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:


  • Sacramento CA: Led by Katie Edwards and Matt McGill (Thurs Oct 2, 1-6pm)
  • Atlanta GA : Led by Katie Edwards and Josh Griffin (Thurs Nov 20, 1-6pm)

Are you a youth ministry newbie? Or maybe you’re a veteran who realizes there’s still more to learn. Matt and Katie draw from decades of collective experience to share their successes and failures, as well as some very practical ideas on youth ministry. They’ll give you the strategies to build a solid foundation for a fruitful, long-term ministry and offer advice on how to enjo the ride.


  • Sacramento CA : Led by Doug and Cathy Fields (Thurs Oct 2, 1-6pm)
  • Atlanta GA : Led by Doug and Cathy Fields (Thurs Nov 20, 1-6pm)

Marriage isn’t easy; ministry is tough. Put the two together and things don’t get any easier. Seasoned in marriage (29 years) and veterans in youth ministry (more than 30 years), Doug and Cathy Fields have spent their entire nuptials in youth ministry—and have lived to tell about it. This intensive course will focus on the vulnerability of a ministry marriage and offer many positive and practical ideas on how to keep your marriage growing, even during ministry stress.

You don’t want to miss these opportunities for you and your group to really dig into these important youth ministry topics in a setting as unique as the NYWC Intensives. For the full seminar schedule and more info specific to NYWC Sacramento or NYWC Atlanta.

Hope to see you there!