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CHURCH WORKERS
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MARCH
6-8

2014 BASS Workshops

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  • Track: Youth

    Reaching a Growing Lost People Group - The Public School Student

    Patrick Lee

    Patrick Lee

    March 7, 2014 - 9:00 AM Room: N15

    Public school students are quickly becoming a "lost people group" as their campuses are drifting away from God and embracing the world's values. Living in the affluent Bay Area, reaching them through meeting their "felt" needs" is predominately ineffective so combining faith and sports may be one of the few ways left to reach the students of our area. I will share the Fellowship of Christian Athletes' Huddle process on how to gain access to the public school student and share the gospel with them through stories of faith and sports.

  • Track: Youth

    I’m Saved, Now What

    Itonya Conner

    Itonya Conner

    March 7, 2014 - 9:00 AM Room: C2

    After receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, the youth wonder how they should live the Christian life. We will address some of the "now what happens" after salvation questions. If we do not have any other answer for them than "pray about it" we risk losing them back into the world. We will explore some of the benefits of being a Christian and how with God they can have a fulfilling life and do many of the same things that other people do.

  • Track: Youth

    Creating a Youth Ministry from Scratch

    Group Publishing

    Group Publishing

    March 7, 2014 - 10:30 AM Room: Firehouse

    You want to develop a thriving and impactful youth ministry – but there’s just one problem, There aren’t any youth! If this gets close to describing your situation, join us as we share step by step strategies for creating a youth ministry from scratch. We’ll also cover how to keep students around for the long haul, and the latest trends and insights into what today’s youth need most in a youth group. This workshop will be presented by Margaret Leigh Guthrie.

  • Track: Youth

    Listening To and Hearing God in an Overloaded Tech World

    Gerald Mann

    Gerald Mann

    March 7, 2014 - 12:00 PM Room: N10

    Our world is over run by technology. Because of this we often run until we are exhausted like the prophet Elijah. How do you avoid the Elijah syndrome in youth ministry? How do you hear form God on a daily basis? When is it time to put down the smart phone, the tablet, the computer and take a fast form technology? How do you do self care in this type of overloaded world.

  • Track: Youth

    Got JESUS?

    Itonya Conner

    Itonya Conner

    March 7, 2014 - 12:00 PM Room: C2

    Is Jesus in your youth ministry? Come learn 4 ways to add Jesus Teachings to your youth ministry. 1. Jesus told parables to reach people. Youth like to hear stories. Jesus parables were purposeful, illustrative stories which helped people understand difficult things. The unknown was illustrated by the known. 2. Jesus always told the truth. Youth like when we are honest with them. Jesus was never compromising. He was never concerned with popularity, public opinion, or the polls. We should never stray from the truth when teaching teenagers. 3. Jesus used teachable moments. Youth like when we are spontaneous. Some of your best youth teachings will not happen in the classroom—it will happen on a ride home, on a trip, or in a counseling session. 4. Jesus used humor. Youth like to laugh. If you want to teach like Jesus, you should not feel obligated to be dry, boring, and humorless.

  • Track: Youth

    Preaching the Bible to Teens

    Jordan Berry

    Jordan Berry

    March 7, 2014 - 12:00 PM Room: D1

    Preaching the Bible to teens can be a tricky endeavor. In this workshop we will spoil some of the mystery of communicating the Word of God to teens in a way that is both engaging and challenging. We will talk about how to prepare a sermon, how to deliver a sermon, and how to grow in your preaching ability.

  • Track: Youth

    You Lost Me

    Wayne A. Hubbard

    Wayne A. Hubbard

    March 7, 2014 - 1:30 PM Room: N15

    What is the reasons do so many spiritually active teenagers put their faith and their connection to the church on the shelf as they reach adulthood? Why do young people raised in good Christian homes wander as young adults?

    In this workshop we will address these questions and study the biblical solutions to why; "We Lost Them"?

  • Track: Youth

    God's "Audible" Directions

    Patrick Lee

    Patrick Lee

    March 7, 2014 - 3:00 PM Room: N15

    Those of us who have spent a considerable time in ministry can attest to having our own plans diverted by God. This workshop will discuss how we can learn to benefit from these audibles.

  • Track: Youth

    Effective Teaching for Middle School & High School Students

    Kevin White

    Kevin White

    March 8, 2014 - 8:00 AM Room: C2

    Have you ever wondered how to teach and communicate to a group of kids who have the attention span of a gnat? We'll walk through some concepts and tips to make our teaching as effective as possible, and address common concerns most youth leaders face.

  • Track: Youth

    Back to the Basics!

    Itonya Conner

    Itonya Conner

    March 8, 2014 - 8:00 AM Room: D6

    Is your church just starting a youth ministry? Are you in your first, second, or third year of youth ministry or need a fresh outlook on your existing ministry? Come learn how to recruit volunteers, set up your team, attract volunteers, set priorities, learn and reach the youth and much more. This workshop offers the tools and principles you need to impact the youth in your ministry.

  • Track: Youth

    Youth Ministry Meets Madison Ave.

    Kevin White

    Kevin White

    March 8, 2014 - 11:15 AM Room: C2

    Teenagers are a multi-billion-dollar-a-year industry, and advertisers know this. What is the business world doing to teenagers and how are we to respond? In this workshop we'll uncover some of the major trends in today's culture as well as an understanding of where our role as youth workers fits in. (Appropriate for children's and adult ministry workers, too.)

