Workshop Speakers

Watson Jones, III 

Julie Sparkman 

David Zahl 

The Important Skill Your Students Need: How to Love God Through Studying His Word 
Chelsea Kingston Erickson  

Are students in your ministry merely hearing the Bible taught to them, or are they actively learning how to study it themselves? Teaching students how to study and apply the Bible is a primary part of our calling as youth ministers, but it’s one we can all too easily neglect! Using the basics of Inductive Bible Study, this workshop will demonstrate how to help students slow down to observe, interpret, and apply the text, making gospel connections as they go. The workshop will also provide recommendations for implementing this kind of collaborative Bible study with both high school and middle school students.

Discipling in the Epidemic of Loneliness 
Anna Meade Harris and Liz Edrington 

Even before the pandemic hit, researches were claiming our culture is experiencing and epidemic of loneliness. Changes in the structure of the family, greater mobility and transience, and the rise of social media have left millions feeling less deeply-connected. Add to this the realities of quarantining and social distancing, and loneliness has become one of the major mental, emotional, and even physical health challenges of our present age. In this workshop, Anna Meade Harris and Liz Edrington will explore the dynamics of our current moment and share how the God of all comfort ministers both to us and to our students loneliness. 

The Youth Ministry Discipleship Opportunity that COVID-19 Has Brought 
Cameron Cole and Rebecca Lankford 

The COVID-19 crisis has posed challenges in youth ministry, but it has also create opportunities. This workshop will talk about the opportunity for greater one-on-one discipleship that the COVID-19 season brings. Two youth pastors will talk about the pivot they made to focus on helping students grow in their individual relationships with Christ when COVID-19 hit. Rebecca Lankford and Cameron Cole will offer practical direction on how to make the most of this opportunity and how to implement a mentoring and discipleship program that will lead students to greater life in Christ.