SPARK Conference

January 6-13, 2017SPARK Youth Ministry Conference in Dallas, Texas

Boot Camp $99 Early Bird Rate Jan 7 & 8 (Special Deal: Boot Camp participants stay for Seminars for just $45 more)

Seminars $149 Early Bird Rate Jan 9, 10, 11

Certification $855 Early Bird Rate Jan 6 – Jan 13 (FREE housing at C2K Mission Center is available to the first 30 registrations that ask for it)

(+plus YWM $ discounts for regular members and covenant members)


Real Youthworkers Training Real Youthworkers

SPARK Conference in Dallas, Texas is three events in one.

Boot Camp: (2 days) For those just starting out in youth ministry OR those who have been doing it awhile and want to re-think the basics.  Taught by experts in Youth Ministry.

Professional Seminars In Youth Ministry: (3 Days) Get Deeper How To’s, Expand Your Thinking, Grow Your Faith, Reshape Your Ministry, Push Your Limits.  Seminars given by real  Youthworkers.

Southwestern College’s Certification Class: (7+ Days) Taught at a graduate student level but open to anyone in Youth Ministry regardless of educational background. This class takes you deep over a 24 month period of 5 total classes, 3 in person at SPARK and 2 on-line. The five classes are: Ministry with Youth, The Bible in Youth Ministry, Doing Theology in Youth Ministry, United Methodist Studies, and Adolescent World.  Professors: Rev. Dr. Stephen Rankin, Rev. Wendy Mohler-Seib, Charles W. Harrison, Rev. Dr. Laceye Warner, Rev. Dr. Reginald Blount, Mark Oestreicher.  Teachers Include:  Eddie Erwin, Bill Podschun, Rev. Dr. Wes Magruder, Dr. Alan Jay Richard, Rev. Georgia Harrison, Todd Lovell, Lori Richey, Eric Pugh, Kevin Alton.

Chaz, Rankin, Wendy 2015

Certification Professors: Charles W. Harrison, Rev. Wendy Mohler-Seib, Rev. Dr. Stephen Rankin

Certification Class has been designed so that students can finish all 5 classes in just 24 months!  Not only does this speed up the process for you and save you time, this also saves you the financial $ cost of 2 years of travel.  On-Line learning is utilized in-between the January in person classes at SPARK.  The 2 on-line classes are a guaranteed price of $599 (plus fees, no discounts) in 2016 & 2017 saving you even MORE $ money!

Bible Study led by Mark Oestreicher

Music by Shawn Welling and Dr. Jonathan Palant

$29 Hunger Donation : Feed Somebody Else While You Are At SPARK

We are asking everyone to prayerfully donate $29 to help purchase 10,000 meals for hungry folks to be distributed through Stop Hunger Now! We will pack these meals together on Monday & Tuesday night.

100% of the donations go to this cause.

If we raise enough through registration donations to cover the first 10,000 meals, SPARK will donate enough money for a second batch of 10,000 meals and the host church KPUMC will donate 10,000 meals as well making 30,000 meals total to be packed and distributed by the Youthworkers who participate in SPARK.

The Youthworker ethic has always been to not just call people together for their own benefit. We all believe Christ calls us to join in God’s Mission to save the world. SPARK humbly offers this one small thing.

If you wish to donate more than $29 you are welcome to do so! Maybe your Youth Group will do a car wash, a bake sale, and that cool 90’s pink flamingo thing, just to help you out!

This event will be held at our partner church Kessler Park UMC 1215 Turner Avenue Dallas, Texas 214.942.0098

CEU’s earned through Southwester College and the Institute for Discipleship for Boot Camp and Professional Seminars in Youth Ministry. Additional $ fee applies.

Undergraduate and graduate credit towards respective Youth Ministry degrees for Certification Class may be awarded by Southwestern College and the Institute for Discipleship or possible credit towards a MACP with a Youth Ministry focus from Duke Divinity School is possible and requires a small additional $ fee.

YWM Posts About Certification (these were all experiences that took place before the Certification Class offered at SPARK in 2016 by the same professors using the same model with a few new tweaks, enhancements, and some major $ discounts.  Even after 15 years of success we thought of some good things we haven’t offered yet!) :

2015 a certification journey by Bradley Alexander

2014 One year down: a UM youth ministry certification journey by Mak Young

2012 the road less traveled: UM certification in youth ministry by Kevin Alton