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Thursday, November 21
 

11:30am

Headquarters Open
Thursday November 21, 2013 11:30am - 6:30pm
Music City Center: Level 3 Lobby

12:00pm

Registration Open
Thursday November 21, 2013 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Music City Center: Level 3 Lobby

12:00pm

YS Store Open
Thursday November 21, 2013 12:00pm - 10:30pm
Music City Center: Hall B

2:00pm

Building and Leading a Mentoring Youth Ministry
In this intensive, you’ll learn practical and proven skills to effectively mentor teenagers. Specifically, this learning lab will cover: the “Be With” Constellation, choosing the right student to mentor, understanding the top ten obstacles that prevent you from mentoring, how to build a volunteer mentoring team, and more.

$69 with the cost of a full convention registration
$99 for the Intensive only

Speakers
avatar for Bo Boshers

Bo Boshers

Bo Boshers is president of Lead222, a coaching and mentoring ministry to youth leaders. Bo is recognized as a national leader and influencer of youth ministry around the world. He served as executive director of student ministries in Willow Creek Community Church and the Willow Creek... Read More →


Thursday November 21, 2013 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Music City Center: 110 A

2:00pm

Come Home: An Invitation to Rest in God
We get lost in ministry. We get overwhelmed by the tasks, the worry, the relationships, and lose touch with the God who called us. Through prayer, silence, conversation, creative exercises, and a variety of spiritual practices we'll seek to encounter the One who is home.

$69 with the cost of a full convention registration
$99 for the Intensive only

Speakers
avatar for Mark Yaconelli

Mark Yaconelli

Mark Yaconelli is a writer, speaker, retreat leaders, and storyteller. He’s founding director of The Hearth: Real Stories by Regular Folks, held in Southern Oregon, and the program director at the Center for Engaged Compassion. His books include Contemplative Youth Ministry, Wonder... Read More →


Thursday November 21, 2013 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Music City Center: 201 A

2:00pm

Sticky Faith: Practical Ideas to Build Lifelong Faith in Teenagers
In this intensive, we’ll take a practical look at research conducted by the Fuller Youth Institute with over 500 students. Together we’ll unearth some of the toxic myths your students believe about the gospel, the church, their family, and your youth ministry that cause them to shelve their faith.

$69 with the cost of a full convention registration
$99 for the Intensive only

Speakers
avatar for Brad Griffin

Brad Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the associate director of the Fuller Youth Institute, where he gets to develop research-based training for youth workers and parents. He's the coauthor of Sticky Faith and Deep Justice Journeys, and has authored a number of youth ministry book chapters and journal... Read More →
avatar for Kara Powell

Kara Powell

Kara Powell is executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Kara also serves as an advisor to Youth Specialties and volunteers in student ministries at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. She is the author or co-author of... Read More →


Thursday November 21, 2013 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Music City Center: 110 B

2:00pm

Teens and Sexual Identity: A Framework for Understanding and Helping
For teens struggling with unwanted same sex attraction, there’s often a conflict that exists between their sexual identity and their faith and values. Parents and youth workers want desperately to help. This Intensive will help youth workers understand and address the unique needs of teenagers struggling with their sexuality.

$99 with the cost of a full convention registration
$149 for the Intensive only

Speakers
avatar for Trista Carr

Trista Carr

Trista L. Carr, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist for the State of California at the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran, and has a private practice in San Francisco. She completed her master¹s and doctorate in clinical psychology at Regent University... Read More →
avatar for Erica Tan

Erica Tan

Erica is presently living in Portland, OR and is a licensed clinical psychologist working at the Portland DBT Institute working with high-risk adolescents, families, and adults. She has been an adjunct professor at George Fox University and enjoys mentoring students. In her spare... Read More →
avatar for Mark Yarhouse

Mark Yarhouse

Dr. Mark A. Yarhouse is the Hughes Endowed Chair and professor of psychology at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he is a core faculty member in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Yarhouse has spent several years promoting dialogue between people who... Read More →


Thursday November 21, 2013 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Music City Center: 107 A-B

2:00pm

Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry
This intensive is designed to help you be a leader who is effective and healthy over a long period of time. Taught by 30-year youth ministry veteran Doug Fields, you’ll get decades full of advice, strategy, and hope to help you build a solid foundation for a fruitful, long-term ministry.

$69 with the cost of a full convention registration
$99 for the Intensive only

Speakers
avatar for Doug Fields

Doug Fields

Doug Fields has been a pastor to teenagers and ministry leader for over 30 years. He served as the youth and teaching pastor for 18 years at Saddleback Church. Today, most of Doug’s time is spent speaking at conferences/churches/events, writing, teaching youth ministry at Azusa... Read More →
avatar for Josh Griffin

Josh Griffin

Josh Griffin is high school pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, and has been in full-time youth ministry for 15 years. He’s author of 99 Thoughts for Youth Workers, 99 Thoughts for Small Group Leaders, and coauthor of Live Large, Be Different, Shine Bright, with... Read More →


Thursday November 21, 2013 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Music City Center: 201 B

6:00pm

Registration Open
Thursday November 21, 2013 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Music City Center: Level 3 Lobby

7:00pm

Evening Prayer
Speakers
avatar for Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas

Micah has worked for Youthfront in Kansas City for over six years.  As a camp director, he attempts to create environments where youth can encounter God in meaningful and sometimes unfamiliar ways. Micah alsoworks for Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City as a worship leader. He is... Read More →


Thursday November 21, 2013 7:00pm - 7:20pm
Music City Center: 203 A-B

7:30pm

Sexual Identity Panel Discussion
Speakers
avatar for Trista Carr

Trista Carr

Trista L. Carr, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist for the State of California at the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran, and has a private practice in San Francisco. She completed her master¹s and doctorate in clinical psychology at Regent University... Read More →
avatar for Erica Tan

Erica Tan

Erica is presently living in Portland, OR and is a licensed clinical psychologist working at the Portland DBT Institute working with high-risk adolescents, families, and adults. She has been an adjunct professor at George Fox University and enjoys mentoring students. In her spare... Read More →
avatar for Mark Yarhouse

Mark Yarhouse

Dr. Mark A. Yarhouse is the Hughes Endowed Chair and professor of psychology at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he is a core faculty member in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Yarhouse has spent several years promoting dialogue between people who... Read More →


Thursday November 21, 2013 7:30pm - 9:00pm
TBA

8:00pm

Concert of Prayer
Speakers
avatar for Mike Higgs

Mike Higgs

After 16 years as a youth pastor, followed by 18 years as the president of LINC Ministries and the Exec. Director of the Portland Youth Foundation, Mike Higgs and his wife Terri are now expressing their passion for individual and corporate spiritual renewal through an Idaho-based... Read More →


Thursday November 21, 2013 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Music City Center: 201 A

9:00pm

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
You like free stuff, don’t you? How about fun music and great food? Well you won’t want to miss it. It’s basically a big party with 100 exhibitors who are there for YOU! You’ll find everything from mission trips and camps to curriculum and colleges, and everything in between. There will be lots of giveaways and a DJ, oh and did we mention some tasty treats? You won’t want to miss it, so plan on getting to the Town & Country on Thursday night to help us kick off NYWC right! 

Thursday November 21, 2013 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Music City Center: Hall A
 
Friday, November 22
 

7:30am

Sanctuary Open
Friday November 22, 2013 7:30am - 11:00pm
Music City Center: 203 A-B

8:00am

Lauds (Morning Prayer)
Speakers
avatar for Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas

Micah has worked for Youthfront in Kansas City for over six years.  As a camp director, he attempts to create environments where youth can encounter God in meaningful and sometimes unfamiliar ways. Micah alsoworks for Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City as a worship leader. He is... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 8:00am - 8:20am
Music City Center: 203 A-B

8:00am

YS Store Open
Friday November 22, 2013 8:00am - 1:00pm
Music City Center: Hall B

8:00am

Registration Open
Friday November 22, 2013 8:00am - 4:30pm
Music City Center: Level 3 Lobby

8:00am

8:30am

Building and Leading a Mentoring Youth Ministry
In this intensive, you’ll learn practical and proven skills to effectively mentor teenagers. Specifically, this learning lab will cover: the “Be With” Constellation, choosing the right student to mentor, understanding the top ten obstacles that prevent you from mentoring, how to build a volunteer mentoring team, and more.

This is a continuation from Thursday.

Speakers
avatar for Bo Boshers

Bo Boshers

Bo Boshers is president of Lead222, a coaching and mentoring ministry to youth leaders. Bo is recognized as a national leader and influencer of youth ministry around the world. He served as executive director of student ministries in Willow Creek Community Church and the Willow Creek... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 8:30am - 11:30am
Music City Center: 110 A

8:30am

Come Home: An Invitation to Rest in God
We get lost in ministry. We get overwhelmed by the tasks, the worry, the relationships, and lose touch with the God who called us. Through prayer, silence, conversation, creative exercises, and a variety of spiritual practices we'll seek to encounter the One who is home.

This is a continuation from Thursday.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Yaconelli

Mark Yaconelli

Mark Yaconelli is a writer, speaker, retreat leaders, and storyteller. He’s founding director of The Hearth: Real Stories by Regular Folks, held in Southern Oregon, and the program director at the Center for Engaged Compassion. His books include Contemplative Youth Ministry, Wonder... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 8:30am - 11:30am
Music City Center: 201 A

8:30am

Sticky Faith: Practical Ideas to Build Lifelong Faith in Teenagers
In this intensive, we’ll take a practical look at research conducted by the Fuller Youth Institute with over 500 students. Together we’ll unearth some of the toxic myths your students believe about the gospel, the church, their family, and your youth ministry that cause them to shelve their faith.

This is continuation from Thursday.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Griffin

Brad Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the associate director of the Fuller Youth Institute, where he gets to develop research-based training for youth workers and parents. He's the coauthor of Sticky Faith and Deep Justice Journeys, and has authored a number of youth ministry book chapters and journal... Read More →
avatar for Kara Powell

Kara Powell

Kara Powell is executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Kara also serves as an advisor to Youth Specialties and volunteers in student ministries at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. She is the author or co-author of... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 8:30am - 11:30am
Music City Center: 110 B

8:30am

Teens and Sexual Identity: A Framework for Understanding and Helping
For teens struggling with unwanted same sex attraction, there’s often a conflict that exists between their sexual identity and their faith and values. Parents and youth workers want desperately to help. This Intensive will help youth workers understand and address the unique needs of teenagers struggling with their sexuality.

This is a continuation from Thursday.

Speakers
avatar for Trista Carr

Trista Carr

Trista L. Carr, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist for the State of California at the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran, and has a private practice in San Francisco. She completed her master¹s and doctorate in clinical psychology at Regent University... Read More →
avatar for Erica Tan

Erica Tan

Erica is presently living in Portland, OR and is a licensed clinical psychologist working at the Portland DBT Institute working with high-risk adolescents, families, and adults. She has been an adjunct professor at George Fox University and enjoys mentoring students. In her spare... Read More →
avatar for Mark Yarhouse

Mark Yarhouse

Dr. Mark A. Yarhouse is the Hughes Endowed Chair and professor of psychology at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he is a core faculty member in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Yarhouse has spent several years promoting dialogue between people who... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 8:30am - 11:30am
Music City Center: 107 A-B

8:30am

Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry
This intensive is designed to help you be a leader who is effective and healthy over a long period of time. Taught by 30-year youth ministry veteran Doug Fields, you’ll get decades full of advice, strategy, and hope to help you build a solid foundation for a fruitful, long-term ministry.