  • Track: Youth

    Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches – Secrets to Cultivating a Dynamic Youth Ministry

    Group Publishing

    Group Publishing

    March 8, 2014 - 11:15 AM Room: Firehouse

    Are you a “small” church? Don’t feel bad – you’re the majority! With the average church in America clocking in at about 75 members, there’s no reason why “small” has to equal “less” when it comes to a healthy, thriving youth ministry. We’ll break down stereotypes, rally around biblical and philosophical direction, and gain a ton of practical ideas for creating a ministry that teenagers will love to be a part of – no matter how many of you there are. This workshop will be presented by Margaret Leigh Guthrie.

  • Track: Youth

    Doing Youth Ministry With Young Adult Ministry In Mind

    Ian Longtin

    Ian Longtin

    March 8, 2014 - 12:45 PM Room: N13

    We so often do Youth Ministry in a vacuum. We do it for the sake of itself, for the sake of having a big program, or for the sake of our own egos. What if we did youth ministry in a way that actually prepared students for adulthood? What if we did it in a way that prepared them for their early adult participation in the church?

  • Track: Youth

    Just Say Yes: Helping Kids Commit to Purity

    Group Publishing

    Group Publishing

    March 8, 2014 - 12:45 PM Room: Firehouse

    The world is full of minefields that can rob young teenagers of the pure lifestyle God intended for them. In this workshop, you’ll better understand what those dangers are and how to counteract them in a young person’s life. You’ll also get a handle on what a commitment to purity really means. It’s not just about sex; it’s about an entire lifestyle that’s pleasing to God. If you’re not sure how to help kids even want a pure lifestyle, this workshop will equip you to help kids desire God’s best above all else. Plus, we’ll help you partner with parents during this important commitment. This workshop will be presented by Gloria Lee.

  • Track: Youth

    Mapping Out Your Youth Ministry for the First Five Years

    Jordan Berry

    Jordan Berry

    March 8, 2014 - 12:45 PM Room: D1

    My first couple of weeks in youth ministry I sat in my office not knowing what to do. Maybe, as a youth pastor, you've been asked, "What do you do all day?" Maybe that has made you wonder, "What DO I do all day?" In this seminar we'll develop a plan for how you should be spending your time during the first five years in the youth ministry at your church in order to develop a healthy and sustainable ministry.

  • Track: Youth

    ReThink Youth!

    Itonya Conner

    Itonya Conner

    March 8, 2014 - 2:15 PM Room: D6

    New "out of the box" ideas will be discussed and given to begin meeting the needs of youth in our church and community socially, emotionally, academically, and spiritually. We must rethink how we view youth, revamp traditions (that's not working) and revive our programs/events to meet youth needs. We will discuss why the youth are not coming/staying, ways to reach the youth and getting parent support. The Word of God (the content) is the same but our methods need to change.

  • Track: Youth

    Cultivating Character in the Youth You Love: Tools to Impact Even the Most Difficult Kids

    Joy Liu

    Joy Liu

    March 8, 2014 - 2:15 PM Room: N15

    Are you worried about the choices that a child or teen is making? Are you looking for practical tools to help children and teens develop strong character? This workshop will give an overview of how to "train up a child in the way he should go" (Prov. 22:6), with simple tools that can impact even the most challenging kids and youth. Participants will also learn how to create “teachable” moments and respond to negative behavior in a way that will encourage character growth.

  • Track: Youth

    The Nine Most Important Relationships of a Youth Pastor

    Jordan Berry

    Jordan Berry

    March 8, 2014 - 3:45 PM Room: D1

    Being a youth pastor can sometimes be a deceptively complicated thing. We balance so much, from the mundane and tedious to the serious and heartbreaking, all while trying to make life and ministry fun and engaging. We’re expected to know and teach the Word in a way that students can relate to it. We’re expected to find, train, and empower volunteers. We’re expected to plan, organize, and execute large trips or service projects for large groups of people. We’re expected to be able to counsel students and parents through difficult circumstances and issues. We’re expected to communicate well with church leadership, paid staff, volunteers, parents, and students. And on top of all that we perform a whole host of other tasks, like playing in the band, tutoring, hauling couches around, picking up drunk kids in the middle of the night, paying attention to teens’ nutrition, taking classes, making videos, and I could go on and on…and on. The point is, sometimes it is difficult to know what the job of a youth worker actually is. In this workshop we will explore the job of the youth pastor broken down into nine important relationships to pay attention to in order to do your job well.

  • Track: Youth

    Reaching a Growing Lost People Group - The Public School Student

    Patrick Lee

    Patrick Lee

    March 8, 2014 - 3:45 PM Room: C7

    Public school students are quickly becoming a "lost people group" as their campuses are drifting away from God and embracing the world's values. Living in the affluent Bay Area, reaching them through meeting their "felt" needs" is predominately ineffective so combining faith and sports may be one of the few ways left to reach the students of our area. I will share the Fellowship of Christian Athletes' Huddle process on how to gain access to the public school student and share the gospel with them through stories of faith and sports.

  • Track: Youth

    Teens Viewing Porn -- It IS a Big Deal!

    Anthony Liu

    Anthony Liu

    March 8, 2014 - 3:45 PM Room: N15

    The internet offers today’s youth unprecedented accessibility to pornography and explicit sexual content. The average age for a child's first sexual exposure is 8 years old! We will touch on porn’s impact on technology, on adolescent brain development, and on the viewer’s inability to engage in healthy intimate relationships. This discussion aims to empower you to help that precious teen in your life not get ensnared in porn’s addictive web.