hey good people — we’ve finalized the seminars for the inaugural Multi-Site Youth Ministry Campference in January. there are only 8 of them (2 rounds of 4 each), because we also have a program element called “Multi-Site Issues Dialogues” where participants will rotate through four pre-selected topical discussions on common issues facing youth workers in multi-site churches.
the topics for the Multi-Site Issues Dialogues are:
- Multiple sites, multiple sizes
- Creating & Maintaining Culture
- Defining Our Model (including reporting relationship, standardization, etc)
- Naming our Common Tensions
AND, the seminars are:
- Kurt Johnston — An up close look at Saddleback’s model
- Tom Shefchunas — How you define church defines your model.
- Kevin Libick — Interviewing 101: What you can and can’t learn from asking the right questions of a potential hire?
- Megan Bagnall — Helping Struggling and Smaller Sites
- Marko — Leading Change
- Kent Bjurstrom and Kurt Brodbeck – Developing and maintaining a strong relationship between central YM boss and site youth worker
- EJ Swanson — Scaling Youth Ministry for Sites from 30 to 3000.
- Christopher “Taffy” Tafalla — Multiplying Your Music/Worship Strategy
About 5 years ago I was serving alongside our missions partner in Haiti and this thought came to mind: We need to bring this partnership thing to Baja.
Continue reading Join us for an amazing week of ministry in Ensenada or Tijuana!
Hey folks — we just finalized the list of seminars for this year’s Middle School Ministry Campference. As usual, it’s going to totally rock!
It’s coming up super fast (October 13 – 15), and late rates kick in this coming Sunday. So get your reg on!
Continue reading Seminars at this year’s Middle School Ministry Campference
Starting this Fall I’m helping our missions partner, Praying Pelican Missions, get started in Tijuana and northern Baja, basically within 2 hours of the San Diego border.
Continue reading TAKE THE SURVEY: Help Us Do Mexico Missions Right
Details at a glance:
- January 9 – 11
- Orange County CA
- All-inclusive price: $300 – $365
There has been an explosion of churches moving to a multi-site approach in the last few years. Understandably, a church’s decision to move to a multi-site approach is rarely (if ever) driven by the mission of the youth ministry. And as such, youth workers in these churches are often scrambling to figure out best practices, formats and structures, success metrics, and all sorts of other variables.
Continue reading Announcing the Multi-Site Church Youth Ministry Campference
The Youth Ministry Coaching Program changes lives. For reals. Here are a couple of the most recent responses we’ve received from people who just completed the program:
Continue reading update on available spaces in the Youth Ministry Coaching Program
Note: Do to the nature of my trip and in an effort to protect the privacy of my hosts I’m not able to share specifics in this format. If you have specific questions about my trip please contact me via email.
“I’m so happy to be here, I never thought I’d have the opportunity to visit with you.” This is all I could come up with last Sunday when handed the microphone. I never even considered visiting Cuba as a possibility so I had no idea what to expect.
So what did I discover? Here are some snapshots.
Continue reading 6 Nights in Cuba
The Youth Ministry Coaching Program is the oldest and most developed youth ministry development program on the block. After more than seven years, and 380 graduates and current participants, we’ve seen massive transformation in the individual lives of youth workers and the ministries they lead.
Continue reading Onramps: A Youth Ministry Coaching Program Cohort for Newer Youth Workers
If you’ve wondered about joining the ranks of the 380 graduates and current participants of our Youth Ministry Coaching Program, 2017 would be a fantastic year to jump in. We have so many cohorts forming at this time, and there are opportunities all over the country.
Here’s an update on the status of currently-forming cohorts:
Continue reading Status of currently-forming YMCP cohorts
Julia Bauman is nursing her four-week old son when I call her, so in between I hear adorable little sighs of a precious baby. It’s the perfect picture of her life as a youth pastor and a new mom—a life that turned out so much better than she could have ever dreamed, thanks to an unexpected call three years ago. “It was really a dream come true,” Julia says. Continue reading When God Makes a Youth Pastor’s Dream Come True