister to sexual minority youth. We will discuss how sexual identity develops, as well as learn about competing responses from the gay community and the local faith community as we focus on implications for youth ministry.


Speakers
avatar for Julie Rodgers

Julie Rodgers

Julie Rodgers shares life with urban youth through her role on staff at Mercy Street Ministries. As a speaker and writer about homosexuality and the Christian faith, she shares a hopeful vision for Christian communities moving forward. Julie received an MA in English from the University of Dallas, and she writes alongside friends on the Spiritual Friendship blog.
avatar for Mark Yarhouse

Mark Yarhouse

Dr. Mark A. Yarhouse is the Hughes Endowed Chair and professor of psychology at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Dr. Yarhouse promotes dialogue between people who view the topic of sexual identity differently. He is currently the chair of the task force on LGBT issues for the APA's Psychology of Religion.


Friday October 3, 2014 4:15pm - 5:45pm
CC 307

4:15pm

When Life Sucks: Ministering to Kids in Life's Darkest Moments

How do we help kids think theologically and practically about the suffering, hurt, and loss they experience in life? How do we demonstrate that Christianity "works" when the ache in their hearts is bigger than anything they've before faced? This workshop seminar offers practical ways to walk with teens and their families through dark days when God seems far away.


Speakers
avatar for Kerry Loescher

Kerry Loescher

Professor, Oral Roberts University
Kerry currently works as an instructor at Oral Roberts University teaching Youth Ministry, Outreach, and Leadership. With more than 20 years of professional youth work experience, Kerry’s passion is training leaders to help young people and their families connect the dots between Jesus and their everyday lives.


Friday October 3, 2014 4:15pm - 5:45pm
CC 313

4:15pm

Five Pressing Trends in Youth Culture

What are the cultural forces shaping the values, attitudes, and behaviors of students living in today’s world? In this practical and hope-filled seminar, veteran youth culture-analyst Walt Mueller will overview and critique of five of the most powerful cultural realities. Walt will also detail strategies for guiding students through these forces in a manner that will help you help them flourish by living life to the glory of God and realizing their created purpose.


Speakers
avatar for Walt Mueller

Walt Mueller

Walt Mueller is founder and president of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, which serves churches, schools, and community organizations around the world by providing information and analysis on contemporary youth culture. This 35-year youth ministry veteran speaks internationally on youth culture and is author of many books.


Friday October 3, 2014 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Hyatt Regency Ballroom DEF

4:15pm

Helping Teens Follow Jesus In a World That Doesn't

No one disagrees that we want teens to follow Jesus and that most of their peers are not doing this. If we want students to follow for a lifetime, then we need to know what doesn’t work and identify the goal. We’ll talk practically about implementing a theology and praxis that moves us toward developing teens who primarily identify themselves as followers of Jesus. 


Speakers
avatar for Brian Berry

Brian Berry

Brian Berry is a student ministry veteran and currently serves as the generation ministries pastor at Journey Community Church near San Diego, California where he oversees a staff that is responsible for infants through teens. He also blogs at briancberry.com and is the author of two recent books, As for Me and My Crazy House and Criticism Bites.


Friday October 3, 2014 4:15pm - 5:45pm
CC 311/312

4:15pm

Teaching Kids Lasting Morals and Values

This practical session will help youth workers and parents develop a plan for presenting positive, value-centered sex education, focus on the prevention of drug and alcohol use and abuse, and get a handle on the rapidly changing media and technology, including how to create a media-safe home environment.



Speakers
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Jim Burns

Jim Burns is president of HomeWord and executive director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. He has over 1.5 million resources in print in over 25 languages. Jim’s radio broadcast is heard on over 800 stations a day and heard around the world via podcast at HomeWord.com.


Friday October 3, 2014 4:15pm - 5:45pm
CC 306

4:15pm

Creating Safe Places for Kids

In this practical seminar, Marv will help you think through ways to make sure that students are safe relationally, spiritually, physically, and emotionally. We’ll look at ways to:

• Make your church as a whole a safe and inviting place for young people to belong

• Make your youth group (and small groups) a welcoming and hospitable environment for everyone

• Equip leaders to engage in rich relationships with young people without compromising their safety and well-being.



Speakers
avatar for Marv Penner

Marv Penner

Marv Penner is the national director of Youth Specialties Canada and an associate staff member at the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding. He is an internationally known author, professor, speaker, and youth ministry veteran of more than 40 years, and oversees the Canadian Center for Adolescent Research, a research think tank.


Friday October 3, 2014 4:15pm - 5:45pm
CC 308

4:15pm

Science and Youth Ministry

The young people to whom we minister find themselves confronting distinct and sometime opposed ideologies, world views, and practices, including the church’s ideas of faith and their school’s teaching and commitment to science. Are faith and science are in deadly competition? How can things like Genesis and evolution fit together? Hear the findings of the John Templeton Foundation research project, and discuss what is needed to help a conversation between faith and science happen in our youth groups.

Sponsored by: Sparkhouse / InterVarsity Press / Youthfront / Nazarene Theological Seminary / Fuller + Fuller Youth Institute / Howard Payne University / Gordon College / Luther Seminary / Seattle Pacific University


Speakers
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Laura Addis

Laura Addis lives in Kansas City working at both Youthfront and Second Presbyterian Church. Currently a DMin student at Fuller, she would be happy spending every afternoon with students and tweeting from @thelauralarsen. Laura is most spiritually disciplined in the fall when she is busy praying and fasting for her beloved LSU Tigers.
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Dean Blevins

Dean Blevins serves as professor of practical theology and Christian discipleship at Nazarene Theological Seminary, and also directs the MA in Christian formation and discipleship at NTS. Dr. Blevins has taught courses in youth ministry, theology, spirituality, and leadership for over 20 years, and currently serves as president of the Religious Education Association.
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Tony Jones

Tony Jones is the author of Did God Kill Jesus?, the theologian-in-residence at Solomon's Porch in Minneapolis, and a professor in the practice of theology at United Theological Seminary. His blog, Theoblogy, is read by a 250,000 people per year. He’s written a dozen books, developed the iPhone app, and teaches at Fuller Theological Seminary and St. Cloud State University.
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Andrew Root

Andrew Root is the Olson Baalson Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary. Andy has worked in congregations, parachurch ministries, and social service programs, and is the author of many books, including a four book series with Zondervan called A Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry.


Friday October 3, 2014 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Hyatt Regency Ballroom ABC

4:15pm

Built to Last: Nurturing Students' Faith That Lives, Thrives, and Survives

Where will students be 5, 10, or 20 years from now in their walk with God? Most of us understand that real-world youth ministry is not about how well they start; it's about how well they finish. This seminar looks at the four key components of a youth ministry that stands the test of time.


Speakers
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Duffy Robbins

Duffy Robbins is professor of youth ministry at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA, and a 30-year veteran of youth ministry. He speaks around the world to teenagers and people who love teenagers, and is author of several books, including his newest, Building a Youth Ministry That Builds Disciples.


Friday October 3, 2014 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Sheraton Grand Nave Ballroom

4:15pm

Leaving Well, Leading Through or Preparing for New Leadership

Perhaps change is in the air? Personnel transitions in ministry can be difficult, in this seminar we'll look at three main categories: 

1. Leaders on the move-- leaving well

2. Leading in transition-- volunteers carrying the load

3. Leading a new ministry-- starting well


Speakers
avatar for Brian Aaby

Brian Aaby

Brian Aaby is the director of YS Search & Coaching, assisting churches with personnel placement and provides coaching guidance for youth leaders. Brian served 17 years as a youth pastor and then founded and led Youthmark since 2008. Brian speaks nationally at churches, camps, conference, and events. He and his wife, Elisabeth, have three children and reside near Seattle. 


Friday October 3, 2014 4:15pm - 5:45pm
CC 309/310

4:15pm

Success: New Measurements for the Way Forward

Success can be a loaded word today, especially in the church.  In this seminar we will be looking at the changing cultural tides and how this has affected everything from our students, to our programs, and to our view of what success truly should be.  In this highly relevant seminar we will be looking at the latest research and how this is getting played out in the lives of those we are trying to reach.  We will also be looking at alternative measurements for success and how this could not only free you but enable you to be better equipped to minister in today’s Post-Christian world. 


Speakers
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Brock Morgan

Brock Morgan is the youth pastor at Trinity Church in Greenwich, CT, and has been working with students for more than 23 years.  He is a popular speaker for camps, retreats, and conferences, and has overseen youth ministries in both urban and suburban contexts.


Friday October 3, 2014 4:15pm - 5:45pm
CC 315

4:15pm

The New Calling: How Church Planting and Senior Pastoring Can Still Impact Youth Ministry

This seminar is designed for student pastors to know that just because their calling has changed, they still have a place in youth ministry.


Speakers
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Maina Mwaura

Maina Mwaura is the North campus pastor of Whitesburg Baptist Church in Huntsville, AL. Prior to becoming the campus pastor, he was in student ministry for 22 years. He is a graduate of Liberty University and New Orleans Theological Seminary where he received his M.Div.


Friday October 3, 2014 4:15pm - 5:45pm
CC 302/303

4:15pm

Tried and True Volunteer Training

Whether you have two "helpers" in your student ministry, or a whole team of different-aged volunteers who shepherd students, every volunteer needs guidance to succeed in the ministry you lead. During this session, we'll address practical elements you can provide for volunteers, and help you think through both the "what" and the "how" for volunteers in your ministry setting. You’ll walk away with a game plan of next steps to move the volunteer training aspect of your ministry forward.



