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Saturday, March 23
 

8:00am

Arrival & Check-In
Saturday March 23, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Main Foyer

9:00am

General Session 1
Speakers
avatar for Sharon Ketcham

Sharon Ketcham

Associate Professor of Theology and Christian Ministries, Gordon College
Sharon Galgay Ketcham is an associate professor of Christian ministries at Gordon College and is currently the president of the Association of Youth Ministry Educators. She earned her Ph.D. in theology and education from Boston College. Sharon’s two decades of experience in youth... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 9:00am - 10:10am
Worship Center

10:30am

Developing Disciples: Taking the Next Step in the Journey Together
Limited Capacity seats available

What is the process that you use to develop student disciples? So much of ministry rides on discipleship and yet for most it is hard to articulate a tangible course of action and development. We need a reasonable, actionable solution to this leadership concern. In this seminar, we will identify different stages on the discipleship journey and discuss tangible steps we can attain as we develop disciples. We will identify practical and applicable principles specifically connected to the disciple-making journey.  

 1. They will walk away with a clear multi-stage process to growing disciples with associated actionable steps for the leader 
2. They will be able to apply the “invitation and challenge” exchange in growing disciples 
3. They will avoid discipleship micromanagement and co-dependence while seeking to align with God's intent to release disciples to disciple others

Speakers
avatar for Nate Parks

Nate Parks

President / CEO, Berea Ministries


Saturday March 23, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Worship Center

10:30am

Posture Shift Exposure: How a Missional Framework Unleashes Better Care and Greater Inclusion for LGBT+ Youth
Limited Capacity seats available

We will do an exposure study of LGBT+ youth as a marginalized population within our churches. Studying history, culture (what it's like to grow up LGBT+), and language sensitivity will rapidly mobilize your ministry team to relate to and nourish faith identity in LGBT+ youth. This interactive workshop offers time for dialogue.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Henson

Bill Henson

Founder, Lead Them Home


Saturday March 23, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
The Space

10:30am

Tetherball and Floodlights: Remembering Allows Faith to Flourish
Limited Capacity seats available

Recent research in adolescent development reminds us how crucial the biblical authors’ call to remember really is.  Young people will benefit when, alongside Snapchat’s fleeting digital appearances, they are part of a deeply-rooted story.  Remembering the Christian story informs identity and purpose and equips young people to navigate faith and life.

Sharon Galgay Ketcham is an associate professor of theology and Christian ministries at Gordon College in Massachusetts. She earned her Ph.D. in theology and education from Boston College. Sharon’s two decades of experience in ministry include serving the local church, researching, writing, teaching, and mentoring. As a theologian, she is a scholar for the Church and invites people to reflect theologically on lived Christian faith. She is the author of Reciprocal Church: Becoming a community where faith flourishes beyond high school (InterVarsity Press, 2018) in which she proposes a new vision for a person’s relationship with the church and the accompanying values and practices that allow faith to flourish. Sharon lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two children.

Speakers
avatar for Sharon Ketcham

Sharon Ketcham

Associate Professor of Theology and Christian Ministries, Gordon College
Sharon Galgay Ketcham is an associate professor of Christian ministries at Gordon College and is currently the president of the Association of Youth Ministry Educators. She earned her Ph.D. in theology and education from Boston College. Sharon’s two decades of experience in youth... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Conference Room 1

12:00pm

Lunch Break
Saturday March 23, 2019 12:00pm - 12:55pm
Cafe

1:00pm

General Session 2 - Trending: Download & Discuss
Our Trending session features a mix of platform content and time for discussion questions with your peers. We will explore two important topics through engaging "Ted-style" talks and group conversation.

1. What's Next: Considering The Future of Student Ministry with Kyler Barr
2. Posture Shift Exposure: How a Missional Framework Unleashes Better Care and Greater Inclusion for LGBT+ Youth with Bill Henson




Speakers
avatar for Kyler Barr

Kyler Barr

Lead Youth Pastor, Walnut Hill Community Church
avatar for Bill Henson

Bill Henson

Founder, Lead Them Home


Saturday March 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Worship Center

2:25pm

Combating Mental Health Stigma in Your Youth Group
Limited Capacity seats available

Many youth struggle with challenging thoughts and feelings that contribute to symptoms of depression and anxiety.  Because of stigma about mental illness, however, many do not talk about their challenges and as a result are unable to access support from their Youth Group leaders and from the healing truth of the Word of God.  This Lab will explain the impact of stigma on youth and provide leaders with tools to support youth experiencing stress and to combat stigma.

