Effective Programming for Student Ministry: Celebrating Chaos & Implementing Structure:
The stereotype of student ministries comes in one phrase: “Out of control!” The label is understandable when you think of the chaotic combination of hormones, drama, and energy. Is it possible to have chaotic fun and structure? Absolutely! We’ll look at creative and effective programming for teenage students– activities that will leave your students wanting more. Plus, we’ll introduce simple and essential guidelines that will allow you to retain your volunteers, parents’ respect, and personal sanity!
This year we have a new master’s commission team from North Carolina. They have traveled a long way to share God’s word and good news with you. Don’t miss this cutting-edge message by this excellent ministry team. It’s easy to be a Christian at the Youth Rally but what about when you go home? How we be the prophetic Nike and “Just Do It?” How can we live our faith at school, home at church? These questions and more will be tackled in light of Romans 12:1-2.
Phil Joel, a member of the Newsboys and our worship band this weekend, Zealand will challenge you. The message is content from his new book, Redwoods and Whales. As the world continues to spiral out of control, who is God and who are you amid life’s challenges?
David is the Youth Rally Producer, a pastor of a growing rural church in Cecil County, Mt. Pleasant UMC and a Leadership Professor at the University of Delaware. David will use humor to challenge the audience to answer the question, “What do you want to be and do when you grow up?” The message will a humorous yet challenging overview of Mary and Martha, the sisters of Bethany, to explore and how to find God’s will for your life? How can you identify your passion, spiritual gifts and ways to serve God now and in the future?
Cali serves as the Chaplain of the New York Mets in New York City. The Mets are a professional baseball team in the National League of professional baseball. We know you may be a Phillies or Orioles fan, but don’t let this stop you from attending this power packed session. Cali uses his passion for God’s word and shares at baseball chapels. Cali also uses his first language Spanish to connect and serve Latino/Hispanic players. Bring a friend to hear great sports’ stories on how to share your faith.
The CCYM is a dedicated group of youth and adults from the various churches of the Peninsula-Delaware Conference. They serve as leaders who plan the details of the Youth Rally as well as other life changing events. If you are interested in serving on this team, come and hear who to serve. Stop by their booth in the Exhibit Hall and meet the members of the team.
This breakout session will feature the faith journeys of Seth and Nirva. Seth & Nirva have traveled and performed with Toby Mac for years. They will be sharing their background, faith, life and how they use their music for God’s glory.
How can you use your talent for God? This question and more will be tackled. Come and hear the faith journey stories of each of the members of the band. Come and hear the details of how God brought these guys together to travel, share their music and the message of God’s love.
Cali serves as the Chaplain of the New York Mets in New York City. The Mets are a professional baseball team in the National League of Major League baseball. We know you may be a Phillies or Orioles fan, but don’t let this stop you from attending this power packed session. Cali uses his passion for God’s word and shares at baseball chapels. Cali also uses his first language Spanish to connect and serve Latino/Hispanic players. Bring a friend to hear great sports’ stories on how to share your faith.
Egypt Speaks uses spoken word to communicate God’s love in a needy world. This breakout session will feature Egypt Speaks sharing her background, faith and how she uses her gifts and talents to impact others. How can YOU use YOUR creativity for God’s purpose in your life?
Ministering to Students: Waffles, Spaghetti or both?
It’s said that guys are like waffles and girls are like spaghetti—two elements that don’t seem to go well together. Many youth workers are overwhelmed as they look out at a room filled with teenage girls and guys. How do you keep the guys engaged without frustrating the girls? How do you talk about feelings without the guys resorting to arm pit noises? How in the world do you honor both genders when they are so different? Drawing from 27 years of experience with students, Heather will offer practical ideas on programming, teaching, activities and relationships.