Speakers
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Scott Rubin

Scott Rubin is the director of Elevate, the junior high ministry at Willow Creek Community Church. He's been working specifically with students, volunteers, and parents at Willow for the last 14 years. Scott has also written Middle School Ministry, The Red Stuff, and the teen edition of John Ortberg’s The Me I Want To Be.


Friday October 3, 2014 4:15pm - 5:45pm
CC 314

4:30pm

5:30pm

Imaginative Prayer

Imaginative prayer involves contemplatively interacting with scripture, listening, looking, and being wholly engaged and present. We make ourselves totally available, body, mind, soul, and spirit, to the Holy Spirit. We listen. We practice patience. We enter into the depths of scripture. 


Speakers
avatar for Beth Slevcove

Beth Slevcove

Beth Slevcove has served as a Spiritual Director for the past 15 years, primarily working with people in ministry. She served as the Director of Spiritual Formation for Youth Specialties and holds advanced degrees in theology and education. She is an oblate at a Benedictine monastery and runs a surf company based on saving the endangered Tijuana Surf Monkey. Beth can often be found in the ocean, making tent forts with her little ones, or... Read More →


Friday October 3, 2014 5:30pm - 6:00pm
CC 317/318

6:15pm

Artist Interview
Artists
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Royal Tailor

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Friday October 3, 2014 6:15pm - 6:30pm
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

6:30pm

Panel Discussion / Q&A: Planning Mission Trips
Speakers
avatar for Mike King

Mike King

Mike King is in his 39th year of youth ministry and serves as president and CEO of Youthfront, an organization committed to creating holistic, missional environments for Christian formation by providing programs, resources, and training. He is as an adjunct professor at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, and also serves as a Youth Specialties Thought Partner.


Friday October 3, 2014 6:30pm - 7:00pm
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

6:45pm

6:45pm

7:00pm

7:00pm

7:00pm

Interview
Speakers
avatar for Scott Rubin

Scott Rubin

Scott Rubin is the director of Elevate, the junior high ministry at Willow Creek Community Church. He's been working specifically with students, volunteers, and parents at Willow for the last 14 years. Scott has also written Middle School Ministry, The Red Stuff, and the teen edition of John Ortberg’s The Me I Want To Be.


Friday October 3, 2014 7:00pm - 7:15pm
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

7:30pm

Big Room
Doors will open at 7:15pm

Speakers
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Patrick Lencioni

Patrick Lencioni is founder and president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to providing organizations with ideas, products, and services that improve teamwork and employee engagement. Pat is the author of 10 best-selling books with more than three million copies sold. He and his work have been featured in USA TODAY, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Harvard Business Review.

Artists
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DJ Aslan

On the turntables for 20 years, DJ Aslan has performed alongside KJ-52, Lecrae, Andy Mineo, Trip Lee, Derek Minor, Tedashii, Propaganda, We Live As Kings (W.L.A.K.), and Dj Promote. He is an integral part of TableTurner DJs. He has had the privilege of being involved in productions such as Acquire the Fire, Church on the Moves Seeds Conference, and LifeChurch.tv.
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Propaganda

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Royal Tailor

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Brian Wurzell

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Friday October 3, 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
CC Exhibit Hall A

10:00pm

Compline (Evening Prayer)

Compline comes from the Latin word meaning “completion.” This peaceful and reflective 15-minute service is the liturgical equivalent of being tucked into bed. We pray, listen to God through scripture and silence, and ask God to watch over us as we sleep. On Saturday, communion will be offered during Compline.


Speakers
avatar for Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas has worked for Youthfront in Kansas City for over six years. As a camp director, he attempts to create environments where youth can encounter God in meaningful and sometimes unfamiliar ways. Micah also works for Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City as a worship leader. He is married to Jessica and has a daughter, Teagan.


Friday October 3, 2014 10:00pm - 10:15pm
CC 317/318

10:00pm

Illusionist Jared Hall Live

Jared Hall will keep you on the edge of your seat, unable to look away as he makes audience members float, performs a straight-jacket escape, or simply finds your chosen card. He uses illusions and comedy to present the gospel of Jesus Christ in relevant, engaging ways. Traveling extensively across the nation, Jared performs his illusions for conferences, festivals, outreach events, youth camps, and Upward award nights.


Artists
avatar for Jared Hall

Jared Hall

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Friday October 3, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Hyatt Regency Ballroom ABC

10:00pm

The Author of Life: Christianity and Evolution

Countless students struggle with their faith when confronted with the facts of science. But Diane and Joshua know that you can keep your faith and still study and accept science. Youth pastors are the key to this discussion and to help pastors navigate these important issues, they partnered with the BioLogos Foundation to create a free video series called “The Author of Life.” Their session will include a viewing of some of their videos and an open discussion on the topic.


Speakers
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Joshua Hayashi

Josh Hayashi is a chaplain at Punahou School in Honolulu, HI.  He's a husband and dad. You can find him in the mountains and the ocean when not at work. He loves Jesus too.
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Diane Sweeney

Diane Sweeney is a high school biology teacher at Punahou School in Honolulu, HI.


Friday October 3, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
CC 302/303

10:00pm

Why Evangelism Doesn't Work Anymore

Yep. You heard that right and it came from the "Dare 2 Share guy." Join Greg Stier for this late night to explore what “evangelism doesn’t work anymore” means. You’ll look at why evangelism has become a dirty word in youth ministry. We’ll answer questions like, “Should we eliminate our quarterly outreach?” and “Do we quit taking the time to train our kids how to share the gospel?” This is sure to be a lively conversation, so get ready to hold on for the ride!

Booking: information@dare2share.org


Speakers
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Greg Stier

Greg Stier’s rough, urban upbringing was transformed by the power of the gospel. Greg leads Dare 2 Share, a ministry that has equipped hundreds of thousands of teenagers to relationally and relentlessly share the gospel of Christ through large-scale conferences held from coast to coast. Greg is the author of thirteen books and countless articles.


Friday October 3, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
CC 313

10:00pm

Writing for Youth Ministry

Do you have an idea that’s been brewing for a while and you’d like to see if there’s a audience beyond your ministry? Whether your interest is curriculum, an article, a blog or a full-blown book, this practical seminar will help you begin to navigate the publishing waters. We’ll talk about creating a strong proposal, understanding the youth ministry publishing world, and what goes into developing your platform. 



Speakers
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Terry Linhart

After 16 years in full-time youth ministry, Terry Linhart has taught youth ministry courses at Bethel College (Indiana) for the past 11 years, where he also serves as chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy. He got his start in Youth for Christ, where he developed his teaching as one of the national trainers, and then served for many years as a church youth pastor. Terry has authored six books, including Global Youth Ministry and the... Read More →
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Ginny Olson

Ginny Olson is the director of youth ministry for the Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church and an adjunct professor at Bethel University. Before entering academia, she was involved in hands-on youth ministry for more than 10 years at various churches and camps including serving on staff in the junior high ministry at Willow Creek Community Church.


Friday October 3, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
CC 314

10:00pm

Theology Cafe hosted by Sparkhouse
Friday October 3, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Tequila Museo Mayahuel 1200 K Street
 
Saturday, October 4
 

7:00am

Starbucks
Saturday October 4, 2014 7:00am - 4:00pm
CC 13th St. Lobby

7:30am

Sanctuary Open
Saturday October 4, 2014 7:30am - 11:00pm
CC 317/318

7:30am

Prayer Chapel Open
Saturday October 4, 2014 7:30am - 11:00pm
CC 319

7:45am

LAUDS (Morning Prayer)

Start your day by praying the hours as observed by God’s people for thousands of years. Join the sanctuary team in this simple, 15-minute time of scripture, silence, music, and spoken prayer.


Saturday October 4, 2014 7:45am - 8:00am
CC 317/318

8:00am

Becoming the Beloved

This is an invitation to come and recover your life. The truth is, we are loved and accepted as we are. However, most of us live like we still have something to prove. This need to prove ourselves over and over again leaves us feeling exhausted and anxious which leads to being judgmental and irritable. Come to the Sanctuary and spend time with God as the beloved, the already good enough. We will participate in the practice of visio divina as we meditate and reflect together on Rembrandt's painting, “The Return of the Prodigal Son.”


Speakers
avatar for Jamie Roach

Jamie Roach

Jamie Roach has served on the staff of Youthfront for over 25 years, working with students and youth workers. His passion is seeing people formed into the image of Jesus Christ. Jamie is an author, communicator, and spiritual director, and also serves on the staff of Lakeland Community Church working with youth and families. He has received his Masters of divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary. Jamie and his wife, Lea Ann, have four... Read More →


Saturday October 4, 2014 8:00am - 8:45am
CC 317/318

8:00am

Bible Study
Speakers
avatar for Tic Long

Tic Long

After 34 years of leadership at Youth Specialties, Tic Long is now the executive pastor at Journey Community Church in La Mesa, California. He has recently become a proud grandpa. He is starting to believe that his hair is never coming back.

Artists
avatar for Brian Wurzell

Brian Wurzell

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Saturday October 4, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
CC 302/303

8:00am

Guided City Prayer Walk

This offering will allow you to turn your “tourist jaunts” into an experiential prayer walk. Leave the convention center and hotel environment behind and enter into a prayerful journey through the neighborhood, labyrinth fashion. We’ll practice opening our eyes and hearts to the presence of Christ through the historical landmarks, public arts, and other sights, sounds, and smells of the city. Meet outside the Sanctuary room.


