Join us at NYWC. And bring your toughest questions.

Brad M. Griffin | Oct 19, 2016

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At FYI we work to find answers to your toughest questions about ministry. It’s what gets us up in the morning—and occasionally what keeps us up late at night.

Many times those questions come from listening to leaders like you at conferences like Youth Specialties’ National Youth Workers Convention (NYWC), November 17-19, 2016. These are often the questions that prompt us to start new research like Sticky Faith and our latest project, Growing Young.

We’re tackling four tough topics at NYWC 2016

1) How can our churches become communities young people love to love?

Our team will be sharing all-new findings from Growing Young with you through a 5-hour Intensive Learning Lab on Thursday and a workshop on Friday. Find out the core commitments held in common by over 250 churches thriving with young people.

2) How do we help teenagers engage in serving others?

Join Kara Powell for a Big Room session plus bonus seminar on Saturday about helping teenagers serve others. Kara will be sharing insights both from Growing Young and from our past decade of research on service, justice, and their connection with faith that lasts.

3) How do we help parents traverse the complex, ever-changing world of digital media?

On Saturday I’ll be sharing about our work helping families navigate digital media through a Right Click seminar. We’ve tracked the best emerging research about adolescents and technology and put it alongside on-the-ground insights and tips from parents of teenagers. Families need more help than ever; we’ll offer you next steps to support them through this journey.

4) What role can we play in the lives of hurting teenagers?

Fuller’s Chap Clark will lead sessions on his work with hurting teenagers and how you can help. He will also be painting a vision for what adoptive youth ministry can become in the church, and what it looks like when we live it out.

Finding the people who get you.

When our team listens to leaders like you at NYWC, we hear more than questions. We also hear statements like:

I’m finding language to put things I’ve been sensing into words.

Finally, I can talk with someone about my ministry and they get it.

Finally, people who get me.

Just being here is so refreshing.

This year at NYWC will be no different. People who get you will be there. People who want to listen, help, share ideas, and learn from your own ups and downs in ministry.

In addition to sharing our research, we’ll also be there to listen, and to help. Members of our team will be at the FYI booth all weekend, where you can take a free church assessment, talk about resources, explore joining a cohort with us, or just find a listening ear.

What’s more, you’ll be among peers who are exploring these tough questions too. This is an amazing opportunity to learn alongside youth leaders like you who are ready to strategize and innovate in ministry. In addition to gathering new resources for the year ahead, you’ll experience reinvigorating fellowship with other NWYC attendees.

You are never alone.

Youth ministry doesn’t have to be lonely. Our latest book, Growing Young, is an attempt to awaken the entire church to the importance of teenagers and young adults, and to invite the entire church to surround them—and you—with support. Join us this year at NYWC to find out more. And bring your toughest questions. We’ll be listening!

Special discount for the FYI community:

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Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of over a dozen books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and Can I Ask That? Brad and his family live in Southern California, where he serves as Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Mountainside Communion.

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