In July 2020 Youthscape ran Now What? — a brand new online event designed to help you define your youth ministry vision in a COVID-19 world. If you missed it, you can catch-up on everything here.
We’re all tired. Something began months ago that’s changed everything. Still now, the jarring shifts keep coming, and the future is foggy. Some are making a success of it — enthusing with news of impressive online church attendance, abundant online Alphas, and apparently a renewed spiritual hunger across the country. Unless, perhaps, you’re a youth worker. The ‘good news’ narrative for those who work with young people is less apparent. The fringes have scattered, and the best you can do is cling to your core group. Even then, even with the signs of light, you’re still on the back foot.
You’ve been stuck in reactive mode, but you want to be proactive.
You want a vision for your work, not just endless uncertainty.
You’re surviving — but you want to be thriving.
We’re there too, and we want to help. Online church has offered lots of communication — but little connection, rare conversation. That’s what Now What is all about.
Let's have a conversation.
Now what happened?
Over the course of 24 hours we brought together youth ministry practitioners, key thinkers and experts to help you to address the big questions facing your youth work over the next 12 months. In this once-in-a-lifetime moment, fresh thinking and clear guidance are urgently needed to help us navigate a future that no one saw coming.
Through interactive sessions, focused seminars, coaching help and more, we journeyed together through the big challenges facing us in youth ministry right now, and sought God for his way forward.
You can see the rundown of the conference on the schedule further down this page. If there's specific talks you're interested in catching up on, you can use this to find them, and watch them via Youtube. You can watch the first evening session below.
The 'Now What' resource
Now What is all about figuring out what your vision and plan is for youth ministry in the next 12 months. Giving you the inspiration and opportunity to start thinking about what God can do through you in the lives of young people. To help you do that, we've published a major new resource during the conference — a step-by-step guide to developing your vision and plan... and you're going to find it an essential tool in the months ahead.
Each double-page spread has a guided exercise to direct your thoughts and prayers. You can work through it alone or with your whole youth work team. By the end of the process, you'll have a clear sense of what your priorities and plans should be for the next year of your youth group or youth project in the context of the COVID-19 situation.
How does that sound? You can now get a printed version of this resource through the Youthscape Store.
Satellites Senior Events Coordinator