Speakers
avatar for Archie Honrado

Archie Honrado

Archie has been serving NYWC and YS for the last nine years as a spiritual director, prayer chapel curator, and guide for the city prayer walks, and was a member of the YS Soul Shaper Board. Archie's ecumenical background gives him a distinct perspective on 21st century spirituality in North America. Archie has been a member of Youth With a Mission since 1984, and is currently a spiritual director for Urban Youth Workers Institute in Los... Read More →


Saturday October 4, 2014 8:00am - 10:00am
CC 317/318

8:00am

YS Store Open
Saturday October 4, 2014 8:00am - 10:00pm
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

8:00am

The Hub Open
Saturday October 4, 2014 8:00am - 10:45pm
CC J Street Corridor

8:45am

Soul Care
Speakers
avatar for Lilly Lewin

Lilly Lewin

Lilly Lewin is the founder of Thinplace: a pilgrimage of discovery and creativity. Lilly helps communities get outside the box of worship through multi-sensory prayer, experiential worship, and art. She leads workshops, retreats, and creates Sacred Space experiences around the world. She is the author of Sacred Space: A Hands-On Guide to Creating Multisensory Worship Experiences with Dan Kimball. 


Saturday October 4, 2014 8:45am - 9:00am
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

9:00am

Reading Poetry as Prayer

Together we will focus on the uniqueness of poetry as a form of human expression and explore how to incorporate it into prayer personally and with students. This practice involves reading poetry mindfully as well as praying with poetry and even experimenting with writing poetry.


Speakers
avatar for Grant Wood

Grant Wood

Grant serves individuals, couples and families in the areas of emotional, relational, social, and spiritual development. Grant has received training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy with Dr. Sue Johnson, and has also completed advanced training in couple therapy at the Gottman Institute in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in pre-marital and marital enrichment, high conflict marriages, men’s issues, addictions, leadership... Read More →


Saturday October 4, 2014 9:00am - 9:45am
CC 317/318

9:15am

Big Room
Doors will open at 9:00am

Speakers
avatar for Kara Powell

Kara Powell

Kara Powell is executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Kara also serves as an advisor to Youth Specialties and volunteers in student ministries at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. She is the author or co-author of Sticky Faith, Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum, and more.

Artists
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DJ Aslan

On the turntables for 20 years, DJ Aslan has performed alongside KJ-52, Lecrae, Andy Mineo, Trip Lee, Derek Minor, Tedashii, Propaganda, We Live As Kings (W.L.A.K.), and Dj Promote. He is an integral part of TableTurner DJs. He has had the privilege of being involved in productions such as Acquire the Fire, Church on the Moves Seeds Conference, and LifeChurch.tv.
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The Skit Guys

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Propaganda

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Brian Wurzell

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Saturday October 4, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
CC Exhibit Hall A

10:45am

10:45am

Big Room Talk Back
Speakers
avatar for Kara Powell

Kara Powell

Kara Powell is executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Kara also serves as an advisor to Youth Specialties and volunteers in student ministries at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. She is the author or co-author of Sticky Faith, Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum, and more.


Saturday October 4, 2014 10:45am - 11:00am
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

10:45am

Praying with Victor Hugo and Les Miserables

In Victor Hugo’s classic, Les Misérables, we find the two main characters, Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert, representing law versus grace; the theme clearly comes through in the book as well as various plays, movies, and musicals. We will contemplate Hugo’s life, what drove him to write this novel, and how it affected society when it was written. Through readings of the book and the use of video clips from movies of this war between law and grace, we can relate this to our own journey with God.


Speakers
avatar for Mickey Cox

Mickey Cox

Mickey Cox is a spiritual director in Denver, Colorado, and is on the Spiritual Direction Colorado Board. He is also a member of St. Dunstan’s Benedictine Community in the Denver area and is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene. His work in youth ministry has spanned over 45 years, and he’s written two books to guide youth in spiritual formation.
avatar for Archie Honrado

Archie Honrado

Archie has been serving NYWC and YS for the last nine years as a spiritual director, prayer chapel curator, and guide for the city prayer walks, and was a member of the YS Soul Shaper Board. Archie's ecumenical background gives him a distinct perspective on 21st century spirituality in North America. Archie has been a member of Youth With a Mission since 1984, and is currently a spiritual director for Urban Youth Workers Institute in Los... Read More →


Saturday October 4, 2014 10:45am - 11:15am
CC 319

10:45am

Exhibit Hall Open
Saturday October 4, 2014 10:45am - 4:00pm
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

11:00am

11:00am

11:00am

Family Room
In Family Room you’ll have the opportunity to interact with a small group of fellow youth workers as you learn together and discuss topics related to youth ministry. Together you’ll find common ground, learn from your differences, and discover new ways you can minister to the teens in your community.

Saturday October 4, 2014 11:00am - 12:15pm
TBA

11:00am

APizza
Saturday October 4, 2014 11:00am - 2:00pm
CC 13th St. Lobby

11:00am

East Lobby Concessions
Need a quick snack or some lunch?  Stop by East Lobby Concessions in the Convention Center and you’ll find snacks, soda, water, sandwiches, rice bowls, salads, fresh fruit, salty snacks like chips and pretzels, super nachos, coffee and pastries, candy, cookies and MORE.  Cash and credit card accepted.  Located on Third Floor of the Convention Center - take the escalators right outside of the Exhibit Hall to get there.  There is great outdoor seating as well.

Saturday October 4, 2014 11:00am - 3:00pm
CC East Lobby

11:15am

11:15am

11:30am

11:30am

11:45am

11:45am

Alpha
Saturday October 4, 2014 11:45am - 11:55am
CC Exhibit Hall B/C YouthWorks Stage

12:00pm

12:00pm

Midday Prayer

This 15-minute service is designed to briefly interrupt us in the middle of our day in order to refocus our attention on God as the center of our lives and worthy of our praise.


Speakers
avatar for Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas has worked for Youthfront in Kansas City for over six years. As a camp director, he attempts to create environments where youth can encounter God in meaningful and sometimes unfamiliar ways. Micah also works for Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City as a worship leader. He is married to Jessica and has a daughter, Teagan.


Saturday October 4, 2014 12:00pm - 12:15pm
CC 317/318

12:15pm

12:45pm

12:45pm

Three Things to Think About When Leading Students in Worship
Artists
avatar for Brian Wurzell

Brian Wurzell

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Saturday October 4, 2014 12:45pm - 1:00pm
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

12:45pm

Group Spiritual Direction

This session will provide an introductory overview of group spiritual direction. We will cover the process and guidelines of and discuss how it can be used with your students, adult leaders, and staff. 


Speakers
avatar for Jamie Roach

Jamie Roach

Jamie Roach has served on the staff of Youthfront for over 25 years, working with students and youth workers. His passion is seeing people formed into the image of Jesus Christ. Jamie is an author, communicator, and spiritual director, and also serves on the staff of Lakeland Community Church working with youth and families. He has received his Masters of divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary. Jamie and his wife, Lea Ann, have four... Read More →
avatar for Maggie Robbins

Maggie Robbins

Maggie Robbins is a certified spiritual director, earning her certification through the Kairos School of Spiritual formation. She is still active within the Kairos community as a spiritual director and a member of the faculty. Nationally and internationally, she has provided spiritual direction and facilitated retreats for groups like Youth Specialties, Simply Youth Ministry, and the Presbyterian Church of Ireland. She also maintains a private... Read More →


Saturday October 4, 2014 12:45pm - 2:45pm
CC 317/318

1:30pm

Breathing 101

This session will help you grasp an understanding of the physiology and psychology of what happens when we breathe correctly, and how this can prepare us for prayer/meditation/action. We will practice how to breathe deeply and how to share this with students.


Speakers
avatar for Grant Wood

Grant Wood

Grant serves individuals, couples and families in the areas of emotional, relational, social, and spiritual development. Grant has received training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy with Dr. Sue Johnson, and has also completed advanced training in couple therapy at the Gottman Institute in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in pre-marital and marital enrichment, high conflict marriages, men’s issues, addictions, leadership... Read More →


Saturday October 4, 2014 1:30pm - 2:00pm
CC 317/318

1:30pm

Positive Discipline: Working with Rude, Obnoxious, and Apathetic Teens

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



Speakers
avatar for Les Christie

Les Christie

Chair, Youth Ministry Department, William Jessup University
Les Christie has been in youth ministry for many years. He was at one church in Southern California for 22 years. He is the author of 18 books and has spoken in in 15 countries, and every state but Alaska. He was a youth minister in Compton, CA in the late 60's and early 70's.


Saturday October 4, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Sheraton Grand Nave Ballroom

1:30pm

Teaching Students to Think Critically and Christianly about Music and Media

Five years ago, we learned that students ages 8 to 18 were spending more than 7 and a half hours per day engaged with media. As people called to help students live out their faith in every nook and cranny of their lives, youth workers must equip students and their parents to follow Jesus onto the media landscape by training them to engage thoughtfully, intentionally, critically, and Christianly with media and music. In this seminar, Walt will teach you about the powerful life-shaping role that music and media play in student’s lives, along with a very practical, biblical method to teach students that will develop their ability filter their music and media choices through a Christian world and life view.


Speakers
avatar for Walt Mueller

Walt Mueller

Walt Mueller is founder and president of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, which serves churches, schools, and community organizations around the world by providing information and analysis on contemporary youth culture. This 35-year youth ministry veteran speaks internationally on youth culture and is author of many books.


Saturday October 4, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
CC 313

1:30pm

Effective Youth Ministry Programming: Big Pictures and Blueprints

This seminar will offer a big picture vision of what it means to build disciples, and offer a practical framework for fleshing out this vision in the context of a youth ministry program.


