NYMC 2017 Schedule 2017-10-10T04:34:56+00:00

NYMC 2017 Schedule

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Monday 9 October

12 noon – 10.00pm Registration Open Conference Centre Veranda
12 noon – 10.00pm Expo Open Conference Centre Veranda
1.00pm – 5.00pm National Gathering: Youth Vision Australia
8.00pm – 9.30pm MAIN SESSION 1: Steve Chong Conference Centre
How to keep stepping in faith (when it all seems too hard) – Exodus 2.1-10

Tuesday 10 October

8.00am – 10.00pm Registration & Expo Open Conference Centre Veranda
9.00am – 10.15am ELECTIVES 1
The secret to empowering a movement of youth to be all God wants them to be. An interactive elective.
Conference Centre 2
Often the best learning happens through shared experiences. For over a decade the team at AccessTheStory have developed expertise in experiential learning and can attest to hundreds of examples of changed lives through their story experiences. This session will equip you in the theory and practice of engaging your students in the Bible through hands-on experiences.
Conference Centre 1
Ministry gets tough when you feel its always left up to you. Identify the difference between ‘renter’ and ‘owner leaders’. Explore ways to develop and empower volunteers to use their gifts. Everybody wins when you share the load and empower the team.
Conference Centre 3
How do we make Jesus relevant and connected with those who think he’s neither? How do we engage kids who are compelled to sit in front of us each week? This session is designed to help give you some tips on how to run an effective and dynamic Christian/Religious education class that will begin to break down barriers, build relationship, engage discussion and bring students to a closer understanding of who Jesus is and how he remains relevant. This is a practical session for new practitioners and seasoned experts alike where participants are encouraged to bring and share their own experiences.
Ocean North
This session/elective will help any leader do a better job in coaching others to reach their full potential in life and ministry. By applying the principles and skills in this session/elective attendees will learn how to help leaders evaluate, set priorities, make action plans, solve problems, maximize strengths and stay on target. Coaching is more of an Art than a science. You are dealing with real people who need to know someone cares and will help them with planning and time management and hold them accountable in areas that matter for life and ministry. You don’t have to have all the answers. This is session/elective will help you and those you meet with to multiply leadership impact.
Dolphin Bay
Specifically designed for Leaders who have been in the role for 5 years plus. This elective will explore content relevant to going the distance in youth ministry and will canvas the experience and wisdom of those in the room. Mike Stevens is a long term youth ministry practitioner (as a School Chaplain, Youth Pastor, and State Baptist Youth Pastor) and will facilitate this session.
Ocean South
10.15am – 11.00am Morning Tea Conference Centre Veranda
11.00am – 12.15pm ELECTIVES 2
The art of evangelistic preaching to a generation that demands authenticity (including the secret of how to move from full-text to no-notes). Bring your laptop.
Conference Centre 2
Shaping thinking disciples, not carbon-copy crusaders.Increasingly our young people are being encouraged and rewarded for being independent, critical thinkers. Asking hard questions and exploring multiple truths rather than just accepting what they are told is valued by our culture and taught in our educational institutions.However, when it comes to faith formation, and especially scripture engagement, our default position as leaders can be to discourage that critical thinking, those hard questions, and those flat-out challenges to what we think is the ‘truth’. With our young people being increasingly bombarded with the term ‘the bible says….’ to justify opposing views on cultural and moral issues, no wonder they are confused, and often see the bible as merely a weapon to justify one viewpoint.How might we equip our young people with the skills to make sense of scripture for themselves, to prayerfully engage with scripture in community, and navigate through the tension of faith?In this session, we’ll explore some cultural challenges, and some approaches to hermeneutics (making sense of the bible) that you can contextualise in your youth ministry.
Ocean South
