Open is an experimental youth ministry training event that we are piloting this year. (2012 – 2013 school year) In short, our hope for Open is it will become a movement of open-source events for youth ministry thinkers.
Why call it Open? Because everything about this event is open. We’re working with lots of partner organizations, we’re talking to lots of different types of youth workers, we’re keeping the price at $25 to open it up to as many people as possible, and we’re being fully open about the organization of how Open works. (Here’s what to expect at Open)
Today, I’m excited to announce our second city.
Paris, France | May 11th, 2013 (full details)
Did you say Paris? As in France? You realize that’s not North America, right?
Yes, Paris has always been a cultural hub and today is no exception. The City of Lights has an energy all its own. For centuries people have been inspired by and inspired in Paris. What’s not youth ministry about that?
While this is mostly invisible to Americans there is a lot of youth ministry happening all over continental Europe. (Organizations which minister to nationals, expat communities, military, diplomatic communities, missions organizations, etc.) We’d love for Open to be a place where folks from all sorts of different backgrounds gather and exchange ideas on ways to minister to adolescents in their communities.
Of course, we’d love if friends from the U.K. & Ireland came over as well. Plus, as I’ve planned this I’ve talked to a number of friends who would love an excuse to learn about youth ministry in Europe. (wink)
Location, Location, Location
In the end, this is happening in Paris because of a perfect location. Our host is The American Church in Paris. It is a large, international Christian community in the heart of the city. (blocks from the Eiffel Tower) Rather than describe the church and location I’ve asked Dan Haugh, the local organizer and youth pastor at the church for Open Paris, to provide some pictures above.
But Paris is so expensive!
Typically, yes. But early May is before tourist season is in full swing so flights won’t quite be at their summer highs. Plus, Paris has a great rapid transit system so whether you arrive by train or plane you should be able to get to the location easily.
Additionally, because Open Paris is right in the heart of the city we’ll be utilizing nearby hostels. (Way cheaper than hotels!)
Make it a long weekend
Activities for Open Paris will be on Friday and Saturday, ending at 5 PM. I plan on staying and relaxing until Monday or Tuesday before heading home. You are welcome to join me!
We will launch the website, paris.openym.org later this summer. All the details, tickets, speaker proposals, schedule, and sponsorship opportunities will be there later this summer. We are currently looking for additional partners. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on that.