This is a continuation from Thursday.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Fields

Doug Fields

Doug Fields has been a pastor to teenagers and ministry leader for over 30 years. He served as the youth and teaching pastor for 18 years at Saddleback Church. Today, most of Doug’s time is spent speaking at conferences/churches/events, writing, teaching youth ministry at Azusa... Read More →
avatar for Josh Griffin

Josh Griffin

Josh Griffin is high school pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, and has been in full-time youth ministry for 15 years. He’s author of 99 Thoughts for Youth Workers, 99 Thoughts for Small Group Leaders, and coauthor of Live Large, Be Different, Shine Bright, with... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 8:30am - 11:30am
Music City Center: 201 B

9:00am

9:30am

YS Idea Lab: Partnering With Parents in Youth Ministry
Speakers
avatar for Jim Burns

Jim Burns

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


Friday November 22, 2013 9:30am - 9:45am
Music City Center: YS Idea Lab Hall A

9:45am

10:00am

God, the Definitive Mix: An Age-Appropriate Narrative Hermeneutic
In this seminar we'll challenge the traditional "be like" and "proof-texting" model of teaching and propose a way forward that encourages the possibility of an honest and lasting spiritual journey for our students through the lens of an Age--Appropriate Narrative Hermeneutic.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Laidlaw

Matt Laidlaw

Matt Laidlaw is the high school and post-high school pastor at Mars Hill in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a graduate of Kyuper College and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and has lived and studied in the Middle East. He serves as an adjunct instructor of Bible at a local college... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am
Music City Center: 209 A-C

10:00am

Transitioning From High School to Beyond
High school graduation is coming and it’s coming fast. College and life after high school presents students with some new challenges. Discover the practical things your students need in order to be a Christian in college and beyond, so they can hang onto their faith.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Baxter

Jeff Baxter

With a Doctorate in Youth and Family Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, Jeff Baxter is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Being Christian in College and Together: Adults and Teenagers Transforming the Church (both with YS/Zondervan). He is a frequent speaker and consultant... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am
Music City Center: 103 A-C

10:00am

Doubting Together: Engaging the Wavering Faith of Youth

Research shows a majority of Christian youth doubt their faith, but few ever talk about it, leaving teenagers to doubt alone. Grounded in both theology and research, we'll explore various kinds of adolescent doubt while learning to more effectively engage their doubts and questions beyond the usual approaches.




Speakers
avatar for Andrew Zirschky

Andrew Zirschky

Andrew Zirschky is the academic director of the Center for Youth Ministry Training, a doctoral fellow in practical theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, an instructor of youth ministry at Memphis Seminary, and youth pastor at Restoration Community Church in Spring Hill, Tennessee... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am
Music City Center: 104 A-E

10:00am

Hope and Healing for Kids Who Have Been Sexually Abused
Statistics indicate that about one in four of us experience some form of uninvited sexual interaction during childhood or adolescence, the vast majority perpetrated by a trusted adult. This practical session will provide you with a response strategy that can begin the healing journey from the inside out.

Speakers
avatar for Marv Penner

Marv Penner

A lifelong youth worker, Marv Penner heads up Youth Specialties Canada, and is director of All About Youth and the National Centre for Excellence in Youth Ministry, an innovative program for training vocational youth workers. He was a member of the YS One Day training team for almost... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am
Music City Center: 106 A-C

10:00am

Leadership Essentials
No one said leading is easy, but in this session you will be given a roadmap to developing as a leader. Drawing on years of leading in different situations, Tic will offer practical, real world help to improve your leadership skill as he focuses on practice over theory.

Speakers
avatar for Tic Long

Tic Long

After 34 years of leadership at Youth Specialties, Tic Long is now the executive pastor at Journey Community Church in La Mesa, California. He has recently become a proud grandpa.


Friday November 22, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am
Music City Center: 202 A-C

10:00am

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

Speakers
avatar for Mark DeVries

Mark DeVries

Mark DeVries is the founder of Ministry Architects, which includes Youth Ministry Architects, Children's Ministry Architects, and Small Church Ministry Architects. Since 1986, Mark has served as the associate pastor for youth and their families at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am
Music City Center: 205 A-C

11:30am

YS Idea Lab: Reconsidering Our Perceptions of Undergraduate Spirituality
Speakers
avatar for Steve Argue

Steve Argue

Steve Argue is life development director at Mars Hill Bible Church, teaches youth ministry at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and speakes/writes on topics pertaining to adolescents, emerging adulthood, and spirituality. He's a doctoral student at Michigan State University researching... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 11:30am - 11:45am
Music City Center: YS Idea Lab Hall A

11:45am

Midday Prayer
Speakers
avatar for Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas

Micah has worked for Youthfront in Kansas City for over six years.  As a camp director, he attempts to create environments where youth can encounter God in meaningful and sometimes unfamiliar ways. Micah alsoworks for Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City as a worship leader. He is... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 11:45am - 12:00pm
Music City Center: 203 A-B

11:45am

YS Idea Lab: How to Lead Well
Speakers
avatar for Tic Long

Tic Long

After 34 years of leadership at Youth Specialties, Tic Long is now the executive pastor at Journey Community Church in La Mesa, California. He has recently become a proud grandpa.


Friday November 22, 2013 11:45am - 12:00pm
Music City Center: YS Idea Lab Hall A

12:00pm

YS Idea Lab: Ministering to Parents and Intergenerational Youth Ministry
Speakers
avatar for Wayne Rice

Wayne Rice

Wayne Rice began his youth ministry career in 1963 as a Youth For Christ club director. He co-founded Youth Specialties in 1968 with Mike Yaconelli. He also founded a ministry to parents called Understanding Your Teenager (now part of HomeWord) and he is currently pastor to generations... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 12:00pm - 12:15pm
Music City Center: YS Idea Lab Hall A

12:15pm

YS Idea Lab: Leading Students to Justice
Speakers
avatar for Brooklyn Lindsey

Brooklyn Lindsey

Brooklyn Lindsey has been a youth pastor since 2001. She has authored numerous books and projects, including A Parent's Guide to Understanding Your Teen Daughter, Confessions of a Not-So-Supermodel, Opposite Day, and The Kingdom Experiment: Youth Edition. She is a youth pastor at... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 12:15pm - 12:30am
Music City Center: YS Idea Lab Hall A

12:30pm

1:00pm

Big Room 1
Speakers
avatar for Mark Batterson

Mark Batterson

Mark Batterson serves as Lead Pastor of National Community Church, one church with six locations in Washington, DC. He is a New York Times bestselling author of ten books, including The Circle Maker, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, and Wild Goose Chase. Mark holds a Doctor of... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Amena Brown

Amena Brown

https://www.facebook.com/amenawrites
avatar for Audrey Assad

Audrey Assad

https://www.facebook.com/audreyassadmusic
avatar for DJ Opdiggy

DJ Opdiggy

https://www.facebook.com/DjOpdiggy
avatar for Propaganda

Propaganda

https://www.facebook.com/propaganda
avatar for Rend Collective Experiement

Rend Collective Experiement

http://www.facebook.com/rendcollective


Friday November 22, 2013 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Music City Center: Hall B

2:45pm

Family Room 1
Friday November 22, 2013 2:45pm - 3:45pm
TBA

3:00pm

Stations of the Cross
Speakers
avatar for Lilly Lewin

Lilly Lewin

Lilly is the founder of Thinplace: a pilgrimage of discovery and creativity.  Lilly helps communities get outside the box of worship through multi-sensory prayer, experiential worship, and art. She leads workshops, retreats, and creates Sacred Space experiences around the world... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Music City Center: 203 A-B

3:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open
Friday November 22, 2013 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Music City Center: Hall A

3:30pm

3:45pm

3:45pm

Classic Prayer through Lectio Divina
Speakers
avatar for Maggie Robbins

Maggie Robbins

Maggie Robbins is a certified spiritual director, earning her certification through the Kairos School of Spiritual formation. She is still active within the Kairos community as a spiritual director and a member of the faculty. Nationally and internationally, she has provided spiritual... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Music City Center: 203 A-B

4:00pm

YS Idea Lab: Ideas to Spark your Youth Ministry Leadership
Speakers
avatar for Terry Linhart

Terry Linhart

After 16 years in full-time youth ministry, Terry Linhart has taught youth ministry courses at Bethel College (Indiana) for the past 11 years, where he also serves as chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy. He got his start in Youth for Christ, where he developed his... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Music City Center: YS Idea Lab Hall A

4:15pm

Seeing and Supporting Undergraduate Spirituality
Unfortunately, many of us find it hard to relate to or connect with our students once they graduate from high school. Discover the role you play in sending, supporting, and tracking with our grads once they become undergrads and navigate their spirituality into and through emerging adulthood.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Argue

Steve Argue

Steve Argue is life development director at Mars Hill Bible Church, teaches youth ministry at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and speakes/writes on topics pertaining to adolescents, emerging adulthood, and spirituality. He's a doctoral student at Michigan State University researching... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: 209 A-C

4:15pm

Understanding and Ministering to College Students
Everything is unique when ministering to today's college-aged crowd. We need to consider several factors when doing discipleship with this generation, including their age and life stage, university influence, church’s response, and postmodern culture. This seminar will give you practical guidance to help disciple college students effectively.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Baxter

Jeff Baxter

With a Doctorate in Youth and Family Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, Jeff Baxter is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Being Christian in College and Together: Adults and Teenagers Transforming the Church (both with YS/Zondervan). He is a frequent speaker and consultant... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: 102 A-B

4:15pm

Hyper-Connected 24/7: Kids and Social Media
In this seminar, Walt will take you into the world of kids, and their hyper-connections, looking at why the connections are important, how those connections shape their lives, and what we can do to nurture them into living to the Glory of God in their hyper-connected world.

Speakers
avatar for Walt Mueller

Walt Mueller

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


Friday November 22, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: 106 A-C

4:15pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Trista Carr

Trista Carr

Trista L. Carr, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist for the State of California at the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran, and has a private practice in San Francisco. She completed her master¹s and doctorate in clinical psychology at Regent University... Read More →
avatar for Erica Tan

Erica Tan

Erica is presently living in Portland, OR and is a licensed clinical psychologist working at the Portland DBT Institute working with high-risk adolescents, families, and adults. She has been an adjunct professor at George Fox University and enjoys mentoring students. In her spare... Read More →
avatar for Mark Yarhouse

Mark Yarhouse

Dr. Mark A. Yarhouse is the Hughes Endowed Chair and professor of psychology at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he is a core faculty member in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Yarhouse has spent several years promoting dialogue between people who... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: 103 A-C

4:15pm

Implementing Structure & Celebrating Chaos in Middle School Programming
The stereotype of middle school ministries comes in one phrase: Out of control! It’s understandable when you consider the combination of hormones, drama, and energy. Is it possible to have chaotic fun and structure? Absolutely! We'll look at creative, effective programming for middle schoolers that will leave them wanting more.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Flies

Heather Flies

Heather Flies has been active in youth ministry since 1992 and has been serving as the junior high pastor at Wooddale Church in Minnesota for 17 years. Her passion and energy make her an effective speaker for both youth and adults. Heather contributed to Help! I’m a Woman in Youth... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: 105 A-B

4:15pm

Middle School Ministry Nitty Gritty
Lots of people run the other direction when they see junior high students. But you know that God can and does reach into their lives. This seminar will help you think about who a middle schooler is, and how to shape a ministry to help them.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Rubin

Scott Rubin

Scott Rubin is the director of Elevate, the junior high ministry at Willow Creek Community Church. He has been on staff at Willow for many years--and is in his 14th year of working specifically with middle school students, volunteers, and parents. Scott is passionate about helping... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: 107 A-B

4:15pm

Leading Students to Justice: Teaching and Modeling Missional Living in Your Youth Ministry
Hear the inspiring story of a middle school student who has taken “seek justice and love mercy” beyond her summer mission trip experience. You’ll get tools to help you envision a kingdom-minded youth ministry and develop a plan of action to bring a focus of justice to your ministry.