It could be said that schools are more resistant than ever to the presence of Christians and their input. Regular media reports would have many believe that so much as sharing a Christmas Card or Easter celebration is a breach of secular culture and school values. So what role do Christians have in supporting schools, their staff and students? And how do we go about doing effective and culturally appropriate schools work? In this session we’ll unpack the current schools climate and explore one such response to these challenges.
Ocean North
What we communicate and what we think we communicate can be very different. We only have limited window of time to communicate life transforming truths to young people. By understanding some essential truths in communication we can become more creative and effective in inspiring, encouraging and challenging young people to discover who God has created them to be. What you say and how you say it makes a difference.
Conference Centre 3
The ability to interpret our circumstances and experiences in youth ministry through a culturally thoughtful and biblically literate lens is vital to sustainable, engaged and dynamic youth ministry.
Conference Centre 1
Who doesn’t love a good story? For centuries, spirituality and culture has been passed on to the emerging generations through stories. Taking the lead from mission agencies who work among oral cultures, the AccessTheStory team have seen significant transformation among students through the practice of bible storying in the Australian context for over a decade. This session will equip you in the theory and practice of engaging your students in the Bible through story-telling and dialogue.
Dolphin Bay
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch Conference Centre Veranda
4.00pm – 5.15pm ELECTIVES 3
Participants will revisit the idea of Christian liturgy and practice creating their own templates for daily living.
Conference Centre 2
The next generation of leaders will not be the smartest people, the most popular, the most educated or the most outwardly successful; the next generation of leaders will be those who have the courage to dive deep with God to discover who they truly are in Him; who live from a strong sense of purpose and call, naturally influencing others towards God’s plan. Our era is in desperate need for such leaders. This seminar will help you understand the unique context in which you are called to lead, will examine the challenges that leaders face in this time, and will unpack the secrets of spiritual authority, sustainability and effectiveness. You will also discover the way God has been preparing you of your unique life-long contribution.
Conference Centre 3
Navigating how faith intersects with career and vocation is something we all need to explore. Never before have our young people had so many options available. This session will explore trends within an Australian context and look at options and examples from change makers around the world. If you are passionate about helping students identify calling and purpose (or exploring this yourself), this session is for you.
Dolphin Bay
This session is not social media 101. Invest in your ministry with young people and take it to the next level! In the first 5 minutes I’ll show you two tools to increase your productivity & improve the way you communicate online. Then we’ll dive deep: develop a richer understanding of reach, engagement & community; learn expert tips to amplify your ministry digitally; & gain strategic insight that will shift you from broadcaster to influencer. Filter fake from fact as you grow a ministry that matters to young people. Also: there will be chocolate.
Ocean South
Statistics show that 60-80% of young people who have grown up in the Faith throw it all in by the time they are 24. This session looks at the myth and reality of faith-loss amongst late adolescents and young adults, what this means for the church and how we might better journey alongside these young people.
Ocean North
Vision – it is the inspired God-dream for our ministry, our young people and our world around us. It is the impossible future that we pursue, sometimes vigorously, believing that if we just arrive at ‘that place’ everything will be ok. Vision has the capacity to inspire individuals and communities to greater heights of existence. Done correctly, developing vision and setting goals for ministry is a creative and energising process. In this session we’ll look at how we can go about setting vision and what it means to make it happen.
Conference Centre 1
8.00pm – 9.30pm MAIN SESSION 2: Mark Sayers Conference Centre

