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Friday, March 4
 

9:00am

Discovering, Equipping & Empowering Effective Adult Volunteers for Relational Ministry to Teenagers

*To attend this Pre-Conferece Option please add it to your registration by clicking the RSVP button above or by contacting Matt McCage at 615.349.7111 or by emailing mmccage@group.com.

 

Our problems with volunteer leaders don't start with recruitment and develoent; they start with flawed thinking about youth ministry. It's a fact...80% of your results in ministry will come from 20% of your efforts. It makes sense to have volunteers investing the most time in the most important parts. Shockingly, most youth ministries do the exact opposite. This track will help you understand the essentials of successful volunteer leadership and create an action plan for finding engaging volunteers who support your ministry vision and are committed to making a difference in the lives of teenagers.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Friday March 4, 2011 9:00am - 4:00pm
International BC

9:00am

For Volunteers Only: Field Guide for Surviving and Thriving as a Volunteer in Youth Ministry

*To attend this Pre-Conferece Option please add it to your registration by clicking the RSVP button above or by contacting Matt McCage at 615.349.7111 or by emailing mmccage@group.com.

 

Congratulations! To be a volunteer youth worker is a high and wonderful calling. But yikes! Sometimes it can feel like a journey without a map or GPS. In these six short hours, we'll dive into many topics and issues to orient you and provide solid direction so you'll be making progress on the journey of youth work. Whether you're brand new to youth ministry or you've been volunteering for years, this pre-conference track can serve as a valuable compass as you navigate the world of youth ministry.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Friday March 4, 2011 9:00am - 4:00pm
Florence

9:00am

Helping Hurting Kids

*To attend this Pre-Conferece Option please add it to your registration by clicking the RSVP button above or by contacting Matt McCage at 615.349.7111 or by emailing mmccage@group.com.

 

The "everyday issues” kids are facing seem to be getting more and more complex. With addictions, abuse, eating disorders, family brokenness, self-injury, and violence on the increase, we find ourselves more often left facing the wounds of students whose trust has been deeply betrayed. Whatever the circumstances, this deep hurt makes it more difficult for kids to accept our love and ultimately much more difficult for them to experience intimacy with God. Whether you do youth ministry vocationally or as a volunteer, this practical track will help you explore the complex, everyday hurts of kids and will outline a path back to healing and wholeness.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Friday March 4, 2011 9:00am - 4:00pm
London

9:00am

Junior High Ministry From Start to Finish

*To attend this Pre-Conferece Option please add it to your registration by clicking the RSVP button above or by contacting Matt McCage at 615.349.7111 or by emailing mmccage@group.com.

 

Whether you're a seasoned veteran or a brand new rookie, you understand that when working with middle school students, "youth ministry as usual” doesn't quite cut it! Ministry to this age group offers its own set of challenges and opportunities. We'll explore the minds of middle-schoolers, take a look at creating ministry experiences that stick, discuss the four values essential to every junior high ministry, and much more! Join Kurt Johnston (Jr. High pastor at Saddleback) and Scott Rubin (Jr. High Pastor at Willow Creek) for this interactive, fast-paced pre-conference track.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Friday March 4, 2011 9:00am - 4:00pm
International F

9:00am

Nuts and Bolts of Youth Ministry: Management and Administration for Busy Youth Workers

*To attend this Pre-Conferece Option please add it to your registration by clicking the RSVP button above or by contacting Matt McCage at 615.349.7111 or by emailing mmccage@group.com.

 

Nobody gets into youth ministry to think about this stuff, but a lot of people get out of youth ministry because they haven't thought about this stuff! This preconference seminar will give you a chance to think strategically and theologically about four of the toughest nuts and bolts issues of ministry management.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Friday March 4, 2011 9:00am - 4:00pm
Vienna

9:00am

Secrets to a Sustainable Youth Ministry

*To attend this Pre-Conferece Option please add it to your registration by clicking the RSVP button above or by contacting Matt McCage at 615.349.7111 or by emailing mmccage@group.com.

 

Every youth worker wants to build a thriving ministry to teenagers, but very few know how to find the train tracks that lead to the "thriving” Promised Land. A life-transforming, sustainable youth ministry can never be built on a disjointed collection of ideas from popular books, models, or workshops.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Friday March 4, 2011 9:00am - 4:00pm
International DE

9:00am

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry

*To attend this Pre-Conferece Option please add it to your registration by clicking the RSVP button above or by contacting Matt McCage at 615.349.7111 or by emailing mmccage@group.com.

 

Every youth worker wants to build a thriving ministry to teenagers, but very few know how to find the train tracks that lead to the "thriving” Promised Land. A life-transforming, sustainable youth ministry can never be built on a disjointed collection of ideas from popular books, models, or workshops.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Friday March 4, 2011 9:00am - 4:00pm
Heathrow

9:00am

The Disconnect: Bridging the Gap Between Senior Pastor/Youth Pastor Relationships

*To attend this Pre-Conferece Option please add it to your registration by clicking the RSVP button above or by contacting Matt McCage at 615.349.7111 or by emailing mmccage@group.com.

 

Youth pastors and senior pastors each have their own values systems built on different criteria. Senior pastors want respect for time served, and youth pastors want to respect people who have impact. These value systems create a divide and it's hurting the church. This track will focus on building a bridge over this divide by focusing on five key areas where youth pastors and senior pastors can agree, work together, and serve each other.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Friday March 4, 2011 9:00am - 4:00pm
International A

9:00am

What if?: A Marriage Retreat for Anyone in Youth Ministry

*To attend this Pre-Conferece Option please add it to your registration by clicking the RSVP button above or by contacting Matt McCage at 615.349.7111 or by emailing mmccage@group.com.

 

Nobody gets into youth ministry to think about this stuff, but a lot of people get out of youth ministry because they haven't thought about this stuff! This preconference seminar will give you a chance to think strategically and theologically about four of the toughest nuts and bolts issues of ministry management.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Friday March 4, 2011 9:00am - 4:00pm
Paris

1:30pm

Tips for Getting the Most Out of SYMC

You've invested your time and resources to attend SYMC, let us help you make the most of your time here! Whether you're here alone, with your spouse, or with your team, join us for this quick and casual session to learn how to understand and navigate the schedule without getting worn out! We'll also explain the innovative happenings like Connect Groups (formerly known as Affinity Groups), Peer Panels, the Shelter Ministry, and more!


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Friday March 4, 2011 1:30pm - 2:00pm
LAX

1:30pm

Rethinking The Model of Teaching & Learning

An open discussion led by Rick Lawrence, Michael Novelli, and Jeff Maguire


Speakers
avatar for Rick Lawrence

Rick Lawrence

Rick Lawrence is an author, ministry leader, and the longtime executive editor of GROUP Magazine, the world’s leading youth ministry resource. He leads The Simply Youth Ministry Conference, is the General Editor for the Jesus-Centered Bible, and is the author, co-author, or editor of 37 books, including The Jesus-Centered Life (March 2016); Skin In the Game: Living an Epic Jesus-Centered Life; Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry; Shrewd: Daring... Read More →
avatar for Michael Novelli

Michael Novelli

For more than two decades Michael’s passion has been to explore the intersection of spiritual formation and experiential learning. This drive continues to fuel his work as a church youth leader, community advocate and content designer. Michael serves as a senior curriculum developer for sparkhouse, creating learning-centered resources and experiences for children, youth and adults. Michael, his wife Michele, and children Angelo and Abrielle... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2011 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Midway/Logan

1:30pm

Spiritual Formation in Teenagers

An open discussion led by Andy Blanks, of YouthMinistry360, and other in the trenches experts


Speakers
avatar for Andy Blanks

Andy Blanks

Andy Blanks is the Co-Founder and Publisher for youthministry360, a ministry committed to serving youth workers through Bible Study Resources, Training, Community, and Networking. Andy is passionate about discipleship, specifically those models and practices that emerge from the intersections of timeless spiritual disciplines and modern culture. Andy is a writer, teacher, speaker, volunteer youth leader, and a life-long Boston Red Sox fan. He... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2011 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Hartsfield

1:30pm

The Ghosts of Leaders Past: How to Define Yourself Amidst the Legacy of Previous Leaders

An open discussion led by Tic Long the Executive Director of Youth Specialties.


Speakers
TL

Tic Long

Tic Long has been involved in youth ministry for over 30 years, he has worked with junior highers, senior highers, and college students as both a paid and volunteer youth worker. His broad experience in both church and parachurch settings, his light-heart


Friday March 4, 2011 1:30pm - 2:30pm
United

1:30pm

Women in Youth Ministry: From Bias to Babies and Beyond

An open discussion led by Danette Matty, Leneita Fix (from The Urban Youth Workers Institue), and other in the trenches experts


Speakers
LF

Lenetia Fix

Lenetia Fix is the Training Coordinator for the Urban Youth Worker\'s Institute. With over 17 years of experience in youth ministry, her early years of service were spent in camps and as a youth pastor to rural church plants. With the Lord\'s moving the las
avatar for Danette Matty

Danette Matty

Danette Matty has been a volunteer youth leader since big hair was in. She is a freelance writer and speaker, part of Group's National Training team, and is Director of Christ's Place Leadership College (www.cplace.org/cplc), a leadership development program for emerging adults. She works, lives and laughs with her family in Lincoln, Nebraska. You can visit her web site at www.danettematty.com. She is the author of 99 Thoughts for... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2011 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Rosemont C

1:30pm

United Methodist Denominational Reception

Hosted by the United Methodist Denomination.


Friday March 4, 2011 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Ohare ABC

1:30pm

Group Magazine Live Soundstage

Live Music, Contests, and Entertainment


Friday March 4, 2011 1:30pm - 6:30pm
Hyatt Lobby

2:00pm

Creative Technology in Your Weekly Program

Media can be a great tool to communicate with students. With so many resources at our fingertips, it's important to not use an element just because it's funny or hip, but to know when and why it's best for our program. We will breakdown the core elements of our weekly programs, and brainstorm with each other to discover the art of using video, sound, lighting, music, atmosphere, and other media elements to enhance, but not distract from our message.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Friday March 4, 2011 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Tech/Media Center

2:30pm

Tips for Getting the Most Out of SYMC

You've invested your time and resources to attend SYMC, let us help you make the most of your time here! Whether you're here alone, with your spouse, or with your team, join us for this quick and casual session to learn how to understand and navigate the schedule without getting worn out! We'll also explain the innovative happenings like Connect Groups (formerly known as Affinity Groups), Peer Panels, the Shelter Ministry, and more!


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Friday March 4, 2011 2:30pm - 3:00pm
DFW

2:30pm

Get a Grip: Moving From Pain to Purpose
We all deal with some kind of pain during our lives, whether it's the pain of a physical injury, or the deep ache of an emotional scar. In this workshop, we'll learn how painful "setbacks” can propel you into a more fulfilling life and ministry and explore tools that will allow you to move from pain to purpose.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Friday March 4, 2011 2:30pm - 4:00pm
LAX

2:30pm

How to Make the Most of a Short-Term Missions Trip

Let's be honest…as youth workers we're not always the best detail-people. We all want our mission trips to be amazing and life-changing, yet the way to make that a reality is through excellent planning and preparation. BUT, you can make the most of your next short-term missions trip by learning how to "Work the Plan.” We'll take 30-plus years of short-term missions experience and show you how to chart a course that takes care of all the details of your trip.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Friday March 4, 2011 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Rosemont D

2:30pm

Incredibly Hot Games and Community Builders

And you'll have fun, fun, fun until Les Christie ends this workshop in prayer. If your mind is on overload and you're tired of coming away from workshops feeling guilty for what you are not doing, then this seminar is for you. This workshop promises no heavy philosophy or theology. See, hear, and play more than 20 unbelievably innovative games, and learn some gaming tricks you can use immediately. You'll go away encouraged and ready to lead your kids next week.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Friday March 4, 2011 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Rosemont B

2:30pm

Raise the Bar: Working With High-Risk Youth
In the urban ministry field, there are the students that are the "toughest,” and some days, that can feel like every student in the youth group. It can start to feel like they will never reach their full potential. We want to "lower the bar” so we can feel like we are making a difference. However, what if we changed our focus? This workshop offers urban youth workers steps on how to approach youth with an "investment” mentality, keeping relationship the primary focus in both large events and one-on-one discipleship.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Friday March 4, 2011 2:30pm - 4:00pm
LaGuardia

3:00pm

Do's and Dont's of Small Groups

An open discussion led by Matt McGill, High School Pastor at Mariners Church in California, and other in the trenches experts


Speakers
MM

Matt McGill

Matt McGill served in high school ministry for 12 years before coming to his senses and moving on to other ministries in the church. Since then, he\'s wondered if it was possible to lose those senses. Matt has known Doug Fields since he was a freshman in h


Friday March 4, 2011 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Rosemont C

3:00pm

For Volunteers Only: Simple Steps to Developing Authentic Relationships With Teenagers

An open discussion led by Danette Matty, Leneita Fix (from The Urban Youth Workers Institue), and other in the trenches experts


Speakers
LF

Lenetia Fix

Lenetia Fix is the Training Coordinator for the Urban Youth Worker\'s Institute. With over 17 years of experience in youth ministry, her early years of service were spent in camps and as a youth pastor to rural church plants. With the Lord\'s moving the las
avatar for Danette Matty

Danette Matty

Danette Matty has been a volunteer youth leader since big hair was in. She is a freelance writer and speaker, part of Group's National Training team, and is Director of Christ's Place Leadership College (www.cplace.org/cplc), a leadership development program for emerging adults. She works, lives and laughs with her family in Lincoln, Nebraska. You can visit her web site at www.danettematty.com. She is the author of 99 Thoughts for... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2011 3:00pm - 4:00pm
United

3:00pm

Making Evangelism a Priority In Youth Ministry

An open discussion led by Greg Stier, of Dare2Share Ministries, and other in the trenches experts


Speakers
avatar for Greg Stier

Greg Stier

As a young man, Greg's rough urban upbringing was transformed by the power of the gospel. Today, 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. He has appeared on CNN, CBN, TBN, Focus on the Family and several radio programs... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2011 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Midway/Logan

3:00pm

The Joy of Talking to Teenagers about Love, Sex & Dating

An open discussion led by Derwin Gray, Lead Pastor of Transformational Church in North Carolina, and other in the trenches experts


Speakers
avatar for Derwin Gray

Derwin Gray

A former NFL player, (also known as “The Evangelism Linebacker”) is the Lead Pastor at Transformation Church, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped new church plant in Charlotte, North Carolina. Derwin also serves as the President of One Heart At A Time Ministries. He is a 2004 graduate of the Billy Graham Institute of Emerging Evangelists and a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Southern Evangelical Seminary with a Masters of... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2011 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hartsfield

3:00pm

Making the Most of Today's Technology

The past decade has brought tremendous technological changes to our ministries. What forms of media should you use, and how? Where do we begin with all the software? What about accomplishing the basics on a tight budget? There will be prizes worth hundreds of dollars and secrets on the best FREE resources. Whether you need interactive video elements, tips for enhancing current media uses, or help with the basics


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Friday March 4, 2011 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Rosemont A

3:30pm

Tips for Getting the Most Out of SYMC

You've invested your time and resources to attend SYMC, let us help you make the most of your time here! Whether you're here alone, with your spouse, or with your team, join us for this quick and casual session to learn how to understand and navigate the schedule without getting worn out! We'll also explain the innovative happenings like Connect Groups (formerly known as Affinity Groups), Peer Panels, the Shelter Ministry, and more!