Speakers
avatar for Brooklyn Lindsey

Brooklyn Lindsey

Brooklyn Lindsey has been a youth pastor since 2001. She has authored numerous books and projects, including A Parent's Guide to Understanding Your Teen Daughter, Confessions of a Not-So-Supermodel, Opposite Day, and The Kingdom Experiment: Youth Edition. She is a youth pastor at... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: 201 A-B

4:15pm

A Full Dimensional Bible
You've likely found yourself with a teen asking hard questions about how to read the Bible. Do you read it literally? Metaphorically? Historically? What would it mean for us to approach the Bible in all its dimensions? We'll discuss how this is possible—and why it's vital for everyone.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Shroyer

Danielle Shroyer

Danielle Shroyer is the pastor of Journey Church in Dallas. She is the author of The Boundary-Breaking God: An Unfolding Story of Hope and Promise, and speaks often on issues of theology, church leadership, and emerging communities of faith. Danielle lives with her husband and... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: 110 A-B

4:15pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Jim Burns

Jim Burns

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


Friday November 22, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: 104 A-E

4:15pm

Evaluating and Adapting Curriculum
Good curriculum is hard to find, especially for youth ministry. Any curriculum will most likely need to be adjusted to meet your group's personality and needs. But how? Together we will explore WHAT we should look for in good curriculum and HOW we might adapt them to fit our contexts.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Novelli

Michael Novelli

For more than two decades Michael Novelli'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... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: 208 A-B

4:15pm

Skit Training 101
For writers and actors: You may have an acting team full of drama, but that doesn’t mean you have a great drama team! Whether you’re leading a team of student or adult actors, the Skit Guys will discuss what you need to create drama that engages, entertains, and even educates!

Speakers
avatar for The Skit Guys

The Skit Guys

https://www.facebook.com/skitguys


Friday November 22, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: 205 A-C

4:15pm

Brains on Fire: Neroscience and the Gift of Youth
A startling new era of scientific brain research has revealed controversial views about the adolescent brain, including the neuroscience of adolescent risk-taking—the idea that they’re not able to make logical, mature, decisions. This seminar proposes a theological framework for accepting both the strengths and limits of young people.

Dean Blevins will present ideas from his research on teen neurology with the remainder of the panelists responding with questions and comments to lead us into a great discussion. 


Speakers
avatar for Dean Blevins

Dean Blevins

Dean Blevins serves as professor of practical theology and Christian discipleship at Nazarene Theological Seminary, and also directs the MA in Christian formation and discipleship at NTS. Dr. Blevins has taught courses in youth ministry, theology, spirituality, and leadership for... Read More →
avatar for Mike Langford

Mike Langford

Mike Langford is assistant professor of theology, discipleship, and ministry (and coordinator of youth ministry education and training) at Seattle Pacific University and Seattle Pacific Seminary. He has a background in both practical and systematic theology (PhD, Princeton Theological... Read More →
avatar for Mark Oestreicher

Mark Oestreicher

Mark Oestreicher (Marko) is a veteran youth worker and founding partner in The Youth Cartel, providing resources, training, and coaching for church youth workers. The author of dozens of books, including Youth Ministry 3.0, Marko is a sought after speaker, writer and consultant... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Zirschky

Andrew Zirschky

Andrew Zirschky is the academic director of the Center for Youth Ministry Training, a doctoral fellow in practical theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, an instructor of youth ministry at Memphis Seminary, and youth pastor at Restoration Community Church in Spring Hill, Tennessee... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: 207 A-D

4:15pm

Generational Round Table
This is an opportunity for those of us who lead multiple age groups and staff to gather and learn from each other’s experience and wisdom. Join us as we learn, share, and dream about out how to effectively launch the next generation into adulthood with a passion for Jesus.

Speakers
avatar for David Grant

David Grant

David Grant is a 25 year veteran of youth ministry and has served in churches in the southeast and with the National Network of Youth Ministries (NNYM) as the Southeast U.S. coordinator. Currently, he is the next gen ministries pastor at Irving Bible Church in the Dallas area. David... Read More →
avatar for Wayne Rice

Wayne Rice

Wayne Rice began his youth ministry career in 1963 as a Youth For Christ club director. He co-founded Youth Specialties in 1968 with Mike Yaconelli. He also founded a ministry to parents called Understanding Your Teenager (now part of HomeWord) and he is currently pastor to generations... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: Davidson Junior Ballroom B

4:15pm

How Scientists Can Help Us Do Youth Work
Often we end up answering questions that young people are not asking, and that may be our greatest failure. Sociologists can help us to understand what the questions are, and in this seminar we will try to provide some biblical responses to those questions.

Speakers
avatar for Tony Campolo

Tony Campolo

Professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University and associate pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia, Tony Campolo is an activist and author of nearly 40 books. Tony has worked to create, nurture, and support programs for at-risk children in cities across... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: Davidson Junior Ballroom C

4:15pm

Practicing Compassion in Youth Ministry
Based on research at the Center for Engaged Compassion, we'll use creative exercises and discussion to look at practices that can be used in youth ministry to help increase our skill and capacity for becoming a compassionate presence to youth, families, staff members, and ourselves.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Yaconelli

Mark Yaconelli

Mark Yaconelli is a writer, speaker, retreat leaders, and storyteller. He’s founding director of The Hearth: Real Stories by Regular Folks, held in Southern Oregon, and the program director at the Center for Engaged Compassion. His books include Contemplative Youth Ministry, Wonder... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: 202 A-C

4:15pm

Youth Worker Movement
Speakers
avatar for Erin Sloan Jackson

Erin Sloan Jackson

Founder, Just One Starfish
Looking forward to serving as a YS COACH in Atlanta! I believe people desire a community in which they belong, add value and receive value. I believe students need meaningful opportunities for service. I founded www.justonestarfish.org I love God. I love my husband. I love... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: Davidson Junior Ballroom A

5:30pm

Imaginative Prayer
Speakers
avatar for Beth Slevcove

Beth Slevcove

Beth has served as a Spiritual Director for the past 15 years, primarily working with people in ministry.  She served as the Director of Spiritual Formation for Youth Specialties and holds advanced degrees in theology and education.  She is an oblate at a Benedictine monastery and... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Music City Center: 203 A-B

6:30pm

6:45pm

YS Idea Lab: Meet and Greet / Interview with The Skit Guys
Artists
avatar for The Skit Guys

The Skit Guys

https://www.facebook.com/skitguys


Friday November 22, 2013 6:45pm - 7:00pm
Music City Center: YS Idea Lab Hall A

7:00pm

YS Idea Lab: How To Do a Youth Community Asset Mapping Project
Speakers
avatar for Virginia Ward

Virginia Ward

Virginia Ward is director of Black Campus Ministries New England for InterVarsity. She also serves as youth pastor at the Abundant Life Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where her husband of 28 years, Rev. Lawrence Ward, is pastor. She’s attending Gordon-Cornwell Theological Seminary... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 7:00pm - 7:15pm
Music City Center: YS Idea Lab Hall A

7:30pm

Big Room 2
Speakers
avatar for Harvey Carey

Harvey Carey

Harvey Carey is founder and senior pastor of the Citadel of Faith Covenant Church in Detroit, Michigan. Carey developed a nationally emulated youth ministry model that has reached thousands of teens in inner cities across the nation and is chair of the Central Detroit Christian Community... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Amena Brown

Amena Brown

https://www.facebook.com/amenawrites
avatar for Audrey Assad

Audrey Assad

https://www.facebook.com/audreyassadmusic
avatar for Bellarive

Bellarive

https://www.facebook.com/bellarive
avatar for DJ Opdiggy

DJ Opdiggy

https://www.facebook.com/DjOpdiggy
avatar for Propaganda

Propaganda

https://www.facebook.com/propaganda
avatar for Rend Collective Experiement

Rend Collective Experiement

http://www.facebook.com/rendcollective
avatar for The Skit Guys

The Skit Guys

https://www.facebook.com/skitguys


Friday November 22, 2013 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Music City Center: Hall B

9:30pm

9:45pm

YS Idea Lab: Big Room Speaker Interview
Speakers
avatar for Harvey Carey

Harvey Carey

Harvey Carey is founder and senior pastor of the Citadel of Faith Covenant Church in Detroit, Michigan. Carey developed a nationally emulated youth ministry model that has reached thousands of teens in inner cities across the nation and is chair of the Central Detroit Christian Community... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 9:45pm - 10:00pm
Music City Center: YS Idea Lab Hall A

10:00pm

10:00pm

Compline (Evening Prayer)
Speakers
avatar for Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas

Micah has worked for Youthfront in Kansas City for over six years.  As a camp director, he attempts to create environments where youth can encounter God in meaningful and sometimes unfamiliar ways. Micah alsoworks for Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City as a worship leader. He is... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 10:00pm - 10:20pm
Music City Center: 203 A-B

10:00pm

10:00pm

The DYM Web Show: Live Podcast
Speakers
avatar for Doug Fields

Doug Fields

Doug Fields has been a pastor to teenagers and ministry leader for over 30 years. He served as the youth and teaching pastor for 18 years at Saddleback Church. Today, most of Doug’s time is spent speaking at conferences/churches/events, writing, teaching youth ministry at Azusa... Read More →
avatar for Josh Griffin

Josh Griffin

Josh Griffin is high school pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, and has been in full-time youth ministry for 15 years. He’s author of 99 Thoughts for Youth Workers, 99 Thoughts for Small Group Leaders, and coauthor of Live Large, Be Different, Shine Bright, with... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Music City Center: 101 A-E

10:00pm

The Skit Guys
Speakers
avatar for The Skit Guys

The Skit Guys

https://www.facebook.com/skitguys


Friday November 22, 2013 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Music City Center: 106 A-C

10:00pm

Theology Cafe: Conversation with Deb Hirsch on the Theology of Human Sexuality
Speakers
avatar for Deb Hirsch

Deb Hirsch

Deb Hirsch is an Aussie living in America. She is a minister at the Tribe of L.A., an eclectic bunch of missional artists and vagabonds who meet in downtown Los Angeles. She also serves on the leadership team of Christian Associates International, a church-planting agency on three... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2013 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Music City Center: 107 A-B

10:00pm

 
Saturday, November 23
 

7:30am

Guided City Prayer Walk
Speakers
avatar for Archie Honrado

Archie Honrado

Archie has been serving NYWC and YS for the last eight years as a spiritual director, prayer chapel curator, and guide for city-prayer walks, and was a member of the YS Soul Shaper Board.  Archie’s ecumenicalbackground gives him a distinct perspective on 21st century spirituality... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 7:30am - 9:30am
Music City Center: 203 A-B

7:30am

Sanctuary Open
Saturday November 23, 2013 7:30am - 11:00pm
Music City Center: 203 A-B

7:45am

LAUDS (Morning Prayer)
Speakers
avatar for Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas

Micah has worked for Youthfront in Kansas City for over six years.  As a camp director, he attempts to create environments where youth can encounter God in meaningful and sometimes unfamiliar ways. Micah alsoworks for Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City as a worship leader. He is... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 7:45am - 8:00am
Music City Center: 203 A-B

8:00am

Creating Art as Prayer
Speakers
avatar for Lilly Lewin

Lilly Lewin

Lilly is the founder of Thinplace: a pilgrimage of discovery and creativity.  Lilly helps communities get outside the box of worship through multi-sensory prayer, experiential worship, and art. She leads workshops, retreats, and creates Sacred Space experiences around the world... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 8:00am - 8:45am
Music City Center: 203 A-B

8:00am

YS Store Open
Saturday November 23, 2013 8:00am - 10:00pm
Music City Center: Hall B

8:30am

Headquarters Open
Saturday November 23, 2013 8:30am - 10:45pm
Music City Center: Level 3 Lobby

9:00am

Contemplative Writing
Speakers
avatar for Grant Wood

Grant Wood

Grant serves individuals, couples and families in the areas of emotional, relational, social, and spiritual development. Grant has received training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy with Dr. Sue Johnson, and has also completed advanced training in couple therapy at the Gottman... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 9:00am - 9:45am
Music City Center: 203 A-B

9:00am

Exhibitor Seminar - Developing a Brand That Yields Great ROI
A brand is so much more than great looking design or a clever marketing message. It’s not your mission nor your vision. It actually captures the soul and personality of your company or organization. Your brand has the potential to build barriers or bridges to those who may benefit from your work. Your brand is present in every touch point that customers or supporters have with your endeavors. A strong brand will yield great ROI. This seminar will provide practical insights into developing a strong brand strategy and implementation plan.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Lee

Charles Lee

Charles Lee is the founder of Ideation Consultancy, Inc., an idea agency that specializes in turning good ideas into remarkable brands. He’s the author of Good Idea. Now What?, which gives people the tools they need to make their inspiration a reality. Charles is a sought-after... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Music City Center: 209 A-C

9:00am

Family Room 2
Saturday November 23, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
TBA

9:45am

YS Idea Lab: Modest Response to the Death of Youth Ministry
Speakers
avatar for Mark DeVries

Mark DeVries

Mark DeVries is the founder of Ministry Architects, which includes Youth Ministry Architects, Children's Ministry Architects, and Small Church Ministry Architects. Since 1986, Mark has served as the associate pastor for youth and their families at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 9:45am - 10:00am
Music City Center: YS Idea Lab Hall A

9:45am

Prayer Ropes
Speakers
avatar for Mike King

Mike King

Mike King is in his 37th year of youth ministry and serves as president and CEO of Youthfront, a youth ministry organization committed to creating holistic, missional environments for Christian formation by providing programs, services, resources, and training. Mike is also executive... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 9:45am - 10:15am
Music City Center: 203 A-B

10:00am

YS Idea Lab: Mini Concert – Propaganda
Artists
avatar for Propaganda

Propaganda

https://www.facebook.com/propaganda


Saturday November 23, 2013 10:00am - 10:15am
Music City Center: YS Idea Lab Hall A

10:30am

Big Room 3
Speakers
avatar for Rachel Held Evans

Rachel Held Evans

Rachel Held Evans is the author of two books, including, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, which documents her year of following all the Bible’s instructions for women as literally as possible. She's been interviewed on The View, The Today Show, NPR, and Oprah.com. And in October of... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Amena Brown

Amena Brown

https://www.facebook.com/amenawrites
avatar for Anthony Evans

Anthony Evans

www.facebook.com/anthonyevansmusic
avatar for DJ Opdiggy

DJ Opdiggy

https://www.facebook.com/DjOpdiggy
avatar for Propaganda

Propaganda

https://www.facebook.com/propaganda
avatar for Shane & Shane

Shane & Shane

https://www.facebook.com/shaneandshanemusic
avatar for The Skit Guys

The Skit Guys

https://www.facebook.com/skitguys


Saturday November 23, 2013 10:30am - 12:30pm
Music City Center: Hall B

12:00pm

A Place for Prayer
Speakers
avatar for Mike Higgs

Mike Higgs

After 16 years as a youth pastor, followed by 18 years as the president of LINC Ministries and the Exec. Director of the Portland Youth Foundation, Mike Higgs and his wife Terri are now expressing their passion for individual and corporate spiritual renewal through an Idaho-based... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Music City Center: 203 A-B

12:30pm

Midday Prayer
Speakers
avatar for Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas

Micah has worked for Youthfront in Kansas City for over six years.  As a camp director, he attempts to create environments where youth can encounter God in meaningful and sometimes unfamiliar ways. Micah alsoworks for Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City as a worship leader. He is... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 12:30pm - 12:45pm
Music City Center: 203 A-B

12:30pm

YS Idea Lab: Big Room Speaker Interview
Speakers
avatar for Rachel Held Evans

Rachel Held Evans

Rachel Held Evans is the author of two books, including, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, which documents her year of following all the Bible’s instructions for women as literally as possible. She's been interviewed on The View, The Today Show, NPR, and Oprah.com. And in October of... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 12:30pm - 12:45pm
Music City Center: YS Idea Lab Hall A

12:30pm

Exhibit Hall Open
Saturday November 23, 2013 12:30pm - 5:00pm
Music City Center: Hall A

12:45pm

YS Idea Lab: Evangelism as Discipleship Accelerator
Speakers
avatar for Greg Stier

Greg Stier

Greg Stier 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... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 12:45pm - 1:00pm
Music City Center: YS Idea Lab Hall A

1:30pm

The Lord's Prayer: A Fresh Encounter With an Old Friend
Speakers
avatar for Mike Higgs

Mike Higgs

After 16 years as a youth pastor, followed by 18 years as the president of LINC Ministries and the Exec. Director of the Portland Youth Foundation, Mike Higgs and his wife Terri are now expressing their passion for individual and corporate spiritual renewal through an Idaho-based... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Music City Center: 203 A-B

1:45pm

YS Idea Lab: Creating Innovative Cultures and Idea-Making
Speakers
avatar for Charles Lee

Charles Lee

Charles Lee is the founder of Ideation Consultancy, Inc., an idea agency that specializes in turning good ideas into remarkable brands. He’s the author of Good Idea. Now What?, which gives people the tools they need to make their inspiration a reality. Charles is a sought-after... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 1:45pm - 2:00pm
Music City Center: YS Idea Lab Hall A

2:00pm

YS Idea Lab: The Goal of Youth Ministry
Speakers
avatar for Chap Clark

Chap Clark

Chap Clark, PhD, is the associate provost and professor of youth, family, and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary, formerly the senior editor of YouthWorker Journal, and president of ParenTeen™ and HURT seminars. He’s also a speaker, trainer, consultant, as well as the author... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 2:00pm - 2:15pm
Music City Center: YS Idea Lab Hall A

2:00pm

The Spirituality of Napping
Speakers
avatar for Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas

Micah has worked for Youthfront in Kansas City for over six years.  As a camp director, he attempts to create environments where youth can encounter God in meaningful and sometimes unfamiliar ways. Micah alsoworks for Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City as a worship leader. He is... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Music City Center: 203 A-B

2:15pm

YS Idea Lab: The Best Sharpie Ideas Ever
Speakers
avatar for Crystal Kirgiss

Crystal Kirgiss

Crystal Kirgiss has worked with students for over 25 years. She earned her PhD from Purdue University where she lectures and studies the history of adolescence. She writes the "Guys" and "Girls" columns for Youthwalk magazine, was part of the core writing team for The Way Bible... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 2:15pm - 2:30pm
Music City Center: YS Idea Lab Hall A

2:30pm

Graduate and Seminary Student Reception

If you are currently working on a Master’s level degree or higher, we would love to meet you!  Join Dr. Terry Linhart, our academic liaison, for snacks and conversation about the intersection of graduate and post-graduate work and the praxis of youth ministry. The room will also be available until 4:30 pm as a “Study Hall” with free wifi if you should need to finish and upload a paper.

 

Stop by Headquarters for room information.


Speakers
avatar for Terry Linhart

Terry Linhart

After 16 years in full-time youth ministry, Terry Linhart has taught youth ministry courses at Bethel College (Indiana) for the past 11 years, where he also serves as chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy. He got his start in Youth for Christ, where he developed his... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Music City Center

2:30pm

My Year of Biblical Womanhood
Through the eyes of her year-long experiment of learning what it means or doesn't mean to be a "Biblical Woman," Rachel explores how the Bible is meant to be a conversation-starter, not a conversation-ender, and how questions about the Bible bring us together as a community of believers.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Held Evans

Rachel Held Evans

Rachel Held Evans is the author of two books, including, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, which documents her year of following all the Bible’s instructions for women as literally as possible. She's been interviewed on The View, The Today Show, NPR, and Oprah.com. And in October of... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Music City Center: 106 A-C

2:30pm

Follow the Leader: Becoming a Leader Worth Following
In this seminar Greg will unearth four critical areas of the heart that every leader should address if they are to have impact within their ministry.  Gleaned from the life and teachings of Christ we will explore: the health, the expression, the surrender, and the beat of the heart.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Stier

Greg Stier

Greg Stier 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... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Music City Center: 209 A-C

2:30pm

Youth Worker Movement - Connexion Through Empowered Leadership
Speakers
avatar for Erin Sloan Jackson

Erin Sloan Jackson

Founder, Just One Starfish
Looking forward to serving as a YS COACH in Atlanta! I believe people desire a community in which they belong, add value and receive value. I believe students need meaningful opportunities for service. I founded www.justonestarfish.org I love God. I love my husband. I love... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Music City Center: Davidson Junior Ballroom A

2:30pm

Ministering to Middle School Girls
Female feuds. Braces. Body image. Confidence. Insecurity. Our girls deal with these issues and more every day! How can we help them process it all? We'll look at the major issues middle school girls face and practical, loving, and effective ways we can minister to them.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Flies

Heather Flies

Heather Flies has been active in youth ministry since 1992 and has been serving as the junior high pastor at Wooddale Church in Minnesota for 17 years. Her passion and energy make her an effective speaker for both youth and adults. Heather contributed to Help! I’m a Woman in Youth... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Music City Center: 105 A-B

2:30pm

Principles of Youth Ministry that Transfer to International Settings
Discussions of diversity have dominated many youth ministry meetings in recent years. In the U.S., diversity usually refers to racial or ethnic diversity. Globally it can refer to youth ministry practices across cultural lines. Add your voice to a PhD study that identifies common youth ministry objectives across international boundaries.

Speakers
avatar for Allen Jackson

Allen Jackson

Allen Jackson holds an MRE and Ph.D, from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he’s a professor of youth ministry and founder and director of the Youth Ministry Institute. Allen works hard to stay up to date on issues that both students and youth ministers face, and he... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Music City Center: 107 A-B

2:30pm

Service That Sticks: Doing Missions Outside the Youth Ministry Box
Why do short-term missions and service impact so few of our students deeply? What makes the difference for those students who really experience transformation? Based on both the Sticky Faith and Deep Justice research projects from the Fuller Youth Institute, this workshop will get you rethinking short-term-missions and service in your ministry.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Griffin

Brad Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the associate director of the Fuller Youth Institute, where he gets to develop research-based training for youth workers and parents. He's the coauthor of Sticky Faith and Deep Justice Journeys, and has authored a number of youth ministry book chapters and journal... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Music City Center: 201 A-B

2:30pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Michael Novelli

Michael Novelli

For more than two decades Michael Novelli'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... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Music City Center: 110 A-B

2:30pm

Communion Beyond Connection: Youth, Social Media, and Theology of Christian Relationality in an Age of Networks

In this session we’ll consider a theologically grounded response to networked individualism, a new cultural configuration that drives teenagers’ love/hate obsession with social media and increasingly undergirds the kind of relationality that all of us pursue.  Critiquing the “selective sociality” of friendship in the digital age, we’ll explore the church’s calling to offer teenagers communion beyond connection. 


