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Cultivate:  A Thoughtful Youth Ministry Conversation
January 22 - 24, 2020
Nashville, TN
www.cymt.org/cultivate

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Wednesday, January 22
 

12:00pm CST

Cultivate Registration
Wednesday January 22, 2020 12:00pm - 1:15pm CST
Café

1:30pm CST

OPENING WORSHIP
Speakers
avatar for Joy Bronson

Joy Bronson

Strategic Planning Consultant and Design Implementation Specialist, CauseImpact (OH) and American Baptist College’s (TN)
Joy completed her Master of Divinity at Vanderbilt Divinity School with a focus in holy play and transformational change.The current iteration of her strategic planning coaching and consultancy focuses in supporting persons, communities, and organizations in the continual innovation... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Jamelle Jones

Jamelle Jones

Director of Youth Ministries, Brady First UMC
Jamelle Jones is a Communicator, Songwriter, Pastor, and Author of You are Enough... You Matter and Immeasurably More. He is known for his thought-provoking songs and artistry in curriculum writing for various student ministries. Jamelle is currently working in student ministry... Read More →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 1:30pm - 2:15pm CST
Tabernacle

2:15pm CST

Break & Snacks
Wednesday January 22, 2020 2:15pm - 2:30pm CST
Café

2:30pm CST

CONVERSATION SESSION 1: Human Flourishing as a Root Metaphor for Youth Ministry
You'll hear 3 speakers respond to a case study with theology and pragmatism.  You'll then have space to reflect and engage in thoughtful conversation and dialogue with other conference attendees as well as with the speakers.  

Main Session Theme:  Youth ministry in the modern era has been guided by a variety of root metaphors (discipleship, friendship, family-based, adoption, relational, discernment, etc.) that enable us to see something true about the practice of youth ministry. What if youth ministry embraced “human flourishing” as a root metaphor? Could our youth ministries develop thriving young people amidst growing adolescent anxiety, as a result? What do we gain when we address wholeness in the life of a young person?

Speakers
avatar for Rev. Dr. David White

Rev. Dr. David White

C. Ellis and Nancy Gribble Nelson Professor of Christian Education, Professor in Methodist Studies, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Dr. David F. White joined the faculty of Austin Theological Presbyterian Seminary in 2005. Prior to his appointment, he was visiting assistant professor of youth and education and associate director of research for the Youth Theological Initiative at Candler School of Theology, Emory... Read More →
avatar for William Parker

William Parker

Director of Youth and Mentoring, Harvest Hands CDC
William serves as the Director of Youth and Mentoring at Harvest Hands Community Development in South Nashville.  Previously, he served as the Middle School Program Manager at Project Transformation, Tennessee. As a Center for Youth Ministry alum, he holds a Masters of Arts in Youth... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean

Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean

Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture, Princeton Theological Seminary
Kenda Creasy Dean, an ordained United Methodist pastor in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, is the Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary. In addition to teaching in practical theology, education and formation (specifically... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Jamelle Jones

Jamelle Jones

Director of Youth Ministries, Brady First UMC
Jamelle Jones is a Communicator, Songwriter, Pastor, and Author of You are Enough... You Matter and Immeasurably More. He is known for his thought-provoking songs and artistry in curriculum writing for various student ministries. Jamelle is currently working in student ministry... Read More →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 2:30pm - 5:15pm CST
Tabernacle
 
Thursday, January 23
 

8:15am CST

Morning Coffee & Exhibitor Hall Open
Thursday January 23, 2020 8:15am - 8:45am CST
A182

8:45am CST

CONVERSATION SESSION 2: Moving from Consumption and Success to Human Flourishing
You'll hear 2-3 speakers respond to a case study with theology and pragmatism.  You'll then have space to reflect and engage in thoughtful conversation and dialogue with other conference attendees as well as with the speakers.  