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Friday March 4, 2011 3:30pm - 4:00pm
DFW

4:30pm

Connect Group Meet & Greet Open House

Come find a Connect Group or just come and Connect with fellow Youth Workers.  This is an intro and meet/greet for each of the Connect Groups at SYMC 2011.


http://conference.youthministry.com/ForYourHeart/ConnectGroups/tabid/89/Default.aspx

Friday March 4, 2011 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

5:00pm

Regional Networking Dinner

Bring your dinner and begin networking with our Youth Pastors from your area or from around the world!  Event will be facilitated by NNYM.


Friday March 4, 2011 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Rosemont A/B

7:00pm

Opening General Session & Worship

Doug Fileds with The Skit Guys
Worship led by Shane & Shane, Matt Maher

*Doors open at 6:45pm


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Speakers
DF

Doug Fields

Doug Fields has been a pastor to teenagers and ministry leader for over 30 years, serving the past 18 years at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. Amidst the growing demand of speaking, writing and ministry consulting, Doug resigned from Saddleback Chur


Friday March 4, 2011 7:00pm - 9:45pm
Hyatt Regency O'Hare - Grand Ballrooom 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue Rosemont, Illinois, USA 60018

10:00pm

Comedy with Thor Ramsey

Come hang out with Thor Ramsey, http://thorramsey.com/


Friday March 4, 2011 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Ohare ABC

10:00pm

Denominational Gathering: EFCA Reception

Hosted by EFCA come meet other youth pastors from around the country or next door from your denomination.


Friday March 4, 2011 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Midway/Logan

10:00pm

Getting the Most Out of Simply Text

Come ask your SYMTxt questions and get on the spot answers, trouble shooting, or new useful ideas.


Speakers
MD

Matt Donovan

President, Seventh Compass, Inc - 18 years in systems and software development - Partner firm for Group/SYM - Team developed the Simply Text (SYM Text) application - Team developed the LIVE Curriculum Platform


Friday March 4, 2011 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Tech/Media Center

10:00pm

Group Workcamps Presents: Games We Should Have Never Played & Pizza

Presented by Group Workcamps


Speakers
avatar for Toby Rowe

Toby Rowe

Toby Rowe has served in junior and senior high ministry since 1990 and has helped lead more than 30 missions experiences throughout the U.S. and Canada. Currently, Toby works for Group Publishing where he oversees the spiritual content and programming of Work Camps.


Friday March 4, 2011 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Rosemont A/B

10:00pm

Soul Surfer - Movie

Presented by Interlinc


Friday March 4, 2011 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Hyatt Regency O'Hare - Grand Ballrooom 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue Rosemont, Illinois, USA 60018

10:00pm

Addicted to Ministry: Shifting Your Focus From "Doing" to "Being"

An open discussion led by Dave Rahn and other in the trenches experts


Speakers
DR

Dave Rahn

Dave Rahn is the vice president and Chief Ministry Officer for Youth for Christ/USA and director of Huntington University\'s MA in Youth Ministry Leadership. His research and writing interests have been in the areas of youth ministry theology, evangelism,


Friday March 4, 2011 10:00pm - 11:00pm
LAX

10:00pm

Overcoming self doubts, insecuritues and other junk in your head

An open discussion led by in the trench experts


Friday March 4, 2011 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Rosemont D

10:00pm

Surviving and Thriving as a "Single" in Youth Ministry

An open discussion led by in the trench experts


Friday March 4, 2011 10:00pm - 11:00pm
United

10:30pm

Reshaping Your Youth Ministry into a Missional Community

An open discussion led by Derwin Gray Lead Pastor of Transformational Church in North Carolina, and Jeff Maguire, Student Ministries Pastor at Mariners Church is California


Speakers
avatar for Derwin Gray

Derwin Gray

A former NFL player, (also known as “The Evangelism Linebacker”) is the Lead Pastor at Transformation Church, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped new church plant in Charlotte, North Carolina. Derwin also serves as the President of One Heart At A Time Ministries. He is a 2004 graduate of the Billy Graham Institute of Emerging Evangelists and a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Southern Evangelical Seminary with a Masters of... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2011 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Hartsfield
 
Saturday, March 5
 

9:00am

Morning General Session & Worship

Hosted by Rick lawrence with Louie Giglio
Worship led by Tim Timmons

*Doors open at 8:45am


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Speakers
LG

Louie Giglio

Louie Giglio is a pastor who\'s a passionate communicator and innovative thinker, Louie Giglio, has become one of the architects of the modern worship movements. Louie began his ministry to college-age students in 1985 at Baylor University when he establis
avatar for Rick Lawrence

Rick Lawrence

Rick Lawrence is an author, ministry leader, and the longtime executive editor of GROUP Magazine, the world’s leading youth ministry resource. He leads The Simply Youth Ministry Conference, is the General Editor for the Jesus-Centered Bible, and is the author, co-author, or editor of 37 books, including The Jesus-Centered Life (March 2016); Skin In the Game: Living an Epic Jesus-Centered Life; Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry; Shrewd: Daring... Read More →


Saturday March 5, 2011 9:00am - 10:00am
Hyatt Regency O'Hare - Grand Ballrooom 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue Rosemont, Illinois, USA 60018

10:30am

Your Mom Has a Smart Phone, Now What?

In a world that is moving quickly from the laptop to the mobile phone, how do you leverage the message of the Gospel and the power of community to transform your outreach and discipleship? In this seminar we will discuss the importance of utilizing one of the few tools that people take with them everywhere they. As well as how to effectively empower people to use smart phone technology to spread the Gospel.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30am - 11:30am
Tech/Media Center

10:30am

Ancient Call for Our Modern Day: Equipping a Great ComMISSION Youth Ministry
What does a mission-shaped church look like as a multi-generational church where youth ministry is not separate from "big church?” In this Half-Track, Derwin will unpack the Great Commission and the impact on the church when Jesus told his disciples, "As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you” (John 20:21). Together we'll also explore basic skills associated with spiritual formation, continuous worship, redemptive community, and mission-shaped living.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Hartsfield

10:30am

Authentic Leadership Despite Feeling Underqualified, Undervalued, Overwhelmed
Leadership is not just something you do from the front; it is an intimate expression of who you are…it is your being in action. Because of this, getting your arms around the two life-long works of leadership is critical. To be an authentic leader you must do both well. Together we will discuss this challenge and move more toward living authentic lives of great impact.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
International F

10:30am

Experiential Learning in Youth Ministry: Becoming a Learner-Centered Teacher
How do we help students move from spectators to active learners? Together we will explore creating environments that foster deep spiritual discovery and transformation. Hands-on experiences and brainstorming activities will take us beyond theory, giving us practical ideas for our own ministries.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Malpensa

10:30am

Family-Based Youth Ministry
Family-Based Youth Ministry is not a method, but rather a mindset. These sessions will explore the biblical mandate (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) to help families succeed. You'll discover the importance of getting parents involved in the faith develoent of their kids as well as be provided with practical ideas on how to encourage, involve, assist, and inform parents, and make them your allies in the church. You'll receive basic theory, curriculum, and more than 50 practical ideas to succeed.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
United

10:30am

God's Called Me to Youth Ministry-Now What? Laying The Foundations

Whether you are in your first two years of your career or your first two years, these years can be critical, taxing, exhausting, disheartening, and believe it or not, exciting. Discover new methods of understanding your calling and yourself more completely. Leadership, self-care, and spiritual growth will help lay a great foundation so that you might experience the richness of longevity in this profession.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Paris

10:30am

Junior High 101: For Beginners
Ever look at a junior higher and wonder, "What's going on in that head?!” Get a crash course into the brain of a junior higher as we look at some of the key develoental areas and how they inform your ministry to this fantastic age group! In this Half-Track, we will take a look at several strategies to building a healthy junior high ministry. Believe it or not, knowing WHY you do something is just as important as knowing WHAT you want to do!
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Convention Center Room 50

10:30am

Reach Out, Don't Freak Out: Equipping Your Teens to Reach Their Friends for God

Get your teens off the bench and into the only game that really matters-- making disciples who make disciples. Learn how to motivate and mobilize them to relationally and relentlessly reach their friends with the gospel so they become 'a letter from Christ...written not with ink but with the Spirit of the Living God.'


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
London

10:30am

Student Worship Bands 101: The Basics From Start to Finish

Thinking of starting a student worship band? Wouldn't it be great to have your worship defined as Spirit-filled, anointed, passionate, relevant, exciting, fresh, and deep? If you commit to the process, this session will help you get there. This workshop is for youth leaders, worship leaders, and worship team members. The goal is to help your teenagers encounter God's presence with passion.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Liberty

10:30am

Why College Ministry Matters to Your Youth Ministry, and How to Start One

Many youth workers want to do something for college ministry but either don't have the time to invest or the understanding of what's truly needed. Is college ministry really about having another church service or having an older, youth-ministry-onsteroids approach? Or is it much, much deeper? Learn about the things churches are embracing that truly engage and connect with the minds and hearts of collegeage people.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Narita AB

10:30am

Youth Group Kids Gone Wild: Shaping Students With Faith for a Lifetime
Leadership is not just something you do from the front; it is an intimate expression of who you are…it is your being in action. Because of this, getting your arms around the two life-long works of leadership is critical. To be an authentic leader you must do both well. Together we will discuss this challenge and move more toward living authentic lives of great impact.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
LAX

10:30am

Discovering, Equipping, & Empowering Effective Adult Volunteers for Relational Ministry to Teenagers

 


Session 1: (Saturday 10:30am-12:30pm)

We Don't Need No Stinkin' Thinkin (Head)

 

Our problems with volunteer leaders don't start with recruitment and development; they start with flawed thinking about youth ministry. It's a fact...80% of your results in ministry will come from 20% of your efforts. It makes sense to have volunteers investing the most time in the most important parts. Shockingly, most youth ministries do the exact opposite. This track will help you understand the essentials of successful volunteer leadership, and create an action plan for finding engaging volunteers who support your ministry vision and are committed to making a difference in the lives of teenagers.

 


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
International BC

10:30am

Engaging the Soul of Youth Culture


Session 1: (Saturday 10:30am-12:30pm)

Into the World: The Youth Workers and Culture

Cultural change is speeding up—whether you’re 81, 41 or 21, the teenagers you know and love are growing up in a world very different from the one you grew up in. As cross-cultural missionaries called to point teenagers to the cross, it’s not only necessary to know the Word we communicate, but also we must know the cultural context and nuances of the world we’re called to reach. In this track, we’ll unpack some of the major cultural trends shaping young people today, and lead you into an understanding of how those trends should inform and shape our ministry response.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Rosemont C

10:30am

Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry


Session 1: (Saturday 10:30am-12:30pm)

The Jesus-Less Gospel

 

Have we taken Jesus for granted in our lives and ministries that we’ve essentially stopped relating to Him as He really is? Even more, have we so “understood” Jesus that the pursuit of Him is far less interesting to us than the pursuit of relational ministry or postmodern worship or Christian disciplines or culturally relevant approaches to Bible study? If we made youth ministry a brilliant tips and techniques subservient to a youth ministry that is radically, creatively, passionately, uncomfortably centered around Jesus, how would it change the way we see our calling? More important, how would it change what we do in youth ministry? Together we’ll explore what youth ministry looks like when it follows C.H. Spurgeon’s guiding vision: “In everything you do, make a beeline to Jesus.” This track is both personally transforming and packed with ministry ideas.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Rosemont A

10:30am

Life Hurts, God Heals: Helping Hurting Kids


Session 1: (Saturday 10:30am-12:30pm)

HURT: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers

The “everyday issues” kids are facing seem to be getting more and more complex. With addictions, abuse, eating disorders, family brokenness, self-injury and violence on the increase, we find ourselves more often left facing the wounds of students whose trust has been deeply betrayed. Whatever the circumstances, this deep hurt makes it more difficult for kids to accept our love and ultimately much more difficult for them to experience intimacy with God. Whether you do youth ministry vocationally or as a volunteer, this practical track will help you explore the complex, everyday hurts of kids and will outline a path back to healing and wholeness—a path which you have the privilege of walking with your hurting young friends.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
DFW

10:30am

ReMix--Building an Urban Youth ministry From the Ground Up


Session 1: (Saturday 10:30am-12:30pm)

Rep Your City: Developing an Urban Ministry that Fits Your City

 

This track is the nuts and bolts of Urban Youth Ministry. It is designed to equip leaders with innovative ideas and tools necessary to add flavor to their ministry and to connect with students in urban settings. In this interactive session, leaders will learn the practical essentials of how to plan, organize, brand, resource, and structure a healthy life-changing urban youth ministry from start to finish. This track will cover a practical approach to Urban Ministry.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
LaGuardia

10:30am

Small Groups that Really Work & Developing the Leaders Who Run Them


Session 1: (Saturday 10:30am-12:30pm)

Ground-Zero for Spiritual and Numeric Growth

 

Discipleship through small groups is the one pragmatic element that is consistently the starting point for healthy youth ministry. If you desire clear direction on How to run a thriving small group ministry, this track is for you. You’ll learn: keys to a strong volunteer base; non-negotiable ingredients for a thriving small-group program; how to sell small groups to students, parents and potential leaders; moment-by-moment small group schedule; a hand-on visualization of small group leaders led by some of Jeanne’s real students; easy ways to raise up and motivate leaders; how to avoid pitfalls that unravel small group.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Ohare ABC

10:30am

The "Be-With” Factor: How to Build a Mentoring Environment


Session 1: (Saturday 10:30pm-12:30pm)

Rethinking Youth Ministry Effectiveness

 

What’s the best way to form Jesus in the life of a student? Simply put, it’s to do what Jesus did. Select a few young guys or girls so that deep transformation happens for a lifetime. This track will give you and your team practical steps to ensure that spiritual transformation is happening in supernatural ways using ordinary people like you and me. If you’re ready to do something about your junior & senior high students leaving their faith after graduation, then this track is for you.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
International DE

10:30am

The 9 Best Practices of Effective Youth Ministry


Session 1: (Saturday 10:30am-12:30pm)

Start With Your Heart 

 

We’ve all heard the alarming statistics concerning faith abandonment in the late teen years. In an extensive study of hundreds of youth ministries nationwide, Luther Seminary identified the key contributing factors to a youth ministry’s ability to develop mature faith in teenagers. In this track, Kurt and Tim will unpack the results of this fascinating study and help you put these nine best practices in place in your youth ministry to help your students develop a faith that lasts.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Convention Center Room 40

10:30am

The Indispensible Youth Pastor: Thriving in Youth Ministry Without Losing Your Soul, Your Sanity, Your Family, or Your Job


Session 1: (Saturday 10:30am-12:30pm)

The Anatomy of Stuck-ness

How do you impress a church and avoid a frustrating mismatch when you’re job hunting? And once you’ve landed the job, how can you sidestep the hidden pitfalls that drop you into hot wateror worse, get you fired? Finally, once the church loves you, how can you stay in love with your calling, your church, your students, your family, and Jesus? This seminar will answer these questions and help you become an indispensable youth pastor.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Rosemont D

10:30am

Thinking Theologically in Youth Ministry


Session 1: (Saturday 10:30am-12:30pm)
I’m a Youth Pastor, Who Needs Theology?

