A Conference for Northern California Churches
March 1-3, 2018
Hosted at Redwood Chapel
19300 Redwood Rd.
Castro Valley, CA
March 2, 2018 - 9:00 AM Room: D6
Mentoring teens is a lifelong journey based on biblical principles, The mentoring process is a relationship first with God. God builds our vision in mentoring on these personalized daily principles. Discover how He equips us in protecting, enabling and raising the bar for our teen, from today and for the rest of their life, in a special relationship established by God.
March 2, 2018 - 9:00 AM Room: D1
Re-energize your youth ministry! Do you feel like your patience is running low when it comes to the teens? Are you experiencing feelings of hopelessness and frustration? Are you running out of ideas and ways to keep your teens excited and wanting more of Jesus? There's no time like the present to re-focus your ministry on the importance of why you do what you do.
March 2, 2018 - 9:00 AM Room: N13
Do negative emotions in your child or teen drive you crazy? Do you wish he or she could just be more positive? Do you worry about what negative emotions say about your child's character? Times of anger, sadness, and fear are a God-given opportunity for intimacy and growth. How we adults respond to negative emotions powerfully impacts a child or teen's ability to handle hard times. Learn how to use your child's negative emotions to draw you closer together instead of driving you apart.
March 2, 2018 - 10:30 AM Room: D1
We know that effective youth ministry includes building a community, not just a youth group. Sometimes our love for youth leaves us speechless with parents. In the end, this hurts the students more than helps. Learn ways to communicate with and involve the parents. If you are a pastor, get them on board and be a resource to them. If you are an awesome volunteer, learn how to get to know the parents and build trust.
March 2, 2018 - 12:00 PM Room: D1
Our Youth Matter, Inc. has done several events to impact our community. Over the last 11 years we have held Vacation Bible School in the Park. We have supplied the community with backpacks, school supplies, hygiene kits, books and food bags with our largest event our Back 2 School Bash where 500-700 people is in attendance. We served hot meals, passed out goodie bags and warm items at our Thanksgiving in the Park event. We have given out Christian theme Easter baskets at a neighborhood Easter egg hunt. We have blessed families with toys at Christmas through our annual Toy Drive. Our holiday Adopt – A – Family is growing each year where we meet the needs of 10-25 families and provide gifts from their wish list. We have offered youth the opportunity to attend Professional Sporting events. Each of these events was held outside of the church where we were able to bless many people having a positive impact on our community. Join us for this workshop to explore how YOU can reach out to make a positive impact on YOUR community.
March 2, 2018 - 1:30 PM Room: D1
From adolescent development to teaching students, leading them in small groups, and mentoring them one on one, learn some more about 6-8th graders. We'll cover some of basics of how to best reach junior highers and get at their level.
March 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM Room: D1
We selected “sports” as a theme because almost every youth in your class will either be a member of a sports team, watch sports as a spectator, or have a favorite team that they follow. We will take 1 of 14 lessons on sports and do as a class. These will be exciting and adventurous experiences you can have with a curriculum! Whether you are teaching for the first time, an occasional teacher, or a seasoned one, it is our expectation that you will find this curriculum interesting, innovative, and easy to follow. There is not a great deal of content and recommended language to memorize and apply because our intent for this curriculum is to have you “facilitate” rather than “instruct”; raising questions and scenarios for students to consider, and situations for which they must problem-solve. Our hope is that we have designed a curriculum that will build self-confidence, character, and compassion in today’s youth. Some of the lessons consist of the “The Play Book that will show how God’s Word, The Holy Bible, is a “Play Book” for a victorious life. Serving on God’s Team - will show how positions on a sports team can illustrate how God’s presence works to accomplish a goal and His will for your life. Balance - To show that just as being able to stay balanced when participating in a sport, it is important to have balance in living a healthy Christian life. Join us as we are building spirit, mind, and body through sports.
March 3, 2018 - 11:15 AM Room: D1
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 8-11 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.
March 3, 2018 - 12:45 PM Room: D1
Policies and Guidelines can be tedious and a snooze, and yet having some firm policies to protect our youth and church workers can be very helpful. Come learn ways to implement policies that create a safe, encouraging environment for the youth while not diminishing the spontaneity of youth ministry.
March 3, 2018 - 3:45 PM Room: Firehouse
Games can get teens to connect, have fun together, and build a healthy relationship with competition. God uses games in so many ways, yet it can be challenging to find the games that work for your students and are inclusive. Come have fun with us while we add games, icebreakers, and relays to your repertoire.