Speakers
avatar for Duffy Robbins

Duffy Robbins

Duffy Robbins is professor of youth ministry at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA, and a 30-year veteran of youth ministry. He speaks around the world to teenagers and people who love teenagers, and is author of several books, including his newest, Building a Youth Ministry That Builds Disciples.


Saturday October 4, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
CC 314

1:30pm

How to Create a Thriving Small-church Youth Ministry

Bigger isn't always better, and a small youth group doesn't mean small-thinking ministry. Our time together will cover how to be sustainable in reaching critical mass, developing volunteers, and how you can bring the most leadership to the small-church ministry table.


Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Caro

Stephanie Caro

Stephanie Caro has been involved in ministry for more than 30+ years. She’s the author of Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches. She’s the senior consultant for Ministry Architects and the director of their Small Church division.


Saturday October 4, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
CC 309/310

1:30pm

Partnering with Parents in Youth Ministry

Family-based youth ministry is not a method, but rather a mindset. This session will explore the biblical mandate (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) to help families succeed and help you discover the importance of getting parents involved in the faith development of their kids. You’ll get practical ideas on how to encourage, involve, assist, inform, and make parents your allies in the church. In this fast moving session, you’ll get basic theory on family-based youth ministry, curriculum, and more than 50 practical ideas to help families succeed.


Speakers
JB

Jim Burns

Jim Burns is president of HomeWord and executive director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. He has over 1.5 million resources in print in over 25 languages. Jim’s radio broadcast is heard on over 800 stations a day and heard around the world via podcast at HomeWord.com.


Saturday October 4, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
CC 306

1:30pm

The Art of Bible Storying

Together, we'll explore the art of Bible Storying, a new (ancient) way of engaging the Scriptures. You'll participate in a Bible Storying experience, rooted in the Hebrew tradition of storytelling, imaginative listening, creative response, and lively dialogue. You'll also gain insights into spiritual formation and learning-centered environments.


Speakers
avatar for Michael Novelli

Michael Novelli

For more than two decades, Michael Novellis’s passion has been to explore the intersection of spiritual formation and experiential learning. This drive continues to fuel his work as a content designer, church youth leader, and community advocate. Michael has a M.Ed. in integrated learning and serves as a senior curriculum developer for sparkhouse.


Saturday October 4, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
CC 302/303

1:30pm

Making Disciples of Whom? Christology and Youth Ministry

The National Study of Youth and Religion and more recent research shows that many students in our own youth groups do not believe that Jesus Christ is the one and only way of salvation. They no longer believe in the historic Christian faith, but rather their “faith” is a smattering of quasi-religious fumes, endured with a hefty back story of tolerance, that rides on the nationality of the metanarrative congruence of all faiths. One can certainly do youth ministry from all three pluralism platforms: historic (Jesus is the only way), modern (Jesus is a good way, but there are other ways), or postmodern (who cares about religious dogma; it’s not important anyway), but the this-world outcomes are very different. This session explores in what respect a historic Christian Christology is vital for actual disciple making youth ministry, as well as for youth flourishing.

Sponsored by: Sparkhouse / InterVarsity Press / Youthfront / Nazarene Theological Seminary / Fuller + Fuller Youth Institute / Howard Payne University / Gordon College / Luther Seminary / Seattle Pacific University


Speakers
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Laura Addis

Laura Addis lives in Kansas City working at both Youthfront and Second Presbyterian Church. Currently a DMin student at Fuller, she would be happy spending every afternoon with students and tweeting from @thelauralarsen. Laura is most spiritually disciplined in the fall when she is busy praying and fasting for her beloved LSU Tigers.
avatar for Len Kageler

Len Kageler

Len Kageler has a long and positive track record in working in church-based student ministry. Len is professor of youth and family studies at Nyack College. His many books include Youth Ministry in a Multifaith Society: Forming Christian Identity Among Skeptics, Syncretists, and Sincere Believers of Other Faith, and The Volunteers Field Guide to Youth Ministry.
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Dan Kimball

Dan Kimball is on staff at Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, CA, overseeing the mission and teaching. He is director of the ReGeneration Project at Western Seminary, which studies churches reaching new generations. He has served in youth and college ministry for more than 20 years.
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Andrew Root

Andrew Root is the Olson Baalson Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary. Andy has worked in congregations, parachurch ministries, and social service programs, and is the author of many books, including a four book series with Zondervan called A Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry.


Saturday October 4, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Hyatt Regency Ballroom DEF

1:30pm

Help! I Married a Youth Worker!

This session is for women who are married to youth workers. It's a time to come together and get ideas and input on some of the issues we all face in our roles in ministry. Come prepared to encourage others, be encouraged, talk with other wives, and learn from their wisdom. 


Speakers
avatar for Cathy Fields

Cathy Fields

Cathy Fields has been a volunteer youth worker for more than 20 years, and she’s served in every role in youth ministry from camp speaker to bus driver. She leads a senior high small group at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.


Saturday October 4, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
CC 307

1:30pm

Lead Differently: Four Characteristics of Daniel-esque Youth Leaders

The biblical Daniel lived and led with excellence and he was placed in charge of an entire empire. The four characteristics that made Daniel a great leader can make you one too—learn how to utilize them in this informative session.



Speakers
avatar for Greg Stier

Greg Stier

Greg Stier’s rough, urban upbringing was transformed by the power of the gospel. Greg leads Dare 2 Share, a ministry that has equipped hundreds of thousands of teenagers to relationally and relentlessly share the gospel of Christ through large-scale conferences held from coast to coast. Greg is the author of thirteen books and countless articles.


Saturday October 4, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
CC 315

1:30pm

Practical Tips to Improve Your Speaking Chops

Let’s face it: Teaching week-after-week is a very difficult task. Doug has been teaching teenagers every week for more than 30 years and has learned a few things along the way that seem to work. In this breakout session, he’ll share with you some of his “secrets” to being a more effective communicator. Keeping kids awake, teaching effectively, and moving an audience toward life-change requires skill and hard work. Doug’s goal is to help you win—not with a bunch of theory but with tested ideas that will help you be a more effective communicator.


Speakers
avatar for Doug Fields

Doug Fields

Doug Fields has been a pastor to teenagers and a ministry leader for more than 30 years. Today, most of Doug’s time is spent speaking at conferences, churches, or events; writing; teaching youth ministry at Azusa Pacific University; and providing leadership and resources as a part of the Youth Specialties Team.


Saturday October 4, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
CC 308

1:30pm

Six Values Great Youth Ministries Embrace

The best youth ministries are unique, and a reflection of their context. But, as culture changes and youth workers experiment with new approaches and priorities, there’s a small patch of common ground. It’s not a common program, or teaching plan, but a set of values that seem to be shared by ministries that are finding their way in our current reality.


Speakers
avatar for Mark Oestreicher

Mark Oestreicher

Mark Oestreicher is a veteran youth worker and founding partner of The Youth Cartel, providing resources, training, and coaching for church youth workers. The author of dozens of books, including Youth Ministry 3.0, Marko is a sought after speaker, writer and consultant.


Saturday October 4, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Hyatt Regency Ballroom ABC

1:30pm

Youth Minisry Management Tools

Youth workers are wired for relationships, not reviewing budget reports. Yet any strong youth ministry requires that you use your administrative skills as well. Get tips on the basics of ministry management, especially finances, risk management, and scheduling.


Speakers
avatar for Ginny Olson

Ginny Olson

Ginny Olson is the director of youth ministry for the Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church and an adjunct professor at Bethel University. Before entering academia, she was involved in hands-on youth ministry for more than 10 years at various churches and camps including serving on staff in the junior high ministry at Willow Creek Community Church.
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Mike Work

Mike Work has been around youth ministry for more than 30 years as a pastor, author, speaker, event producer, and mentor. Now, he’s the vice president of operations at Youth Specialties. Mike co-authored the original best-selling Zondervan/YS resource, Youth Ministry Management Tools (including newly released version 2.0). 


Saturday October 4, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
CC 311/312

2:00pm

2:00pm

The Spirituality of Napping

Perhaps the most spiritual thing you could do during NYWC is take a nap. Youth workers are not exempt from the sleep-deprived condition of our culture. Sleeping was an essential step back to spiritual and physical health when Elijah encountered God after being overcome by his situation and his futile attempt to flee from his problems. The Sanctuary will provide a peaceful and quiet place for you to learn your limits and take time to rest.


Speakers
avatar for Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas has worked for Youthfront in Kansas City for over six years. As a camp director, he attempts to create environments where youth can encounter God in meaningful and sometimes unfamiliar ways. Micah also works for Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City as a worship leader. He is married to Jessica and has a daughter, Teagan.


Saturday October 4, 2014 2:00pm - 2:30pm
CC 317/318

2:15pm

2:45pm

3:00pm

3:00pm

Classic Prayer through Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina is the spiritual practice of divine reading. This classic practice of meditating on scripture, historically embraced by all Christians, is being rediscovered as a transformational way to engage with sacred text.


Speakers
avatar for Maggie Robbins

Maggie Robbins

Maggie Robbins is a certified spiritual director, earning her certification through the Kairos School of Spiritual formation. She is still active within the Kairos community as a spiritual director and a member of the faculty. Nationally and internationally, she has provided spiritual direction and facilitated retreats for groups like Youth Specialties, Simply Youth Ministry, and the Presbyterian Church of Ireland. She also maintains a private... Read More →


Saturday October 4, 2014 3:00pm - 3:30pm
CC 317/318

3:15pm

3:15pm

3:15pm

3:30pm

3:30pm

YS Coach: Assessing Your Ministries Health
Speakers
avatar for Brian Aaby

Brian Aaby

Brian Aaby is the director of YS Search & Coaching, assisting churches with personnel placement and provides coaching guidance for youth leaders. Brian served 17 years as a youth pastor and then founded and led Youthmark since 2008. Brian speaks nationally at churches, camps, conference, and events. He and his wife, Elisabeth, have three children and reside near Seattle. 


