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Youthscape is excited to announce Now What? — a brand new online event designed to help you define your youth ministry vision in a COVID-19 world.

 

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

Over the course of 24 hours we will bring 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 will journey together through the big challenges facing us in youth ministry right now, and seek God for his way forward. We’ll provide you with innovative resources, a chance to connect with God and with other youth leaders, and even some much needed fun. And of course — it’s all completely FREE. All you need to do is log on.

The now what, where & when

WHAT IS IT? Join us for a 24-hour online conference focussing on what the youth ministry world could look like in the next 12 months and how you can cast a positive vision in a COVID-19 world.

WHEN AND WHERE? Thursday 16th and Friday 17th July. Live-streamed to our YouTube and Facebook pages, starting 20:00 on Thursday. If you miss some or all of it, you can still catch up when it's all over.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT? Three main sessions over two days with space for seminars and coaching. An informal, social, conversational and relaxed after-hours session on Thursday night. The main sessions will involve keynote talks, roundtable discussions with various speakers and experts, and opportunities to interact and engage with the discussion.

THERE'S COACHING? Yes, between 12pm and 6pm on the Friday, youth leaders or youth teams will be able to have a 40-minute coaching session on Zoom with a coach or mentor. All coaches will have a DBS. They will be open to book on Thursday 16th July and details of how to book a slot will be announced during the Thursday evening session. We hope to be able to offer as many sessions as possible during the six hours, so times will be allocated rather than chosen.

Here's what a youth worker said about the coaching we ran at the National Youth Ministry Weekend:

“I found the coaching really helpful to have an opportunity to lay everything out in front of me; from dreams and visions for the youth ministry to things I was struggling with and what I felt God was saying to me at the time. Then with everything laid out, there was opportunity to chat through all of these things with someone as an external voice to my context.”

ANYTHING ELSE? You can see some of the contributors at the bottom of this page. And immediately below you can see the official schedule.

The Schedule

View the schedule & directory.
 

Sign up early to receive our free 'Now What' resource

Now What is all about figuring out what your vision and plan is for youth ministry in the next 12 months. The event will give 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're publishing a major new resource during the conference — it's 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.

We're so committed to putting this into your hands, we're giving this new resource for free to everyone who registers for the Now What event. That's right, following the event, you'll have to buy this from our online store, but you can get a copy simply by letting us know you're coming to the event — which remember, is free to attend!

If you sign up before midday Thursday 16th July, we'll email you a copy of the resource before the first session starts later that evening. You'll be all set to go. And remember, make sure everyone in your youth team has their own copy by getting them to sign up too.

To register just complete the super simple form below and we'll do the rest.

Register to receive a new YS Now What resource for free at the event, and hear about the latest Youthscape news and resources

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Meet some of the contributors

Rachel Gardner

Rachel Gardner

Director of Partnerships

Hi, I'm Rachel and I'm Director of Partnerships at Youthscape working from my new base in Preston in the North-West.

Martin Saunders

Martin Saunders

Director, Satellites & Director of Innovation

Hello, my name is Martin Saunders and I lead two teams at Youthscape: one around innovation and the other for our event for young people, Satellites.

Natalie Evans

Natalie Evans

Satellites Senior Events Coordinator

Hey, I’m Natalie. I'm helping plan and organise the Satellites 2021 event.

Dr Kate Middleton

Dr Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton is a psychologist with a particular interest in emotional health in the face of adverse circumstances and helping people reach their full potential.

Tim Alford

Tim Alford

Tim is the National Director of Limitless; a Youth Ministry Specialist Lecturer at Regents Theological College; and a volunteer youth leader at The Source Church.

Andy Winmill

Andy Winmill

Director of Urban Devotion Birmingham, Andy works to support children, young people and families in being all that they were created to be.

Kenda Creasy Dean

Kenda Creasy Dean

Kenda Creasy Dean is an author, ordained pastor, and Professor of Youth, Church and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Laura Hancock

Laura Hancock

Laura Hancock is the Church Resources Director for Youth For Christ overseeing the development of resources for teenagers..

Jamie Cutteridge

Jamie Cutteridge

Jamie Cutteridge is the project manager and director of With, the UK’s first ecumenical Christian community serving young people.

Dr Lucie Shuker

Dr Lucie Shuker

Director of Research

Hello, I’m Lucie. I’m the Director of The Youthscape Centre for Research here at Youthscape.

Jemimah Woodbridge

Jemimah Woodbridge

Director, Youthscape Luton

I'm Jemimah and I lead Youthscape’s Luton work in schools, churches and at our centre, Bute Mills.

Mike Palin

Mike Palin

Mike is the Director of children's charity the267project, which exists to 'resource, grow, celebrate' youth and children's ministry wherever it sees it.

Chris Russell

Chris Russell

Chris Russell is the vicar of St Laurence, Reading, and Advisor for Evangelism and Witness at Lambeth Palace.

Chris Curtis

Chris Curtis

Chief Executive

Hello! I’m Chris, the founder and leading our team as Chief Executive of Youthscape.

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