Speakers
avatar for Steve Argue

Steve Argue

Steve Argue is life development director at Mars Hill Bible Church, teaches youth ministry at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and speakes/writes on topics pertaining to adolescents, emerging adulthood, and spirituality. He's a doctoral student at Michigan State University researching... Read More →
avatar for Laura Larsen

Laura Larsen

Laura Larsen lives in Kansas City working at both Youthfront and Second Presbyterian Church. Currently a DMin student at Fuller, she would be happy spending every afternoon with students and tweeting from @thelauralarsen. Laura is most spiritually disciplined in the fall when she... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Shroyer

Danielle Shroyer

Danielle Shroyer is the pastor of Journey Church in Dallas. She is the author of The Boundary-Breaking God: An Unfolding Story of Hope and Promise, and speaks often on issues of theology, church leadership, and emerging communities of faith. Danielle lives with her husband and... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Zirschky

Andrew Zirschky

Andrew Zirschky is the academic director of the Center for Youth Ministry Training, a doctoral fellow in practical theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, an instructor of youth ministry at Memphis Seminary, and youth pastor at Restoration Community Church in Spring Hill, Tennessee... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Music City Center: 207 A-D

2:30pm

Creating a Series from Scratch
In this workshop, learn how to create a series from scratch, build and develop a teaching series arc, and have fun as together the participants will create a compelling series from start to finish that you can take back home with you right there!

Speakers
avatar for Josh Griffin

Josh Griffin

Josh Griffin is high school pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, and has been in full-time youth ministry for 15 years. He’s author of 99 Thoughts for Youth Workers, 99 Thoughts for Small Group Leaders, and coauthor of Live Large, Be Different, Shine Bright, with... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Music City Center: 104 A-E

2:30pm

Using 10-Minute Talks
It seems like students’ attention spans are growing shorter. How can we communicate truth in a way that teenagers will truly remember? In this seminar you'll learn the power and effectiveness of the 10-Minute Talk, a method of storytelling that's laser-focused and impactful.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is president of The Source for Youth Ministry and author of a dozen books and curriculum, including Real Conversations, the 10-Minute Talks books, Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation, and the award-winning Do They Run When They See You Coming? He... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Music City Center: 208 A-B

2:30pm

Wisdom for a Young Youth Worker
In this seminar, Walt will walk youth workers of all ages on a journey into understanding what is most important not only during the early years of our youth ministries, but all through the years God gives us to love and minister to kids.

Speakers
avatar for Walt Mueller

Walt Mueller

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


Saturday November 23, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Music City Center: 103 A-C

2:30pm

Call of the Wild: Thinking About the Call to Ministry
We hear this phrase all of the time but what does it mean? How do we discern that we have that calling? These are questions that shape our everyday tasks as youth workers. This seminar will help you to think theologically, practically, and personally through some of these issues.

Speakers
avatar for Duffy Robbins

Duffy Robbins

Duffy Robbins is professor of youth ministry at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, and a 30-year veteran of youth ministry. He speaks around the world to teenagers and people who love teenagers, and is author of several books, including Memory Makers, Everyday Object... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Music City Center: 202 A-C

2:30pm

Generational Round Table
This is an opportunity for those of us who lead multiple age groups and staff to gather and learn from each other’s experience and wisdom. Join us as we learn, share, and dream about out how to effectively launch the next generation into adulthood with a passion for Jesus.

Speakers
avatar for David Grant

David Grant

David Grant is a 25 year veteran of youth ministry and has served in churches in the southeast and with the National Network of Youth Ministries (NNYM) as the Southeast U.S. coordinator. Currently, he is the next gen ministries pastor at Irving Bible Church in the Dallas area. David... Read More →
avatar for Wayne Rice

Wayne Rice

Wayne Rice began his youth ministry career in 1963 as a Youth For Christ club director. He co-founded Youth Specialties in 1968 with Mike Yaconelli. He also founded a ministry to parents called Understanding Your Teenager (now part of HomeWord) and he is currently pastor to generations... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Music City Center: Davidson Junior Ballroom C

2:30pm

Innovation, Trends, and Divergent Thinking
This seminar will explore some of the commonly shared perspectives and practices of leading brands and organizations that have successfully diverged from the norm in order to create innovative ideas and solutions. Leaders will walk away with tangible ideas for creating innovative cultures for their respective organizations and teams.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Lee

Charles Lee

Charles Lee is the founder of Ideation Consultancy, Inc., an idea agency that specializes in turning good ideas into remarkable brands. He’s the author of Good Idea. Now What?, which gives people the tools they need to make their inspiration a reality. Charles is a sought-after... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Music City Center: 205 A-C

2:30pm

Positive Discipline: Working With Rude, Obnoxious, and Apathetic Students
Disruptive students can hinder the effectiveness of your ministry. But don't let discipline problems drive you out! Les will show you why teens get rowdy, how to set rules and enforce consequences, and how to praise kids. He'll also share dozens of proven, specific ideas you can use.

Speakers
avatar for Les Christie

Les Christie

Les Christie chairs the youth ministry department at William Jessup University and has spoken at each YS National Youth Workers Convention for the last 30-plus years. He’s also authored more than 15 books, including What If…?, Have You Ever…?, Best-Ever Games for Youth Ministry, When... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Music City Center: Davidson Junior Ballroom B

2:30pm

Running on Empty
A gathering for the discouraged, exhausted, misunderstood, under appreciated, just plain tired of doing this, not-sure-I-can-keep-it-up-much-longer youth worker. We'll look at how to respond to criticism, how to maintain our focus, how to establish boundaries, and more.

Speakers
avatar for Marv Penner

Marv Penner

A lifelong youth worker, Marv Penner heads up Youth Specialties Canada, and is director of All About Youth and the National Centre for Excellence in Youth Ministry, an innovative program for training vocational youth workers. He was a member of the YS One Day training team for almost... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Music City Center: 102 A-B

3:00pm

Classic Prayer through Lectio Divina
Speakers
avatar for Maggie Robbins

Maggie Robbins

Maggie Robbins is a certified spiritual director, earning her certification through the Kairos School of Spiritual formation. She is still active within the Kairos community as a spiritual director and a member of the faculty. Nationally and internationally, she has provided spiritual... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Music City Center: 203 A-B

3:15pm

3:30pm

3:45pm

4:00pm

YS Idea Lab: Student Ownership of Ministry
Speakers
avatar for Tim Eldred

Tim Eldred

Tim Eldred is the president of Christian Endeavor International and a veteran youth worker serving undercover as a lead pastor. For over 20 years, he has been training young people to discover, develop, and deploy their own mission within the context of student-led, adult-mentored... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Music City Center: YS Idea Lab Hall A

4:15pm

The Spirituality of Grief
Speakers
avatar for Beth Slevcove

Beth Slevcove

Beth has served as a Spiritual Director for the past 15 years, primarily working with people in ministry.  She served as the Director of Spiritual Formation for Youth Specialties and holds advanced degrees in theology and education.  She is an oblate at a Benedictine monastery and... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Music City Center: 203 A-B

4:15pm

Beyond Branding: Demonstrating the Kingdom of God In and Through Your Youth Ministry
Youth workers talk big, and promise life change more than we produce changed lives. Social media has made it easier than ever to hype events and market ministries. What to do when reality fails to match our rhetoric? Let's explore how to align our mission, message, and methods.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Del Rio

Jeremy Del Rio

Jeremy Del Rio cofounded and directs 20/20 Vision for Schools, a movement to transform public education that launched in New York City in 2008. He also connects, trains, and mentors youth workers regionally through Urban Youth Workers Institute (and locally as the chair of the Coalition... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: 101 A-E

4:15pm

Not Just Black and White
As ethnic diversity grows in metro areas across the country, what does that mean for youth ministry? What are some unique realities for youth ministries that reach students from both the city and the suburbs? How can we disciple students from different economic classes? Explore these questions and more.

Speakers
avatar for Edrin Williams

Edrin Williams

Edrin C. Williams leads MOSAIC, a community of youth & college students at The Sanctuary Covenant Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Edrin is a graduate of the University of South Carolina in Columbia and holds a Masters of Divinity degree in preaching & communication from Bethel Theological... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: 107 A-B

4:15pm

Slow Fade: Combatting Apathy & Carnal Christianity
When too much culture infiltrates the church impacting the culture, the result can be a numbing, unsatisfying, non-impacting, hybrid Christianity that’s characteristic of many of today's youth. This is part research, part apologetics 101, equipping you with what you need to win a generation and keep them in the Kingdom.

Speakers
avatar for Laurel Bunker

Laurel Bunker

For over 20 years Laurel Bunker has been a leader in the fields of education, non-profit business, church, and parachurch ministry. A graduate of Hamline University and Luther Theological Seminary, Laurel has also held key positions in national organizations such as Young Life, the... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: 104 A-E

4:15pm

Microphones and Paintbrushes: How to Connect Teens to God Through the Arts
In this seminar, author and spoken word poet, Amena, will discuss how to engage artistic teens in your youth group and how to effectively use the arts to provide teens with a place of expression and a place to connect to the Artist of all artists.

Speakers
avatar for Amena Brown

Amena Brown

https://www.facebook.com/amenawrites


Saturday November 23, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: 102 A-B

4:15pm

The "Be With" Factor: Mentoring in Youth Ministry
In this seminar, we will discuss how to develop a culture of youth leadership in your ministry that other students will want to follow, how to choose specific students to lead without others feeling left out or neglected, how to see real spiritual transformation, and more.

Speakers
avatar for Bo Boshers

Bo Boshers

Bo Boshers is president of Lead222, a coaching and mentoring ministry to youth leaders. Bo is recognized as a national leader and influencer of youth ministry around the world. He served as executive director of student ministries in Willow Creek Community Church and the Willow Creek... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: Davidson Junior Ballroom C

4:15pm

Dealing with Difficult Girls
Sugar and spice and everything nice—that's what girls are made of? Gain practical insight into their world through honest discussion of the webs and layers of relationships young women have. Come discover practical ways to not only deal with, but also disciple young women through the not-so-sugar-and-spice moments.

Speakers
avatar for Kerry Loescher

Kerry Loescher

Kerry Loescher is an instructor at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. With more than 15 years of professional youth work experience, Kerry’s passion is seeing young people and their families connect who Jesus is with their everyday lives—and training youth workers to... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: 105 A-B

4:15pm

He/She: How Gender Shapes our Leadership, Ministry, and Students
Whether you fall on the nature or nurture side of the debate, one thing is certain: there are at least some basic differences between (most) males and (most) females. We'll talk about the big things: talking, emotional processing, mono- vs. multi-tasking, and others.

