In just under a month, I will be making my way to Nashville, TN for Youth Specialties', 2013 National Youth Workers Convention (NYWC). The NYWC is one of my favorite youth worker events for training, encouragement, and all sorts of resources and possibilities. Having attended well over 12 conventions, I am so excited for this year NYWC!
The NYWC is by-far, the leader in conventions and conferences for youth workers. While the look and locations and staffing maybe change over the years, the mission of the convention has never changed. Their goal, simply stated on their website is this, "The National Youth Workers Convention (NYWC) is a gathering of people from all around the country (and the world!) who work with and care about teenagers. It’s an opportunity for you and your team to get training, be inspired and encouraged, do some bonding and team building, and have fun!"
YS, has been training and encouraging youth workers since the 1960's! Not only do they know what their doing, they LOVE youth workers!!
As I said, this year I will be attending the NYWC, in Nashville. But I won't be attending as a participant. Instead, I will be working behind the sense on the Main Stage! Serving on staff or not, NYWC is something to look forward to, year after year. This will be my 14th NYWC and my 5th serving with the staff.
This month, I hope to share with you a few thoughts and some great resources the NYWC and Youth Specialties present, along with why I love NYWC! So be sure to check in this month as we talk NYWC!
Thank you, Mike, for all of your work, all of your love, all of your support, all of your encouragement, and all of your wildness. You changed youth ministry for me and thousands more.
Hello Youth Workers!
Youth Specialties posted their YS Roundtable yesterday. In this episode, Jim Decker discusses Systems in Youth Ministry. If you missed it yesterday, be sure to check it out here.
Okay Youth Workers, I have a question for you.
- What do you do for Halloween?
In recent years, I've noticed more and more churches move from saying nothing about Halloween, to hosting various Halloween alternatives such as trunk or treat. But for as many churches who host Halloween alternatives, there are student ministries that participate in the holiday festivities and take students to haunted houses, haunted hayrides, spooky hay mazes, and haunted amusement parks.
What I want to know is, What do you do?
- IS THERE A CHURCH POLICY THAT YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW?
- DO YOU SCHEDULE OFFICIAL HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES?
- DO YOU PLAN UNOFFICIAL HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES?
- WHERE ARE YOU WITH THE WHOLE HALLOWEEN HOLIDAY?
Share your thoughts below.
This past weekend, thousands of youth workers invaded San Diego for the 2013 National Youth Workers Convention. The first of two conventions, kicked of on Friday, October 4th, at the Town and Country Resort and Conference Center. The YS team posted a Friday Highlight Vid, which I posted here on the blog.
But my question is, HOW WAS IT?
Did you go? Were you there? How was it? What was your favorite part? What inspired you? What challenged you? What renewed your call? Who spoke the loudest into your life? What will impact your ministry? How were you changed? What great pearl of wisdom did you learn? How is your ministry going to improve? How are you going to improve?
I'd love to hear from you! Post a comment below that answers one or more of the questions I just asked. Or, share your thoughts of the weekend.
Looking forward to hearing from you!