Main Session Theme:  American culture largely teaches us that consumption and achievement will yield happiness and fulfillment in life. While the consumption of things and people sometimes yields fun or momentary happiness, only rarely does consumption lead to a flourishing life. We are made to flourish but find ourselves grasping for visions of life that are momentary and incomplete — focused on fun, entertainment, or mere consumption.  How can we move young people towards a life of fulfillment in the midst of our consumer and achievement-driven culture? What does the “good life” look like through the lens of the Gospel in areas of wealth and in areas of poverty?  .

Speakers
avatar for Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean

Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean

Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture, Princeton Theological Seminary
Kenda Creasy Dean, an ordained United Methodist pastor in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, is the Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary. In addition to teaching in practical theology, education and formation (specifically... Read More →
avatar for Matt Overton

Matt Overton

Associate Pastor of Youth & Family Ministries, The Columbia Future Forge
Matt is the Associate Pastor for Youth and Family Ministry at Columbia Pres. Church in Vancouver, Wa. and the Exec. Director for The Columbia Future Forge. He has been doing youth ministry in various forms for the past 19 years. Matt writes online about the intersection of the church... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Jamelle Jones

Jamelle Jones

Director of Youth Ministries, Brady First UMC
Jamelle Jones is a Communicator, Songwriter, Pastor, and Author of You are Enough... You Matter and Immeasurably More. He is known for his thought-provoking songs and artistry in curriculum writing for various student ministries. Jamelle is currently working in student ministry... Read More →


Thursday January 23, 2020 8:45am - 10:45am CST
Tabernacle

10:45am CST

Break & Exhibitor Hall Open
Thursday January 23, 2020 10:45am - 11:00am CST
A182

11:00am CST

Acknowledging, Equipping and Partnering with Parents
Research tells us that healthy family relationships are vital for nurturing spiritual growth during adolescence. We have learned from youth ministry legends like Kenda Dean and Mark DeVries that the best chance for teens to have a life-long faith is to be discipled by their parents and a network of adults. Yet, helping parents and teens connect remains an elusive goal for youth ministers who are typically focused on helping teens. Come explore practical ways to acknowledge, equip and partner with parents to cultivate life-long faith formation. And don’t worry, you don’t have to be a parent or know how to parent in order to help parents and teens grow in their faith together.

Speakers
avatar for Kris Konsowitz

Kris Konsowitz

Southeast Regional Director, Center for Youth Ministry Training
Kris has over 35+ years of experience in youth ministry. Her ministry experience includes serving as the Youth Minister at Collierville UMC in Tennessee. She has experience serving in youth ministry at the local, conference, jurisdictional and national level of the United Methodist... Read More →
avatar for Amy Howell

Amy Howell

Texas Innovation Laboratory Director, Center for Youth Ministry Training
Amy has 20+ years of experience in children, youth and family ministry. She is passionate about empowering the local church to expand its reach and relevance so that the next generation will develop a faith of their own that lasts a lifetime and beyond. Amy lives in central Texas... Read More →


Thursday January 23, 2020 11:00am - 12:15pm CST
A393

11:00am CST

Creating a Culture For Innovation
What counts as innovation to one may not count as innovation to another. Ask a room full of 10 people to define the word, and you're likely to get as many answers. This workshop names key components of innovation and explores the ways your congregation can push innovation forward - or what's holding it back.

Speakers
avatar for Rev. Chris Cummings

Rev. Chris Cummings

Pastor to Youth and Families, The Village UMC
Rev. Chris Cummings is the Pastor to Youth and Families at The Village UMC in Nashville and has been in youth ministry for 15 years. He is passionate about connecting teens in the community to Jesus and loves helping people discover and live into their callings. He is married to Rev... Read More →
avatar for Samantha Hassell

Samantha Hassell

Director of Christian Education, Sturgis Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Samantha Hassell has a Masters of Arts in Youth Ministry from Memphis Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Bethel University. She has been serving youth through the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for over 17 years, serving churches in TN & KY. She and her husband... Read More →
avatar for Kate Unruh

Kate Unruh

Innovation Lab Managing Director, Center for Youth Ministry Training
Kate holds an M.Div and M.A. in youth ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary, where she is also a Doctoral Candidate in practical theology. Kate co-directs the CYMT Innovation Grant and teaches education and formation at Memphis Theological Seminary. Her research interests... Read More →


Thursday January 23, 2020 11:00am - 12:15pm CST
A391

11:00am CST

How to Start: Getting a New Idea in an Ancient Calling
Bring your your wild (and your not-very-wild) ideas to this interactive session to explore a process of generating sustainable ministry ideas in the spirit of “traditioned innovation."  This is a process you can use with adults or young people in your church to capture imagination for ministry.