Saturday October 4, 2014 3:30pm - 3:45pm
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

3:45pm

Roles You Take on as the Spouse of a Youth Worker
Speakers
avatar for Cathy Fields

Cathy Fields

Cathy Fields has been a volunteer youth worker for more than 20 years, and she’s served in every role in youth ministry from camp speaker to bus driver. She leads a senior high small group at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.


Saturday October 4, 2014 3:45pm - 4:00pm
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

4:00pm

Adolescence Isn't New: Why it Still Matters for Us Today

For more than a thousand years, thinkers, creators, and preachers have been describing, defining (and often complaining about) the stage of life known as "adolescentia." And what they described, defined (and often complained about) sounds surprisingly similar to today's rhetoric. What does that mean for us—the generation of youth workers who've been told that we're dealing with a recent, man-made, culturally constructed stage of life? 


Speakers
avatar for Crystal Kirgiss

Crystal Kirgiss

Crystal Kirgiss has worked with students for more than 25 years. She earned her Ph.D. from Purdue University where she lectures and studies the history of adolescence. She writes the “Guys” and “Girls” columns for Youthwalk magazine, was part of the core writing team for The Way Bible, and is the author or co-author of 11 books.


Saturday October 4, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
CC 307

4:00pm

Divorce and Young People

This seminar will explore the impact of divorce on young people. Usually (both in the church and culture) we have seen divorce as a painful occurence that can nevertheless be overcome if the young person can be taught to think correctly about the divorce of his or her parents ("it isn't your fault"). Yet, such a perspective tends to distract us from larger realities. Divorce at it's core thrusts young people into questioning their very existence, "If I exist because of the relationship of these two people, who am I, and how can I be in the world, if they are no longer together?" This seminar will examine this all to common cultural reality from a phiosophical and theological perspective, seeing what difference this makes for our ministries.




Speakers
avatar for Andrew Root

Andrew Root

Andrew Root is the Olson Baalson Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary. Andy has worked in congregations, parachurch ministries, and social service programs, and is the author of many books, including a four book series with Zondervan called A Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry.


Saturday October 4, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
CC 314

4:00pm

Culture Shift: How to Innovatively Reach a Post-Christian World

Almost half a century ago, Bob Dylan wrote this famous lyric, “The times, they are a changing.” That statement is true now more then ever. What we are seeing in recent years confirms that the United States is moving closer to a post-Christian world. How is this affecting students and how do we respond as youth workers? Come hear the latest research and some innovative ideas for reaching today's teenager.  



Speakers
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Brock Morgan

Brock Morgan is the youth pastor at Trinity Church in Greenwich, CT, and has been working with students for more than 23 years.  He is a popular speaker for camps, retreats, and conferences, and has overseen youth ministries in both urban and suburban contexts.
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Ben Woodman

Ben has been a youth pastor since 1999. He is the co-host of Alpha's new Youth Film Series. He and his wife Melissa live near the beach in Vancouver, Canada. He is a huge fan of Bear Grylls, Judah Smith, Bob Goff, Nicky Gumbel, and any youth leader at a local church.


Saturday October 4, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
CC 302/303

4:00pm

Windy Youth Ministry: Why Adolescents Need the Holy Spirit

According to recent studies, adolescents think of God as distant, impotent, predictable, and utilitarian. And yet this is not the God in which we believe—God as the Holy Spirit is a God who is radically present, and powerful, and unpredictable, and undomesticated. In this seminar, we’ll discuss things we can do in our youth ministries so that students can recover a sense of God as Holy Spirit.


Speakers
avatar for Mike Langford

Mike Langford

Mike Langford is assistant professor of theology, discipleship, and ministry (and coordinator of youth ministry education and training) at Seattle Pacific University and Seattle Pacific Seminary. In addition to his academic training in both practical and systematic theology, he has been involved in youth ministry for more than 20 years.


Saturday October 4, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
CC 309/310

4:00pm

A New Kind of Evangelism: Recovering the Good News Gospel

This seminar will focus on a way of sharing the great good news that doesn’t treat the hearer as a project and stimulates their curiosity and imagination about what it might mean for them to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Learn how to implement in your own life and your youth ministry.


Speakers
avatar for Mike King

Mike King

Mike King is in his 39th year of youth ministry and serves as president and CEO of Youthfront, an organization committed to creating holistic, missional environments for Christian formation by providing programs, resources, and training. He is as an adjunct professor at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, and also serves as a Youth Specialties Thought Partner.


Saturday October 4, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
CC 306

4:00pm

Effective Youth Outreach for the Hope Dealer

In this workshop, we'll discuss youth who many consider violent, useless, or a virus in our communities (with a main focus on youth in gangs, jail, or “on the fringe”). We'll emphasize effective strategies, like mentoring, for impacting these young people. Learn how to help promote hope and a feeling of purpose in life, which can lead to familial and societal change.


Speakers
avatar for Amy Williams

Amy Williams

Gang Intervention Specialist, Juvenile Justice Advocate, National Trainer, A Hope Dealer
Amy Williams, a 22-year youth ministry veteran, follows her passion to minister to teens involved in gangs, incarcerated youth, and/or those on probation/parole. Amy is a national trainer for Youth Specialties, CCDA, DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative, UYWI and others. She's on the Steering Committee for the CCDA Mass Incarceration Task Force and the National Institute for Juvenile Justice ministries.


Saturday October 4, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
CC 308

4:00pm

Fun and Games: Engaging Your Students in New Ways

If you’re in need of a break and your mind is on overload, this workshop promises no heavy philosophy or theology. See, hear, and play a ton of fast paced, unbelievably innovative games. Explore crowd breakers, indoor and outdoor games, quiet and wild games, and games for large and small youth groups.


Speakers
avatar for Les Christie

Les Christie

Chair, Youth Ministry Department, William Jessup University
Les Christie has been in youth ministry for many years. He was at one church in Southern California for 22 years. He is the author of 18 books and has spoken in in 15 countries, and every state but Alaska. He was a youth minister in Compton, CA in the late 60's and early 70's.


Saturday October 4, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Sheraton Grand Nave Ballroom

4:00pm

The Easiest and Most Awesome Interactive Lesson Plan Ever

After 33 years of teaching Sunday school and youth group, it’s quite shocking that Marko’s best-ever lesson plan is the one that takes the least preparation. This is an interactive seminar. We’ll actually do this thing, so you see it in action.


Speakers
avatar for Mark Oestreicher

Mark Oestreicher

Mark Oestreicher is a veteran youth worker and founding partner of The Youth Cartel, providing resources, training, and coaching for church youth workers. The author of dozens of books, including Youth Ministry 3.0, Marko is a sought after speaker, writer and consultant.


Saturday October 4, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Hyatt Regency Ballroom ABC

4:00pm

Looking Back to 'Race Ahead': Addressing Youth Ministry's Racial Past for a more Faithful Future

In the United States, race, racism, and racial construction has and continues to have an indelible impact on the landscape of youth ministry. Regardless of geographical location, denominational affiliation, ethnic background, or economic position, the category of race has shaped the lives of teens and youth workers in many faith communities. Yet, race remains a virtually non-existent category in most professional youth ministries, particularly within evangelicalism. This forum will flesh out some of the recent historical and social realties that have shaped what seems like an impasse in evangelical youth ministry. In particular, we will discuss how the historic lack of racial awareness and the development of tangible incarnational theologies amongst racially diverse populations created today’s current ministerial divorce between persons of color and many white evangelical churches and professional youth workers. We will explore how we might embrace a constructive framework for moving forward through a racialized incarnational theology that engenders concrete practices for youth ministry in the 21st century.

Sponsored by: Sparkhouse / InterVarsity Press / Youthfront / Nazarene Theological Seminary / Fuller + Fuller Youth Institute / Howard Payne University / Gordon College / Luther Seminary / Seattle Pacific University


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Laura Addis

Laura Addis lives in Kansas City working at both Youthfront and Second Presbyterian Church. Currently a DMin student at Fuller, she would be happy spending every afternoon with students and tweeting from @thelauralarsen. Laura is most spiritually disciplined in the fall when she is busy praying and fasting for her beloved LSU Tigers.
avatar for Karen McKinney

Karen McKinney

Rev. Dr. Karen McKinney is director of the missional ministry program and associate professor of biblical Studies at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. A native Minnesotan raised in Minneapolis, she is a Bush Fellow. In her varied career, she has been a youth pastor, youth leadership training specialist, youth chaplain, training consultant and adult trainer.
avatar for Brandon Winstead

Brandon Winstead

Brandon Winstead, Ph.D., is currently the director of student ministries at Killearn United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, FL. He is the author of There All Along: Black Participation in the Church of the Nazarene, 1914-1969 and has written numerous articles and delivered papers in the fields of youth ministry and African-American religious history.

Artists
avatar for Propaganda

Propaganda

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Saturday October 4, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Hyatt Regency Ballroom DEF

4:00pm

Theology by Design

Businesses around the world use "human-centered design" methods create new products and services that meet the needs of their customers. And these same tools—developing empathy, identifying insights, prototyping solutions, and iterating—work in the church world too! Learn the fundamentals of design thinking and ways to use design to address challenges, problems, and opportunities in your youth ministry.


