Later this week, I will be traveling to the land of BBQ and country music…Nashville, TN for the National Youth Workers Convention. NYWC 2010
I will be blogging and tweeting on a regular basis during my time there so stay tuned.
If you will be attending this year, I would love to try to connect up with you.
This will be my 10th year attending (hard to believe!), and each year I look forward to it more and more.
While the training, content, music, and speakers are all great and inspirational, what I appreciate and need more than ever is the time and space to pause, reflect, and re-connect with God and others.
NYWC does a fantastic job of allowing for and creating sacred space for these moments. Around this time of year (every year) I often get bogged down and stressed. These few days offer an escape and chance to recharge my batteries. Some years I attend every seminar and session offered. Other times, I take the opportunity to find solace and peace and rediscover my passion for students.
Over the past few years, the connections, conversations, and friendships made have probably been the most important to me. During these conventions I have had the opportunity to meet so many youth workers, writers, theologians, volunteers, etc.. and maintain regular relationships with them to this day. These connections have lead to times of support and encouragement, not to mention opportunities to partner and collaborate on projects and ministry.
For me, youth ministry is all about relationships with 1) our students 2) other youth workers
It’s these relationships that keep me motivated, inspired, and challenged to continue in the journey.
Please do shoot a message or send a tweet if you will be around for NYWC 2010.
Here are a few of the places you might find me meandering around at in the big room (the one with all the tables and booths set up for ministries that like to give stuff away and then get to you sign up for stuff….)
Here are a few that I have affiliation with and support their cause and vision. There are other great organizations and ministries represented that I hope to check out and connect with as well and have provided a link at the end.
Barefoot Ministries with Chris Folmsbee
We Are Sparkhouse (Re:form Confirmation) with Andy Root and Tony Jones
XP3 Students with Jeremy Zach
My Broken Palace with CJ Casciotta
YWJ (Youth Worker Journal)
NNYM (National Network of Youth Ministries)
Click here for a complete list of all the exhibitors
Updates from Nashville to be typed with BBQ sauce-dripped hands in a few days…..