The National Youth Workers Convention, located in St. Louis, MO, this year was a great time of refreshment and refocus. If you want to read more about the event, check out my other blog posts about it, especially the one titled “Youth Workers Unite.” You can also look through my tweets from November 16-18 to see a lot more.

But for those of you who thrive on quick snippets, here is a list of quotes that really stood out to me from NYWC 2018:

“Many people cannot run the race God set before them because they have their eyes set on the people in the lanes beside them!” (Robert Madu)

“All you need to do is stay in your lane and keep your eyes on Jesus.” (Robert Madu)

“Comparison will consistently cloud the clarity of God’s call on your life.” (Robert Madu)

“If you handle your nightmare correctly today, they might become the world changer of tomorrow.” (Jose Rodriguez)

“You don’t have to relate to reach. Love is the great equalizer.” (Gabriel Zamora)

“I wonder if we live more like Barnabas if we would see more unity and diversity today in our ministries.” (Jo Saxton)

“Doubt is a necessity for teenage faith development.” (Mark Oestreicher)

“Confessing to God gets you forgiven. Confessing to other people gets you whole.” (Ryan Leak)

“You may not be able to create a safe place for everybody, but you can be a safe person for somebody.” (Ryan Leak)

“The heart of good leadership with young people is the way that you see them.” (Kara Powell)

“When we say, ‘Someday…’ to someone, we unleash new dreams.” (Kara Powell)

“Self-knowledge produces in us humility, which awakens in us a thirst for God’s grace.” (Ian Cron)

“In the midst of our doubt and fear, God provides a promise that brings assurance of his presence and power. God says to you, ‘I will be with you, and I am God.” (Doug Fields)

“I’m not in charge of the spiritual results. I’m just in charge of faithfulness.” (Doug Fields)

“What if we practiced surrender rather than practicing worry?” (Tim Timmons)

Like I said earlier, there were so many great things that came out of NYWC this year. Be sure to check out my other blog posts to read more.

Also, be on the lookout for the next episode of The Student Ministry Podcast, which will feature several quick interviews with NYWC attendees all about what God taught them at the event. If you haven’t subscribed on your favorite podcast app, be sure to do that soon, so you don’t miss it.

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