Speakers
avatar for Bethany Stolle

Bethany Stolle

Bethany Stolle spent nearly a decade developing youth ministry curriculum like ReNew VBS, re:form, and Connect for sparkhouse, the ecumenical publishing division of Augsburg Fortress. Bethany is passionate about bringing together design and theology, understanding people’s needs through design research, and making space to create stuff with others.


Saturday October 4, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
CC 315

4:00pm

A Mentor's Playbook

Learn how to train volunteer youth workers to become confident and effective mentors for students. In this session we'll discuss:

• Overcoming top obstacles that stop volunteers from becoming mentors

• Modeling and training volunteers to live the lifestyle of a mentor

• Eight mentoring lessons to train and equip your volunteer mentors

• A proven guide for fostering spiritual transformation in the lives of students



Speakers
avatar for Bo Boshers

Bo Boshers

Bo Boshers is president of Lead222, a coaching and mentoring ministry to youth leaders. Bo is recognized as a national leader and influencer of youth ministry around the world. He served as executive director of student ministries in Willow Creek Community Church and the Willow Creek Association which influences over 20,000 churches. He is a best-selling author and motivational speaker and trainer.


Saturday October 4, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
CC 311/312

4:00pm

Sticky Faith Family Ministry

Why is it that the only glimpse you get of some of your students’ parents is their taillights on their way out of your church parking lot? How come parents say they want resources and training from you but then don’t show up for seminars and don’t even open e-mails you send them? What can you do in every grade of middle school and high school to help families develop faith that lasts? This seminar takes a practical look at Sticky Faith research conducted by the Fuller Youth Institute on students and families just like yours. Thanks to case studies of churches like yours and interviews we’ve conducted with amazing families nationwide, you’ll leave with all sorts of super practical ideas you can use this month to partner with parents and equip them to point their kids to Jesus all week long.


Speakers
avatar for Kara Powell

Kara Powell

Kara Powell is executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Kara also serves as an advisor to Youth Specialties and volunteers in student ministries at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. She is the author or co-author of Sticky Faith, Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum, and more.


Saturday October 4, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
CC 313

4:15pm

The Spirituality of Grief

We all experience loss and so do our students. Some loss is “ordinary,” like the loss that comes when we change jobs, move, or marry. Some loss is “extraordinary,” like losing someone we love, or finding out we have cancer. Loss changes us. We can go the way of the world and ignore, minimize, or numb out to the things that hurt us, or we can find ways to grieve honestly, openly, and creatively. Loss can connect us more deeply with God, others, and ourselves. We will explore spiritual practices that allow us to say “yes” to God in all that life brings.


Speakers
avatar for Beth Slevcove

Beth Slevcove

Beth Slevcove has served as a Spiritual Director for the past 15 years, primarily working with people in ministry. She served as the Director of Spiritual Formation for Youth Specialties and holds advanced degrees in theology and education. She is an oblate at a Benedictine monastery and runs a surf company based on saving the endangered Tijuana Surf Monkey. Beth can often be found in the ocean, making tent forts with her little ones, or... Read More →


Saturday October 4, 2014 4:15pm - 5:15pm
CC 317/318

5:00pm

Catholic Mass
Saturday October 4, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament 1017 11th Street

5:30pm

YSASN Reception
Saturday October 4, 2014 5:30pm - 7:45pm
Cafeteria 15L

6:15pm

Panel Discussion / Q&A: Crossing urban + Suburban Ministry Lines
Speakers
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Laura Addis

Laura Addis lives in Kansas City working at both Youthfront and Second Presbyterian Church. Currently a DMin student at Fuller, she would be happy spending every afternoon with students and tweeting from @thelauralarsen. Laura is most spiritually disciplined in the fall when she is busy praying and fasting for her beloved LSU Tigers.
avatar for Karen McKinney

Karen McKinney

Rev. Dr. Karen McKinney is director of the missional ministry program and associate professor of biblical Studies at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. A native Minnesotan raised in Minneapolis, she is a Bush Fellow. In her varied career, she has been a youth pastor, youth leadership training specialist, youth chaplain, training consultant and adult trainer.
avatar for Brandon Winstead

Brandon Winstead

Brandon Winstead, Ph.D., is currently the director of student ministries at Killearn United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, FL. He is the author of There All Along: Black Participation in the Church of the Nazarene, 1914-1969 and has written numerous articles and delivered papers in the fields of youth ministry and African-American religious history.


Saturday October 4, 2014 6:15pm - 6:30pm
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

6:45pm

Formation for Mission

An interactive exploration of how we change and impact the world. We all want to change the world in one way or another, but why and how? Following Jesus is about taking on his life in mind, heart, and soul. We will explore ways to cultivate the same intimate embrace of the world that Jesus revealed to us. Mission is fueled by Christ’s life and love pulsing through us daily. 


Speakers
avatar for Mike Clifford

Mike Clifford

Mike Clifford holds a bachelor’s degree in zoological sciences from Friends University, and a master’s in organizational development. He is the curator for the Christian Spiritual Formation Undergraduate program at the Apprentice Institute and he also leads worship, teaches workshops, and creates and implements partnerships with churches and various organizations.


Saturday October 4, 2014 6:45pm - 7:15pm
CC 317/318

7:00pm

Small Church Youth Ministry
Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Caro

Stephanie Caro

Stephanie Caro has been involved in ministry for more than 30+ years. She’s the author of Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches. She’s the senior consultant for Ministry Architects and the director of their Small Church division.
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Terry Linhart

After 16 years in full-time youth ministry, Terry Linhart has taught youth ministry courses at Bethel College (Indiana) for the past 11 years, where he also serves as chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy. He got his start in Youth for Christ, where he developed his teaching as one of the national trainers, and then served for many years as a church youth pastor. Terry has authored six books, including Global Youth Ministry and the... Read More →


Saturday October 4, 2014 7:00pm - 7:15pm
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

7:30pm

Big Room
Doors will open at 7:15pm

Speakers
avatar for Francis Chan

Francis Chan

Francis Chan is the best-selling author of Crazy Love, Forgotten God, Erasing Hell and the host of the BASIC.series (Who is God & We Are Church). Currently, Francis is planting churches in the San Francisco area. Together, Francis and his wife Lisa raise their six children in NOrthern California and are co-authors of the new book You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity. For more information, check out youandmeforever.org and... Read More →

Artists
avatar for The Afters

The Afters

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DJ Aslan

On the turntables for 20 years, DJ Aslan has performed alongside KJ-52, Lecrae, Andy Mineo, Trip Lee, Derek Minor, Tedashii, Propaganda, We Live As Kings (W.L.A.K.), and Dj Promote. He is an integral part of TableTurner DJs. He has had the privilege of being involved in productions such as Acquire the Fire, Church on the Moves Seeds Conference, and LifeChurch.tv.
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Propaganda

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Brian Wurzell

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Saturday October 4, 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm
CC Exhibit Hall A

9:30pm

Exhibit Hall Open
Saturday October 4, 2014 9:30pm - 11:00pm
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

10:00pm

Compline with Communion

Compline comes from the Latin word meaning “completion.” This peaceful and reflective 15-minute service is the liturgical equivalent of being tucked into bed. We pray, listen to God through scripture and silence, and ask God to watch over us as we sleep. On Saturday, communion will be offered during Compline.


Speakers
avatar for Beth Slevcove

Beth Slevcove

Beth Slevcove has served as a Spiritual Director for the past 15 years, primarily working with people in ministry. She served as the Director of Spiritual Formation for Youth Specialties and holds advanced degrees in theology and education. She is an oblate at a Benedictine monastery and runs a surf company based on saving the endangered Tijuana Surf Monkey. Beth can often be found in the ocean, making tent forts with her little ones, or... Read More →
avatar for Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas has worked for Youthfront in Kansas City for over six years. As a camp director, he attempts to create environments where youth can encounter God in meaningful and sometimes unfamiliar ways. Micah also works for Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City as a worship leader. He is married to Jessica and has a daughter, Teagan.


Saturday October 4, 2014 10:00pm - 10:15pm
CC 317/318

10:00pm

Comedy Club - Dave and Brian Live

http://daveandbrian.com/  multiple videos on their site…

Comedians Dave and Brian are a nationally touring musical comedy duo based out of Philadelphia, PA.  Their high energy live show consists of hilarious original songs and stand-up comedy.   They have been described as “truly phenomenal,” “fresh,” and “cutting edge!”.  More than just your average acoustic guitar/glockenspiel duo, Dave and Brian have spent the past 8 years crafting a truly unique comedy experience.  In that time they have traveled all over the country performing shows at various comedy clubs, churches, colleges, and conferences. Their music has been featured on NBC’s “The Today Show,” NPR’s “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” show, andFunnyorDie.com.


Saturday October 4, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Hyatt Regency Ballroom DEF

10:00pm

Concert with Propaganda and DJ Aslan

Propaganda

http://www.humblebeast.com/propaganda

With an uncompromising message intertwined with hot rhythms and beats, LA’s Propaganda puts together lyrically potent, relevant music that reaches across the spectrum of youth and pop culture. Bringing with him years of classroom teaching and community service experience, he is eloquently bold in the message of each song and never shies away from a strong poetic element in his music.


