Today was exciting, intense, busy, and fun all wrapped into one fast-paced day.
Things started early this morning with a 7am breakfast for those of us who are a part of www.StudentMinistry.com Youth Mentoring program. It was nice to meet face-to-face with peers that I have only “known” through social media.
Right after getting done with breakfast it was time to set-up and prepare for our Saturday half-track: “Igniting your passion for Christ and His Cause.” It was fun to work alongside Derwin Gray as he presented the first session. I almost struggled to keep up with the media presentation as I was taking notes with every word that he spoke. The afternoon was an even greater adventure for me as it was my turn to present. Our second session focused on the GOSPEL Journey and Relational and Relentless styles of evangelism. It was quite the rush presenting this afternoon and I am excited about tomorrow’s opportunity as well.
Dinner was a special Chicago-style treat as Debb, Brian Ford and I all went in and shared a deep dish pizza. If you ever make it to Chicago you need to order a Giordano’s pizza.
The day ended with an incredible general session as Derwin preached a motivational and stirring sermon: Upward, Inward, Outward. Be on the lookout for pictures and videos of the weekend.
It’s late and I’m tired but if I don’t post this now I will forget some of the cool things that happened today at SYMC 2010 in Chicago. My hope (not my promise) is to blog once a day about the experiences and happenings of this weekend.
Our first day was eventful and met every expectation. I’m actually having a total blast representing Dare 2 Share and hosting some trainings this weekend. Today was a 90 minute Q&A about Deep & Wide Youth Ministry. My good friend Tim Schmoyer joined me as we shared this vision of Youth Ministry with about 20 other youth leaders. We had great discussion and I look forward to following up with everyone post-conference to discuss what Deep & Wide Youth Ministry will look like in their unique ministry settings. As a side, one of the youth leaders who attended the Q&A is a 2005 graduate of my alma mater, Gardner-Webb University.
Debb, my boss, and I met up and had dinner with Derwin Gray who I have the privelege of co-leading our training sessions this weekend. He is also going to rock the general session tomorrow night. I love hearing him speak and I’m blessed to serve alongside him this weekend.
Tonight, Duffy Robbins knocked it out of the park as he preached on Philippians 2:1-11, one of my favorite New Testament passages. Worship was sweet and Doug and the Skit Guys were hilarious as always. They do a great job of making everyone feel welcomed and loved on!
Finally, we got our Outreach & Evangelism affinity group off of the ground tonight by sharing our vision for THE Cause with youth leaders who are passionate about evangelism. I also threw down a challenge that I plan on being a part of as well. The Nation of Islams national conference is here this weekend in the same hotel and convention center so the challenge is to have a spiritual conversation with one of them with the intent of sharing the Gospel. I will definitely let you know how that one plays out.
Excited to see what else God has in store for us this weekend…