Speakers
avatar for Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean

Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean

Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture, Princeton Theological Seminary
Kenda Creasy Dean, an ordained United Methodist pastor in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, is the Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary. In addition to teaching in practical theology, education and formation (specifically... Read More →


Thursday January 23, 2020 11:00am - 12:15pm CST
A291

11:00am CST

Ministry Out of the Overflow: Why Self-Care Matters
As youth ministers, you consistently care for others, but how are you taking care of yourself? It’s hard to find the time to prioritize your own care and needs, but it is possible. For us to do ministry in a healthy and sustainable way, we have to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves too. This experiential and engaging workshop will talk about why self-care is important and what it can look like practically in your life. We will engage in different activities to care for the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual parts of ourself. Expect to leave this time feeling more empowered to prioritize your own care and a little more relaxed and refreshed.

Speakers
avatar for Abby Buter

Abby Buter

Assistant Director, Day-7
Abby Buter is a personal growth coach and loves walking alongside others on their own journey towards wholeness. Often described as an Enneagram and self-care enthusiast, Abby uses the Enneagram to help others understand themselves better so they know how to care for themselves well. Originally... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Lesleigh Carmichael

Rev. Lesleigh Carmichael

Associate Director, Center for Youth Ministry Training
Lesleigh holds a B.S. from Auburn University and a Masters of Divinity from Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Lesleigh oversees the national coaching, care, church and practicum components.  She has been with CYMT from the beginning and was part of the original staff in launching... Read More →


Thursday January 23, 2020 11:00am - 12:15pm CST
A292

11:00am CST

Naming Implicit Bias: Becoming a Culturally Competent Youth Ministry
Let’s be honest, our culture is full of stereotypes and presuppositions that are deeply woven into our experience of church and our practice of making disciples. For ministry leaders to invest in the Kingdom of God, we must be able to navigate cross-cultural interactions with grace and competency. If we lack a cross-cultural skill set, we run the risk of our ministry being homogenous and operating out of a dominant perspective. In this conversation, we will take an introductory look at cultural competency and how it affects ministry operations. Then, we will examine our current ministry operation to determine areas of growth and areas of grace. We are excited to hear your perspective in this conversation!

Speakers
avatar for Rev. Keri Cress

Rev. Keri Cress

Minister to Children & Youth, Hillcrest United Methodist Church
Rev. Keri Cress is the Pastor of Children and Youth at Hillcrest United Methodist Church where she has been on staff for over nine years doing a wide variety of ministry including multicultural outreach, ESL ministries, and of course children and youth ministry.  Before working on... Read More →
avatar for William Parker

William Parker

Director of Youth and Mentoring, Harvest Hands CDC
William serves as the Director of Youth and Mentoring at Harvest Hands Community Development in South Nashville.  Previously, he served as the Middle School Program Manager at Project Transformation, Tennessee. As a Center for Youth Ministry alum, he holds a Masters of Arts in Youth... Read More →


Thursday January 23, 2020 11:00am - 12:15pm CST
A389

12:15pm CST

Exhibitor Open House and Lunch
Thursday January 23, 2020 12:15pm - 2:15pm CST
A182

2:00pm CST

Acknowledging, Equipping and Partnering with Parents
Research tells us that healthy family relationships are vital for nurturing spiritual growth during adolescence. We have learned from youth ministry legends like Kenda Dean and Mark DeVries that the best chance for teens to have a life-long faith is to be discipled by their parents and a network of adults. Yet, helping parents and teens connect remains an elusive goal for youth ministers who are typically focused on helping teens. Come explore practical ways to acknowledge, equip and partner with parents to cultivate life-long faith formation. And don’t worry, you don’t have to be a parent or know how to parent in order to help parents and teens grow in their faith together.