Speakers
avatar for Crystal Kirgiss

Crystal Kirgiss

Crystal Kirgiss has worked with students for over 25 years. She earned her PhD from Purdue University where she lectures and studies the history of adolescence. She writes the "Guys" and "Girls" columns for Youthwalk magazine, was part of the core writing team for The Way Bible... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: 205 A-C

4:15pm

Help! I'm a Middle School Youth Worker!
Sure, middle schoolers get a little crazy sometimes, but they’re totally worth it! This session will encourage you with ways to take your middle school students to a deeper level in their walks with Christ in the midst of the frenzy they call life.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Trent

Chris Trent

Chris Trent is the product of youth ministry (and God¹s grace) having been invited to summer camp by a youth pastor at the end of year. He trusted Christ at that camp and has been involved in youth ministry ever since that moment more than 20 years ago. He has served as the middle... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: 208 A-B

4:15pm

Login: Connecting Youth Ministry and Technology
Take a look at the world of technology and how it can impact, improve, and empower your youth ministry. This practical seminar will look at gadgets, apps, pods, pads, blogs, tweets, programs, movie editing/creating, (and more) and how they can all be used in your youth ministry.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Lusz

Joel Lusz

Joel Lusz has been in full time youth ministry for over 30 years and is currently the youth pastor at Suntree United Methodist Church in Melbourne, Florida. Joel speaks at various conferences, youth events, and parenting seminars throughout the year and is the author or co-author... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: 201 A-B

4:15pm

The "We" Gospel: Youth Ministries and the Church
It's all about me! We swim in a sea of marketing messages calling us to indulge my needs, wants, and desires. This session will challenge our conception of the Gospel and God's activity among us and propose ways to shift student ministries from a focus on “Me” to “We.”

Sharon Ketcham will present ideas from her Journal of Youth Ministry article "Solving the Retention Problem Through Integration: A Communal Vision for Youth Ministry" with the remainder of the panelists responding with questions and comments to lead us into a great discussion. 


Speakers
avatar for Steve Argue

Steve Argue

Steve Argue is life development director at Mars Hill Bible Church, teaches youth ministry at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and speakes/writes on topics pertaining to adolescents, emerging adulthood, and spirituality. He's a doctoral student at Michigan State University researching... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Ketcham

Sharon Ketcham

Sharon Galgay Ketcham is an associate professor of Christian ministries at Gordon College and a doctoral candidate at Boston College in theology and education. Sharon’s two decades of experience in youth ministry include serving in full-time ministry, speaking at both student and... Read More →
avatar for Mike Langford

Mike Langford

Mike Langford is assistant professor of theology, discipleship, and ministry (and coordinator of youth ministry education and training) at Seattle Pacific University and Seattle Pacific Seminary. He has a background in both practical and systematic theology (PhD, Princeton Theological... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Shroyer

Danielle Shroyer

Danielle Shroyer is the pastor of Journey Church in Dallas. She is the author of The Boundary-Breaking God: An Unfolding Story of Hope and Promise, and speaks often on issues of theology, church leadership, and emerging communities of faith. Danielle lives with her husband and... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: 207 A-D

4:15pm

Developing a Year-Long Coordinated Calendar
Many youth workers are known for being last minute planners. However, for the teams we lead, it can lead to high stress, and low volunteer involvement. This seminar will help you develop a meaningful and practical teaching and events calendar that lets you get ahead and get others involved.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Berry

Brian Berry

Brian Berry is a student ministry veteran and currently serves as the generation ministries pastor at Journey Community Church near San Diego, California. As the generation pastor he is hands on in high school and oversees a staff that responsible for infants through teens. He also... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: 209 A-C

4:15pm

Incredibly Hot Games and Community Builders
If you need an exciting break, and your mind is on overload, this session promises no heavy theology or philosophy. See, hear, and play a ton of fast-paced, unbelievable fun games, Explore crowd breakers, indoor and outdoor games, quiet and wild games, games for large and small groups.

Speakers
avatar for Les Christie

Les Christie

Les Christie chairs the youth ministry department at William Jessup University and has spoken at each YS National Youth Workers Convention for the last 30-plus years. He’s also authored more than 15 books, including What If…?, Have You Ever…?, Best-Ever Games for Youth Ministry, When... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: Davidson Junior Ballroom B

4:15pm

Sticky Faith: Practical Ideas to Deepen Your Ministry and Your Student's Faith
This seminar takes a look at research conducted by the Fuller Youth Institute and unearths some of the myths your students believe about the gospel, church, their family, and your youth ministry that cause them to shelve their faith. Get practical ideas you can use immediately.

Speakers
avatar for Kara Powell

Kara Powell

Kara Powell is executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Kara also serves as an advisor to Youth Specialties and volunteers in student ministries at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. She is the author or co-author of... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: 103 A-C

4:15pm

Help! I'm a Woman in Youth Ministry!
If you've been deemed the designated distributor of feminine hygiene products or mistaken for the youth pastor's wife, you might be a woman in youth ministry. Get practical ideas on how to balance ministry and family. Discover how to effectively work with guys on staff or in your youth group.

Speakers
avatar for Gina Abbas

Gina Abbas

Gina Abbas has been in student ministry a little longer than The Tower of Terror has been open at Disneyland’s California Adventure Park. She knows what it’s like to be a female in youth ministry, whether on staff in a youth ministry of 5 or 500. She lives with her 3 kids (ages... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: 110 A-B

4:15pm

Reading the Bible for All it's Worth: Biblical Interpretation for a Busy Youth Worker
So many commentaries, so little time, so much confusion, so what? This seminar will offer a big picture look at the task of biblical interpretation. Why is it important? If you want to do a better job of faithfully digging into the Word this will be a practical, helpful session.

Speakers
avatar for Duffy Robbins

Duffy Robbins

Duffy Robbins is professor of youth ministry at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, and a 30-year veteran of youth ministry. He speaks around the world to teenagers and people who love teenagers, and is author of several books, including Memory Makers, Everyday Object... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: 202 A-C

4:15pm

Surviving and Thriving in Ministry and Marriage
Seasoned in marriage (28 years) and veterans in youth ministry (30 plus years), Doug and Cathy Fields have spent their entire marriage in youth ministry and have lived to tell about it. You'll get enough helpful, practical and encouraging tips to get you headed in the right direction.

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Fields

Cathy Fields

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

Doug Fields

Doug Fields has been a pastor to teenagers and ministry leader for over 30 years. He served as the youth and teaching pastor for 18 years at Saddleback Church. Today, most of Doug’s time is spent speaking at conferences/churches/events, writing, teaching youth ministry at Azusa... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music City Center: 106 A-C

5:30pm

Catholic Mass
Saturday November 23, 2013 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Music City Center: 203 A-B

6:30pm

6:45pm

YS Idea Lab: Simple Powerful Visuals For Teaching
Speakers
avatar for Brian Berry

Brian Berry

Brian Berry is a student ministry veteran and currently serves as the generation ministries pastor at Journey Community Church near San Diego, California. As the generation pastor he is hands on in high school and oversees a staff that responsible for infants through teens. He also... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 6:45pm - 7:00pm
Music City Center: YS Idea Lab Hall A

6:45pm

Praying with Vincent van Gogh
Speakers
avatar for Archie Honrado

Archie Honrado

Archie has been serving NYWC and YS for the last eight years as a spiritual director, prayer chapel curator, and guide for city-prayer walks, and was a member of the YS Soul Shaper Board.  Archie’s ecumenicalbackground gives him a distinct perspective on 21st century spirituality... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 6:45pm - 7:15pm
Music City Center: 203 A-B

7:00pm

YS Idea Lab: Sticky Faith
Speakers
avatar for Kara Powell

Kara Powell

Kara Powell is executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Kara also serves as an advisor to Youth Specialties and volunteers in student ministries at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. She is the author or co-author of... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Music City Center: YS Idea Lab Hall A

7:30pm

Big Room 4
Speakers
avatar for Bob Goff

Bob Goff

Bob Goff is the founder and CEO of Restore International, a non-profit organization that was established to address the atrocities and injustices committed against children. Restore’s mission is to make a difference on behalf of those who do not otherwise have a voice. Bob is also... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Amena Brown

Amena Brown

https://www.facebook.com/amenawrites
avatar for Anthony Evans

Anthony Evans

www.facebook.com/anthonyevansmusic
avatar for DJ Opdiggy

DJ Opdiggy

https://www.facebook.com/DjOpdiggy
avatar for Michael Jr.

Michael Jr.

https://www.facebook.com/MichaelJrComedy
avatar for Propaganda

Propaganda

https://www.facebook.com/propaganda
avatar for Shane & Shane

Shane & Shane

https://www.facebook.com/shaneandshanemusic


Saturday November 23, 2013 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Music City Center: Hall B

9:30pm

YS Idea Lab: Big Room Speaker Interview
Speakers
avatar for Bob Goff

Bob Goff

Bob Goff is the founder and CEO of Restore International, a non-profit organization that was established to address the atrocities and injustices committed against children. Restore’s mission is to make a difference on behalf of those who do not otherwise have a voice. Bob is also... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 9:30pm - 9:45pm
Music City Center: YS Idea Lab Hall A

9:30pm

A Place for Prayer
Speakers
avatar for Mike Higgs

Mike Higgs

After 16 years as a youth pastor, followed by 18 years as the president of LINC Ministries and the Exec. Director of the Portland Youth Foundation, Mike Higgs and his wife Terri are now expressing their passion for individual and corporate spiritual renewal through an Idaho-based... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 9:30pm - 10:00pm
Music City Center: 203 A-B

9:45pm

10:00pm

10:00pm

10:00pm

10:00pm

Michael Jr.
Saturday November 23, 2013 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Music City Center: 106 A-C

10:00pm

10:00pm

Theology Café: What Does It Mean for a Young Person to Live Fully in Their Busy Cultures and Still be Faithful in Church?
Speakers
avatar for Steve Argue

Steve Argue

Steve Argue is life development director at Mars Hill Bible Church, teaches youth ministry at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and speakes/writes on topics pertaining to adolescents, emerging adulthood, and spirituality. He's a doctoral student at Michigan State University researching... Read More →
avatar for Chap Clark

Chap Clark

Chap Clark, PhD, is the associate provost and professor of youth, family, and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary, formerly the senior editor of YouthWorker Journal, and president of ParenTeen™ and HURT seminars. He’s also a speaker, trainer, consultant, as well as the author... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Ketcham

Sharon Ketcham

Sharon Galgay Ketcham is an associate professor of Christian ministries at Gordon College and a doctoral candidate at Boston College in theology and education. Sharon’s two decades of experience in youth ministry include serving in full-time ministry, speaking at both student and... Read More →
avatar for Laura Larsen

Laura Larsen

Laura Larsen lives in Kansas City working at both Youthfront and Second Presbyterian Church. Currently a DMin student at Fuller, she would be happy spending every afternoon with students and tweeting from @thelauralarsen. Laura is most spiritually disciplined in the fall when she... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Root

Andrew Root

Andrew Root is in the Olson Baalson chair as associate professor of youth and family ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of several books, including the new A Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry series, The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Music City Center: 107 A-B

10:00pm

Writing for Youth Ministry
Speakers
avatar for Terry Linhart

Terry Linhart

After 16 years in full-time youth ministry, Terry Linhart has taught youth ministry courses at Bethel College (Indiana) for the past 11 years, where he also serves as chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy. He got his start in Youth for Christ, where he developed his... Read More →
avatar for Ginny Olson

Ginny Olson

Ginny Olson is the director of youth ministry for the Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church and an adjunct professor at Bethel University. Before entering academia, she was involved in hands-on youth ministry for over 10 years at various churches and camps, including serving... Read More →


Saturday November 23, 2013 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Music City Center: 110 A-B
 
