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.
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.