I’m here to play so I can show someone how to play (Kara Powell – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

Kara Powell is one of the best researchers in the youth ministry world, and she works at one of the best researching organizations in the youth ministry world, Fuller Youth Institute. At Youth Ministry Exchange 2020, she shared about the importance of handing over the "keys of leadership" to students. Here are my notes from … Continue reading I’m here to play so I can show someone how to play (Kara Powell – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

Re-Imagining Events for Students (Trey McKnight – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

Trey McKnight runs BigStuf Camps. Like many/most of us, they had to pivot this year due to the pandemic. At Youth Ministry Exchange, he shared some great thoughts around the importance of events and how to think about changing events moving forward. Here are my notes from his breakout session: 1. Events are (still) important. … Continue reading Re-Imagining Events for Students (Trey McKnight – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

I’m here to play so we can learn to trust each other (Reggie Joiner – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

Reggie Joiner is one of the best thinkers not just in family ministry but in the entire church-world. I love hearing him speak, especially when he addresses issues that most others avoid for whatever reason. Here are my notes from his talk all about trust: I grew up in a denomination that was theologically correct. … Continue reading I’m here to play so we can learn to trust each other (Reggie Joiner – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

I’m here to play because tomorrow can be better than today (Tedashii – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

When Tedashii was interviewed by Reggie Joiner at Youth Ministry Exchange 2020, it was hard to take notes. I was just sucked into everything he said. So instead of full-on notes, I have a collection of quotes from Tedashii: "In the moment of salvation, I experienced something that I'd never felt before, & it was … Continue reading I’m here to play because tomorrow can be better than today (Tedashii – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

I’m here to play today so you know I’ll be here tomorrow (Crystal Chiang – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

Crystal Chiang leads Orange Students and has become a good friend of mine. I recently had the opportunity to interview her on my podcast. At the Youth Ministry Exchange, she brought some strong truths and encouragements as she talked about the importance of consistently showing up for students. Here are my notes from her talk: … Continue reading I’m here to play today so you know I’ll be here tomorrow (Crystal Chiang – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

Understanding the Impact of 2020 on High Schoolers (Stuart Hall – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

I met Stuart Hall about 13 years ago, when he spoke at a student winter camp. Not only do I really enjoy hearing him speak and teach, he has become like a mentor to me from afar. He has a huge passion for empowering students, and as he explained the impact of 2020 on high … Continue reading Understanding the Impact of 2020 on High Schoolers (Stuart Hall – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

I’m here to play to build something that lasts (Danielle Strickland – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

Danielle Strickland has become one of my favorite speakers. I've heard her speak at Orange Conference for several years and a few other events. At YMX 2020, she spoke about how she is here to play so we can build something that lasts. Here are my notes from her talk. Holy = Other (we’re supposed … Continue reading I’m here to play to build something that lasts (Danielle Strickland – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

I’m here to play so we can learn to trust each other (Kristen Ivy – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

Kristen Ivy spoke on the importance of trusting each other at her Youth Ministry Exchange talk. Similar to others, she talked about the importance of changing our posture. Here are my notes from her main session talk. Lesson from gymnastics: Wherever your eyes go, your body will follow.All of us feel fear, anger, and shame. … Continue reading I’m here to play so we can learn to trust each other (Kristen Ivy – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

I’m here to play because I have a lot to learn (Jo Saxton – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

Jo Saxton's talk at Youth Ministry Exchange 2020 was fantastic, as expected. Here are all my notes from her talk entitled, "I'm here to play because I have a lot to learn." Life has always been changing, many of us just haven’t been watching.Our posture will determine how we handle changes and where we go … Continue reading I’m here to play because I have a lot to learn (Jo Saxton – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

I’m here to play so I can see what’s possible (Ryan Leak: Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

Ryan Leak had the opportunity to start off Youth Ministry Exchange 2020. Going off the theme of YMX, Here to Play, his talk was titled, "I'm here to play so I can see what's possible." Ryan started by pointing out that we often talk a lot about not being able to make it through hard … Continue reading I’m here to play so I can see what’s possible (Ryan Leak: Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)