This two-day regional event includes in-the-trenches youth workers and youth ministry veterans. Your team will have plenty of opportunities to process together, so you can apply the practical ideas you learn to your unique ministry context.
YS Team Training will give your youth ministry team the tools and knowledge to effectively lead, mentor, and engage teenagers.
As a 19-year youth ministry veteran, Amy follows her passion to minister to teens involved in gangs, youth on probation/parole, and those lost in the criminal justice system. As a certified Gang Intervention Specialist, she has pursued her calling as a youth pastor, reentry coordinator for paroled youth, youth mentor, speaker, and a national trainer for other youth workers.
Brian is a student ministry veteran and currently serves as the generation ministries pastor at Journey Community Church near San Diego, California where he oversees a staff that is responsible for infants through teens. He also blogs at briancberry.com and is the author of two recent books, As for Me and My Crazy House and Criticism Bites.
Crystal has worked with students for more than 25 years. She earned her Ph.D. from Purdue University where she lectures and studies the history of adolescence. She writes the “Guys” and “Girls” columns for Youthwalk magazine, was part of the core writing team for The Way Bible, and is the author or co-author of 11 books.
Duffy is professor of youth ministry at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA, and a 30-year veteran of youth ministry. He speaks around the world to teenagers and people who love teenagers, and is author of several books, including his newest, Building a Youth Ministry That Builds Disciples.
Mark Matlock has been working with youth pastors, students, and parents for more than two decades. He is the Executive Director for Youth Specialties, providing leadership for programs and training events. Mark speaks to hundreds of thousands of students, parents, and youth workers around the world each year.
Marv is the national director of Youth Specialties Canada and an associate staff member at the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding. He is an internationally known author, professor, speaker, and youth ministry veteran of more than 40 years, and oversees the Canadian Center for Adolescent Research, a research think tank.
Michelle successfully worked in the corporate sector for years before she stepped out in faith and committed to full-time ministry with Every Kid Outreach, a ministry started by her parents. Today Michelle serves as the executive director of EKO, where she is following the very dream she had at a young age and faithfully carrying out the legacy of her father.
Below are some of our favorite moments from 2015.