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Together Means Consistency (NYWC 2019)

Not only did I have the chance to hear Nona Jones, the head of faith-based partnerships at Facebook, in her workshop, I also had the privilege to hear her at the Big Room main session on Saturday evening at NYWC 2019. Nona started by telling her story. She was born to a dad who was … Continue reading Together Means Consistency (NYWC 2019)

How to Lead a Selfie-Centered Generation (NYWC 2019)

Nona Jones is the head of faith-based partnerships at Facebook, but she also leads a church with her husband in Florida. She led a workshop at NYWC 2019 all about leading the selfie-centered generation we are seeing now in Millennials and GenZ. She started by stating that we are in a monumental shift as we approach … Continue reading How to Lead a Selfie-Centered Generation (NYWC 2019)

Leading Beyond Fumes: You… Better, Healthier, Stronger! (NYWC 2019)

On Saturday afternoon of NYWC 2019, Larry Acosta from City to City Los Angeles led a breakout all about leading beyond fumes. He identified this existing problem: For many Christian leaders, it feels as though “ministry matters most.” The truth is that JESUS is the Messiah and we are NOT.  So what do we do? … Continue reading Leading Beyond Fumes: You… Better, Healthier, Stronger! (NYWC 2019)

Together with Jesus (NYWC 2019)

Tom Shefchunas kicked off the Big Room on Saturday morning at NYWC 2019 by referring to Jesus’ “Parable of the Lost Son” in Luke 15. The older brother was upset because he had been slaving for years, but the father reminds that he has always been WITH him and everything has been FOR him. Then … Continue reading Together with Jesus (NYWC 2019)

Together Means Collaboration (NYWC 2019)

As the second Big Room kicked off at the National Youth Workers Convention 2019, we were told we would have three speakers. Honestly, I wasn't sure I was ready to sit through three back-to-back messages. But wow, was I wrong! God used Lucas Ramirez, Reggie Joiner, and Danielle Strickland to bring a powerful message focused … Continue reading Together Means Collaboration (NYWC 2019)

10 Commitments Youth Workers Need to Make (NYWC 2019)

During their Deep Dive pre-conference workshop, Josh Griffin and Karl Romeus had so much information to help young youth workers, but much of what they said was very applicable to veterans too. (If you missed my previous post about from this workshop, all about 10 Foundations for a Healthy Youth Ministry, click here to read … Continue reading 10 Commitments Youth Workers Need to Make (NYWC 2019)

5 Keys to Effectively Communicate to Students in 2019 and Beyond (NYWC 2019)

Karl Romeus has had the opportunity to communicate to various sizes and ages of crowds. Over the years, Karl has realized that we need to practice communicating as a craft. Similar to an instrument, if we’re only practicing when we are “performing,” we will be less effective. We need to practice and round out our … Continue reading 5 Keys to Effectively Communicate to Students in 2019 and Beyond (NYWC 2019)

Together Means Companionship (NYWC 2019)

Albert Tate kicked off the Big Room talks at NYWC 2019 talking about remixes. A remix is when you take something old and make it new again. In ministry, we need God to remix our souls and our lives. We need Him to do something new with something old in our lives. We need this, … Continue reading Together Means Companionship (NYWC 2019)

10 Foundations for a Healthy Youth Ministry (NYWC 2019)

During their Deep Dive pre-conference workshop at the National Youth Worker Convention 2019 entitled "First 2 Years in Youth Ministry," Josh Griffin and Karl Romeus shared a ton of wisdom. Because it's so much, I've decided to break it up over a series of posts. This first one is all about starting with the right … Continue reading 10 Foundations for a Healthy Youth Ministry (NYWC 2019)