 

With all that we do, all that we give, and all we’re responsible for, it’s easy to feel like the gas tank is on empty. And if you add to those general ministry stressors another layer of stress-shellac—the messages, philosophies, ideas, models, and strategies that you’re supposed to be implementing-you can sink in confusion. This track will help you, whether you’re brand new or have been at it for years, to lead and guide a ministry that’s theologically grounded and shaped. You’ll learn how to profoundly and proactively incarnate the Gospel into a rapidly changing youth culture.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
International A

10:30am

Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches: Doing More With Less


Session 1: (Saturday 10:30am-12:30pm)

All Things Volunteers (retaining, maintaining, sustaining)

 

If you can count your youth kids on fingers and toes, then you might be a smaller church youth ministry. This Half-Track will focus on what works in smaller size youth ministry and how to maximize that from good to great! We’ll wrestle with the struggles and how to overcome those roadblocks. You’ll walk away with practical “use right away” ideas, plus our own “smaller church youth ministries” network! Bring your own “best of” ideas for a Brainstorm Blitz!


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Rosemont B

10:30am

Best Practices for Teaching Teenagers the Bible
Your students need to know God. And the Bible is God's primary way of making Himself known. Andy Blanks, co-founder of youthministry360, has been developing (and teaching) Bible Study resources for nearly a decade. Join us for this workshop where we'll learn the in's and out's of being a dynamic Bible teacher.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
John Wayne

10:30am

Discovering Your Unique Gifts as a Youth Worker Spouse

Expectations. We feel them from every direction. What do the church, my spouse, the students, and God want from me? Do you ever think you are not made to fit the perfect youth minister's spouse role? Does being a youth minister's spouse mean we lose ourselves for their ministry? We'll talk about surviving the expectations of youth ministers' spouses by being ourselves and using the gifts God has given us.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Speakers
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Amanda Maguire

Amanda Maguire is a former youth worker who has now been married to a youth pastor (Jeff) for the past 11 years. She\'s passionate about encouraging other wives of youth workers and blogs about life, marriage and motherhood at marriedtoayouthpastor.com. Sh


Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Midway/Logan

10:30am

Growing Old in Youth Ministry Without Growing Stale
Some of us have been on this youth ministry journey for a while and some of us are just starting out. But at every stage of the adventure there are unique challenges we need to be asking ourselves if we want to stay healthy and fresh in the work. If you're a youth ministry vet, use this is as an opportunity to evaluate your ministry and your calling, and if you're just starting out come explore what lies ahead.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Vienna

10:30am

Mentoring Student Leaders: New Ways to Think About Developing Student Leaders
Most youth ministries that do student leadership focus on student leadership teams. While teams are effective, they are not the only option. A mentoring program can help you overcome problems with traditional leadership teams. Come discover how a mentoring strategy can transform your students' leadership.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Lambert

10:30am

The Bi-Vocational Youth Worker: Leading Youth Ministry in Your 'Spare” Time!
Whether you attend college, have a career, have a family, or a combination of all three, we'll talk about juggling your various lives without dropping any of them down a well. With humor, real-life application, and the wisdom that comes from having volunteered in youth ministry since Prince donned his raspberry beret, Danette will offer realistic boundary-setting ideas so ministry remains a joy, not a rock-filled backpack.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Florence

10:30am

The Way They're Wired: Helping Students Understand Who God Made Them to Be
Teenager's lives are loaded with undeniable evidence of God's incredible plan for them, but who helps them unpack all those details and deepest longings to discover how they're wired and why they were born? This interactive workshop with demos and exercises shares a simple LaserCoachingSM process of guiding a teenager to BreakThru Discoveries in a 15-minute coaching session about life purpose and related fears.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Heathrow

10:30am

Thriving as a Leader: Mastering Essential Tasks and Avoiding Temptations That Will Trip You Up

Leading others can be a very challenging task. There’s a lot of talk, theories, and philosophies about leadership out there; so much so, it’s very easy to feel overwhelmed by it all. This session will get down to the nitty-gritty details of being a leader. Drawing on more than 30 years of leadership experience, Tic will explore the essential tasks and the most common temptations of effective leadership. You’ll leave with a better understanding of what it takes to become–or remain–an effective healthy leader, the kind of leader people want to come alongside.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Davinci AB

11:30am

Effective Branding for your Ministry

We will be discussing how and why developing a brand (identity, logo, marketing, etc.) for your student ministry is important in order to consistently communicate to your church and community. Let's learn from each other how to create an effective identity for your ministry that people trust.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
Tech/Media Center

12:30pm

Group Magazine Live Soundstage

Live Music, Contests, and Entertainment


Saturday March 5, 2011 12:30pm - 2:15pm
Hyatt Lobby

1:00pm

Best-Ever Ideas for Junior High Ministry

An open discussion led by in the trench experts


Saturday March 5, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Rosemont D

1:00pm

Biblical Responses to Teenagers' Tough Questions

An open discussion led by Jason Ostrander (the C&MA's Director for Youth Ministries) and Matt McGill (High School Pastor at Mariners Church in California)


Speakers
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Matt McGill

Matt McGill served in high school ministry for 12 years before coming to his senses and moving on to other ministries in the church. Since then, he\'s wondered if it was possible to lose those senses. Matt has known Doug Fields since he was a freshman in h
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Jason Ostrander

Jason Ostrander is the newly appointed leader for Simply Youth Ministry at Group Publishing in Loveland, Colorado where he lives with his wife Calu and two boys, Liam and Jams.  For the last five years Jason was the National Youth Director for the Christian and Missionary Alliance, as well the director for Envision | Culture. Jason is  a well-traveled speaker and filmmaker, and has recently authored a new book 99 Questions Jesus... Read More →


Saturday March 5, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hartsfield

1:00pm

Bloggers Pannel: Harnessing the Power of Social Media

These guys send a ridiculous amount of time blogging, tweeting and other stuff. Pick their brains!


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Rosemont A

1:00pm

Growing Pains: Youth Ministry In Large and Multi-Campus Churches

An open discussion led by Jeff Maguire, Student Ministries Pastor at Mariners Church in California, and other in the trenches experts


Speakers

Saturday March 5, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
LAX

1:00pm

Marriage & Youth Ministry: Balancing the Boundaries

An open discussion led by Jim Burns, Doug & Cathy Fields


Speakers
avatar for Jim Burns

Jim Burns

Jim Burns is President of HomeWord and Executive Director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family @ Azusa Pacific University. Jim speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. 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. Some of his recent books include: Faith Conversations for Families... Read More →
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Cathy Fields

Cathy Fields has been a volunteer youth worker for 20 years and has served in every role known to youth ministry, from camp speaker to bus driver to youth pastor\'s wife. She helped start Simply Youth Ministry with her husband, Doug Fields, and is currentl
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Doug Fields

Doug Fields has been a pastor to teenagers and ministry leader for over 30 years, serving the past 18 years at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. Amidst the growing demand of speaking, writing and ministry consulting, Doug resigned from Saddleback Chur


Saturday March 5, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Rosemont B

1:00pm

Youth Ministry on the Horizon: Exploring the Future of Ministry, Culture and Church

An open discussion led by Walt Mueller


Speakers
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Walt Mueller

Dr. Walt Mueller is the founder and president of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding. Its work has been embraced by the federal government, which has allowed numerous opportunities to be salt and light in the culture-at-large. Twitter: @cpyu


Saturday March 5, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Rosemont C

1:15pm

Couples in Youth Ministry Connect Group

Led by Darren & Katie Sutton
Some couples have one spouse involved in youth ministry. But not you. Both of you are involved in ministry! This group is all about sharing how to balance being great at your role in ministry while also being great at your role at home. Come share and grow from the stories and experiences of others.


Saturday March 5, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

1:15pm

First Two Years in Youth Ministry Connect Group

Are you looking to connect with others who are excited and passionate about their call to youth ministry, yet feeling a little disillusioned with working in a church? Well, this is the group for you. You are not alone. Join forces with others who are feeling the same way. Be prepared to be encouraged and energized to stay true to your call!


Speakers
avatar for Steve Schneeberger

Steve Schneeberger

Steve Schneeberger, is the Executive Director of the Youth Ministry Institute. Founded in 2005, YMI is an organization that helps youth ministers become skilled and effective leaders. He blogs and tweets as The YMI Guy. He also serves (since 1994) as the


Saturday March 5, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

1:15pm

Junior High Ministry Connect Group

Led by Drew Aaron
So...do you have student ministry for middle school kids all figured out yet? (Me neither!) Let’s try again...how’s your understanding of junior high youth? (Seriously, I can hear you laughing.) Come and join other youth workers who love this amazing age group as we share stories, ideas, insights, tips, challenges, and more!


Saturday March 5, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

1:15pm

Married to a Youth Pastor—Husbands Connect Group

Led by Joel Snyder
Married to a youth pastor and she’s a woman? Wonder what other hubbies experience with wives in youth ministry? This affinity group is for you! Joel Snyder, group leader, is both the husband of a youth pastor and a youth pastor himself, so he sees this dynamic from both sides. Guys, come and hang out for listening and learning.


Saturday March 5, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

1:15pm

Married to a Youth Pastor—Wives Connect Group

Life can be crazy being married to a youth pastor! Luckily, I’ve had some wonderful mentors and friends who are on a similar journey and have a great sense of humor. Join other wives of YP’s in this community where we can visit, laugh, and encourage each other even though our stories are different.


Speakers

Saturday March 5, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

1:15pm

Milestones Connect Group

Led by Jay Higham
We know that life can present some unique challenges for us. Sometimes positive events, other times painful ones. Ailing parents, newlyweds, loss of a child: these events can significantly mark our lives, and we cannot ignore them. If you find yourself in a “milestone” chapter of life, this may be a great place to love and be loved on.


Saturday March 5, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

1:15pm

Rural Youth Ministry Connect Group

Led by Mike Hammer
Are you serving in ministry with the special challenges of a rural community? Find you don’t have all the things to do like youth groups in the big city? Do you have to get creative to make things work for people who are spread out over a broader area? Then this Connect Group is for you!


Saturday March 5, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

1:15pm

Senior High Ministry Connect Group

We’re a community of individuals that have been called to help senior high students to navigate the treacherous waters of high school, to coach them in their relationship with Christ, and to be capable of doing so with a mouth full of marshmallows. We’re called to shepherd, and to manage risk. We’re all about sharing our stories, concerns, laughter, prayers, and dreams about this crazy calling we have. Welcome.


Speakers
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Brandon Early

Student Ministries Director, Valley Church
Brandon Early has been a junior high pastor for over nine years and is currently the Student Ministries Director at Valley Church in West Des Moines, Iowa. He's a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute with a B.A. In Youth Ministry and holds a Master of Arts degree in Transformational Leasership from Bethel Seminary.


Saturday March 5, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

1:15pm

Single in Youth Ministry Connect Group

Led by Rebecca Hug
You don’t have to be married to be an effective youth worker. But being a single youth worker can present its own set of challenges. Come and share conversation with others about how to be a good leader while handling the unique situations that come with being single in ministry.


Saturday March 5, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

1:15pm

Surviving Transitions Connect Group

Are you entering into a new season of ministry? Maybe you’re leaving one area and beginning in another. Whether by choice or circumstance, this group is designed to give you a chance to chat about how to transition into a new ministry and leave gracefully. Change happens. Let’s help each other do it well!


Speakers
avatar for Brian Ford

Brian Ford

I’ve been in youth ministry for over 12 years as a youth pastor, writer and speaker. I’m also a Deep & Wide Youth Ministry Advocate and a member of theLife in Student Ministry Mentor Team. I’m also actively involved in THE Cause. I am currently serving with Agape Christian Church in Terre Haute, IN as the Student Ministries Pastor. I'm looking forward to chatting about transition in ministry at this year's SYMC. Join us for the Surviving... Read More →
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Shan Smith

I am the Sr. Pastor at Agape Christian Church in Terre Haute, IN. I have served in student ministries for 22 years before transitioning to Sr. Pastor 3 months ago in his current church. I am passionate about Jesus Christ and equipping others to know, live, and share their faith by ministering with a Deep and Wide ministry strategy. I mentor youth pastors new to ministry through Life in Student Ministry, speak at area schools and retreats, write... Read More →


Saturday March 5, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

1:15pm

Thriving Youth Ministries in Smaller Churches Connect Group

Led by John Mullholland
Small church youth groups need love too! Small church settings have their own particular dynamics, yet what you do is JUST as vital to the Kingdom as big church’s youth ministries (with bigger budgets). Join our affinity group as we listen, share, cry, laugh, pray, eat...hang on for dear life!


Saturday March 5, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

1:15pm

Urban Youth Ministry Connect Group

We work in the city, often in some of th most poor and depressed communities that America has to offer. It can be tremendously rewarding, and it can wear us down. In the ever-changing world known as “Urban,” sharing best practices, relevant resources and our stories is necessary for Kingdom expansion. Come hang out and we’ll “chop it up.”