Speakers
avatar for Kris Konsowitz

Kris Konsowitz

Southeast Regional Director, Center for Youth Ministry Training
Kris has over 35+ years of experience in youth ministry. Her ministry experience includes serving as the Youth Minister at Collierville UMC in Tennessee. She has experience serving in youth ministry at the local, conference, jurisdictional and national level of the United Methodist... Read More →
avatar for Amy Howell

Amy Howell

Texas Innovation Laboratory Director, Center for Youth Ministry Training
Amy has 20+ years of experience in children, youth and family ministry. She is passionate about empowering the local church to expand its reach and relevance so that the next generation will develop a faith of their own that lasts a lifetime and beyond. Amy lives in central Texas... Read More →


Thursday January 23, 2020 2:00pm - 3:15pm CST
A393

2:00pm CST

How to Start: Getting a New Idea in an Ancient Calling
Bring your your wild (and your not-very-wild) ideas to this interactive session to explore a process of generating sustainable ministry ideas in the spirit of “traditioned innovation."  This is a process you can use with adults or young people in your church to capture imagination for ministry.

Speakers
avatar for Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean

Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean

Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture, Princeton Theological Seminary
Kenda Creasy Dean, an ordained United Methodist pastor in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, is the Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary. In addition to teaching in practical theology, education and formation (specifically... Read More →


Thursday January 23, 2020 2:00pm - 3:15pm CST
A291

2:00pm CST

Keeping Your Balance in Innovation
The reality is that 21st century youth ministry will require the blending of marketplace and ministry. It’s tricky. How do we make sure we don’t lose the gospel while trying to think about sustainability? How do I build funding? How do I not upset the rest of my church staff or my family while launching something new?  Join us for this conversation on balancing the tensions that arrive when you innovate in ministry.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Overton

Matt Overton

Associate Pastor of Youth & Family Ministries, The Columbia Future Forge
Matt is the Associate Pastor for Youth and Family Ministry at Columbia Pres. Church in Vancouver, Wa. and the Exec. Director for The Columbia Future Forge. He has been doing youth ministry in various forms for the past 19 years. Matt writes online about the intersection of the church... Read More →


Thursday January 23, 2020 2:00pm - 3:15pm CST
A391

2:00pm CST

Ministry Out of the Overflow: Why Self-Care Matters
As youth ministers, you consistently care for others, but how are you taking care of yourself? It’s hard to find the time to prioritize your own care and needs, but it is possible. For us to do ministry in a healthy and sustainable way, we have to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves too. This experiential and engaging workshop will talk about why self-care is important and what it can look like practically in your life. We will engage in different activities to care for the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual parts of ourself. Expect to leave this time feeling more empowered to prioritize your own care and a little more relaxed and refreshed.

Speakers
avatar for Abby Buter

Abby Buter

Assistant Director, Day-7
Abby Buter is a personal growth coach and loves walking alongside others on their own journey towards wholeness. Often described as an Enneagram and self-care enthusiast, Abby uses the Enneagram to help others understand themselves better so they know how to care for themselves well. Originally... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Lesleigh Carmichael

Rev. Lesleigh Carmichael

Associate Director, Center for Youth Ministry Training
Lesleigh holds a B.S. from Auburn University and a Masters of Divinity from Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Lesleigh oversees the national coaching, care, church and practicum components.  She has been with CYMT from the beginning and was part of the original staff in launching... Read More →


Thursday January 23, 2020 2:00pm - 3:15pm CST
A292

2:00pm CST

Theology Together: Embedding the WOW Theological Method in Teens Lives
How might a young person change if they were doing theological reflection all the time?  If they were looking for God’s action in the world and in their lives?  If they were asking deep questions of God, themselves, and others as they sought to live out their faith?  We will be talking about how to teach young people to make the WOW Theological method a part of the rhythm of their lives with the added benefit that you can learn how to make it a part of yours as well.

