March 6, 2015 - 10:30 AM Room: N11
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.
March 6, 2015 - 10:30 AM Room: D1
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.
March 6, 2015 - 10:30 AM Room: N10
It can be difficult to navigate the world of small groups. Each group has different needs. Learn tools on how to take your small group of teens and move them towards God and each other. Learn about creating emotional safety, small group questions, creating a small group identity, adding fun to the group, and more.
Small groups are such a significant part of youth groups. The bond teens form with their leaders, with each other, and mostly with God sticks with them through their whole life. Going deeper with teens can be difficult. From 6th grade boys to 12th grade girls, there are ways to engage your teens to get them thinking about God. Have trouble getting them to sit still? Is it hard to get your teens to talk, or to stop talking and listen? There are some wonderful strategies that may help you and your group add fun, depth, and personality.
March 6, 2015 - 12:00 PM 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.
March 6, 2015 - 12:00 PM Room: N12
Between 60% and 80% of teens who were active in church disconnect within one year of graduation. Hear the reasons why and what we need to do to reverse this tragic trend. This workshop repeats on Saturday @ 2:15 p.m.
March 6, 2015 - 12:00 PM Room: D5
Learn a proven method of effective Bible based after school clubs on the public middle schools sponsored by your local church. This will include: building relationships with the school and school district, recruiting, schedule and an example of a lesson plan.
March 6, 2015 - 1:30 PM 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.)
March 6, 2015 - 1:30 PM 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 tone 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 Eric Groezinger, a Group Publishing Ambassador.
March 6, 2015 - 1:30 PM Room: N10
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 6, 2015 - 3:00 PM Room: B3
The workshop will delve into several aspects of an effective manhood development program which include: purpose, curriculum, scheduling, activities, e.g., community service projects and field trips, participant requirements, participant expectations, materials, rites of passage ceremony, mentoring and parental involvement.
March 6, 2015 - 3:00 PM Room: D1
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.
March 7, 2015 - 8:00 AM Room: N11
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 7, 2015 - 11:15 AM Room: Firehouse
"Devotions" are a staple part of most youth ministry moments. Yet, first hand reports tell us that only about 5% of people can repeat the main idea of a devotion just five minutes after it ends! So let's get REAL with devotions. During our time together we will unpack Group's unique REAL approach to learning and show you how to create devotions, messages, and experiences that are both memorable and life-changing, as well as fun for your youth. You will leave with the skills and simple steps needed (plus the noticeable absence of the weight on your shoulders) to deeply connect your students to Jesus. This workshop will be presented by Eric Groezinger, a Group Publishing Ambassador.
March 7, 2015 - 12:45 PM Room: D1
Our Youth Matter, Inc. has done several events to impact our community. Over the last 7 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. We served hot meals with 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. We have offered youth the opportunity to attend Professional Sporting events. Each of these events were 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 7, 2015 - 2:15 PM Room: D2
How often we do Youth Ministry 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?
March 7, 2015 - 2:15 PM Room: N12
Between 60% and 80% of teens who were active in church disconnect within one year of graduation. Hear the reasons why and what we need to do to reverse this tragic trend. This workshop repeats on Friday @ 12:00 p.m.