Speakers
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Lenetia Fix

Lenetia Fix is the Training Coordinator for the Urban Youth Worker\'s Institute. With over 17 years of experience in youth ministry, her early years of service were spent in camps and as a youth pastor to rural church plants. With the Lord\'s moving the las


Saturday March 5, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

1:15pm

Women in Youth Ministry Connect Group

Led by Rachel Burns and Leah Zawodny
Must I be a feminazi to prove my worth in God’s mission here? Do I have to play piano and lead worship in order to cut it as a “real” woman in ministry? How can I be effective if my husband isn’t inclined toward serving in youth ministry? Let’s talk about these and anything else taking up “plate space.” Whether you’re single, married, mom or not, and in youth ministry, we’ll meet and talk through the conference.


Saturday March 5, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

1:15pm

Youth Ministry Veterans Connect Group

Led by Jim Liebelt
This Connect Group is designed for those youth workers who have been serving students for 10+ years and have experienced the “good, the bad and the ugly” of youth ministry. If you have (or want) to move beyond the “bells and whistles” and want to passionately pursue health for yourself, your family and your ministry (in that order), this group is for you.


Saturday March 5, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

1:15pm

Youth Ministry Volunteers Connect Group

Led by Toby Rowe and Justin Dougan
First, THANK YOU for being a youth ministry volunteer. You’re the backbone of any healthy youth ministry. Two quick rules for our group: #1: You’re never allowed to say the words “I’m just a volunteer.” And #2: There won’t be any assignments or homework. SO join us to get refreshed, share our joys and vent our struggles, and gain valuable insight into being the best servant of God that we can be.


Speakers
avatar for Toby Rowe

Toby Rowe

Toby Rowe has served in junior and senior high ministry since 1990 and has helped lead more than 30 missions experiences throughout the U.S. and Canada. Currently, Toby works for Group Publishing where he oversees the spiritual content and programming of Work Camps.


Saturday March 5, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

2:30pm

10 Free Tech Resources That Will Enhance Your Program

Who doesn't love a freebie? This session will give you 10 free resources to enhance your youth ministry programs.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Tech/Media Center

2:30pm

Ancient Call for Our Modern Day: Equipping a Great ComMISSION Youth Ministry
What does a mission-shaped church look like as a multi-generational church where youth ministry is not separate from "big church?” In this Half-Track, Derwin will unpack the Great Commission and the impact on the church when Jesus told his disciples, "As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you” (John 20:21). Together we'll also explore basic skills associated with spiritual formation, continuous worship, redemptive community, and mission-shaped living.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Hartsfield

2:30pm

Authentic Leadership Despite Feeling Underqualified, Undervalued, Overwhelmed
Leadership is not just something you do from the front; it is an intimate expression of who you are…it is your being in action. Because of this, getting your arms around the two life-long works of leadership is critical. To be an authentic leader you must do both well. Together we will discuss this challenge and move more toward living authentic lives of great impact.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
International F

2:30pm

Experiential Learning in Youth Ministry: Becoming a Learner-Centered Teacher
How do we help students move from spectators to active learners? Together we will explore creating environments that foster deep spiritual discovery and transformation. Hands-on experiences and brainstorming activities will take us beyond theory, giving us practical ideas for our own ministries.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Malpensa

2:30pm

Family-Based Youth Ministry
Family-Based Youth Ministry is not a method, but rather a mindset. These sessions will explore the biblical mandate (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) to help families succeed. You'll discover the importance of getting parents involved in the faith develoent of their kids as well as be provided with practical ideas on how to encourage, involve, assist, and inform parents, and make them your allies in the church. You'll receive basic theory, curriculum, and more than 50 practical ideas to succeed.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
United

2:30pm

God's Called Me to Youth Ministry-Now What? Laying The Foundations

Whether you are in your first two years of your career or your first two years, these years can be critical, taxing, exhausting, disheartening, and believe it or not, exciting. Discover new methods of understanding your calling and yourself more completely. Leadership, self-care, and spiritual growth will help lay a great foundation so that you might experience the richness of longevity in this profession.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Paris

2:30pm

Junior High 101: For Beginners
Ever look at a junior higher and wonder, "What's going on in that head?!” Get a crash course into the brain of a junior higher as we look at some of the key develoental areas and how they inform your ministry to this fantastic age group! In this Half-Track, we will take a look at several strategies to building a healthy junior high ministry. Believe it or not, knowing WHY you do something is just as important as knowing WHAT you want to do!
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Convention Center Room 50

2:30pm

Reach Out, Don't Freak Out: Equipping Your Teens to Reach Their Friends for God

Get your teens off the bench and into the only game that really matters-- making disciples who make disciples. Learn how to motivate and mobilize them to relationally and relentlessly reach their friends with the gospel so they become 'a letter from Christ...written not with ink but with the Spirit of the Living God.'


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
London

2:30pm

Student Worship Bands 101: The Basics From Start to Finish

Thinking of starting a student worship band? Wouldn't it be great to have your worship defined as Spirit-filled, anointed, passionate, relevant, exciting, fresh, and deep? If you commit to the process, this session will help you get there. This workshop is for youth leaders, worship leaders, and worship team members. The goal is to help your teenagers encounter God's presence with passion.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Liberty

2:30pm

Why College Ministry Matters to Your Youth Ministry, and How to Start One

Many youth workers want to do something for college ministry but either don't have the time to invest or the understanding of what's truly needed. Is college ministry really about having another church service or having an older, youth-ministry-onsteroids approach? Or is it much, much deeper? Learn about the things churches are embracing that truly engage and connect with the minds and hearts of collegeage people.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Narita AB

2:30pm

Youth Group Kids Gone Wild: Shaping Students With Faith for a Lifetime
Leadership is not just something you do from the front; it is an intimate expression of who you are…it is your being in action. Because of this, getting your arms around the two life-long works of leadership is critical. To be an authentic leader you must do both well. Together we will discuss this challenge and move more toward living authentic lives of great impact.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
LAX

2:30pm

Discovering, Equipping, & Empowering Effective Adult Volunteers for Relational Ministry to Teenagers

 

 
Session 2: (Saturday 2:30pm-4:30pm)

Looking for Leaders in All the Wrong Places (Heart) 

 

Our problems with volunteer leaders don't start with recruitment and development; they start with flawed thinking about youth ministry. It's a fact...80% of your results in ministry will come from 20% of your efforts. It makes sense to have volunteers investing the most time in the most important parts. Shockingly, most youth ministries do the exact opposite. This track will help you understand the essentials of successful volunteer leadership, and create an action plan for finding engaging volunteers who support your ministry vision and are committed to making a difference in the lives of teenagers.

 


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
International BC

2:30pm

Engaging the Soul of Youth Culture


Session 2: (Saturday 2:30pm-4:30pm)

Trend Watching 1: The Youth Culture Landscape

Cultural change is speeding up—whether you’re 81, 41 or 21, the teenagers you know and love are growing up in a world very different from the one you grew up in. As cross-cultural missionaries called to point teenagers to the cross, it’s not only necessary to know the Word we communicate, but also we must know the cultural context and nuances of the world we’re called to reach. In this track, we’ll unpack some of the major cultural trends shaping young people today, and lead you into an understanding of how those trends should inform and shape our ministry response.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Rosemont C

2:30pm

Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry


Session 2:
(Saturday 2:30pm-4:30pm)
Answering the Best Question of All Time

 

Have we taken Jesus for granted in our lives and ministries that we’ve essentially stopped relating to Him as He really is? Even more, have we so “understood” Jesus that the pursuit of Him is far less interesting to us than the pursuit of relational ministry or postmodern worship or Christian disciplines or culturally relevant approaches to Bible study? If we made youth ministry a brilliant tips and techniques subservient to a youth ministry that is radically, creatively, passionately, uncomfortably centered around Jesus, how would it change the way we see our calling? More important, how would it change what we do in youth ministry? Together we’ll explore what youth ministry looks like when it follows C.H. Spurgeon’s guiding vision: “In everything you do, make a beeline to Jesus.” This track is both personally transforming and packed with ministry ideas.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Rosemont A

2:30pm

Life Hurts, God Heals: Helping Hurting Kids


Session 2: (Saturday 2:30pm-4:30pm)

When it REALLY Hurts

The “everyday issues” kids are facing seem to be getting more and more complex. With addictions, abuse, eating disorders, family brokenness, self-injury and violence on the increase, we find ourselves more often left facing the wounds of students whose trust has been deeply betrayed. Whatever the circumstances, this deep hurt makes it more difficult for kids to accept our love and ultimately much more difficult for them to experience intimacy with God. Whether you do youth ministry vocationally or as a volunteer, this practical track will help you explore the complex, everyday hurts of kids and will outline a path back to healing and wholeness—a path which you have the privilege of walking with your hurting young friends.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
DFW

2:30pm

ReMix--Building an Urban Youth ministry From the Ground Up


Session 2: (Saturday 2:30pm-4:30pm)

Urban Flavor: Programming & Events that Keep Them Coming Back

 

This track is the nuts and bolts of Urban Youth Ministry. It is designed to equip leaders with innovative ideas and tools necessary to add flavor to their ministry and to connect with students in urban settings. In this interactive session, leaders will learn the practical essentials of how to plan, organize, brand, resource, and structure a healthy life-changing urban youth ministry from start to finish. This track will cover a practical approach to Urban Ministry.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
LaGuardia

2:30pm

Small Groups that Really Work & Developing the Leaders Who Run Them


Session 2: (Saturday 2:30pm-4:30pm)

Easy Small Group Implementation

 

Discipleship through small groups is the one pragmatic element that is consistently the starting point for healthy youth ministry. If you desire clear direction on How to run a thriving small group ministry, this track is for you. You’ll learn: keys to a strong volunteer base; non-negotiable ingredients for a thriving small-group program; how to sell small groups to students, parents and potential leaders; moment-by-moment small group schedule; a hand-on visualization of small group leaders led by some of Jeanne’s real students; easy ways to raise up and motivate leaders; how to avoid pitfalls that unravel small group.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Ohare ABC

2:30pm

The "Be-With” Factor: How to Build a Mentoring Environment


Session 2: (Saturday 2:30pm-4:30pm)

How to Discover the Right Student Mentor

 

What’s the best way to form Jesus in the life of a student? Simply put, it’s to do what Jesus did. Select a few young guys or girls so that deep transformation happens for a lifetime. This track will give you and your team practical steps to ensure that spiritual transformation is happening in supernatural ways using ordinary people like you and me. If you’re ready to do something about your junior & senior high students leaving their faith after graduation, then this track is for you.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
International DE

2:30pm

The 9 Best Practices of Effective Youth Ministry


Session 2: (Saturday 2:30pm-4:30pm)

Discipleship is Key 

 

We’ve all heard the alarming statistics concerning faith abandonment in the late teen years. In an extensive study of hundreds of youth ministries nationwide, Luther Seminary identified the key contributing factors to a youth ministry’s ability to develop mature faith in teenagers. In this track, Kurt and Tim will unpack the results of this fascinating study and help you put these nine best practices in place in your youth ministry to help your students develop a faith that lasts.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Convention Center Room 40

2:30pm

The Indispensible Youth Pastor: Thriving in Youth Ministry Without Losing Your Soul, Your Sanity, Your Family, or Your Job


Session 2: (Saturday 2:30pm-4:30pm)

The 411 On Sustainable Youth Ministry

How do you impress a church and avoid a frustrating mismatch when you’re job hunting? And once you’ve landed the job, how can you sidestep the hidden pitfalls that drop you into hot wateror worse, get you fired? Finally, once the church loves you, how can you stay in love with your calling, your church, your students, your family, and Jesus? This seminar will answer these questions and help you become an indispensable youth pastor.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Rosemont D

2:30pm

Thinking Theologically in Youth Ministry
Limited Capacity seats available


Session 2: (Saturday 2:30pm-4:30pm)
Practical Theology: The Task of Every Youth Worker

 

With all that we do, all that we give, and all we’re responsible for, it’s easy to feel like the gas tank is on empty. And if you add to those general ministry stressors another layer of stress-shellac—the messages, philosophies, ideas, models, and strategies that you’re supposed to be implementing-you can sink in confusion. This track will help you, whether you’re brand new or have been at it for years, to lead and guide a ministry that’s theologically grounded and shaped. You’ll learn how to profoundly and proactively incarnate the Gospel into a rapidly changing youth culture.

 


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
International A

2:30pm

Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches: Doing More With Less


Session 2:
(Saturday 2:30pm-4:30pm)
All Things Programming (outreach, missions, worship, discipleship)

 

If you can count your youth kids on fingers and toes, then you might be a smaller church youth ministry. This Half-Track will focus on what works in smaller size youth ministry and how to maximize that from good to great! We’ll wrestle with the struggles and how to overcome those roadblocks. You’ll walk away with practical “use right away” ideas, plus our own “smaller church youth ministries” network! Bring your own “best of” ideas for a Brainstorm Blitz!


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Rosemont B

2:30pm

Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches: Doing More With Less


Session 2:
(Saturday 2:30pm-4:30pm)
All Things Programming (outreach, missions, worship, discipleship)

 

If you can count your youth kids on fingers and toes, then you might be a smaller church youth ministry. This Half-Track will focus on what works in smaller size youth ministry and how to maximize that from good to great! We’ll wrestle with the struggles and how to overcome those roadblocks. You’ll walk away with practical “use right away” ideas, plus our own “smaller church youth ministries” network! Bring your own “best of” ideas for a Brainstorm Blitz!


