My proposed schedule for NWYC

I was looking through the schedule for the Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Convention in Nashville this weekend trying to get a head start on what workshops I want to attend, but man, it is so hard! There are so many good workshops I wanna hear, but unfortunately I am not omnipresence and am limited to one workshop at a time. Grrr… So, after a long drawn-out process, I think this is the schedule I’m gonna follow for the weekend.

Friday, November 18
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM — General session (Mark Yaconelli, David Crowder Band, Ted and Lee , Jars of Clay , Skit Guys)
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM — New Generations, New Questions: Issues We Need to Address that Our Emerging Culture is Asking (Dan Kimball)

    Most teenagers are no longer being raised in a Judeo-Christian culture, but a post-Christian one. This means we need to be thinking through the prominent emerging questions and issues that teenagers have today in regards to spirituality, Christianity, and the church. We will look at the hard questions young people are asking and other criticisms teenagers and young adults have today about the church and Christianity.

6:30 PM to 7:00 PM — Debriefing and discussion with Redeemer leaders
7:30 PM to 10:00 PM — General session (Doug Fields, David Crowder Band)
10:15 PM to 11:30 PM — Hawk Nelson , Thousand Foot Krutch

Saturday, November 19
8:00 AM to 9:30 AM — It All Ads Up: How Marketing and Madison Avenue are Shaping Youth Culture (Walt Mueller)

    This generation of students is the most marketing-targeted generation of all time. Consequently, marketers know them, pursue them, and reach them with advertising efforts that are shaping students’ worldviews and behaviors in significant ways. It’s not a stretch to say that marketing is raising the kids. In this session, Walt will examine the role marketing plays in student development, the messages and methods of advertising to teens, how marketing is shaping their values, attitudes, and behaviors, and what we can do to help our kids manage marketing’s influence “Christianly” rather than letting marketing’s influence manage them.

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM — General session (Doug Pagitt, David Crowder Band)
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM — Youth Worker as Spiritual Guide: Nurturing a Presence-Centered Youth Ministry (Mike King)

    Most youth walk away from the church when they reach late adolescence and don’t come back. Are they walking away from Jesus, or from the way we do church and youth ministry? Youth ministry must move away from behavioral modification and focus on creating environments for spiritual transformation. This must happen first with youth workers who live out of the wholeness of their souls, who nurture a personal spirituality that makes Jesus Christ central. This seminar will look at spiritual formation, Rule of Life, creating sacred space for encountering God, and exposing your youth to contemplative and transcendent practices without freaking them out.

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM — Debriefing and discussion with Redeemer leaders
7:30 PM to 9:45 PM — General session (David Nasser, David Crowder Band, tobyMac , The Skit Guys)
10:00 PM to 11:30 PM — Comedy Club (Daren Streblow , Taylor Mason , Joby Saad , Thor Ramsey)

Sunday, November 20
8:00 AM to 9:30 AM — The Marks of a Passionate Youth Ministry (Brock Morgan)

    They’re passionate about their music, fanatical about their team, fired up about the latest video game and nuts about their friends. Intensity and adolescence seem to go hand in hand. But does any of that energy and enthusiasm find its way into their youth group world? If you’re tired of the blank stares and one syllable grunts that mark your interaction with students you’ll want to discover what makes for a passionate youth group. This seminar will identify the marks of youth groups that make a difference. Based on recent research and the experiences of youth groups across the country we’ll find ways to make your youth group something kids just won’t want to miss.

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM — General session (Alise Barrymore, Chris Tomlin, The Skit Guys)
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM — Cultivating Student Leaders (Doug Fields)

    One element of a healthy youth ministry is the presence of students who minister. Student leadership isn’t about electing the cute, fun, and popular; rather, it’s about finding students who have the right heart, believing in them, and then empowering them to serve God in their unique ways. In this session, we’ll talk about finding those students, developing them, and creating a leadership team of students who will shape your ministry.

4:00 PM to 5:45 PM — General session (Louie Giglio, Chris Tomlin Band, Bob Stromberg)
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM — Debriefing and discussion with Redeemer leaders
8:30 PM to 10:00 PM — Special concert (Third Day , Starfield)
10:15 PM to 12:00 AM — Late Night Live (Bob Stromberg , The Skit Guys , Lost And Found)

Posted on November 15, 2005

  • jeremy wedel

    tim…great blog site…thanks for praying for my dad and our family….he had to get some blood test done again…we’re trusting God that everything will go well this friday with the surgery!
    i’m praying for you and your ministry!
    i hope to see you sometime…maybe i can drop by for a visit after my candidate orientation program in KC in january…i’m looking at renting a car and driving to Frontier Camp…maybe i could stop by and see you in Dallas…i have so much to do before then, and i graduate from moodyonline a month from today…Dec.15th…

    take care and Lord bless!

