I am very excited to announce that the Youthworker Movement team in partnership with Southwestern College, The Institute for Discipleship, Be A Disciple, The Center for Youth Ministry Excellence, Youthworker Circuit, CircuitWriter Media LLC, MethoBlog, Duke Divinity School, Kessler Park UMC, and The Foundation For Ministry Excellence; is launching a brand new affordable Youth Ministry Conference in Dallas, Texas which will house three awesome events in one conference!
Boot Camp (2 days – Sat/Sun) Early Bird Rate $99
For those just starting out in youth ministry OR those who have been doing it awhile and want to re-think the basics. Boot Camp give each Youthworker ALL of the basics they need for survival in Youth Ministry in any local church context whether they are a volunteer, part-time, or full time Youthworker. This would be a great event for you as a Youthworker to bring your volunteer team to for great basic training and valuable conversations for vision and purpose in your local church. Want to come to Boot Camp and stay for the transformative Seminars? We’d love for you to do that and we will give you a price break so that you can stay for just $45 more! In addition you will receive 1 year of FREE Boot Camp Coaching led by the various expert at The Youthworker Movement.
Professional Seminars in Youth Ministry (3 days – Mon/Tues/Wed) Early Bird rate $129
Get Deeper How To’s, Expand Your Thinking, Grow Your Faith, Reshape Your Ministry, Push Your Limits. Each Day is kicked of with a Key-Note Speaker followed by several Seminars throughout the day. There will be lunch and Bible study led by Bishop Richard Wilke (our all time favorite Bible teacher for Youthworkers). In addition each participant receives an invitation to be in an ongoing Community Care Group lead by the Care Team at The Youthworker Movement. These Groups meet weekly throughout the year both in person and on-line across the country. Each day there are several seminars you can choose to attend that fit your learning needs. Go home with inspiration and practical help from access to on-line resources from the conference.
Southwestern College’s Certification in Youth Ministry Class
(Friday January 8 – Friday January 15) Early Bird Rate $800
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. This year is Ministry With Youth – The most practical class taught by Real Youthworkers in the local church. Check out the FREE housing option for the first 30 to register! Certification students may qualify for several scholarships to help lower the out of pocket cost as well. Plus have access to resources and professors all year long after you register for help and guidance.
We are extremely excited that Mark Oestreicher has agreed to hang out with us all week. He will be our featured Key-note Speaker on Monday but he will also be teaching at Boot Camp and in Certification Class. Plus, being the REAL YOUTHWORKER that he is, he will be hanging out in the hallways, in between classes so that you can chat him up about the latest in Youthwork. If you haven’t read his new book Hopecasting: Finding, Keeping and Sharing the Things Unseen then you should pick up a copy today! It will be VERY transformative for your ministry!
One unique thing about SPARK Youth Ministry Conference is our challenge to participants to donate $29 to help provide 10,000 meals to hungry people through Stop Hunger Now. If we raise the first 10,000 meals, then we have matching fund for the next 20,000 meals (and we are hoping another church or two will match 10,000 meals). So your donation can help to feed 3 times as many people! Even if you can’t join us for SPARK, we hope you will prayerfully consider making a donation of $29 or more.
And, most importantly, don’t forget, if you are receiving the weekly email (sign up on the home page), that means you are a FREE member of The Youthworker Movement. Because of that, you get a discount for SPARK on top of the early bird rate(s)! If you join as a paid Covenant Member, you get an even bigger discount for SPARK and discounts to other Youth Ministry events and a few special deals here and there (that more than pays for your yearly membership). So do what John Wesley said: “…earn all you can as a youthworker, save all you can on youth ministry conferences, give all you can to feed hungry people…” well that is our favorite paraphrase anyway!
There are so many wonderful things to announce about SPARK Youth Ministry Conference that we just can’t do it all in one week. So check back often for the latest news on our SPARK Blog.
Now where else are you going to go at such affordable rates for a Youth Ministry Conference where REAL YOUTHWORKERS TRAINING REAL YOUTHWORKERS is the founding principle? We are each other’s best resource. Get connected to the community at SPARK in 2016!
Peace and Grace,
Charles W. Harrison