Wednesday 11 October

8.00am – 10.00pm Registration & Expo Open Conference Centre Veranda
9.00am – 12.15pm PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS
Sexual and gender diversity is a difficult area of Christian youth work that youth workers can find confusing and divisive. In this session, we will explore an approach to engaging with LGBTIQ young people that has integrity to our call to follow Jesus, yet looks a lot different to some other ‘Christian’ approaches we see going on.
Conference Centre 1
Conference Centre 2
What am I meant to be doing in my life and when and how will it happen? These are questions that shape many people, especially those who are called to lead. After examining the lives of hundreds of historical, biblical and contemporary leaders Dr. J.R Clinton discovered that a) a person doesn’t really find their thing until they are in their 50s; b) that there are six distinct stages that God leads a person through as He develops and prepares them and c) many people miss out on what is ‘their thing’ because they are fooled into thinking they are meant to have found it by 25. This seminar will take you through the six stages equipping you to respond to the who the how and the when in your leadership and ministry journey.
Conference Centre 3
Do you grow leaders that last and multiply? Do you foster intergenerational relationships? How does your ministry go at achieving gospel outcomes that are age specific? This masterclass will focus on building and growing a healthy next gen ministry by looking at a blend of current research and best practice methodology.
Dolphin Bay
Ideal for State and National Leaders.There is a growing need for a fresh research project across Australia and New Zealand that helps the church understand the ways in which young people interact and make sense of scripture. With data indicating around 50,000 young Christians are leaving the faith each year, we need to better understand why this is happening. Such a research project needs to support the church, and offer insights into the ‘why’ and suggestions for how to respond to this issue.Adrian Blenkinsop will facilitate this conversation. He oversaw the research project in 2010/11 that explored the state of bible engagement in Australia that resulted in the book ‘The Bible According to Gen Z’. The conversation will explore what we currently know, and what we want to know through fresh research.
Ocean South
The notion of an ‘identity in Christ’ is perhaps well known in youth ministry, but often youth ministries fall short because we don’t understand the mechanics of identity, what it is, how it develops and it can be strengthened by faith communities. This workshop explores the ways in which the social scientific understanding of identity can inform our ministry practice and approach to nurturing faith in young people.
Ocean North
10.15am – 11.00am Morning Tea Conference Centre Veranda
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch Conference Centre Veranda
2.00pm – 3.15pm ELECTIVES 4
With all the competing voices of influence in our current cultural climate – how can we encourage deep-end spiritual practices, and provide profound and purposeful places to help shape our young people for their vital place in the world?
Conference Centre 1
Whether you are nervously starting out, have been speaking up front for years, or are keen to train others to become effective up-front communicators, in this elective, you will be equipped with practical tools to rapidly expand your communication skills. Together we will explore both the irreducible minimums of public speaking, and discover how to employ lenses to make your messages both meaningful and memorable.
Conference Centre 3
The Australian Church is at a crossroads as 60-80% of young adults will leave the church once they finish their education and with an average of only 2 people coming to faith each year in each church (Transforming Melbourne) (Milk to Meat) the church is in a real predicament. Not only are people leaving the church but recent NCLS data has reported the largest generational group of church attendees are the Builders (35%) followed by Boomers (34%). The remaining third of attendees are divided into Generation X (17%) and Generation Y (14%) (NCLS 8). If the current trend of church attendance continues, within two generations’ Australian church attendance could drop by as much as two thirds. Speaking recently to a Baptist Youth Ministries Network, Keith Jobberns the President of Australian Baptist Ministries, said, “the future of the Christian Church is on your shoulders – I’m sorry” (Jobberns). Why is Jobberns ‘sorry’? When we consider the NCLS data, two thirds of current church attendance is aged over 50 and a majority of leadership roles in churches are held by Boomers (Jobberns) then there is a leadership vacuum looming in the Australian church. With a large portion of Boomers expected to retire in the next decade. What does that mean for younger leaders? What does this mean for leadership in the Australian church? What does this mean for emerging leaders? How can they be transitioned into leadership for the future of the church in Australia? It is an “urgent moment for the church, for its mission and its leadership” (James 89). The question posed for this essay is could Paul’s way of equipping leaders from afar provide a model to help transition younger leaders in the Australian church?
Dolphin Bay
Ocean South
This session is not for poets. This is for anyone who desires to speak deeply into the lives of young people. To break through the surface level. To help them see and name who they truly are. To help them recognise that they have the power to change the stories that shape who they are.
Ocean North
4.00pm – 5.15pm ELECTIVES 5
Every ministry leader wants their ministry to thrive and have imact. The need is vast and the potential so big. We plan, promote and execute, yet all the while God decrees that it is ‘not by might, not by power but by my Spirit.’ How can we be sure we are not just doing a good job but the right job? How can we be sure we are being led by the Spirit? This elective unpacks Romans 8 – the fight between the flesh and the spirit and exposes the ways in which the flesh can dictate our ministry drive and rob us of true focus. It will equip you to learn how to live and lead more from the place of the Spirit – the place where all ministry flourishes; where His yoke is easy and His burden is light and your mind is marked with life and peace.
Conference Centre 2
With over 60% of young people brought up in the church leaving by the time they are young adults (Barna Group, 2006), we need to ask some serious questions about the way our young people are being formed in the Christian life. If the Christian nurture of young-people, or discipleship, is a priority of the church, then why are the numbers so bad?Is it a loss of confidence? A lack of direction? Do we even think it’s important? Is it factors out of our control?Either way, we need to think seriously about what is going on.This workshop is an opportunity to go deep on some of the most basic questions of youth ministry:

  • Why is discipleship important?
  • What do we mean when we say ‘discipleship’
  • How can we make disciples?
  • Why does it sometimes seem so hard? What are the barriers and challenges that we face in this core task of the church?

Drawing on over 25 years of disciple-making ministry, Rohan Waters will guide an interactive workshop where you will explore these questions in the light of research, tried and tested models, and the shared experience of your peers.

Dolphin Bay
This workshop will explore the findings of a five-year research project investigating the ways in which Australian young people resolve significant disruptions to their faith (such as an experience of challenge, malaise, doubt or even complete rejection of their Christian faith). The workshop will help youth leaders and ministers understand what is happening in young people when they experience such changes and how to respond constructively.
Ocean North
How does a 180 year old short story shed light on changing times and cultures today? Is our “mission” a destination or a journey? What would Jesus say to our missions/outreach departments today? How does all of this relate to our youth and young adults in Australia and beyond? If you are passionate about missions, service and outreach, this session is for you.
Ocean South
Family violence is a serious issue that negatively impacts young people, families and the broader community. In this session, we will explore how youth workers can play a role in preventing family violence as well as supporting those experiencing it.
Conference Centre 1
8.00pm – 9.30pm MAIN SESSION 3: Enuma Okoro Conference Centre