    Psalm 116:1-2:grin:

  • One element of a healthy youth ministry is the presence of students who minister. Student leadership isn’t about electing the cute, fun, and popular; rather, it’s about finding students who have the right heart, believing in them, and then empowering them to serve God in their unique ways.

    My old youth pastor was a huge Sonlife guy and being a part of the student leadership (ministry team) taught me more than I ever learned in Bible College inregards to my youth ministry leadership classes. It made us (the students) fell like we could make an impact on the church, our friends and the events. Good stuff. Let me know how this goes.

  • I was also going over the schedule this morning. There are 3 different seminars that I just cannot decide between 2. Are you guys driving over from Texas? If so, you will be passing through where I grew up in Arkansas. We are leaving out EARLY Thursday morning and get down there later in the afternoon. Makes for a long day from Seattle. Talk to you later.

  • Tim

    We are leaving Dallas around midnight Friday morning and driving all night and morning to a friend of mine’s house outside Nashville. We’ll drop our stuff off at his house, get changed and do whatever else we need to do before heading over to the convention center to register at 11:30 AM.

    If you’re coming from Seattle, I assume you’re flying, right? I sure hope so!! Man.

    If you get a chance, post your YS schedule on your blog. If any of our workshops match I’ll keep an eye out for ya.

  • Lynn

    you wrote sept. when is it? it sounds really cool! where is it?

  • Sure Tim, I'd love to meet up with you at some point. I have been wondering if they are going to have a lunch or something for bloggers. Even if they don't, we should plan on meeting up. I'll be blogging the whole time and we should have a better feel of our schedules once we are there. I'm looking forward to it!

  • I was at the Sacramento NYWC and felt your frustration. So much to do, see, hear, and so little time! The most profound seminar that I went to and encourage all to go to was Chap Clark's seminar. He discusses the findings in his book, "Hurt" and the implications of those ministering to students. It is information that everyone must hear.

    Enjoy the convention! I wish I could be there again!

  • Tim

    — Brian —
    This will be my third NYWC (previously attended Dallas and Atlanta). I’m excited for this trip because every single one of the adult youth volunteers from my church is coming. We’ve attended CORE training together before, but none of them have been to the convention, so it’ll be an exciting time for all of us.

    Although Chap’s session was definiately a hard call to make, I decided against it because I know a couple of my youth volunteers will be attending it. Since I’ve scheduled in an hour each day for us to meet and debrief each other, I’m trusting that they’ll be able to give me the Cliff Notes version during that time.

    — Justin —
    I sent ya an e-mail earlier today and got your number from your blog. (You’re a brave man!) :)

  • Tim,
    Thanks for your comment on my blog, have we met before? I am so excited for you and your team that all of you are going to NYWC, we went to Sacramento this year, it was amazing…and my husband and I are huge Crowder fans! Chap’s class is good, but don’t worry if you pick one you don’t like you can always switch to your 2nd choice in the middle.

  • Justin,

    That is great that you are able to bring your whole team the the convention this year. It is my dream to do that next year with my team. There will be so much gain in that!

    I’m glad some of your team will be in Chaps seminar. You will have some good discusison with them afteward. If you haven’t already, you might consider reading his book, Hurt.

    I haven’t yet received your email. Perhaps you can resend.

  • Tim, I misread your comment. I meant to address my comments to you, Tim, and also just realized your comment about email was directed at Justin, not me.

    It’s early, I’m only on my first cup of coffee!

  • Hey Tim –
    Thanks for the article you left me on my blog ( This was good stuff! May I republish a portion on mine (namely: inregards to leaders needing to understand their prospective leader’s teams vision as well)?

    I have definitely been in position (paid and volunteer) where I had been more or less expected to facilitate another leader’s vision without any consideration for my own.

  • Tim

    Hey Flexnfx, check my blog entry for my response. :)

  • Pingback: guaranteed military loans()

New eBookGo
Focused Youth Ministry ebook

85% off!

Focused Youth Ministry

This practical "how to" ebook will walk you through a 30-step process to discovering God's vision for your unique ministry context. The process also shows you how to implement that vision and put metrics in place to evaluate what is moving the vision forward and what isn't.

Price: $12.95 Limited time: $1.99