Artists
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DJ Aslan

On the turntables for 20 years, DJ Aslan has performed alongside KJ-52, Lecrae, Andy Mineo, Trip Lee, Derek Minor, Tedashii, Propaganda, We Live As Kings (W.L.A.K.), and Dj Promote. He is an integral part of TableTurner DJs. He has had the privilege of being involved in productions such as Acquire the Fire, Church on the Moves Seeds Conference, and LifeChurch.tv.
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Propaganda

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Saturday October 4, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Sheraton Grand Nave Ballroom

10:00pm

DYM Live Show

For 6 years, this veteran crew of youth workers (Doug Fields, Josh Griffin, Matt McGill & Katie Edwards] has recorded over 250 episodes of an awarding-winning* podcast. Every show is different... but you can always count on them answering youth worker's questions and having a lot of fun. They've developed a loyal audience (borderline cultic)... who agree with their bi-line: "Just enough youth ministry so you don't feel guilty for listening." If you're a fan, they'll be LIVE at NYWC late-night, if you're curious... come check them out--they always give stuff away. [*true]  


Speakers
avatar for Katie Edwards

Katie Edwards

Katie Edwards has been working in full-time student ministries for more than 18 years. She is currently the junior high ministry director at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. She has a passion for teenagers and a passion for equipping and encouraging youth workers.
avatar for Doug Fields

Doug Fields

Doug Fields has been a pastor to teenagers and a ministry leader for more than 30 years. Today, most of Doug’s time is spent speaking at conferences, churches, or events; writing; teaching youth ministry at Azusa Pacific University; and providing leadership and resources as a part of the Youth Specialties Team.
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Josh Griffin

Josh is high school pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. He’s the co- founder of DownloadYouthMinistry.com and author of 99 Thoughts for Small Group Leaders with Doug Fields. Josh is a father of 4 who speaks a little, podcasts a little, Twitters a bit, and blogs a lot.
avatar for Matt McGill

Matt McGill

Matt McGill is the associate pastor of Newport Mesa Church and has been in youth ministry for approximately 10,000 years. He is also one of the co-founders of Download Youth Ministry and is passionate about wisdom and speaking the truth… sometimes with love.


Saturday October 4, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
CC 308

10:00pm

How to Reach a Generation that is Going the Opposite Direction

Dialogue with seasoned youth leaders in an evening of insight and discovery. Learn best practices for reaching today’s students and ask questions about the challenges you're facing in a post-Christian world. This session will also provide an exclusive first-look at a new youth video series.


Speakers
avatar for Dan Kimball

Dan Kimball

Dan Kimball is on staff at Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, CA, overseeing the mission and teaching. He is director of the ReGeneration Project at Western Seminary, which studies churches reaching new generations. He has served in youth and college ministry for more than 20 years.
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Brock Morgan

Brock Morgan is the youth pastor at Trinity Church in Greenwich, CT, and has been working with students for more than 23 years.  He is a popular speaker for camps, retreats, and conferences, and has overseen youth ministries in both urban and suburban contexts.
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Mark Oestreicher

Mark Oestreicher is a veteran youth worker and founding partner of The Youth Cartel, providing resources, training, and coaching for church youth workers. The author of dozens of books, including Youth Ministry 3.0, Marko is a sought after speaker, writer and consultant.
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Ben Woodman

Ben has been a youth pastor since 1999. He is the co-host of Alpha's new Youth Film Series. He and his wife Melissa live near the beach in Vancouver, Canada. He is a huge fan of Bear Grylls, Judah Smith, Bob Goff, Nicky Gumbel, and any youth leader at a local church.


Saturday October 4, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
CC 311/312

10:00pm

Late Night Movies

Join us for a free screening of three award-winning short videos made entirely by teens. Receive a DVD of each movie, including discussion questions you can use in your ministry, plus, learn how your youth group can create visual stories of faith starring your kids, building your group, teaching valuable skills. Then, enter your best movie into the Christian Youth Film Festival for a chance to win trophies and cash!


Speakers
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Joe Brown

Joe Brown is the founder and executive director of the Christian Youth Film Society; encouraging and equipping young people to create visual stories of faith. He has been trying to be a youth pastor for 35 years; husband of one wife for 30 years; father for 23 years; and Boy Scout leader for 6 years. He has served as youth pastor at Heritage Bible Church in Bakersfield, California for 15 years. He studied pastoral care at Colorado Christian... Read More →


Saturday October 4, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
CC 307

10:00pm

Live Theater - Laughter is Sacred Space

In this gritty and dramatic talk, Ted Swartz walks you through his relationship with friend and business partner, Lee Eshleman, who took his own life in 2007. Ted explores the paradox of working with a comedic partner struggling with bipolar disorder, as well as the challenge of writing and performing stories about God while experiencing the absence of God after Lee’s death.

Using multi-media and his twenty years of storytelling experience, Laughter is Sacred Space is honest, funny and vulnerable, and reveals the unique journey of working as a comedic actor under the shadow of a mental illness, and offers hope and humor in a way that only Ted could deliver.

http://vimeo.com/53380760

Sponsored by Eastern Mennonite University


Saturday October 4, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Hyatt Regency Ballroom ABC

10:00pm

Sticky Faith Film Premier and Discussion

For seven years, the Fuller Youth Institute has blended research and story to engage church communities and families worldwide. At NYWC, FYI is debuting two short films featuring families struggling to shift toward holistic, integrated faith.  Part of a new video curriculum series, these films will help you  better equip families and your congregation to live out faith together. Join us for an open Q&A discussion with Kara Powell and the film director after the screening. Plus, everyone who attends this premier will receive a free copy of the entire video curriculum!


Speakers
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Kara Powell

Kara Powell is executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Kara also serves as an advisor to Youth Specialties and volunteers in student ministries at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. She is the author or co-author of Sticky Faith, Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum, and more.
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Matthew Schüler

Matthew Schuler holds a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a BS in Journalism and Mass Communication from Kansas State University. As Creative Director at the Fuller Youth Institute, he manages film production, website development, and graphic design. Matthew also teaches at various churches throughout Southern California.


Saturday October 4, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
CC 306

10:00pm

The Author of Life: Christianity and Evolution

Countless students struggle with their faith when confronted with the facts of science. But Diane and Joshua know that you can keep your faith and still study and accept science. Youth pastors are the key to this discussion and to help pastors navigate these important issues, they partnered with the BioLogos Foundation to create a free video series called “The Author of Life.” Their session will include a viewing of some of their videos and an open discussion on the topic.


Speakers
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Joshua Hayashi

Josh Hayashi is a chaplain at Punahou School in Honolulu, HI.  He's a husband and dad. You can find him in the mountains and the ocean when not at work. He loves Jesus too.
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Diane Sweeney

Diane Sweeney is a high school biology teacher at Punahou School in Honolulu, HI.


Saturday October 4, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
CC 302/303

10:00pm

Theology Cafe hosted by Sparkhouse
Saturday October 4, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Hyatt Regency Amourath Lounge 1209 L Street
 
Sunday, October 5
 

7:00am

Starbucks
Sunday October 5, 2014 7:00am - 4:00pm
CC 13th St. Lobby

7:30am

Sanctuary Open
Sunday October 5, 2014 7:30am - 11:30am
CC 317/318

7:30am

Prayer Chapel Open
Sunday October 5, 2014 7:30am - 11:30am
CC 319

8:00am

LAUDS (Morning Prayer)

Start your day by praying the hours as observed by God’s people for thousands of years. Join the sanctuary team in this simple, 15-minute time of scripture, silence, music, and spoken prayer.


Speakers
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Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas has worked for Youthfront in Kansas City for over six years. As a camp director, he attempts to create environments where youth can encounter God in meaningful and sometimes unfamiliar ways. Micah also works for Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City as a worship leader. He is married to Jessica and has a daughter, Teagan.


Sunday October 5, 2014 8:00am - 8:15am
CC 317/318

8:00am

Bible Study
Speakers
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Tic Long

After 34 years of leadership at Youth Specialties, Tic Long is now the executive pastor at Journey Community Church in La Mesa, California. He has recently become a proud grandpa. He is starting to believe that his hair is never coming back.

Artists
avatar for Brian Wurzell

Brian Wurzell

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Sunday October 5, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
CC 302/303

8:00am

Professor Breakfast
Sunday October 5, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Hyatt - Dawson's Restaurant

8:00am

The Hub Open
Sunday October 5, 2014 8:00am - 1:30pm
CC J Street Corridor

8:00am

YS Store Open
Sunday October 5, 2014 8:00am - 1:30pm
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

8:30am

Praying the Hours

We all have a rule or rhythm of life, even if it happens to be a lack of rhythm. Find out why anchoring the days of your life in fixed times of prayer is important, and learn the various components of liturgical prayer and the ways in which it can be incorporated into your life and community.


Speakers
avatar for Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas has worked for Youthfront in Kansas City for over six years. As a camp director, he attempts to create environments where youth can encounter God in meaningful and sometimes unfamiliar ways. Micah also works for Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City as a worship leader. He is married to Jessica and has a daughter, Teagan.


Sunday October 5, 2014 8:30am - 9:00am
CC 317/318

9:00am

Three Ways to Equip Students to Share Their Faith
Speakers
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Dan Kimball

Dan Kimball is on staff at Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, CA, overseeing the mission and teaching. He is director of the ReGeneration Project at Western Seminary, which studies churches reaching new generations. He has served in youth and college ministry for more than 20 years.


Sunday October 5, 2014 9:00am - 9:15am
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

9:00am

Exhibit Hall Open
Sunday October 5, 2014 9:00am - 11:00am
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

9:15am

Secret Survivors: Helping Students Reveal and Heal from Their Hidden Pain

You can't take your students where you haven't gone yourself. In this practical seminar, you'll get tools to deal with your own past, current, and future hurt or pain. You'll also discover how to help your students reveal and heal from their hidden (or unknown) pain.