Sunday, November 24
 

7:30am

Sanctuary Open
Sunday November 24, 2013 7:30am - 3:00pm
Music City Center: 203 A-B

8:00am

Lauds (Morning Prayer)
Speakers
avatar for Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas

Micah has worked for Youthfront in Kansas City for over six years.  As a camp director, he attempts to create environments where youth can encounter God in meaningful and sometimes unfamiliar ways. Micah alsoworks for Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City as a worship leader. He is... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 8:00am - 8:20am
Music City Center: 203 A-B

8:15am

8:30am

8:30am

Connecting with the Presence of Jesus
Speakers
avatar for Lilly Lewin

Lilly Lewin

Lilly is the founder of Thinplace: a pilgrimage of discovery and creativity.  Lilly helps communities get outside the box of worship through multi-sensory prayer, experiential worship, and art. She leads workshops, retreats, and creates Sacred Space experiences around the world... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 8:30am - 9:00am
Music City Center: 203 A-B

8:30am

YS Store Open
Sunday November 24, 2013 8:30am - 5:30pm
Music City Center: Hall B

8:30am

Headquarters Open
Sunday November 24, 2013 8:30am - 6:30pm
Music City Center: Level 3 Lobby

9:00am

Big Room 5
Speakers
avatar for Shane Claiborne

Shane Claiborne

Shane Claiborne is the visionary leader of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world. Shane writes and travels extensively speaking about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus. Shane’s... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Amena Brown

Amena Brown

https://www.facebook.com/amenawrites
avatar for Crowder

Crowder

https://www.facebook.com/davidcrowderband
avatar for DJ Opdiggy

DJ Opdiggy

https://www.facebook.com/DjOpdiggy
avatar for Propaganda

Propaganda

https://www.facebook.com/propaganda


Sunday November 24, 2013 9:00am - 10:30am
Music City Center: Hall B

10:30am

YS Idea Lab: Big Room speaker Interview
Speakers
avatar for Shane Claiborne

Shane Claiborne

Shane Claiborne is the visionary leader of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world. Shane writes and travels extensively speaking about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus. Shane’s... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 10:30am - 10:45am
Music City Center: YS Idea Lab Hall A

10:30am

A Place for Prayer
Speakers
avatar for Mike Higgs

Mike Higgs

After 16 years as a youth pastor, followed by 18 years as the president of LINC Ministries and the Exec. Director of the Portland Youth Foundation, Mike Higgs and his wife Terri are now expressing their passion for individual and corporate spiritual renewal through an Idaho-based... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 10:30am - 11:00am
Music City Center: 203 A-B

10:30am

Exhibit Hall Open
Sunday November 24, 2013 10:30am - 2:30pm
Music City Center: Hall A

10:45am

11:00am

Benedictine Spirituality
Speakers
avatar for Beth Slevcove

Beth Slevcove

Beth has served as a Spiritual Director for the past 15 years, primarily working with people in ministry.  She served as the Director of Spiritual Formation for Youth Specialties and holds advanced degrees in theology and education.  She is an oblate at a Benedictine monastery and... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 11:00am - 11:30am
Music City Center: 203 A-B

11:00am

How Teenagers Think
Understanding teenagers and their brains can have a HUGE impact on teaching, parenting, communication—just about any context in which adults might interact with teenagers. We’ll explore all kinds of new research and discoveries in the last decade that have enormous implications.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Oestreicher

Mark Oestreicher

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


Sunday November 24, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Music City Center: 106 A-C

11:00am

What Parents Need to Know About Their Teenagers
In this seminar take a peek into the highly sexualized world of youth culture and the media messages today’s teenagers are immersed in. Learn how to equip parents to filter these influences, teach discernment, and discover how to help parents build lasting values and open the channels of communication.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is president of The Source for Youth Ministry and author of a dozen books and curriculum, including Real Conversations, the 10-Minute Talks books, Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation, and the award-winning Do They Run When They See You Coming? He... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Music City Center: 103 A-C

11:00am

Red Cup Christians: Preparing Youth Group Kids for College Culture
College is tough and we need to help students realize that they have to figure out how to respond before they get in a situation that's difficult. This seminar offers practical tips to help students have a solid foundation and leave with the tools to help them.

Speakers
avatar for Lars Rood

Lars Rood

Lars Rood is the family life pastor at Bellevue Presbyterian Church in the Pacific Northwest. He oversees the team doing ministry to children, youth and families from birth through high school. Lars is a speaker, writer and educator who has been involved in youth ministry for a very... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Music City Center: Davidson Junior Ballroom C

11:00am

Living As Christian Troublemakers
Christians are meant to be radical non-conformists, interrupting the patterns of our world with prophetic imagination—a holy counterculture. Hear stories of contemporary communities who are living with beautiful creativity and sometimes getting in a little trouble for it.

Speakers
avatar for Shane Claiborne

Shane Claiborne

Shane Claiborne is the visionary leader of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world. Shane writes and travels extensively speaking about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus. Shane’s... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Music City Center: Davidson Junior Ballroom B

11:00am

You Can Be a Lifesaver: Helping Suicidal Youth
Understand the dynamics of suicidal ideas, plans, and behaviors, and learn how to help. Discover how listening can help you assess the immediate danger of suicide, how to make a contract for life with a teenager in crisis, and how to identify reliable sources for swift and effective professional help.

Speakers
avatar for Rich Van Pelt

Rich Van Pelt

A youth and family ministry veteran for more than 40 years, Rich Van Pelt is national director of ministry relationships for Compassion International. He has expertise in dealing with struggling adolescents, crisis intervention, and “postvention”—helping kids and parents navigate... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Music City Center: 202 A-C

11:00am

School Campus Ministry: Beyond After School Programs
School campuses could be considered the largest mission field in our nation. In this exciting seminar you will get insight on how to become more than just a fly on the wall but rather an active part of your school, to create an impact in your community.

Speakers
avatar for Abel Lopez

Abel Lopez

Abel Lopez is the president for Leadership Training Ministries. He served as youth pastor for 18 years in Dallas, Texas. He’s a graduate from Rehma Bible College and is an author of several books and youth ministry curriculum resources. Abel is the founder of CLAY Student Leadership... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Music City Center: 201 A-B

11:00am

#SLAMM: Student-Led, Adult-Mentored Ministry
In this session, you will discover tangible, actionable, and practical ways to build a program where youth learn by doing and lead by example as adults become mentors. You will walk away with proven principles for transitioning your program to a student-led, adult-mentored incubator of youth in ministry.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Eldred

Tim Eldred

Tim Eldred is the president of Christian Endeavor International and a veteran youth worker serving undercover as a lead pastor. For over 20 years, he has been training young people to discover, develop, and deploy their own mission within the context of student-led, adult-mentored... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Music City Center: 102 A-B

11:00am

Short-Term Mission Trips, Youth Ministry, and Eschatology
The short-term mission trip has become an essential element in the practice of youth ministry.  But how do these trips connect with God's own action in the world? It is in imagining God's future that mission trip can be calibrated beyond tourism and into participation in the action of God.

Andy Root will present ideas from his recent book "Unlocking Mission and Eschatology in Youth Ministry" with the remainder of the panelists responding with questions and comments to lead us into a great discussion. 

Speakers
avatar for Terry Linhart

Terry Linhart

After 16 years in full-time youth ministry, Terry Linhart has taught youth ministry courses at Bethel College (Indiana) for the past 11 years, where he also serves as chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy. He got his start in Youth for Christ, where he developed his... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Root

Andrew Root

Andrew Root is in the Olson Baalson chair as associate professor of youth and family ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of several books, including the new A Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry series, The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Music City Center: 207 A-D

11:00am

Aging in Youth Ministry
Can youth ministry still be effective for paid and volunteer workers after 40 or 50 years? And what constitutes being "too old to do youth ministry”? This seminar will look at the advantages and disadvantages of aging, the perils and precautions.

Speakers
avatar for David Olshine

David Olshine

Dr. David Olshine is the director of Columbia International University's undergraduate program: Youth Ministry, Family and Culture and the newly formed Master's of Youth Ministry Leadership in Columbia, South Carolina. He's the author of 19 books including his newest one, Youth Ministry... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Music City Center: 105 A-B

11:00am

Behind the Curtain: Tending to the Private Life of a Public Person
As a ministry leader your life is being watched. Beneath that public persona is a private world that must be healthy. There's a constant tension between these two worlds because the teenagers, parents, church staff, etc. have expectations. We'll talk about how to protect, develop, and strengthen the inner world.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Fields

Doug Fields

Doug Fields has been a pastor to teenagers and ministry leader for over 30 years. He served as the youth and teaching pastor for 18 years at Saddleback Church. Today, most of Doug’s time is spent speaking at conferences/churches/events, writing, teaching youth ministry at Azusa... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Music City Center: 205 A-C

11:00am

Counseling 101
No matter your role in youth ministry, people may come to you for counseling. Most of us aren’t formally trained to handle this. But you don’t need a PhD to be used by God in a person’s life. This seminar will help equip and encourage you to help hurting kids.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Flavin

Mike Flavin

Mike Flavin has been in full-time student ministry for over 33 years at churches in Fresno, Philadelphia, and New Providence, New Jersey. Mike is an ordained Presbyterian pastor and is an adjunct professor at Somerset College in Newark where he teaches counseling. He and his wife... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Music City Center: 208 A-B

11:00am

Criticism Bites
No one enjoys criticism, but learning to navigate it is a non-negotiable leadership skill. This seminar will wrestle with not only how to receive criticism of others, but how to give it in ways that reflect the grace and truth that are critical to making disciples of Jesus.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Berry

Brian Berry

Brian Berry is a student ministry veteran and currently serves as the generation ministries pastor at Journey Community Church near San Diego, California. As the generation pastor he is hands on in high school and oversees a staff that responsible for infants through teens. He also... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Music City Center: 107 A-B

11:00am

Keeping the Fire Alive: Maintaining a Fresh Heart and a Growing Mind in Youth Ministry
Youth ministry is exciting, vibrant, and fulfilling. Yet, at the same time, it can be lonely, discouraging, and downright frustrating. This seminar, for anyone from volunteer to paid staff, will help to frame what it takes to stay fresh and growing while loving and serving kids and families.

Speakers
avatar for Chap Clark

Chap Clark

Chap Clark, PhD, is the associate provost and professor of youth, family, and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary, formerly the senior editor of YouthWorker Journal, and president of ParenTeen™ and HURT seminars. He’s also a speaker, trainer, consultant, as well as the author... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Music City Center: 110 A-B

11:00am

Launching Years
Come discover the research as well as some practical steps for how to help parents coach (and cope with) an emerging adult and how to challenge a kid to step into the adult world without face planting in the stuff of life.

Speakers
avatar for Kerry Loescher

Kerry Loescher

Kerry Loescher is an instructor at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. With more than 15 years of professional youth work experience, Kerry’s passion is seeing young people and their families connect who Jesus is with their everyday lives—and training youth workers to... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Music City Center: 104 A-E

11:00am

Reading the Bible in a Twitter World
In a world of emoticons, short words, and 140 character limits, fully engaging with Scripture can be a challenge. This hands-on, practical seminar will cover a few simple strategies (doodling, taking stats, inverting, etc.) that will help your students—and you—engage with Scripture in new, creative, and deeper ways.

