Maybe the reason you are tired or feel overwhelmed is because you have failed to take the time to stop what you are doing to sharpen your ax. It’s easy to work in the ministry week after week without pausing to work on the ministry to you. Here are five upcoming trainings in the youth ministry world you should know about!
The flagship experience for Youth Specialties, this one you surely won’t want to miss. This year we will be in sunny (fingers crossed) Tampa, Florida as we gather once again as a family of youth workers to dream, rest, and be inspired. We’ll be joined by dynamic speakers, relevant breakout sessions, and over 150 exhibitors and sponsors representing an array of services, resources, and experiences for youth ministry. If you are looking for rest, restoration, and resources, find us at the National Youth Workers Convention in Tampa, Florida. Regular registration opens on February 15th!
CPR and First Aid Classes are great for you to know what to do in a physical emergency but do you know what to do in a mental health crisis? Youth Mental Health First Aid is created for adults who work with young people to help in areas of anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. These trainings can take place in a day and are offered all over, so check out their webpage for the details.
On September 21, 2019, thousands of youth ministry volunteers across North America will be better equipped to care for the students in ministries—in a single morning—thanks to the over 175 churches who are opening their doors to host the National Day of Volunteer Youth Ministry. Gather your entire team for eight TED-style training videos from the leading voices in youth ministry. In a single morning, you and your team will feel more equipped and prepared to work with the students God has entrusted to you. A few topics are, “Helping Parents Win,” “The Heart of a Volunteer,” and “How to Build Relationships When Everyone is Busy.”
Through digital coaching, you can find the insight you need on a schedule that fits your calendar. With You Lead, you can join a group of youth ministers on monthly video calls, private online discussion groups, and live question and answer sessions with youth ministry experts. As a bonus, each coaching membership comes with a free training course from Ministry Boost!
Organizations like TrainedUp, offer free training videos to help you see the quality of the products they can offer. Why not take the time to learn from these free resources? Trained up also has a library of over 600 videos for volunteer, leadership, and Bible training. Their ever-expanding library can help you and every volunteer in your church take their next steps in leadership development.
“Using a dull ax requires great strength, so sharpen the blade. That’s the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed.” Ecclesiastes 10:10
Corey Jones is the XP of NextGen at Southern Hills in Carrollton, Georgia. In his spare time, you can find him at a local coffee shop or fighting crime in Gotham. Corey wants to encourage and equip those around him and can be found on social media at @COREYRAYJONES.