Getting Started: What I did to Start and What I would do Differently (Gideon Ajagbe, Student Pastor, First Baptist Church, Snellville)
Every ministry and ministry season is different. We will discuss how to start a new ministry to students. This breakout is practical help for anyone in student ministry, but it's especially helpful if you are in a new season or need a new perspective.
Maximize Discipleship: A Gospel Lifestyle that Builds Every Day Missionaries (Scott Kindig, Executive Pastor for Kingdom Initiatives, Community Bible Church)
Jesus spent 50% of his time investing in 12 disciples for three years. This mentor-to-learner engagement moved the pupils to be disciples by teaching them to imitate Jesus and integrate the gospel into a lifestyle. This breakout is intended to create a holistic process that empowers and release disciples into their Kingdom calling to become every day missionaries. This breakout is for leaders of students and everyone who desires to make disciples.
Erasing the Whiteboard (Billy Christol, Associate and Student Pastor, Burning Bush Baptist Church)
"Today's youth leader has more information than we ever imagined. Every day we are bombarded with blogs, podcasts and enough research to fill thousands of books. But is it really helping? It's time to erase the whiteboard. We will dig past the trends, schemes, and statistics to discover our true purpose for what matters: Growing students closer to Jesus and each other.
Our calendars are packed! We've created dozens of events and activities to fulfill our church requirements by relying on our own traditions and cultural understanding. But is it working? We need to fill our whiteboards with effective ministry. We will dig into drawing Christ out of Generation Z to advance the gospel utilizing their passion and diversity. From there, we will build a solid foundation for our current and future students."
Middle School Development: Why Are Middle Schoolers So Weird? (Chris Boggess, Next Gen & Middle School Pastor, NorthStar Church)
This session will help you grow as a leader of these wonderful creatures who are created in God's image. Middle Schoolers are awesome! We will discuss the needs of middle school students and help you design small groups to meet their specific needs as they go through physical and psychological changes.
Overcoming Anxiety: De-stressing your Student! (Mitch Norman, Youth Pastor, First Baptist Church, Winder)
Students are stressing out! Like never before, students are overcome with anxiety and stress. What can we do as leaders to help them overcome? How can parents be trained to help students live in this anxious culture? Does your youth ministry speak into this growing concern? We will talk about the answers to these questions. See you there!