It's here... The event that many of us have been waiting for all year long; the National Youth Workers Convention!
We rolled in to Louisville, KY, on Tuesday evening to meet up with the YS staff and Volunteer Team for the weekend long, National Youth Workers Convention (NYWC). This weekend the Convention will welcome over 2000 youth workers for three days of training, resourcing, worship, and an opportunity to be refreshed, renewed, and ready to reengage.
The NYWC is one of my most favorite events. It's a time that I have come to love for a number of reasons. (Check out this post I wrote a little while back, Why I Love NYWC.) Today was spent getting ready for the Conventions kick off on Thursday. It's now 11:00 p.m. and as I write this, I can honestly say, it's going to be a great weekend!
The theme this year is no secret. YS and NYWC have been working to engage youth workers for a couple of months now in pre-convention conversations all centered on the idea of what's BEYOND in youth ministry. The concept is to get youth workers talking about the ever-changing landscape of youth ministry, especially as we consider what's coming down the line in the years to come. The conversations will take us to places that, till now, haven't really been topics that have been tackled.
For example, science and faith. How do the two align? Do they align? And how does this conversation effect our students and the future of student ministry. While not trying to persuade anyone or force a doctrine, the hope is to simply start a conversation that leads to a better dialog between the two camps. I know as a youth pastor, questions about Creation, Genesis, Evolution, Adam and Eve, Dinosaurs, and the theories of a young earth vs. an old earth are some of the most asked questions I have had to deal with over the years. So I am very much interested in these conversations, and look forward to what NYWC is trying to do.
Aside from the opportunities to think outside the box of student ministry and into the places that go BEYOND what we are currently doing and thinking, many of your favorites are here! From speakers to exhibit hall, the Idea Lab to the book store, seminars to Big Room, Late Nights and of course, the YS Events booth, it's all here!
So whether you are on your way, getting ready to make your way here, or you're here all ready, please know, it's going to be a great weekend.
We're here, we're ready, and we can't wait to see you!
Jay Higham is a 24 year veteran of student ministry; having worked with students in the local church and Christian camping settings. Jay is currently the Youth Director at Hickory Church, located in Western PA. Jay has been married to Amy for 19 years. Together, they are raising 5 kids, 4 boys and 1 little girl. You can learn more about their ministry to the family by visiting their family blog at, www.TheHighamFamily.com!
Things came together pretty quickly on Wednesday as we worked to get things set up for the convention. I tried to grab a few pics of the some of the fun to share with you here! Here is the construction of the Idea Lab.
There were a few more items added to the Idea Lab stage after this picture was taken. All finished, the Lab looks great!
Be sure to check out the Idea Lab this week, located in the Exhibit Hall!
Jay Higham is a veteran youth worker of over 28 years; having worked with students in the local church and Christian camping settings. Jay is currently serving as the director of family ministry at a church, located in West Virginia. Jay has been married to Amy for over 23 years. Together, they are raising 5 kids, (4 boys and 1 girl). Jay is an aspiring author, blogger, speaker, vlogger, and social media junkie. He is passionate about student ministry, family ministry, and training youth workers to love and serve their students with passion and excellence.