Objectives
1. Define stigma and recognize its impact on youth’s willingness to speak up about their struggles
2. Reflect on the role of the language we use on sustaining stigma
3. Discover the role of youth group leaders in combating stigma and supporting youth who are experiencing stress
4.    Discuss multiple tools to combat stigma that can be implemented in youth groups  

Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Whitaker

Cynthia Whitaker

Chief of Services, Greater Nashua Mental Health
Dr. Whitaker is dually licensed as both a psychologist and a master licensed alcohol and drug counselor.  She holds a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University New England and received a Certificate in Primary Care Behavioral Health from the Center for Integrated... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 2:25pm - 3:15pm
The Space

2:25pm

Discipleship Centered Ministry
Limited Capacity seats available

It can be tempting to make your student ministry about events and programs, it is easy to promote, run, and measure, but discipleship is where a difference is made. This lab will focus on help you as leaders reorient your ministry toward discipleship by incorporating key ingredients for discipleship. With these ingredients in place, it will inform all the strategy of your ministry from volunteer training to outreach events.

Objectives
• Evaluate the ministry you serve in in relationship to discipleship
• Clearly understand the key principles for discipleship
• Create a plan around those principles for one to two aspects of student ministry
 

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Sanford

Brandon Sanford

Valley Community Church


Saturday March 23, 2019 2:25pm - 3:15pm
B5

2:25pm

Initiating Partnerships With Public Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us to learn how approaching a public school with a servant’s heart and a long term vision can result in a dynamic partnership which lays the groundwork for pre-evangelism. We’ll also share what we do with LifeFAQs.org to provide you with a springboard to imagine what you can do in your own community.

Speakers
avatar for Andra Ingalls

Andra Ingalls

School Site Coordinator, Life FAQs
I oversee the volunteer mentor teams at two of the public schools served by LifeFAQs.org.


Saturday March 23, 2019 2:25pm - 3:15pm
B4

2:25pm

Is Your Youth Group Welcoming to Teens with Disabilities?
Limited Capacity seats available

Church leaders with a heart to serve families affected by disability frequently ask, “What is the best way to include teens with disabilities in Youth Ministry?” This lab will respond to that question by offering step-by-step tools for building relationships with families affected by disabilities, evaluating individual needs and creating a culture among the youth to welcome and include everyone. We will discuss planning irresistible environments that provide access to the Gospel. Practical tips for unexpected behaviors will be addressed.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Mancini

Katie Mancini

Walnut Hill Community Church
avatar for Maria DeGenova

Maria DeGenova

Program Manager, Joni & Friends


Saturday March 23, 2019 2:25pm - 3:15pm
Conference Room 1

2:25pm

Middle and High School Community: Beyond Beneficial Coexistence
Limited Capacity seats available

What if our youth ministries empowered Middle School and High School students to help each other thrive in their faith?

This lab will help youth leaders in any setting implement a Middle and High School strategy of collaboration that will develop ways to move past common JR/SR High disconnections and put meaningful ministry in the hands of students.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Baker

Ryan Baker

Ryan Baker is the Associate Pastor of Youth and Worship at Christ Chapel in Madison Ct. Ryan has been in youth ministry for over 23 years and cares deeply for God’s work in New England.
avatar for Jocelyn Brown

Jocelyn Brown

Middle School Ministries Director, Christ Chapel


Saturday March 23, 2019 2:25pm - 3:15pm
Nursery 5

2:25pm

Naked Youth Ministry
Limited Capacity seats available

You want your ministry to be a place where students can be real, right? However, you see the masks that students wear and the walls that they build. This lab will examine how leading with vulnerability can create a transparent environment that fosters authentic relationships and sincere faith.

In this lab, you will:
-Gain a biblical understanding of why we hide and try to project a false image of ourselves to others.

-Discover how the gospel frees us to relate to each other without fear and shame.

-Receive practical tips for creating safe environments of authenticity. 

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Jones

Jeff Jones

Westfield Evangelical Church


Saturday March 23, 2019 2:25pm - 3:15pm
Conference Room 2

3:25pm

General Session 3
Speakers
avatar for Nate Parks

Nate Parks

President / CEO, Berea Ministries


Saturday March 23, 2019 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Worship Center