Best Cosplay at NYWC 2019

The National Youth Workers Convention is definitely a convention, rather than a conference. They each have their place, but they are different. For example, conventions have a lot more venders, it has a more relaxed feeling, and there is a lot more focus on networking. I have been to several video game and comic book … Continue reading Best Cosplay at NYWC 2019

Sam’s Story: An Encouraging End to NYWC 2019

This is part 4 of Sam’s Story. To read part 1, click here. To read part 2, click here. To read part 3, click here. Sunday morning was typically a big day for Sam. He needed to get to the church early and he was busy all day long. Today was different, though. He just needed to … Continue reading Sam’s Story: An Encouraging End to NYWC 2019

Say No to Busyness and Yes to Being Like Jesus (NYWC 2019)

Doug Fields is a veteran youth worker, who, as many of you know, has been one of my mentors from a distance over my years in youth ministry. He has written some of the best books, started several resource organizations, and recently got back into being a youth pastor after a few years of speaking … Continue reading Say No to Busyness and Yes to Being Like Jesus (NYWC 2019)

Grace and Peace for the Pressure of Youth Ministry (NYWC 2019)

Crystal Chiang is the director of student strategy at Orange. On Sunday morning at NYWC 2019, she started off her Big Room talk by sharing her joy for being here, because the people here have the “get it” factor. And one of the things we can get for each other more than anything else is … Continue reading Grace and Peace for the Pressure of Youth Ministry (NYWC 2019)

Treating People Better than Dogs: Welcoming People with Disabilities in Church (NYWC 2019)

Joel Sonnenberg was badly burned in a car accident during his family vacation in 1979, at 22 months old. Even though 88% of his body was burned, by the grace of God, he was able to get surgeries, progress in school, and even provided multiple platforms in his life. Growing up as a child and … Continue reading Treating People Better than Dogs: Welcoming People with Disabilities in Church (NYWC 2019)

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)