Speakers
avatar for Alden Procopio

Alden Procopio

Youth Director, Emmanuel UMC, Memphis, TN
Alden Procopio is the youth director at Emmanuel UMC in Memphis, TN. She graduated with her Master's Degree in YM from Memphis Theological Seminary in 2018. Alden loves spending time with youth, drinking coffee, being outside, wandering around Target, and exploring new places.
avatar for Rev. Dietrich &quotDeech" Kirk

Rev. Dietrich "Deech" Kirk

Executive Director, Center for Youth Ministry Training
“Deech” Kirk has been in youth ministry for 25+ years. He served as the youth minister of Brentwood United Methodist Church for six years before becoming the Executive Director of the CYMT in 2006. He continues to serve as one of Brentwood’s associate ministers. He is the author... Read More →


Thursday January 23, 2020 2:00pm - 3:15pm CST
A389

3:15pm CST

Break & Exhibitor Hall Open
Thursday January 23, 2020 3:15pm - 3:45pm CST
A182

3:45pm CST

CONVERSATION SESSION 3: Engaging Theology and Innovation in Youth Ministry
You'll hear 3 speakers respond to a case study with theology and pragmatism.  You'll then have space to reflect and engage in thoughtful conversation and dialogue with other conference attendees as well as with the speakers.  

Main Session Theme:  The modern formula for youth ministry, which emphasizes gathering peer-based groups as the dominant model, needs updating. How can we rethink our ministries to lead toward the flourishing lives of adolescents rather than work toward simply improving our programs? What if we engaged practical theology and innovation to help create new models and approaches to ministering to teenagers that organically fit our congregational contexts?

Speakers
avatar for Rev. Dietrich &quotDeech" Kirk

Rev. Dietrich "Deech" Kirk

Executive Director, Center for Youth Ministry Training
“Deech” Kirk has been in youth ministry for 25+ years. He served as the youth minister of Brentwood United Methodist Church for six years before becoming the Executive Director of the CYMT in 2006. He continues to serve as one of Brentwood’s associate ministers. He is the author... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Andrew Zirschky

Dr. Andrew Zirschky

Academic Director, Center for Youth Ministry Training
Andrew holds an M.Div. and a Ph.D. in Practical Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the Academic Director at the Center for Youth Ministry Training, Chief Strategist of the CYMT Innovation Laboratory, and Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Youth Ministry... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean

Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean

Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture, Princeton Theological Seminary
Kenda Creasy Dean, an ordained United Methodist pastor in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, is the Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary. In addition to teaching in practical theology, education and formation (specifically... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Jamelle Jones

Jamelle Jones

Director of Youth Ministries, Brady First UMC
Jamelle Jones is a Communicator, Songwriter, Pastor, and Author of You are Enough... You Matter and Immeasurably More. He is known for his thought-provoking songs and artistry in curriculum writing for various student ministries. Jamelle is currently working in student ministry... Read More →


Thursday January 23, 2020 3:45pm - 5:45pm CST
Tabernacle
 
Friday, January 24
 

8:15am CST

Morning Coffee
Friday January 24, 2020 8:15am - 8:45am CST
Café

8:45am CST

CONVERSATION SESSION 4: A Look at Our Own Youth Ministry Context
You'll hear 2-3 speakers respond to a case study with theology and pragmatism.  You'll then have space to reflect and engage in thoughtful conversation and dialogue with other conference attendees as well as with the speakers.  

Main Session Theme:  Each generation of teenagers comes with its own unique challenges and gifts to society. Additionally, your community’s youth have their own specific needs, challenges, and resources. What are they and what should youth ministry look like in light of your community’s needs, challenges and resources? Learning to uncover these and discovering why they are happening will allow you to imagine ministries that bring the Gospel into the practical lives of your teenagers. What if you could identify and maximize the unique gifts of those you serve and the resources in your surrounding community to lead people to meaningful work and lives that flourish, helping young people to explore their Christian vocation?