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Rosemont B

2:30pm

After The Honeymoon: The Early Years of Marriage to a Youth Worker
Spouses of youth workers have many adjustments to make as part of a newly married couple in youth ministry. Join Cathy and Amanda to talk about your first few years married in youth ministry. We'll discuss and get great ideas you can use as a newly married youth worker, and be encouraged by other spouses who have lived it and survived.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Midway/Logan

2:30pm

Awaken Your Creativity: Unleashing Imagination in Ministry
Discover how very creative you really are in this fast-paced, media-driven workshop
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Heathrow

2:30pm

Effectively Communicating With Teenagers and Parents Throughout the Week
What means of communication do you use with teens and parents throughout the week, and how well is it working for your ministry? Tim gives ideas for improvement, shows you how to utilize aspects of communication technology, and shares ways you can evaluate which method works best for your group.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
John Wayne

2:30pm

How to Save a Life: Navigating the Epidemic of Teen Suicide
Thousands of teenagers contemplate, hundreds attempt, and far too many complete the act of suicide every day. A horrifyingly large number of these young people worship in our churches every Sunday, attend youth group activities regularly, serve on leadership teams, and participate in mission experiences and outreach events. This workshop will help you understand the psycho/social dynamics of suicidal behavior and equip you to identify and help suicidal youth and their families and friends.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Vienna

2:30pm

Made by God: Harnessing Your Personality in Youth Ministry
You've got what it takes! Understanding your God-customized personality not only helps in understanding yourself (and your friends), but this same understanding impacts your youth ministry in a mighty way. We'll do some laughing in this session, but there will be some ah-ha moments as well.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Florence

2:30pm

Moving from Leadership to Ownership: Creating a Student-Owned Ministry
Student leadership is one thing; student ownership is something different. This seminar will discuss some practical ways to move from merely having students involved, to having students owning a ministry. We'll talk about what structural, philosophical, and practical systems need to be in place to move students to a high level of ownership. This seminar will be a great place to do some thinking and dreaming of what could and should be.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Lambert

2:30pm

When the City Comes to the Suburbs: The Blurred Line in a New Generation

There was a time when there existed a definitive "other side of the tracks.” However, a new era has dawned where boundaries of city and suburbs are blurred. Urban culture and city "issues” now seem to be showing up in many venues. This workshop will discuss these issues along with practical ways to effectively minister to and with the city community. This workshop would also be appropriate for those in the city working alongside those in the suburbs.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Davinci AB

3:30pm

Using Technology to Tell Better Stories

In this class we'll look at the art of storytelling and how you can use creative and inexpensive technology to enhance your ministry. We'll look into the creative process and inspiration sources for motion graphics, videos and live service elements and take a look at some case studies and practical applications.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Tech/Media Center

4:30pm

Group Magazine Live Soundstage

Live Music, Contests, and Entertainment


Saturday March 5, 2011 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Hyatt Lobby

5:00pm

Regional Networking Dinner

Bring your dinner and begin networking with our Youth Pastors from your area or from around the world!  Event will be facilitated by NNYM.


Saturday March 5, 2011 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Rosemont A/B

7:00pm

General Session & Night of Worship

Doug Fileds with Ruth Haley Barton, The Skit Guys,
Worship led by Shane & Shane
Followed by Gungor's "Beautiful Things" Worship Experience

*Doors open at 6:45pm


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Speakers
RH

Ruth Haley Barton

Ruth Haley Barton is founder of the Transforming Center (www.thetransformingcenter.org), a ministry dedicated to strengthening the souls of pastors, Christian leaders and the congregations and organizations they serve. She\'s been a student, practitioner,
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Doug Fields

Doug Fields has been a pastor to teenagers and ministry leader for over 30 years, serving the past 18 years at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. Amidst the growing demand of speaking, writing and ministry consulting, Doug resigned from Saddleback Chur


Saturday March 5, 2011 7:00pm - 10:15pm
Hyatt Regency O'Hare - Grand Ballrooom 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue Rosemont, Illinois, USA 60018

10:30pm

Comedy with the Skit Guys

Come hang-out with the Skit Guys!


Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Rosemont A/B

10:30pm

Dark Seasons: Deepening Your Faith & Marriage in Tough Times

An open discussion led by Ted and Nancie Lowe


Speakers
TN

Ted & Nancie Lowe

Ted & Nancie Lowe - From 2001-2010, Ted Lowe worked as the Director of MarriedLife at North Point Community Church. His wife Nancie played a huge role in hosting and planning MarriedLife programs at North Point. It was during their time at North Point tha


Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Rosemont C

10:30pm

Helping Teenagers Avoid the Lure of Porn & Sexual Addictions

An open discussion led by Reza Zadeh (Young Adults Pastor at Timberline Church in Colorado) and Tim Schmoyer (StudentMinistry.org)


Speakers
avatar for Tim Schmoyer

Tim Schmoyer

Tim Schmoyer is a veteran youth worker based in Minnesota where he lives with his wife and two kids. He authors Life In Student Ministry at studentministry.org, runs a youth ministry mentorship program, hosts a weekly live youth ministry talk show, and re
avatar for Reza Zadeh

Reza Zadeh

Reza has served and worked within the local church for over a decade. In 2003 he began serving as the Young Adults Pastor at Timberline Church in Fort Collins, Colorado, ministering primarily to college. He was born in Abadan, Iran and raised in a Muslim family as he was brought up in Southern California. As Reza was attending Colorado State University as a student-athlete, he became a follower of Jesus through campus missionaries. He is a... Read More →


Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Rosemont D

10:30pm

Youth Ministry on the Horizon: Exploring the Future of Ministry, Culture and Church

An open discussion led by Mark Riddle


Speakers
avatar for Mark Riddle

Mark Riddle

An entrepreneur, speaker, writer, and owner of the Riddle Group, a ministry coaching and consulting firm committed to making life better for senior pastors, youth pastors, volunteers, parents and teens. With more than 15 years experience in vocational ministry, Mark collaborates with local church leaders to promote and develop sustainable ministries that impact youth and their families. Mark lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with his wife, Pam, and their... Read More →


Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30pm - 11:30pm
United

10:30pm

Group Magazine Live Soundstage

Live Music, Contests, and Entertainment


Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Hyatt Lobby

10:30pm

Media Shout and the Visual Worship Leader

This workshop will explore MediaShout from both practical/instructional and philosophical viewpoints. We'll walk through the basics of using MediaShout software, and exploring how to use these tools as a visual worship leader and creative artist in ministry settings.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Saturday March 5, 2011 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Tech/Media Center
 
Sunday, March 6
 

9:00am

Morning General Session & Worship

Hosted by Rick Lawrence with The Skit Guys
Worship led by Tim Timmons

*Doors open at 8:45am


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Speakers
avatar for Rick Lawrence

Rick Lawrence

Rick Lawrence is an author, ministry leader, and the longtime executive editor of GROUP Magazine, the world’s leading youth ministry resource. He leads The Simply Youth Ministry Conference, is the General Editor for the Jesus-Centered Bible, and is the author, co-author, or editor of 37 books, including The Jesus-Centered Life (March 2016); Skin In the Game: Living an Epic Jesus-Centered Life; Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry; Shrewd: Daring... Read More →


Sunday March 6, 2011 9:00am - 10:00am
Hyatt Regency O'Hare - Grand Ballrooom 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue Rosemont, Illinois, USA 60018

10:30am

Working Smart

Sometimes we can get so busy working we really don't get anything done. Does this sound like you? I think it must be part of the youth worker DNA. I must confess I've tried so many different ideas, plans and software that was suppose to help me "get things done,” but usually they failed miserably. However though my trail and error I've learned a few things and come across some tools and ideas that actually work in the real work. In this session we'll talk about "Getting Things Done (GTD)” for youth workers and share some tools and ideas that might help.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30am - 11:30am
Tech/Media Center

10:30am

A Biblical Vision for Youth Ministry: Building a Ministry From the Word Up
Sometimes it feels like we're just youth ministry ring-masters throwing programs at our students so they'll keep coming back to our Sunday night/Sunday morning/Friday night circus. This seminar will help you do some strategic big-picture thinking about your program, and then consider how to flesh out that picture in the nitty-gritty of your regular programming.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
United

10:30am

College Ministry 201: Meeting the Needs of a Lost Age

Want to know more about the (actual) lives of young people? Their values and mindset are worlds apart from previous generations and in this track, you can learn how this all affects you? College-aged people find themselves in-between just about everything. And this impacts just about everything. This seminar paints a picture of insight into their minds and hearts so that you can understand what they need and desire from you, your church, and your ministry.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Narita AB

10:30am

Equipping and Empowering Parents to Build Lasting Faith With Their Kids
If you're like most youth ministries, parents treat you like a dry cleaner. They drop off their kids to your ministry all dirty and expect you to "clean them up” in 90 minutes or less. The reality is that parents are actually far more influential in their kids' lives than you. Given that, how do create a ministry environment in which parents are truly partners in the spiritual formation of their kids? You'll leave with all sorts of super practical ideas you can use to team up with parents for a deeper impact in your students and your ministry.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
LAX

10:30am

Girls' Ministry: Helping Girls Shine!
Be equipped to get girls' ministry started
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Heathrow

10:30am

Kid Unique: Helping Teenagers Discover Their True Value and Identity
Parents, youth workers, and teachers are all concerned for the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual develoent of the young. This Half-Track equips those entrusted with the develoent of the next generation to go one step further and help kids solve the mystery of "me.” Helping students enter adulthood with clarity as to who they are and what they are impassioned to do is a priceless gift to give a young person.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
International F

10:30am

Reach Out, Don't Freak Out: Equipping Your Teens to Reach Their Friends for God

Get your teens off the bench and into the only game that really matters-- making disciples who make disciples. Learn how to motivate and mobilize them to relationally and relentlessly reach their friends with the gospel so they become 'a letter from Christ...written not with ink but with the Spirit of the Living God.'


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
London

10:30am

Student Leadership 101: Foundations For Developing Student Leaders

Doug Franklin will lay out the three foundational principles that every youth worker must teach students for them to grow as healthy leaders. All through fun activities, leadership assessments, and learning exercises. You'll also learn the process of starting a student leadership team. We'll talk about the best practices and available resources to help you get off to the best start possible.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Paris

10:30am

Student Worship Bands 201: Taking it to the Next Level

Do you currently have a student-led worship band, but want to see the worship in your youth ministry go to a whole new level? Are your students continuously challenged to grow spiritually and deepen their understanding of the meaning of worship? If you're a youth leader, volunteer, worship leader, or worship team member who is ready to take the next step, join us for a workshop of practical steps, discussion, and idea exchange.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Liberty

10:30am

Taking it to the Next Level: Advanced Junior High Ministry
Communicating to junior highers is a fantastic opportunity as well as an overwhelming challenge! In this Half-Track for junior high ministry veterans, we will look at some best practices of teaching young teenagers and explore ways to take the conversation a little deeper. We'll have a lot of discussion and learning from each others' ideas.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Convention Center Room 50

10:30am

Discovering, Equipping, & Empowering Effective Adult Volunteers for Relational Ministry to Teenagers


Session 3: (Sunday 10:30am-12:30pm)

A New Kind of Volunteer Description (Hands 101)

 

Our problems with volunteer leaders don't start with recruitment and development; they start with flawed thinking about youth ministry. It's a fact...80% of your results in ministry will come from 20% of your efforts. It makes sense to have volunteers investing the most time in the most important parts. Shockingly, most youth ministries do the exact opposite. This track will help you understand the essentials of successful volunteer leadership, and create an action plan for finding engaging volunteers who support your ministry vision and are committed to making a difference in the lives of teenagers.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
International BC

10:30am

Engaging the Soul of Youth Culture


Session 3: (Sunday 10:30am-12:30pm)

Trend Watching 2: The Youth Culture Landscape

Cultural change is speeding up—whether you’re 81, 41 or 21, the teenagers you know and love are growing up in a world very different from the one you grew up in. As cross-cultural missionaries called to point teenagers to the cross, it’s not only necessary to know the Word we communicate, but also we must know the cultural context and nuances of the world we’re called to reach. In this track, we’ll unpack some of the major cultural trends shaping young people today, and lead you into an understanding of how those trends should inform and shape our ministry response.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Rosemont C

10:30am

Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry


Session 3:
(Sunday 10:30am-12:30pm)
Helping Teenagers Find Their True Name

 

Have we taken Jesus for granted in our lives and ministries that we’ve essentially stopped relating to Him as He really is? Even more, have we so “understood” Jesus that the pursuit of Him is far less interesting to us than the pursuit of relational ministry or postmodern worship or Christian disciplines or culturally relevant approaches to Bible study? If we made youth ministry a brilliant tips and techniques subservient to a youth ministry that is radically, creatively, passionately, uncomfortably centered around Jesus, how would it change the way we see our calling? More important, how would it change what we do in youth ministry? Together we’ll explore what youth ministry looks like when it follows C.H. Spurgeon’s guiding vision: “In everything you do, make a beeline to Jesus.” This track is both personally transforming and packed with ministry ideas.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Rosemont A

10:30am

Life Hurts, God Heals: Helping Hurting Kids


Session 3: (Sunday 10:30pm-12:30pm)

Life Hurts, God Heals

The “everyday issues” kids are facing seem to be getting more and more complex. With addictions, abuse, eating disorders, family brokenness, self-injury and violence on the increase, we find ourselves more often left facing the wounds of students whose trust has been deeply betrayed. Whatever the circumstances, this deep hurt makes it more difficult for kids to accept our love and ultimately much more difficult for them to experience intimacy with God. Whether you do youth ministry vocationally or as a volunteer, this practical track will help you explore the complex, everyday hurts of kids and will outline a path back to healing and wholeness—a path which you have the privilege of walking with your hurting young friends.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
DFW

10:30am

ReMix--Building an Urban Youth ministry From the Ground Up


Session 3: (Sunday 10:30pm-12:30pm)

The Dream Team: How to Develop an Effective Volunteer Assimilation Process

 

This track is the nuts and bolts of Urban Youth Ministry. It is designed to equip leaders with innovative ideas and tools necessary to add flavor to their ministry and to connect with students in urban settings. In this interactive session, leaders will learn the practical essentials of how to plan, organize, brand, resource, and structure a healthy life-changing urban youth ministry from start to finish. This track will cover a practical approach to Urban Ministry.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
LaGuardia

10:30am

Small Groups that Really Work & Developing the Leaders Who Run Them


Session 3: (Sunday 10:30pm-12:30pm)

A Hands-On Model of a Small Group

 

Discipleship through small groups is the one pragmatic element that is consistently the starting point for healthy youth ministry. If you desire clear direction on How to run a thriving small group ministry, this track is for you. You’ll learn: keys to a strong volunteer base; non-negotiable ingredients for a thriving small-group program; how to sell small groups to students, parents and potential leaders; moment-by-moment small group schedule; a hand-on visualization of small group leaders led by some of Jeanne’s real students; easy ways to raise up and motivate leaders; how to avoid pitfalls that unravel small group.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Ohare ABC

10:30am

The "Be-With” Factor: How to Build a Mentoring Environment


Session 3: (Sunday 10:30am-12:30pm)

Be-With Moments: Understanding What to Do When Mentoring a Student

 

What’s the best way to form Jesus in the life of a student? Simply put, it’s to do what Jesus did. Select a few young guys or girls so that deep transformation happens for a lifetime. This track will give you and your team practical steps to ensure that spiritual transformation is happening in supernatural ways using ordinary people like you and me. If you’re ready to do something about your junior & senior high students leaving their faith after graduation, then this track is for you.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
International DE

10:30am

The 9 Best Practices of Effective Youth Ministry


Sessions 3: (Sunday 10:30am-12:30pm)

The Youth Ministry Perception, Both Inside and Outside of Your Church 

 

We’ve all heard the alarming statistics concerning faith abandonment in the late teen years. In an extensive study of hundreds of youth ministries nationwide, Luther Seminary identified the key contributing factors to a youth ministry’s ability to develop mature faith in teenagers. In this track, Kurt and Tim will unpack the results of this fascinating study and help you put these nine best practices in place in your youth ministry to help your students develop a faith that lasts.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Convention Center Room 40

10:30am

The Indispensible Youth Pastor: Thriving in Youth Ministry Without Losing Your Soul, Your Sanity, Your Family, or Your Job


Session 3: (Sunday 10:30am-12:30pm)

Working Together—Building Teams that Win

How do you impress a church and avoid a frustrating mismatch when you’re job hunting? And once you’ve landed the job, how can you sidestep the hidden pitfalls that drop you into hot wateror worse, get you fired? Finally, once the church loves you, how can you stay in love with your calling, your church, your students, your family, and Jesus? This seminar will answer these questions and help you become an indispensable youth pastor.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Rosemont D

10:30am

Thinking Theologically in Youth Ministry


Session 3: (Sunday 10:30am-12:30pm)

Taming the Practical Theology Method

 

With all that we do, all that we give, and all we’re responsible for, it’s easy to feel like the gas tank is on empty. And if you add to those general ministry stressors another layer of stress-shellac—the messages, philosophies, ideas, models, and strategies that you’re supposed to be implementing-you can sink in confusion. This track will help you, whether you’re brand new or have been at it for years, to lead and guide a ministry that’s theologically grounded and shaped. You’ll learn how to profoundly and proactively incarnate the Gospel into a rapidly changing youth culture.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
International A

10:30am

Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches: Doing More With Less


Session 4:
(Saturday 2:30pm-4:30pm)
All Things You (boundaries, time management, saying no, leaving well)

 

If you can count your youth kids on fingers and toes, then you might be a smaller church youth ministry. This Half-Track will focus on what works in smaller size youth ministry and how to maximize that from good to great! We’ll wrestle with the struggles and how to overcome those roadblocks. You’ll walk away with practical “use right away” ideas, plus our own “smaller church youth ministries” network! Bring your own “best of” ideas for a Brainstorm Blitz!