Speakers
avatar for Crystal Kirgiss

Crystal Kirgiss

Crystal Kirgiss has worked with students for over 25 years. She earned her PhD from Purdue University where she lectures and studies the history of adolescence. She writes the "Guys" and "Girls" columns for Youthwalk magazine, was part of the core writing team for The Way Bible... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Music City Center: 209 A-C

11:45am

Midday Prayer
Speakers
avatar for Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas

Micah has worked for Youthfront in Kansas City for over six years.  As a camp director, he attempts to create environments where youth can encounter God in meaningful and sometimes unfamiliar ways. Micah alsoworks for Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City as a worship leader. He is... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 11:45am - 12:00pm
Music City Center: 203 A-B

12:15pm

12:30pm

YS Idea Lab: The Art of Shutting Up
Speakers
avatar for Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is president of The Source for Youth Ministry and author of a dozen books and curriculum, including Real Conversations, the 10-Minute Talks books, Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation, and the award-winning Do They Run When They See You Coming? He... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 12:30pm - 12:45pm
Music City Center: YS Idea Lab Hall A

1:00pm

Releasing Our Self-Images to God
Speakers
avatar for Grant Wood

Grant Wood

Grant serves individuals, couples and families in the areas of emotional, relational, social, and spiritual development. Grant has received training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy with Dr. Sue Johnson, and has also completed advanced training in couple therapy at the Gottman... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Music City Center: 203 A-B

1:15pm

YS Idea Lab: YM Management Tools 2.0
Speakers
avatar for Ginny Olson

Ginny Olson

Ginny Olson is the director of youth ministry for the Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church and an adjunct professor at Bethel University. Before entering academia, she was involved in hands-on youth ministry for over 10 years at various churches and camps, including serving... Read More →
avatar for Mike Work

Mike Work

Vice President, Executive Producer, Youth Specialties
Husband, Father, Pastor, Writer, Executive Producer, Event Specialist, Business Consultant


Sunday November 24, 2013 1:15pm - 1:30pm
Music City Center: YS Idea Lab Hall A

1:30pm

1:45pm

Scripture, Like Jazz
Speakers
avatar for Jamie Roach

Jamie Roach

Jamie has served on the staff of Youthfront for over 25 years, working with students and youth workers. His passion is seeing people formed into the image of Jesus Christ. Jamie is an author, communicator, andspiritual director, and also serves on the staff of Lakeland Community... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 1:45pm - 2:15pm
Music City Center: 203 A-B

1:45pm

Adolescent Development: The Latest Research that Matters to Youth Workers
Adolescent-centered research, often prominently featured in youth ministry discussions, can frequently be misrepresented, misused, or misunderstood. How can youth workers accurately interpret and use relevant research to better understand and reach youth? This seminar will help youth workers learn to engage and use research that is relevant to their ministries.

Speakers
avatar for Terry Linhart

Terry Linhart

After 16 years in full-time youth ministry, Terry Linhart has taught youth ministry courses at Bethel College (Indiana) for the past 11 years, where he also serves as chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy. He got his start in Youth for Christ, where he developed his... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Music City Center: 104 A-E

1:45pm

Diverse America 2023: Ministering to the New Diverse Student Population
2023 is when America transitions from a majority Caucasian race to a majority / minority race. This course will help student leaders understand the complexities of ministering to a diverse population of students that will be coming their way.

Speakers
avatar for Maina Mwaura

Maina Mwaura

Maina Mwrana lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where he serves as the student pastor at Greenforest Community Baptist Church. Maina is a graduate of Liberty University and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminary and likes to hang out with his students, go-cart riding, basketball, and swimming... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Music City Center: 105 A-B

1:45pm

Welcoming & Mutually Transforming: Engaging Issues Around the LGBTQ Community
This workshop will explore some of the complex dynamics surrounding the Church’s engagement with the GLBTQ community. Emphasis will be placed on the role that the community can play in becoming a transformative agent in our broken world. 

Speakers
avatar for Deb Hirsch

Deb Hirsch

Deb Hirsch is an Aussie living in America. She is a minister at the Tribe of L.A., an eclectic bunch of missional artists and vagabonds who meet in downtown Los Angeles. She also serves on the leadership team of Christian Associates International, a church-planting agency on three... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Music City Center: Davidson Junior Ballroom B

1:45pm

When Culture and Ministry Collide: Understanding the Media and Using it in Your Ministry
Kids are immersed, influenced, and impacted by the media! Do we ignore that or engage it? Because media is intended to “inform and influence,” we will take a whirlwind look at the messages the media are communicating to kids and discover how to dissect and utilize them in our programs.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Lusz

Joel Lusz

Joel Lusz has been in full time youth ministry for over 30 years and is currently the youth pastor at Suntree United Methodist Church in Melbourne, Florida. Joel speaks at various conferences, youth events, and parenting seminars throughout the year and is the author or co-author... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Music City Center: 205 A-C

1:45pm

Beyond Awkward: Transitioning Kids with Disabilities from Elementary School Ministry to Youth Ministry
Did God make a mistake when God created people with disabilities? Why don't we see more people with disabilities in our churches and youth ministries? Join us for an honest and compelling look at ministering with youth with disabilities and practical tips to help your church be welcoming and inclusive.

Speakers
avatar for Pam Harmon

Pam Harmon

Pam Harmon is the executive director of Young Life’s Capernaum Ministry. YL Capernaum Ministry is made up of caring people who strive to help provide teens with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities abundant life to the full. Pam brings with her a vast array of experience... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Music City Center: 208 A-B

1:45pm

Good News vs. Good Advice: The Gospel and Youth Ministry
Moralism says “You Should!” Motivationalism says “You Can!” The Gospel says something else entirely…Do your students know the difference?  How do we move teenagers beyond behaving to believing to beholding? This seminar examines the necessity for a Gospel centered approach to youth ministry while suggesting some profound implications and practical takeaways for every youth worker.

Speakers
avatar for David Hertweck

David Hertweck

David Hertweck has served the Assemblies of God in New York as youth ministries director since February 2011. Prior to that he served as a youth pastor for 12 years in Clay, New York. During that time, he served for five years as the director of the Syracuse Area Youth Workers network. He... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Music City Center: 107 A-B

1:45pm

Teaching Theological Reflection to Students
This seminar will teach you a method of theological reflection—a way for teenagers to work through the maze of voices and discern how to live faithfully in response to the Gospel. Teenagers need the resources and skills necessary for developing answers in response to complex questions.

Speakers
avatar for Sharon Ketcham

Sharon Ketcham

Sharon Galgay Ketcham is an associate professor of Christian ministries at Gordon College and a doctoral candidate at Boston College in theology and education. Sharon’s two decades of experience in youth ministry include serving in full-time ministry, speaking at both student and... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Music City Center: Davidson Junior Ballroom C

1:45pm

The Changing Landscape of Pastoral Ministry
This seminar will explore how energy regimes, like the industrial revolution, lead to new communications systems, and new forms of understanding ourselves. We’ll see how these transitions impact ministry and the identity of the pastor, and explore what new period we find ourselves in, and what it means for ministry.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Root

Andrew Root

Andrew Root is in the Olson Baalson chair as associate professor of youth and family ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of several books, including the new A Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry series, The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Music City Center: 202 A-C

1:45pm

From Chaos to Clarity: Managing Your Ministry
Youth workers are wired for relationships, not reviewing budget reports. Yet any strong youth ministry requires that you use administrative skills as well. Get tips on the basics of ministry management, especially finances, risk management, scheduling, and communication.

Speakers
avatar for Ginny Olson

Ginny Olson

Ginny Olson is the director of youth ministry for the Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church and an adjunct professor at Bethel University. Before entering academia, she was involved in hands-on youth ministry for over 10 years at various churches and camps, including serving... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Music City Center: 103 A-C

1:45pm

Finding 'Shema' in Youth and Family Ministry
This seminar will address empowering churches to build authoritative communities to support youth and families. This is a practical approach, teaching how to connect to the multiple systems that surround our youth. It’s essential that youth workers identify these varied systems and connect them on multiple levels.

Speakers
avatar for Virginia Ward

Virginia Ward

Virginia Ward is director of Black Campus Ministries New England for InterVarsity. She also serves as youth pastor at the Abundant Life Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where her husband of 28 years, Rev. Lawrence Ward, is pastor. She’s attending Gordon-Cornwell Theological Seminary... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Music City Center: 201 A-B

1:45pm

Moving Your Team From Chaperones to Shepherds
We all want to build a team, but too often our adults simply become chaperones at activities. This seminar will help you understand the perceptions, barriers and struggles in building a team of shepherds—and give you practical ideas to move your team towards actually ministering to your students.

Speakers
avatar for Tiger McLuen

Tiger McLuen

For the past 25 years, Tiger McLuen has given vision and leadership to Youth Leadership, through which he developed and expanded the youth ministry programs at Bethel and Luther Seminaries. Today, Youth Leadership also offers a unique certification program, youth ministry training... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Music City Center: 209 A-C

1:45pm

The Praying Youth Worker
We agree that prayer is important. Do we pray as a way of life and ministry? We will discuss twenty ways to incorporate prayer into ministry, relationships, and life. A youth worker who prays can help young people discover prayer as a way of life and being Christian.

Speakers
avatar for Mike King

Mike King

Mike King is in his 37th year of youth ministry and serves as president and CEO of Youthfront, a youth ministry organization committed to creating holistic, missional environments for Christian formation by providing programs, services, resources, and training. Mike is also executive... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Music City Center: 102 A-B

1:45pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Caro

Stephanie Caro

Stephanie Caro has been involved in ministry to youth and youth workers in the local church for more than 30 years. Stephanie is a contributing author to several youth ministry resources in addition to her regular column, Smaller Church Youth Ministry, in Group Magazine. Stephanie... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Music City Center: 110 A-B

1:45pm

What's Right About Youth Ministry
When you think about the state of youth ministry today, are you an optimist or a pessimist? Is the glass half full or half empty? In this seminar, we’ll discuss what’s working in youth ministry today—and discover that perhaps things aren’t as broken as some of us might’ve thought.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Oestreicher

Mark Oestreicher

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


Sunday November 24, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Music City Center: 106 A-C

2:30pm

Centering Prayer
Speakers
avatar for Micah Thomas

Micah Thomas

Micah has worked for Youthfront in Kansas City for over six years.  As a camp director, he attempts to create environments where youth can encounter God in meaningful and sometimes unfamiliar ways. Micah alsoworks for Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City as a worship leader. He is... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Music City Center: 203 A-B

2:45pm

3:00pm

3:30pm

Big Room 6
Speakers
avatar for Pete Wilson

Pete Wilson

Pete Wilson is the founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee, a committed church community that he and his wife, Brandi, planted in 2003. Pete is the author of the best-selling book, Plan B. Pete's much-anticipated second book, Empty Promises, released... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Amena Brown

Amena Brown

https://www.facebook.com/amenawrites
avatar for Crowder

Crowder

https://www.facebook.com/davidcrowderband
avatar for DJ Opdiggy

DJ Opdiggy

https://www.facebook.com/DjOpdiggy
avatar for Propaganda

Propaganda

https://www.facebook.com/propaganda


Sunday November 24, 2013 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Music City Center: Hall B

5:00pm

YS Idea Lab: Big Room Speaker Interview
Speakers
avatar for Pete Wilson

Pete Wilson

Pete Wilson is the founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee, a committed church community that he and his wife, Brandi, planted in 2003. Pete is the author of the best-selling book, Plan B. Pete's much-anticipated second book, Empty Promises, released... Read More →


Sunday November 24, 2013 5:00pm - 5:15pm
Music City Center: YS Idea Lab Hall A