The National Youth Workers Convention has been training, equipping, and encouraging youth workers for more than 40 years as a part of Youth Specialties. It’s a 4-day opportunity for God to illuminate the hearts and minds of youth workers so they can continue to help teenagers find and follow Jesus. The 4-day event is packed full with more than 40 seminars, 6 Big Room sessions, 2 Family Room sessions, the YS Exhibit Hall solely focused on resources for youth ministry and Late Night sessions where you can enjoy concerts, comedy shows, panel discussions, and much more!
This year, we are so excited to have the entire DYM crew sharing in our pre-event Intensives at NYWC Sacramento and NYWC Atlanta! Intensives are optional 5-hour sessions that give you a unique opportunity to dive deeper into one specific topic. Here are the 2 Intensives that the DYM crew will be participating in this year:Read More
Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, matt mcgill, NYWC, sacramento, 1st 2 years in youth ministry, Youth Specialties, youth ministry and marriage, National Youth Workers Convention, katie edwards, Doug Fields, Atlanta, Cathy Fields, starting out right, youth ministry conferences, married in youth ministry
For me one of the hardest things in youth ministry is the notion that youth ministry is only a stepping stone to a “real” pastoral job. Many people think that just because you minister to students you’re simply testing the waters or honing your skills so you’re prepared to take on the responsibilities of a “real” pastor when the time is right. Can I just say, a youth pastor IS a real pastor.
Youth Ministry is a messy, unpredictable, chaotic, emotional journey filled with twists and turns and bumps in the road. Youth Pastors journey through life with students that are constantly in a state of physical, emotional, hormonal change and everything in between. Not only do youth pastors journey with these students, but they also journey with parents (a whole different ministry entirely). Sometimes parents are supportive of the ministry and sometimes they are not. Sometimes both parents are still together and sometimes they are not. Sometimes the parents are involved in the student’s life and sometimes they are not. Each and all of these situations bring a new dynamic to ministering to the students and their parents.Read More
Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, becoming a real pastor, stepping stone, youth ministry calling, guest posts, youth ministry is a stepping stone, get a real job, nate eckert, youth ministry profession, what do you do all day, calling
I'm leaving in an hour to rough out the fall calendar for our youth ministry. We don't ever plan out a full calendar year for our youth ministry, we do it 3 times a year. And while I have an idea of the tentpole events we do annually we plan in seasons to accommodate for changes, new ideas and increased energy.Read More
We are at the tail end of our life groups for the school year. Groups are wrapping up and prepping for the summer. Looking back, I saw some groups that just grow like crazy and I saw some groups in which just sort of fizzled out near the end. I was thinking about why this was. Why do some groups seem to grow more than others? When looking a them, here is what I can point out:Read More
It happens in an instant. Your first major incident at summer camp. A collision of egos at midnight during your overnighter.Read More