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Rosemont B

10:30am

"Sex ON/Sex OFF": The Why and How of Purity

Everything about the age that we live in is saturated with sex. Teenagers are looking at sexual images on their cell phones through the midnight hours in the comfort of their bedroom. The opportunity to see or engage in sex is just like flicking an on/off switch. In this culture of casual sex it can be difficult for our youth to understand what purity is; why purity is a good idea; and how to be pure. This workshop will equip youth workers with practical tools, scriptures and activities that can be used to teach teenagers how to protect their body, mind and soul.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
John Wayne

10:30am

A Theology of Creativity
If God is the ultimate Creator, why are the people of God so often stuck in boxes that limit that creative power? Why does a Christian subculture exist that often lags behind the rest of culture, picking up crumbs of creativity and marketing, in order to slap the name of Jesus on them? In this workshop, Michael leads a thoughtful discussion about this issue and offers ideas about how and why our theology should actually drive us to be fearlessly creative rather than simply ‘positive' or ‘safe'.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Hyatt Regency O'Hare - Grand Ballrooom 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue Rosemont, Illinois, USA 60018

10:30am

Family First: Raising Kids Amid Ministry
Our own kids bring up so many issues when we're in ministry. Do I let my kids come to youth group or wait so they will be excited to be in youth group when they are teens? What if my kids don't like church right now? My kids aren't perfect...should I keep them hidden so people won't judge our family? Join us to explore solutions for raising a healthy family amid youth ministry.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Midway/Logan

10:30am

For Volunteers Only: 10 Ways to Add Value to Your Ministry
How much of my soul must I sell to the church in order to be effective in youth ministry? Whether the main leader or part of the posse, how do I contribute in a meaningful way without commiting to an unrealistic schedule? We'll talk about the tricks to wearing various hats without dropping them all. You'll find out how to be the kind of volunteer your pastor wishes they could pay. With humor, real-life application, and the wisdom, Danette will offer realistic boundary-setting ideas so ministry remains a joy, not a backpack full of rocks.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Florence

10:30am

Positive Discipline for Rude, Apathetic, and Obnoxious Kids
Disruptive students can hinder the effectiveness of your ministry, no question about it. But don't let discipline problems drive you out of youth ministry! Take the positive approach instead. Les will show you why teens get rowdy, how to set rules and consequences, and how to praise kids. You will leave this workshop with a new appreciation for all the kids in your youth group!
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Malpensa

10:30am

Preparing Messages, Planning Events, and Leading Meetings With Intentionality
Effective leaders are different from good-hearted ministers who get things done by frantic activity. Purpose…sequence… big picture intentionality…hidden curriculum…the myth of control… These factors and more can help us bump up our game as we try to squeeze all we can out of the most routine experiences affecting our young people.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Lambert

10:30am

Rethinking Church With a Multigenerational Ministry Model
A multigenerational church: What does it really mean? Join Pastor Derwin Gray, lead pastor Transformation Church, and together explore the challenges and rewards of a multigenerational church model and how this intentional shift in perspective can transform our student ministries and churches.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Hartsfield

10:30am

You Suck! Enduring, Learning From, and Responding to Criticism and Conflict
Taking criticism is about as enjoyable and endurable as a root canal, but it might be just as critical to your long-term ministry health, too. One of the essential skill sets of all leaders is the ability to learn from, and at times even ignore, the voice of critics. This seminar will examine why we fear criticism, why we need it, and how to respond when it comes.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30am - 12:30pm
Vienna

11:30am

Making Video Magic for Your Ministry

So secretly, deep inside, you wish you could make fun videos for your ministry; but then your run up against all those nagging doubts and excuses: "It takes too much time!” "It's too expensive!” "I couldn't film my way out of a paper bag!” This seminar is all about drop-kicking those excuses out the window and giving you tips, tricks, and shortcuts for making great videos for your ministry. It'll cover the basics of equient and software; and then dive into the process of creating the video from concept to YouTube.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
Tech/Media Center

12:30pm

Group Magazine Live Soundstage

Live Music, Contests, and Entertainment


Sunday March 6, 2011 12:30pm - 2:15pm
Hyatt Lobby

1:00pm

Mastering Drama and Creative Expression

Come Learn helpful tips for drama and creative expressions in your youth ministry with The Skit Guys.



Sunday March 6, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Rosemont A

1:00pm

Preview: Simply Youth Ministry Tools

Come see what's coming with the new Simply Youth Ministry Tools.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Tech/Media Center

1:00pm

Bridging the Gap: Transitioning Kids from Children's Ministry to Youth Ministry

An open discussion led by Chris Yount-Jones, the executive editor of Children’s Ministry Magazine, and other in the trenches experts



Sunday March 6, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Rosemont D

1:00pm

Finding and Growing Godly Leaders In the Urban Context

An open discussion led by Anthony Flynn, Urban Youth Workers Institute, and other in the trenches experts


Speakers
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Anthony Flynn

Anthony Flynn is passionate about equipping and training those who are responsible for reaching the lost. He currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Urban Youth Workers Institute, and has over 12 years of corporate, pastoral, youth ministry and


Sunday March 6, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
LAX

1:00pm

From Disinterested to Demanding: Dealing with Difficult Parents

An open discussion led by Jim Burns, the President of HomeWord, and other in the trenches experts


Speakers
avatar for Jim Burns

Jim Burns

Jim Burns is President of HomeWord and Executive Director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family @ Azusa Pacific University. Jim speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. 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. Some of his recent books include: Faith Conversations for Families... Read More →


Sunday March 6, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Rosemont B

1:00pm

Holding Steady: Coping With Transitions and Turmoil in the Church

An open discussion led in the trench experts


Sunday March 6, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hartsfield

1:00pm

1:15pm

Couples in Youth Ministry Connect Group

Led by Darren & Katie Sutton
Some couples have one spouse involved in youth ministry. But not you. Both of you are involved in ministry! This group is all about sharing how to balance being great at your role in ministry while also being great at your role at home. Come share and grow from the stories and experiences of others.


Sunday March 6, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

1:15pm

First Two Years in Youth Ministry Connect Group

Are you looking to connect with others who are excited and passionate about their call to youth ministry, yet feeling a little disillusioned with working in a church? Well, this is the group for you. You are not alone. Join forces with others who are feeling the same way. Be prepared to be encouraged and energized to stay true to your call!


Speakers
avatar for Steve Schneeberger

Steve Schneeberger

Steve Schneeberger, is the Executive Director of the Youth Ministry Institute. Founded in 2005, YMI is an organization that helps youth ministers become skilled and effective leaders. He blogs and tweets as The YMI Guy. He also serves (since 1994) as the


Sunday March 6, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

1:15pm

Junior High Ministry Connect Group

Led by Drew Aaron
So...do you have student ministry for middle school kids all figured out yet? (Me neither!) Let’s try again...how’s your understanding of junior high youth? (Seriously, I can hear you laughing.) Come and join other youth workers who love this amazing age group as we share stories, ideas, insights, tips, challenges, and more!


Sunday March 6, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

1:15pm

Married to a Youth Pastor—Husbands Connect Group

Led by Joel Snyder
Married to a youth pastor and she’s a woman? Wonder what other hubbies experience with wives in youth ministry? This affinity group is for you! Joel Snyder, group leader, is both the husband of a youth pastor and a youth pastor himself, so he sees this dynamic from both sides. Guys, come and hang out for listening and learning.


Sunday March 6, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

1:15pm

Milestones Connect Group

Led by Jay Higham
We know that life can present some unique challenges for us. Sometimes positive events, other times painful ones. Ailing parents, newlyweds, loss of a child: these events can significantly mark our lives, and we cannot ignore them. If you find yourself in a “milestone” chapter of life, this may be a great place to love and be loved on.


Sunday March 6, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

1:15pm

Rural Youth Ministry Connect Group

Led by Mike Hammer
Are you serving in ministry with the special challenges of a rural community? Find you don’t have all the things to do like youth groups in the big city? Do you have to get creative to make things work for people who are spread out over a broader area? Then this Connect Group is for you!


Sunday March 6, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

1:15pm

Senior High Ministry Connect Group

We’re a community of individuals that have been called to help senior high students to navigate the treacherous waters of high school, to coach them in their relationship with Christ, and to be capable of doing so with a mouth full of marshmallows. We’re called to shepherd, and to manage risk. We’re all about sharing our stories, concerns, laughter, prayers, and dreams about this crazy calling we have. Welcome.


Speakers
avatar for Brandon Early

Brandon Early

Student Ministries Director, Valley Church
Brandon Early has been a junior high pastor for over nine years and is currently the Student Ministries Director at Valley Church in West Des Moines, Iowa. He's a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute with a B.A. In Youth Ministry and holds a Master of Arts degree in Transformational Leasership from Bethel Seminary.


Sunday March 6, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

1:15pm

Single in Youth Ministry Connect Group

Led by Rebecca Hug
You don’t have to be married to be an effective youth worker. But being a single youth worker can present its own set of challenges. Come and share conversation with others about how to be a good leader while handling the unique situations that come with being single in ministry.


Sunday March 6, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

1:15pm

Surviving Transitions Connect Group

Are you entering into a new season of ministry? Maybe you’re leaving one area and beginning in another. Whether by choice or circumstance, this group is designed to give you a chance to chat about how to transition into a new ministry and leave gracefully. Change happens. Let’s help each other do it well!


Speakers
avatar for Brian Ford

Brian Ford

I’ve been in youth ministry for over 12 years as a youth pastor, writer and speaker. I’m also a Deep & Wide Youth Ministry Advocate and a member of theLife in Student Ministry Mentor Team. I’m also actively involved in THE Cause. I am currently serving with Agape Christian Church in Terre Haute, IN as the Student Ministries Pastor. I'm looking forward to chatting about transition in ministry at this year's SYMC. Join us for the Surviving... Read More →
avatar for Shan Smith

Shan Smith

I am the Sr. Pastor at Agape Christian Church in Terre Haute, IN. I have served in student ministries for 22 years before transitioning to Sr. Pastor 3 months ago in his current church. I am passionate about Jesus Christ and equipping others to know, live, and share their faith by ministering with a Deep and Wide ministry strategy. I mentor youth pastors new to ministry through Life in Student Ministry, speak at area schools and retreats, write... Read More →


Sunday March 6, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

1:15pm

Thriving Youth Ministries in Smaller Churches Connect Group

Led by John Mullholland
Small church youth groups need love too! Small church settings have their own particular dynamics, yet what you do is JUST as vital to the Kingdom as big church’s youth ministries (with bigger budgets). Join our affinity group as we listen, share, cry, laugh, pray, eat...hang on for dear life!


Sunday March 6, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

1:15pm

Urban Youth Ministry Connect Group

We work in the city, often in some of th most poor and depressed communities that America has to offer. It can be tremendously rewarding, and it can wear us down. In the ever-changing world known as “Urban,” sharing best practices, relevant resources and our stories is necessary for Kingdom expansion. Come hang out and we’ll “chop it up.”


Speakers
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Lenetia Fix

Lenetia Fix is the Training Coordinator for the Urban Youth Worker\'s Institute. With over 17 years of experience in youth ministry, her early years of service were spent in camps and as a youth pastor to rural church plants. With the Lord\'s moving the las


Sunday March 6, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

1:15pm

Women in Youth Ministry Connect Group

Led by Rachel Burns and Leah Zawodny
Must I be a feminazi to prove my worth in God’s mission here? Do I have to play piano and lead worship in order to cut it as a “real” woman in ministry? How can I be effective if my husband isn’t inclined toward serving in youth ministry? Let’s talk about these and anything else taking up “plate space.” Whether you’re single, married, mom or not, and in youth ministry, we’ll meet and talk through the conference.


Sunday March 6, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

1:15pm

Youth Ministry Veterans Connect Group

Led by Jim Liebelt
This Connect Group is designed for those youth workers who have been serving students for 10+ years and have experienced the “good, the bad and the ugly” of youth ministry. If you have (or want) to move beyond the “bells and whistles” and want to passionately pursue health for yourself, your family and your ministry (in that order), this group is for you.


Sunday March 6, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

1:15pm

Youth Ministry Volunteers Connect Group

Led by Toby Rowe and Justin Dougan
First, THANK YOU for being a youth ministry volunteer. You’re the backbone of any healthy youth ministry. Two quick rules for our group: #1: You’re never allowed to say the words “I’m just a volunteer.” And #2: There won’t be any assignments or homework. SO join us to get refreshed, share our joys and vent our struggles, and gain valuable insight into being the best servant of God that we can be.


