National Youth Ministry Conference 2009

Finally, it’s here! I had the opportunity to go to this last year with a group of guys from my school, Piedmont Baptist College. As a college student studying youth ministry, this was one of the best experiences I could have gotten and will be one of the best experiences every year while still in college. I have never been to a conference just for youth workers like this one is, and I must say, it is such a blessing! The people you meet that have the same passion about youth ministry as you do and hear all the “top dogs” in youth ministry speak such as Doug Fields, Walt Mueller, Josh Griffin, Rick Lawrence, Greg Stier, and the list goes on and on. Having the opportunity to set in workshops under these guys as they share information and tools about how we can be more effective youth workers is such a blessing! This is one conference that I will certainly go to every year while I’m in college and also every year as I’m a full-time youth pastor in the future. The atmosphere is amazing at this conference. I believe that the great atmosphere is due to the fact that you have some many people in the same place that are passionate about one thing-reaching and teaching students for Christ! Also, the general sessions, or “big meetings,” are amazing! Great worship lead by Tim Timmons and at times some students from Saddleback Church. Not to mention, all the free resources and stuff you get at this conference! I love this conference and can’t wait till next week when we go! I’m thankful to my school, for allowing us youth major’s to go to this conference and learn more about youth ministry! If you are a youth pastor or a youth workers in any way, I would encourage you to attend this conference. God will use it in a mighty way in your ministry, I promise! You can check out their site

Published by Austin McCann

Austin is the student ministries director at Redemption Chapel in Stow, OH. He has a BA from Piedmont International University and a Master of Arts in Religion with a Christian leadership focus from Liberty University School of Divinity. Austin enjoys reading, writing, playing basketball and golf, and spending time with his family.

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