Even though I have planted a church in the past year, I still have a big heart for youth ministry and am part of discussions that focus on youth ministry all the time. Not only am I on the board of advisors for Rooted (which is a ministry that focuses on Gospel-Centered youth ministry) but I also have been, and will continue to be part of shaping and leading the Gospel Alliance yearly youth conference in New England The Calling.
Because of my love for youth, youth pastors and giving a voice to a Jesus-centered approach to youth ministry, I am really excited to be taking part of the The Gospel Coalition 2013 National Conference. It is happening this coming April, 8-10 in Orlando FL. I will be speaking alongside my buddy Nate Morgan Locke (See Soul DVD review and interview). Here is the description from the Gospel Coalition site about our session -
Gospel Centered Youth Ministry: Building on Jesus not the Jokes
Theories of moving the youth from moralistic therapeutic deism to genuine gospel transformation are needed. But so is practical application. Come along to this workshop and here what two experienced youth leaders have used to ground their kids in gospel truths.
There will also be at least one more session on youth ministry and I believe I will be part of a forum on youth ministry.
If you are a youth pastor or in your ministry I would love to see you at our session. If you’re not, it would still be great to connect with you at TGC13 hit me up on Twitter or Facebook and lets connect.