Speakers
avatar for Toby Rowe

Toby Rowe

Toby Rowe has served in junior and senior high ministry since 1990 and has helped lead more than 30 missions experiences throughout the U.S. and Canada. Currently, Toby works for Group Publishing where he oversees the spiritual content and programming of Work Camps.


Sunday March 6, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Conversation Lounge (ie The Atrium)

2:30pm

Maxing Out LIVE

Come learn how to get the most out of the LIVE curriculum. We'll cover everything from getting started to tips and tricks for the advanced user. Plus we'll have time for you to ask your questions.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Tech/Media Center

2:30pm

A Biblical Vision for Youth Ministry: Building a Ministry From the Word Up
Sometimes it feels like we're just youth ministry ring-masters throwing programs at our students so they'll keep coming back to our Sunday night/Sunday morning/Friday night circus. This seminar will help you do some strategic big-picture thinking about your program, and then consider how to flesh out that picture in the nitty-gritty of your regular programming.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
United

2:30pm

College Ministry 201: Meeting the Needs of a Lost Age

Want to know more about the (actual) lives of young people? Their values and mindset are worlds apart from previous generations and in this track, you can learn how this all affects you? College-aged people find themselves in-between just about everything. And this impacts just about everything. This seminar paints a picture of insight into their minds and hearts so that you can understand what they need and desire from you, your church, and your ministry.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Narita AB

2:30pm

Equipping and Empowering Parents to Build Lasting Faith With Their Kids
If you're like most youth ministries, parents treat you like a dry cleaner. They drop off their kids to your ministry all dirty and expect you to "clean them up” in 90 minutes or less. The reality is that parents are actually far more influential in their kids' lives than you. Given that, how do create a ministry environment in which parents are truly partners in the spiritual formation of their kids? You'll leave with all sorts of super practical ideas you can use to team up with parents for a deeper impact in your students and your ministry.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
LAX

2:30pm

Girls' Ministry: Helping Girls Shine!
Be equipped to get girls' ministry started
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Heathrow

2:30pm

Kid Unique: Helping Teenagers Discover Their True Value and Identity
Parents, youth workers, and teachers are all concerned for the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual develoent of the young. This Half-Track equips those entrusted with the develoent of the next generation to go one step further and help kids solve the mystery of "me.” Helping students enter adulthood with clarity as to who they are and what they are impassioned to do is a priceless gift to give a young person.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
International F

2:30pm

Reach Out, Don't Freak Out: Equipping Your Teens to Reach Their Friends for God

Get your teens off the bench and into the only game that really matters-- making disciples who make disciples. Learn how to motivate and mobilize them to relationally and relentlessly reach their friends with the gospel so they become 'a letter from Christ...written not with ink but with the Spirit of the Living God.'


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
London

2:30pm

Student Leadership 101: Foundations For Developing Student Leaders

Doug Franklin will lay out the three foundational principles that every youth worker must teach students for them to grow as healthy leaders. All through fun activities, leadership assessments, and learning exercises. You'll also learn the process of starting a student leadership team. We'll talk about the best practices and available resources to help you get off to the best start possible.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Paris

2:30pm

Student Worship Bands 201: Taking it to the Next Level

Do you currently have a student-led worship band, but want to see the worship in your youth ministry go to a whole new level? Are your students continuously challenged to grow spiritually and deepen their understanding of the meaning of worship? If you're a youth leader, volunteer, worship leader, or worship team member who is ready to take the next step, join us for a workshop of practical steps, discussion, and idea exchange.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Liberty

2:30pm

Taking it to the Next Level: Advanced Junior High Ministry
Communicating to junior highers is a fantastic opportunity as well as an overwhelming challenge! In this Half-Track for junior high ministry veterans, we will look at some best practices of teaching young teenagers and explore ways to take the conversation a little deeper. We'll have a lot of discussion and learning from each others' ideas.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Convention Center Room 50

2:30pm

Discovering, Equipping, and Empowering Effective Adult Volunteers for Relational Ministry to Teenagers


Session 4: (Sunday 2:30pm-4:30pm)

New Insight Without Implementation=Wasted Space (Hands 201)

 

Our problems with volunteer leaders don't start with recruitment and development; they start with flawed thinking about youth ministry. It's a fact...80% of your results in ministry will come from 20% of your efforts. It makes sense to have volunteers investing the most time in the most important parts. Shockingly, most youth ministries do the exact opposite. This track will help you understand the essentials of successful volunteer leadership, and create an action plan for finding engaging volunteers who support your ministry vision and are committed to making a difference in the lives of teenagers.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
International BC

2:30pm

Engaging the Soul of Youth Culture


Session 4: (Sunday 2:30pm-4:30pm)
Ministering In 21st Century Athens: Suggestions, Strategies, Responses

Cultural change is speeding up—whether you’re 81, 41 or 21, the teenagers you know and love are growing up in a world very different from the one you grew up in. As cross-cultural missionaries called to point teenagers to the cross, it’s not only necessary to know the Word we communicate, but also we must know the cultural context and nuances of the world we’re called to reach. In this track, we’ll unpack some of the major cultural trends shaping young people today, and lead you into an understanding of how those trends should inform and shape our ministry response.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Rosemont C

2:30pm

Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry


Session 4:
(Sunday 2:30pm-4:30pm)
A Beeline for Everything In Ministry

 

Have we taken Jesus for granted in our lives and ministries that we’ve essentially stopped relating to Him as He really is? Even more, have we so “understood” Jesus that the pursuit of Him is far less interesting to us than the pursuit of relational ministry or postmodern worship or Christian disciplines or culturally relevant approaches to Bible study? If we made youth ministry a brilliant tips and techniques subservient to a youth ministry that is radically, creatively, passionately, uncomfortably centered around Jesus, how would it change the way we see our calling? More important, how would it change what we do in youth ministry? Together we’ll explore what youth ministry looks like when it follows C.H. Spurgeon’s guiding vision: “In everything you do, make a beeline to Jesus.” This track is both personally transforming and packed with ministry ideas.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Rosemont A

2:30pm

Life Hurts, God Heals: Helping Hurting Kids


Session 4: (Sunday 2:30pm-4:30pm)

Ministering to a Hurting Generation

 

The “everyday issues” kids are facing seem to be getting more and more complex. With addictions, abuse, eating disorders, family brokenness, self-injury and violence on the increase, we find ourselves more often left facing the wounds of students whose trust has been deeply betrayed. Whatever the circumstances, this deep hurt makes it more difficult for kids to accept our love and ultimately much more difficult for them to experience intimacy with God. Whether you do youth ministry vocationally or as a volunteer, this practical track will help you explore the complex, everyday hurts of kids and will outline a path back to healing and wholeness—a path which you have the privilege of walking with your hurting young friends.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
DFW

2:30pm

ReMix--Building an Urban Youth ministry From the Ground Up


Session 4: (Sunday 2:30pm-4:30pm)

Uncharted: Helping Urban Students Navigate through Tough Issues

 

This track is the nuts and bolts of Urban Youth Ministry. It is designed to equip leaders with innovative ideas and tools necessary to add flavor to their ministry and to connect with students in urban settings. In this interactive session, leaders will learn the practical essentials of how to plan, organize, brand, resource, and structure a healthy life-changing urban youth ministry from start to finish. This track will cover a practical approach to Urban Ministry.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
LaGuardia

2:30pm

Small Groups that Really Work (and Developing the Leaders Who Run Them)


Session 4: (Sunday 2:30pm-4:30pm)

Finding and Training Leaders When You Have None

 

Discipleship through small groups is the one pragmatic element that is consistently the starting point for healthy youth ministry. If you desire clear direction on How to run a thriving small group ministry, this track is for you. You’ll learn: keys to a strong volunteer base; non-negotiable ingredients for a thriving small-group program; how to sell small groups to students, parents and potential leaders; moment-by-moment small group schedule; a hand-on visualization of small group leaders led by some of Jeanne’s real students; easy ways to raise up and motivate leaders; how to avoid pitfalls that unravel small group.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Ohare ABC

2:30pm

The "Be-With” Factor: How to Build a Mentoring Environment


Session 4: (Sunday 2:30pm-4:30pm)

Re-positioning Your Influence: Recognizing the Blueprint of Spiritual Formation

 

What’s the best way to form Jesus in the life of a student? Simply put, it’s to do what Jesus did. Select a few young guys or girls so that deep transformation happens for a lifetime. This track will give you and your team practical steps to ensure that spiritual transformation is happening in supernatural ways using ordinary people like you and me. If you’re ready to do something about your junior & senior high students leaving their faith after graduation, then this track is for you.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
International DE

2:30pm

The 'Be-With” Factor: How to Build a Mentoring Environment


Session 4: (Sunday 2:30pm-4:30pm)

Re-positioning Your Influence: Recognizing the Blueprint of Spiritual Formation

 

What’s the best way to form Jesus in the life of a student? Simply put, it’s to do what Jesus did. Select a few young guys or girls so that deep transformation happens for a lifetime. This track will give you and your team practical steps to ensure that spiritual transformation is happening in supernatural ways using ordinary people like you and me. If you’re ready to do something about your junior & senior high students leaving their faith after graduation, then this track is for you.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
International DE

2:30pm

The 9 Best Practices of Effective Youth Ministry


Session 4: (Sunday 2:30pm-4:30pm)
Families and Volunteers Are Essential 

 

We’ve all heard the alarming statistics concerning faith abandonment in the late teen years. In an extensive study of hundreds of youth ministries nationwide, Luther Seminary identified the key contributing factors to a youth ministry’s ability to develop mature faith in teenagers. In this track, Kurt and Tim will unpack the results of this fascinating study and help you put these nine best practices in place in your youth ministry to help your students develop a faith that lasts.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Convention Center Room 40

2:30pm

The Indispensible Youth Pastor: Thriving in Youth Ministry Without Losing Your Soul, Your Sanity, Your Family, or Your Job


Session 4: (Sunday 2:30pm-4:30pm)

Assessing Your Ministry & Designing Your Blueprint

How do you impress a church and avoid a frustrating mismatch when you’re job hunting? And once you’ve landed the job, how can you sidestep the hidden pitfalls that drop you into hot wateror worse, get you fired? Finally, once the church loves you, how can you stay in love with your calling, your church, your students, your family, and Jesus? This seminar will answer these questions and help you become an indispensable youth pastor.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Rosemont D

2:30pm

Thinking Theologically in Youth Ministry


Session 4: (Sunday 2:30pm-4:30pm)
Leading, Loving, and Programming Theologically

 

With all that we do, all that we give, and all we’re responsible for, it’s easy to feel like the gas tank is on empty. And if you add to those general ministry stressors another layer of stress-shellac—the messages, philosophies, ideas, models, and strategies that you’re supposed to be implementing-you can sink in confusion. This track will help you, whether you’re brand new or have been at it for years, to lead and guide a ministry that’s theologically grounded and shaped. You’ll learn how to profoundly and proactively incarnate the Gospel into a rapidly changing youth culture.

 


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
International A

2:30pm

Avoiding the Top Five Pitfalls That Lead to Ministry Burnout

That awful, aching, "being fried” feeling is familiar to many youth workers. Here we'll look at the main reason identified by youth workers in both the U.S. and Europe as to what sends ‘em down toward burnout-land. More importantly, we'll consider positive proactives to help keep ourselves (and those around us) fresh and renewed in ministry.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Florence

2:30pm

Beyond Chubby Bunnies: The Call to Relationally Driven Youth Ministry
There are many powerful tools that work to get a youth through the door. Games, fun, power points, music and pizza are great catalysts. However, in such a hurting and often hopeless generation it is not just another "activity” that will bring transformation of the soul. This workshop offers Practical steps on how to approach youth with an "investment” mentality, keeping relationship the primary focus in both large events and one-on-one discipleship. Once "Chubby Bunnies” comes to an end who will bring the truth and bring a listening ear?
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Hartsfield

2:30pm

Creating an Intimate Marriage and Developing Spiritual Intimacy

It's hard to have a healthy ministry without a healthy marriage, but the demands of ministry time and boundaries can often take a toll. Jim Burns wants every couple to experience a thriving marriage filled with A.W.E.: affection, warmth, and encouragement. In this workshop he shows husbands and wives how to make their marriage their priority as they discover ways to repair the past, communicate and resolve conflict, refresh their marriage spiritually, and more.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Midway/Logan

2:30pm

Empowering the Church in an Age of Entitlement
You know that kids are systematically abandoned by adults. You know that kids are often entitled consumers rather than disciples. You've seen Moralistic Therapeutic Deism firsthand. You want to empower the church to be the body of Christ. This workshop is your invitation to discover and explore tangible ways to navigate transformation in the church with all of this in mind, while honoring you and your context.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
John Wayne

2:30pm

Helping Parents With Kids in Crisis

Sometimes parents are aware and come to you for help, and at other times you're the one faced with breaking the bad news to them. In this workshop you'll learn Biblically-based, practical principles for coming alongside parents and helping them respond to the ‘big stuff' (sexual abuse, addictions, gender identity issues, death/suicide; divorce, bullying) and the ‘not so big stuff' their kids are facing.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Vienna

2:30pm

Leading Well: Essentials of Healthy Team-Building

Leaders can't function without a healthy team surrounding them. If the first thing Jesus did when he started his ministry was build a team, then maybe as leaders we should also be focused on building a healthy team to serve with. This workshop will focus on the elements needed to build a healthy team dynamic and give you tools to effectively sustain these teams.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Davinci AB

2:30pm

Lost in Translation: The Changing Face of Youth Ministry in a Multicultural Context
As our country continues to grow in its diversity and ethnic belief structures, it's time to take a look at our current youth ministry strategy and find out how in tune we are to the current intercultural debate. How would a shift in thinking open up your youth ministry to a whole new world of global effectiveness? In this workshop you'll hear perspectives from a diverse panel and learn how intercultural awareness and the Great Commission go hand in hand.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Lambert

2:30pm

Teaching the Bible Through Story and Dialogue
Explore the art of "storying,” a dialogical approach rooted in the Hebrew tradition of storytelling, imaginative listening, careful observation, and lively dialogue. In this workshop we'll consider how Bible stories can guide us toward spiritual formation and shape our theology, identity, beliefs, and behaviors.
http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Malpensa

3:30pm

Simple Steps to Building an Effective Website

Creating and maintaining a website that connects with your students, their friends and parents, and the community around you can seem overwhelming without the right tools. We'll learn from each other what works and what doesn't when it comes to ministry websites. Plus we'll take a look at some simple tools that will allow you to have an effective website that won't consume too much of your limited time or finances.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Tech/Media Center

4:30pm

Group Magazine Live Soundstage

Live Music, Contests, and Entertainment


Sunday March 6, 2011 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Hyatt Lobby

5:00pm

Regional Networking Dinner

Bring your dinner and begin networking with our Youth Pastors from your area or from around the world!  Event will be facilitated by NNYM.