Speakers
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Megan Hutchinson

Megan is a passionate (some say nutty!) follower of Jesus, proud wife and mom, youth pastor, national speaker, author, and founder of thinkbig320©. In her enthusiastic, authentic and humorous way, she encourages teens, parents and youth workers to live a life that will thinkBIG: exceedingly, abundantly, beyond BIG (Eph. 3:20).


Sunday October 5, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
Hyatt Regency Ballroom DEF

9:15am

Racism and Sexism: Understanding Their Impact on Youth in Urban Culture

This workshop examines youth socialization focusing on racism and sexism. Participants will gain insight on developing alternative consciousness and strategizing was to respond that liberate and build the kingdom.


Speakers
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Karen McKinney

Rev. Dr. Karen McKinney is director of the missional ministry program and associate professor of biblical Studies at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. A native Minnesotan raised in Minneapolis, she is a Bush Fellow. In her varied career, she has been a youth pastor, youth leadership training specialist, youth chaplain, training consultant and adult trainer.


Sunday October 5, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
CC 308

9:15am

Disciples in Doubt: Engaging the Wavering Faith of Youth

Research shows a majority of Christian youth doubt their faith, but few ever talk about it. In this seminar, we'll consider practical ways to journey alongside youth who have questions about their faith. Grounded in both theology and research, we'll explore various kinds of adolescent doubt while learning to engage questions as a vital part of discipleship.


Speakers
avatar for Andrew Zirschky

Andrew Zirschky

Academic Director, Center for Youth Ministry Training
Andrew Zirschky holds an M.Div. and a Ph.D. in Practical Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He oversees the development of the Center for Youth Ministry Training academic program and also teaches many youth ministry courses offered through Memphis Theological Seminary. He has 20 years of ministry experience as a youth and college minister at churches in Idaho, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. He has also been named a Timothy Scholar by... Read More →


Sunday October 5, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
CC 315

9:15am

The Be With Factor

This session will go over the who, what, and how for mentoring students towards spiritual transformation. We'll discuss:

• How to choose students who are ready to be mentored.

• The high-five guide for mentoring.

• How to teach students a lifestyle of mentoring.

• Eight mentoring tips to teach and model to every student on how to live as a Christ follower.



Speakers
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Bo Boshers

Bo Boshers is president of Lead222, a coaching and mentoring ministry to youth leaders. Bo is recognized as a national leader and influencer of youth ministry around the world. He served as executive director of student ministries in Willow Creek Community Church and the Willow Creek Association which influences over 20,000 churches. He is a best-selling author and motivational speaker and trainer.


Sunday October 5, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
CC 309/310

9:15am

Helping Parents Parent Their Post-High School Kids

In this seminar we’ll spend time highlighting key topics associated with parents parenting their emerging adult kids and offering ways to help you, as ministry leaders, help parents take some practical steps. We’ll address the topics parents are asking: How do I help my child pick the right college? Are “gap years” good ideas? Christian or secular college?


Speakers
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Steve Argue

Steve Argue is the pastor and theologian in residence and serves on Ministry Leadership Team at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, MI. He teaches youth ministry at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and serves on the Advisory Council for the Fuller Youth Institute. He loves running, eats vegetarian, and tweets #RunningThoughts.


Sunday October 5, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
CC 306

9:15am

Leading Small Groups…Without Losing Your Mind

Small groups are a proven way to help teenagers connect and feel heard, but effective small groups require good leaders. The this workshop provides 5 basic tools that will help anyone leading a small group (and one of them is duct tape!).


Speakers
avatar for Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the president of The Source for Youth Ministry and author of more than a dozen books and curriculum. He speaks to and trains parents and leaders worldwide, and provides free resources for youth workers internationally on his website.


Sunday October 5, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
Hyatt Regency Ballroom ABC

9:15am

Sustainable Youth Ministry

In the world of youth ministry, there are a handful of factors that make a program thrive over the long haul. This seminar will introduce you to these factors and offer a strategic design for instilling these foundational patterns into the fabric of any youth ministry, regardless of its model.


Speakers
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Mark DeVries

Mark DeVries is the founder of Ministry Architects. Since 1986, Mark served as the associate pastor for youth at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. Mark is the author of a number of books and is a frequent speaker and presenter at youth ministry events and conferences.


Sunday October 5, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
CC 307

9:15am

Prioritizing a Leader's Private Life: Discovering What Matters Most

As a ministry leader your life is being watched—you’re a public figure! Beneath the skin of that public persona is a private world that must be healthy for the public ministry to thrive. There’s a constant tension between these two worlds because the teenagers, parents, church staff, and congregants have expectations and those heavy expectations often dismantle the inner world. In this workshop, we’ll talk about how to protect, develop, and strengthen the inner world. Ministry isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon and to run effectively we’ve got to learn to pace ourselves and focus on what’s most important.


Speakers
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Doug Fields

Doug Fields has been a pastor to teenagers and a ministry leader for more than 30 years. Today, most of Doug’s time is spent speaking at conferences, churches, or events; writing; teaching youth ministry at Azusa Pacific University; and providing leadership and resources as a part of the Youth Specialties Team.


Sunday October 5, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
Sheraton Grand Nave Ballroom

9:15am

The Farm League: Intentionally Developing Leaders
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Jared Kirkwood

Jared Kirkwood has been in full-time youth ministry for 10 years and is the high school pastor at Mariners Church in Irvine, CA. He holds a Master’s of the Arts in Global Leadership from Fuller Seminary, teaches about leadership wherever he can, and oversees the program development of the Mariners Church Leadership Pipeline.


Sunday October 5, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
CC 302/303

9:30am

9:30am

Scripture, like Sunday Morning Jazz

Join us as we gather together to interact with and read scripture in a creative way. Participate as a group "playing" the scriptures like a collection of jazz musicians improvising as they go. This communal approach to reading and hearing scripture will breath life into your soul. As your voice finds its place among the many others, you will again be reminded of the beauty of our sacred text and discover afresh how you belong in this story. 


Speakers
avatar for Jamie Roach

Jamie Roach

Jamie Roach has served on the staff of Youthfront for over 25 years, working with students and youth workers. His passion is seeing people formed into the image of Jesus Christ. Jamie is an author, communicator, and spiritual director, and also serves on the staff of Lakeland Community Church working with youth and families. He has received his Masters of divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary. Jamie and his wife, Lea Ann, have four... Read More →


Sunday October 5, 2014 9:30am - 10:00am
CC 317/318

10:00am

Sabbath-Keeping

We live in a world that moves non-stop, and in a church that keeps up with it. When are you allowed to stop? What about Sabbath?  Time set aside for being instead of doing? How would that even work? Come and learn about Sabbath, and imagine how intentionally stopping and resting can be incorporated into your life, family, and even ministry.


Speakers
avatar for Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas has worked for Youthfront in Kansas City for over six years. As a camp director, he attempts to create environments where youth can encounter God in meaningful and sometimes unfamiliar ways. Micah also works for Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City as a worship leader. He is married to Jessica and has a daughter, Teagan.


Sunday October 5, 2014 10:00am - 10:30am
CC 317/318

10:30am

10:30am

Artist Interview and Performance
Artists
avatar for Ellie Holcomb

Ellie Holcomb

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Sunday October 5, 2014 10:30am - 10:45am
CC Exhibit Hall B/C

10:30am

Praying with Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh lived in the depths of his soul. Vincent's biographically inspired art offers a unique allegory of an interior life. He wanted art to guide the religious life into a life-giving spirituality. To contemplate his art is to contemplate his life. His life, an integration of art and spirituality, is a paradox of the human and divine. He lived and died contemplating his true self. Spend some quality and spacious time beholding his extraordinary art, interacting with van Gogh’s writings, and perhaps awakening a deeper way of praying that opens you to new possibilities.


Speakers
avatar for Archie Honrado

Archie Honrado

Archie has been serving NYWC and YS for the last nine years as a spiritual director, prayer chapel curator, and guide for the city prayer walks, and was a member of the YS Soul Shaper Board. Archie's ecumenical background gives him a distinct perspective on 21st century spirituality in North America. Archie has been a member of Youth With a Mission since 1984, and is currently a spiritual director for Urban Youth Workers Institute in Los... Read More →


Sunday October 5, 2014 10:30am - 11:15am
CC 317/318

11:15am

Big Room
Doors will open at 11:00am

Speakers
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James White

James White currently serves as the executive vice president of organizational relations for the YMCA of the Triangle Area and is the senior pastor of Christ Our King Community Church located in Raleigh, NC. James is also a member of the National Training and Leadership Development Advisory Board for the YMCA of the USA.

Artists
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DJ Aslan

On the turntables for 20 years, DJ Aslan has performed alongside KJ-52, Lecrae, Andy Mineo, Trip Lee, Derek Minor, Tedashii, Propaganda, We Live As Kings (W.L.A.K.), and Dj Promote. He is an integral part of TableTurner DJs. He has had the privilege of being involved in productions such as Acquire the Fire, Church on the Moves Seeds Conference, and LifeChurch.tv.
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Ellie Holcomb

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Brian Wurzell

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Sunday October 5, 2014 11:15am - 1:00pm
CC Exhibit Hall A

1:00pm

Big Room Talk Back
Speakers
avatar for James White

James White

James White currently serves as the executive vice president of organizational relations for the YMCA of the Triangle Area and is the senior pastor of Christ Our King Community Church located in Raleigh, NC. James is also a member of the National Training and Leadership Development Advisory Board for the YMCA of the USA.


Sunday October 5, 2014 1:00pm - 1:15pm
CC Exhibit Hall B/C