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Andrew Zirschky

Dr. Andrew Zirschky

Academic Director, Center for Youth Ministry Training
Andrew holds an M.Div. and a Ph.D. in Practical Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the Academic Director at the Center for Youth Ministry Training, Chief Strategist of the CYMT Innovation Laboratory, and Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Youth Ministry... Read More →
avatar for Matt Overton

Matt Overton

Associate Pastor of Youth & Family Ministries, The Columbia Future Forge
Matt is the Associate Pastor for Youth and Family Ministry at Columbia Pres. Church in Vancouver, Wa. and the Exec. Director for The Columbia Future Forge. He has been doing youth ministry in various forms for the past 19 years. Matt writes online about the intersection of the church... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Holman

Jessica Holman

Senior Director of Employee and Community Relations, Harvest Hands CDC
Jessica Holman has worked within the Nashville nonprofit sector for over ten years. She is passionate about working within her community and providing opportunities for children and youth to learn, grow, and reach their full potential. She has her Masters of Education in Community... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Jamelle Jones

Jamelle Jones

Director of Youth Ministries, Brady First UMC
Jamelle Jones is a Communicator, Songwriter, Pastor, and Author of You are Enough... You Matter and Immeasurably More. He is known for his thought-provoking songs and artistry in curriculum writing for various student ministries. Jamelle is currently working in student ministry... Read More →


Friday January 24, 2020 8:45am - 11:00am CST
Tabernacle

11:00am CST

Lunch Break
Friday January 24, 2020 11:00am - 12:15pm CST
on your own

12:15pm CST

Creating a Culture for Innovation
What counts as innovation to one may not count as innovation to another. Ask a room full of 10 people to define the word, and you're likely to get as many answers. This workshop names key components of innovation and explores the ways your congregation can push innovation forward - or what's holding it back.

Speakers
avatar for Rev. Chris Cummings

Rev. Chris Cummings

Pastor to Youth and Families, The Village UMC
Rev. Chris Cummings is the Pastor to Youth and Families at The Village UMC in Nashville and has been in youth ministry for 15 years. He is passionate about connecting teens in the community to Jesus and loves helping people discover and live into their callings. He is married to Rev... Read More →
avatar for Samantha Hassell

Samantha Hassell

Director of Christian Education, Sturgis Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Samantha Hassell has a Masters of Arts in Youth Ministry from Memphis Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Bethel University. She has been serving youth through the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for over 17 years, serving churches in TN & KY. She and her husband... Read More →
avatar for Kate Unruh

Kate Unruh

Innovation Lab Managing Director, Center for Youth Ministry Training
Kate holds an M.Div and M.A. in youth ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary, where she is also a Doctoral Candidate in practical theology. Kate co-directs the CYMT Innovation Grant and teaches education and formation at Memphis Theological Seminary. Her research interests... Read More →


Friday January 24, 2020 12:15pm - 1:30pm CST
A389

12:15pm CST

Keeping Your Balance in Innovation
The reality is that 21st century youth ministry will require the blending of marketplace and ministry. It’s tricky. How do we make sure we don’t lose the gospel while trying to think about sustainability? How do I build funding? How do I not upset the rest of my church staff or my family while launching something new?  Join us for this conversation on balancing the tensions that arrive when you innovate in ministry.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Overton

Matt Overton

Associate Pastor of Youth & Family Ministries, The Columbia Future Forge
Matt is the Associate Pastor for Youth and Family Ministry at Columbia Pres. Church in Vancouver, Wa. and the Exec. Director for The Columbia Future Forge. He has been doing youth ministry in various forms for the past 19 years. Matt writes online about the intersection of the church... Read More →


Friday January 24, 2020 12:15pm - 1:30pm CST
A391

12:15pm CST

More Insights from Generation Z
This workshop builds on our main session conversation of Generation Z (youth born after 1996) by adding the voices of youth themselves. We’ll ask teenagers to weigh in on the trends and characteristics reported about themselves by ethnographers, marketers and the media, along with the hopes and fears they have for their own generation. While keeping ministry implications firmly in mind, come ready to explore the hearts and minds of the generation that has been labeled Z.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Andrew Zirschky