Sunday March 6, 2011 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Rosemont A/B

7:00pm

General Session & Worship

Doug Fileds with Glenn Packiam, and The Skit Guys
Worship led by Shane & Shane, and OC Supertones

*Doors open at 6:45pm


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Speakers
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Doug Fields

Doug Fields has been a pastor to teenagers and ministry leader for over 30 years, serving the past 18 years at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. Amidst the growing demand of speaking, writing and ministry consulting, Doug resigned from Saddleback Chur
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Glenn Packiam

Glenn Packiam is an Executive Pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he oversees Spiritual Formation and serves as the teaching pastor for NewLifeSundayNight. As one of the founding leaders and songwriters for the Desperation Band,


Sunday March 6, 2011 7:00pm - 9:45pm
Hyatt Regency O'Hare - Grand Ballrooom 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue Rosemont, Illinois, USA 60018

10:00pm

Dreaming the KidMin Conference

What to help breathe life into a conference for your Children's Pastor?  Have ideas on how they can be celebrated or loved?  Come share! We want to create a place for Children's pastors to come and refresh.



Sunday March 6, 2011 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Midway/Logan

10:00pm

Film: Zambia's Song

Presented by Christ In Youth (CIY)


Sunday March 6, 2011 10:00pm - 11:00pm
LAX

10:00pm

Group Magazine Live Soundstage: Talkback with OC Supertones

Come hang-out and talk with the OC Supertones, Doug Fields, and Jason Carson


Speakers
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Jason Carson

Jason Carson has been the Youth Pastor for 10 years at Mission Hills Community Church in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. Jason authored, “Worship Band From Start to Finish”. His desire is to see churches and youth groups around the world equipped and trained to get kids involved in leading worship. Jason was the founding member of The OC Supertones, one of the most popular Christian bands ever. He has spoken at numerous Harvest... Read More →
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Doug Fields

Doug Fields has been a pastor to teenagers and ministry leader for over 30 years, serving the past 18 years at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. Amidst the growing demand of speaking, writing and ministry consulting, Doug resigned from Saddleback Chur


Sunday March 6, 2011 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Hyatt Lobby

10:00pm

#EpicFail: Lessons I've Learned From Messing Up in Ministry

An open discussion led by Toby Rowe, from Group WorkCamps, and other in the trenches experts


Speakers
avatar for Toby Rowe

Toby Rowe

Toby Rowe has served in junior and senior high ministry since 1990 and has helped lead more than 30 missions experiences throughout the U.S. and Canada. Currently, Toby works for Group Publishing where he oversees the spiritual content and programming of Work Camps.


Sunday March 6, 2011 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DFW

10:00pm

Out of the Closet and into Your Youth Group: Ministring to Homosexual and "Bi-Curious" Teenagers

An open discussion led by Jeffery Wallace, President & CEO of Front Line Urban Resources, and other in the trenches experts


Speakers
JW

Jeffery Wallace

Jeffery Wallace has served in local youth ministry for over a decade and brings a fresh and relevant approach to effective and healthy purpose-driven urban youth ministry. He is the President & CEO of Front Line Urban Resources, Incorporated, which focuse


Sunday March 6, 2011 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Rosemont D

10:00pm

SYM Podcast Live

Come see the SYM podcast live and in person. Remember just enough youth ministry so you don't feel guitly for listening, and in this case, staying up late.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Sunday March 6, 2011 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Rosemont A/B

10:00pm

You Are Not Alone: Cultivating Community & Collaboration with other Youth Workers

An open discussion led by NNYM, the National Network of Youth ministries, and other in the trenches experts


Sunday March 6, 2011 10:00pm - 11:00pm
United

10:00pm

Youth Ministry on the Horizon: Exploring the Future of Ministry, Culture and Church

An open discussion led by Jason Ostrander, the C&M Alliance's Director for Youth Ministries.


Speakers
avatar for Jason Ostrander

Jason Ostrander

Jason Ostrander is the newly appointed leader for Simply Youth Ministry at Group Publishing in Loveland, Colorado where he lives with his wife Calu and two boys, Liam and Jams.  For the last five years Jason was the National Youth Director for the Christian and Missionary Alliance, as well the director for Envision | Culture. Jason is  a well-traveled speaker and filmmaker, and has recently authored a new book 99 Questions Jesus... Read More →


Sunday March 6, 2011 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Rosemont C
 
Monday, March 7
 

9:00am

Breaking the Mold: Not All Youth Pastor's Spouses are the Same

An open discussion led by Jana Snyder, a co-host of a weekly teen-oriented radio talk show and podcast called Get-Real, and other in the trenches experts


Speakers

Monday March 7, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
Midway/Logan

9:00am

By Youth Workers, For Youth Workers: Talkback with SYMC's Inside Track Team

An open discussion led by Kami Gilmour, the Director of the Simply Youth Ministry Conference, and her team


Speakers
avatar for Kami Gilmour

Kami Gilmour

Kami Gilmour As the prodigal child of youth worker parents, Kami spent her teen years plotting youth ministry destruction. Thanks to God\'s sense of humor, she\'s now the event director for Group\'s Simply Youth Ministry Conference, where her passion is inve


Monday March 7, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
Hartsfield

9:00am

Going Global: The Impact of International Missions

An open discussion led by Doug Franklin, President of LeaderTreks, and other in the trenches experts


Speakers
avatar for Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin leads a ministry called LeaderTreks (leadertreks.org) that is all about helping students and youth workers grow as leaders. He believes that students are some of the most powerful people in God's kingdom and that investing in them is priceless. Doug also thinks that the process of growing as leaders is messy, hard, full of risks, and one of the best things we get to do as Christ-followers. Doug writes a blog at... Read More →


Monday March 7, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
Paris

9:00am

Innovative Ideas for Engaging Family and Parents in Youth Ministry

An open discussion led by in the trench experts


Monday March 7, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
Vienna

9:00am

Leaving a Ministry Without Losing Your Heart

An open discussion led by Tim Schmoyer from www.StudentMinistry.org


Monday March 7, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
International F

9:00am

Ministry to Tweens: Where Do They Belong?

An open discussion led by in the trench experts


Monday March 7, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
Heathrow

9:00am

Relational Ministry: What it is, What it's Not

An open discussion led by Tic Long, the Executive Director of Youth Ministry with Youth Specailties, and other in the trenches experts


Speakers
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Tic Long

Tic Long has been involved in youth ministry for over 30 years, he has worked with junior highers, senior highers, and college students as both a paid and volunteer youth worker. His broad experience in both church and parachurch settings, his light-heart


Monday March 7, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
International A

9:00am

Where Does Evangelism Fit in the Social Justice Movement?

An open discussion led by Greg Stier (President of Dare2Share), Jason Ostrander (the C&MA's Director for Youth Ministries), and Christ In Youth (CIY)


Speakers
avatar for Jason Ostrander

Jason Ostrander

Jason Ostrander is the newly appointed leader for Simply Youth Ministry at Group Publishing in Loveland, Colorado where he lives with his wife Calu and two boys, Liam and Jams.  For the last five years Jason was the National Youth Director for the Christian and Missionary Alliance, as well the director for Envision | Culture. Jason is  a well-traveled speaker and filmmaker, and has recently authored a new book 99 Questions Jesus... Read More →
avatar for Greg Stier

Greg Stier

As a young man, Greg's rough urban upbringing was transformed by the power of the gospel. Today, 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. He has appeared on CNN, CBN, TBN, Focus on the Family and several radio programs... Read More →


Monday March 7, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
London

9:00am

Engaging the Soul of Youth Culture


Monday 9:00am-10:30am

A quick overview so you can decide if you want to attend this session at SYMC 2012.

Cultural change is speeding up—whether you’re 81, 41 or 21, the teenagers you know and love are growing up in a world very different from the one you grew up in. As cross-cultural missionaries called to point teenagers to the cross, it’s not only necessary to know the Word we communicate, but also we must know the cultural context and nuances of the world we’re called to reach. In this track, we’ll unpack some of the major cultural trends shaping young people today, and lead you into an understanding of how those trends should inform and shape our ministry response.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Monday March 7, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
Rosemont C

9:00am

Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry


Mo
nday 9:00am-10:30am)
A quick overview so you can decide if you want to attend this session at SYMC 2012.

 

Have we taken Jesus for granted in our lives and ministries that we’ve essentially stopped relating to Him as He really is? Even more, have we so “understood” Jesus that the pursuit of Him is far less interesting to us than the pursuit of relational ministry or postmodern worship or Christian disciplines or culturally relevant approaches to Bible study? If we made youth ministry a brilliant tips and techniques subservient to a youth ministry that is radically, creatively, passionately, uncomfortably centered around Jesus, how would it change the way we see our calling? More important, how would it change what we do in youth ministry? Together we’ll explore what youth ministry looks like when it follows C.H. Spurgeon’s guiding vision: “In everything you do, make a beeline to Jesus.” This track is both personally transforming and packed with ministry ideas.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Monday March 7, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
Rosemont A

9:00am

Small Groups that Really Work & Developing the Leaders Who Run Them


Monday 9:00pm-10:30am

A quick overview so you can decide if you want to attend this session at SYMC 2012.

 

Discipleship through small groups is the one pragmatic element that is consistently the starting point for healthy youth ministry. If you desire clear direction on How to run a thriving small group ministry, this track is for you. You’ll learn: keys to a strong volunteer base; non-negotiable ingredients for a thriving small-group program; how to sell small groups to students, parents and potential leaders; moment-by-moment small group schedule; a hand-on visualization of small group leaders led by some of Jeanne’s real students; easy ways to raise up and motivate leaders; how to avoid pitfalls that unravel small group.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Monday March 7, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
Ohare ABC

9:00am

The "Be-With” Factor: How to Build a Mentoring Environment


Monday 9:00am-10:30am

A quick overview so you can decide if you want to attend this session at SYMC 2012.

 

What’s the best way to form Jesus in the life of a student? Simply put, it’s to do what Jesus did. Select a few young guys or girls so that deep transformation happens for a lifetime. This track will give you and your team practical steps to ensure that spiritual transformation is happening in supernatural ways using ordinary people like you and me. If you’re ready to do something about your junior & senior high students leaving their faith after graduation, then this track is for you.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Monday March 7, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
International DE

9:00am

The Indispensible Youth Pastor: Thriving in Youth Ministry Without Losing Your Soul, Your Sanity, Your Family, or Your Job


Monday 9:00am-10:30am

A quick overview so you can decide if you want to attend this session at SYMC 2012.

How do you impress a church and avoid a frustrating mismatch when you’re job hunting? And once you’ve landed the job, how can you sidestep the hidden pitfalls that drop you into hot wateror worse, get you fired? Finally, once the church loves you, how can you stay in love with your calling, your church, your students, your family, and Jesus? This seminar will answer these questions and help you become an indispensable youth pastor.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Monday March 7, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
Rosemont D

9:00am

Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches: Doing More With Less

 
Monday 9:00am-10:30am 
A quick overview so you can decide if you want to attend this session at SYMC 2012.

 

If you can count your youth kids on fingers and toes, then you might be a smaller church youth ministry. This Half-Track will focus on what works in smaller size youth ministry and how to maximize that from good to great! We’ll wrestle with the struggles and how to overcome those roadblocks. You’ll walk away with practical “use right away” ideas, plus our own “smaller church youth ministries” network! Bring your own “best of” ideas for a Brainstorm Blitz!


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Monday March 7, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
Rosemont B

9:00am

For Volunteers Only: Backpocket Guide to Youth Mission Trips

You're excited about the chance to serve with teens on a mission trip. You're energized to see how God challenges and changes people through the experience. You're signed up and ready to go. Yet somehow you still don't feel ready. In our time together, we'll unlock the secrets to a successful mission experience, preparing you for the journey through the sometimes rough but always rewarding waters of a short-term mission trip.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Monday March 7, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
Florence

9:00am

Leading Beyond Fumes: Refueling Your Soul and Rewriting Your Future

"Why do I feel so overwhelmed, depleted, and ineffective at balancing family, life, and ministry?” Your call to youth ministry was never meant to be at the expense of your own spirit, soul, heart, health and family! We all feel the pressure of leading at the intersection of these converging worlds. There is hope! Come learn practical insights and gain proven tools for leading beyond fumes and being FULLY ALIVE in the process.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Monday March 7, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
LaGuardia

9:00am

Photoshop for Dummies

Three artists noodling in Photoshop everyday are bound to come up with a few tips and tricks that might help you in the visually creative side of your ministry. If you're a Photoshop or Photoshop Elements user, come and spend a little time gathering some ideas, solutions, and even a few freebies. We'll be giving away some Photoshop brushes and other fun stuff.



Monday March 7, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
Tech/Media Center

9:00am

Responding to Cutting and Self-Injury

Why in the world would anyone cut, burn, scratch, hit, bite, bang, brand, or carve his or her body? Are more kids today involved in self-injury, or are we just more aware of it happening? How do volunteer or professionally trained youth workers provide hope and healing for young people addicted to cutting or self-injurious behaviors? These and many other questions will be addressed in this fast-paced, informative, and intensely practical workshop.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Monday March 7, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
DFW

9:00am

Secrets to Finding (and Keeping) Awesome Volunteers

Our problems with volunteer leaders don't start with recruitment and develoent; they start with flawed thinking about youth ministry. This track will help you think differently and better about finding and keeping volunteers. You'll walk away understand the essentials of successfully recruiting volunteer leaders and the best ways to keep them around for the long-haul.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Monday March 7, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
International BC

9:00am

The Word Alive: A Youth Worker's Guide to Biblical Interpretation

So many commentaries, so little time, so much confusion, so what? This workshop will give you a big-picture look at the task of biblical interpretation: Why is it important? Why would it make a difference in the way we teach our kids? How can I do it without a load of time and a library of books? For anyone who wants to do a better job of faithfully digging into the Word, this will be a practical, helpful session.


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Monday March 7, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
United

9:00am

Understanding the Heart of a City Church

Knowing the heart of a City Church is key no matter where you live.  In this workshop we will discuss the actual pieces of a city church, learn what makes a city church, and why its important.


Monday March 7, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
LAX

11:00am

Closing General Session & Worship

Hosted by Doug Fields and Rick Lawrence
Worship led by Tim Timmons


http://conference.youthministry.com/

Monday March 7, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hyatt Regency O'Hare - Grand Ballrooom 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue Rosemont, Illinois, USA 60018
 


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