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This was the only advice I was given upon entering youth ministry: “Never. Stop. Learning.” Every year I have been in ministry it has remained true and I have no doubt that it will continue to. Continuing Education is an important aspect of our lives as ministers. We can never know it all, and always seeking to learn makes us better disciples and better leaders for the Kingdom of God.

Today I wanted to take a moment to share with you about Spark Youth Ministry Conference.

There are many youth ministry learning opportunities all across the United States that offer all kinds of great activities, small group ideas, worship experiences, and many more advances for your ministry. My personal struggle with conferences has always been whether the speakers or seminar leaders really understand youth ministry. I have often wondered what a learning opportunity would look like that was led by youth ministers for youth ministers?

Spark was born with this exact vision. Learning and growing together as people in youth ministry from all different kinds of experience levels. Chances for all to learn – beginners, novices, and veterans – all together at one conference. Not just seminars either – foundational learning for brand new people and seminary-level certification for those wishing to be certified in United Methodist Youth Ministry.

The only conference that I see offering that is Spark Youth Ministry Conference. The structure, leadership, and conference are all top notch, and the best part: you don’t have to pay the usual insurmountable top notch price.

I am in the Certification Class because I have entered a time in my ministry where I need education on how to expand our ministries. Spark Youth Ministry Conference partners with Southwestern College in Winfield, KS. With that partnership you experience a wide range of learning and growing, not to mention the fact that you can be fully certified in 24 months. On top of that, your certification works towards a Masters Degree in Youth Ministry through Southwestern. The experience is incredible. There is laughter, tears, and lots and lots of joy for all around. I can’t tell you how awesome it is to be a part of this community! The learning is incredible, but the best part is that it’s a community that is there for each other all year long. We are constantly connected to each other through our Facebook group and, more importantly, through prayer.

It doesn’t matter if you are brand new to ministry or have been in ministry for over 20 years: there is a learning and growing place for you at SPARK. Leaders and learners are all learning and growing together. It really is a spark to you and to your ministry as well. I hope you will consider joining me for Spark Youth Ministry Conference! We would love to have you as a part of our community.

About Bradley Alexander

My name is Bradley Alexander, I serve as the Director of Youth and Media Ministries at Arlington Heights United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, TX. I am married to the love of my life, Rev. Amy Forsythe-Alexander, who serves as the Pastor of Discipleship at Acton United Methodist Church. I graduated from Texas Wesleyan University in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Business Management. Currently I am working on receiving the United Methodist Church Youth Ministry Certification with the General Board of Higher Education. After receiving this I will continue my coursework at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas receiving a Masters in Youth Ministry. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to connect with you again in the future.

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