One of the highlights of my year is participating in the Simply Youth Ministry Conference (SYMC). The training is great. The general sessions are fantastic. The highlight for me is the relational space that spawns spontaneous conversations about life and ministry. Most of us go to a conference to learn and gain new insights that will impact our ministries (I’m convinced some of us go to a conference just so we can get away from the church without taking vacation time). Learning isn’t isolated to the workshops and general sessions. The time you spent in conversation and building relationships probably helped you process your conference experience. You may still be carrying on some of those conversations. Now you need to have those conversations with your team.
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Kurt and Josh gave some great guidance in their article. You need to take some time to reflect with God on the direction of the youth ministry before you jump in with any changes. You also need to carefully reflect on all you learned at the conference. Just because someone has a great idea, or is successful, doesn’t mean you need to do what that person does. Success comes by understanding the principles that work. Each ministry is unique. Principles translate from ministry to ministry. The practical application of those principles may look very different. Here are a couple suggestions to help you.