Dr. Andrew Zirschky

Academic Director, Center for Youth Ministry Training
Andrew holds an M.Div. and a Ph.D. in Practical Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the Academic Director at the Center for Youth Ministry Training, Chief Strategist of the CYMT Innovation Laboratory, and Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Youth Ministry... Read More →


Friday January 24, 2020 12:15pm - 1:30pm CST
A291

12:15pm CST

Naming Implicit Bias: Becoming a Culturally Competent Youth Ministry
Let’s be honest, our culture is full of stereotypes and presuppositions that are deeply woven into our experience of church and our practice of making disciples. For ministry leaders to invest in the Kingdom of God, we must be able to navigate cross-cultural interactions with grace and competency. If we lack a cross-cultural skill set, we run the risk of our ministry being homogenous and operating out of a dominant perspective. In this conversation, we will take an introductory look at cultural competency and how it affects ministry operations. Then, we will examine our current ministry operation to determine areas of growth and areas of grace. We are excited to hear your perspective in this conversation!

Speakers
avatar for Rev. Keri Cress

Rev. Keri Cress

Minister to Children & Youth, Hillcrest United Methodist Church
Rev. Keri Cress is the Pastor of Children and Youth at Hillcrest United Methodist Church where she has been on staff for over nine years doing a wide variety of ministry including multicultural outreach, ESL ministries, and of course children and youth ministry.  Before working on... Read More →
avatar for William Parker

William Parker

Director of Youth and Mentoring, Harvest Hands CDC
William serves as the Director of Youth and Mentoring at Harvest Hands Community Development in South Nashville.  Previously, he served as the Middle School Program Manager at Project Transformation, Tennessee. As a Center for Youth Ministry alum, he holds a Masters of Arts in Youth... Read More →


Friday January 24, 2020 12:15pm - 1:30pm CST
A393

12:15pm CST

Theology Together: Embedding the WOW Theological Method in Teens Lives
How might a young person change if they were doing theological reflection all the time?  If they were looking for God’s action in the world and in their lives?  If they were asking deep questions of God, themselves, and others as they sought to live out their faith?  We will be talking about how to teach young people to make the WOW Theological method a part of the rhythm of their lives with the added benefit that you can learn how to make it a part of yours as well.

Speakers
avatar for Rev. Dietrich &quotDeech" Kirk

Rev. Dietrich "Deech" Kirk

Executive Director, Center for Youth Ministry Training
“Deech” Kirk has been in youth ministry for 25+ years. He served as the youth minister of Brentwood United Methodist Church for six years before becoming the Executive Director of the CYMT in 2006. He continues to serve as one of Brentwood’s associate ministers. He is the author... Read More →
avatar for Alden Procopio

Alden Procopio

Youth Director, Emmanuel UMC, Memphis, TN
Alden Procopio is the youth director at Emmanuel UMC in Memphis, TN. She graduated with her Master's Degree in YM from Memphis Theological Seminary in 2018. Alden loves spending time with youth, drinking coffee, being outside, wandering around Target, and exploring new places.


Friday January 24, 2020 12:15pm - 1:30pm CST
A292

1:30pm CST

Break & Snacks
Friday January 24, 2020 1:30pm - 1:45pm CST
Café

1:45pm CST

CLOSING WORSHIP
Speakers
avatar for Rev. Casey Orr

Rev. Casey Orr

Director of Congregational Care and Family Ministries, Brentwood UMC
Rev. Casey Orr serves as the Director of Congregational Care and Family Ministries at Brentwood United Methodist Church in Brentwood, Tennessee.Casey is a native of Brentwood and grew up at Brentwood UMC where her youth group profoundly impacted her life, and she experienced a call... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Jamelle Jones

Jamelle Jones

Director of Youth Ministries, Brady First UMC
Jamelle Jones is a Communicator, Songwriter, Pastor, and Author of You are Enough... You Matter and Immeasurably More. He is known for his thought-provoking songs and artistry in curriculum writing for various student ministries. Jamelle is currently working in student ministry... Read More →


Friday January 24, 2020 1:45pm - 2:30pm CST
Tabernacle