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three Summit bits of awesomeness

Summit bit of awesomeness numero uno:

i think we’ve landed our 18th of 18 presenters. more on that very soon. now if i can just get uncle wally to respond so we have our official event uke player (the dude was sorta old, so i’m hoping he’s still alive!)…

Summit bit of awesomeness numero dos:

we released the video of ben chestnut’s uh-maze-ing talk from last year’s Summit into the wild this week. ben is the co-founder and CEO of mailchimp. seriously, this is a guy who would speak at TED or any other non-ministry event. but he likes adam (don’t we all?), so agreed to speak at our little event. he offers some brilliant insights. really, this is worth the dozen minutes it takes to watch about ten times over.

Ben Chestnut: Creating an Environment for Creativity and Empowerment

Summit bit of awesomeness numero tres:

this is awesome. we’re partnering with some awesome peeps to offer a youth ministry and marriage retreat in connection with The Summit (now you really have a chance to say, “hey, honey, let’s mount The Summit”!).

marriage retreat logo

here’s the scoop:

Youth ministry has a propensity to demand much of marriage, which at times can be difficult enough on it’s own. Yet many youth workers have even more of a tendency to project an image of the perfect Christian marriage, even though we have the same bumps and challenges as other couples. As Christian leaders, it is imperative that we learn to tend to the soul of our own marriages and families before coming alongside students and their parents to do the same. This 48-hour retreat is designed to help you do just that!

Organized and designed by REACH Youth New England, in partnership with WinShape Retreats (a foundation of Chick-fil-A) and sponsored by Simply Youth Ministry (SYM), the Youth Ministry and Marriage Retreat is designed to provide you quality relational time as a couple as well as innovative and interactive teaching and workshops to strengthen your marriage. You will also have the chance to intentionally connect with other youth workers and their spouses about marriage and ministry as the retreat is intentionally intimate and limited to only 16 couples.

The retreat will start Sunday November 10th at 12:00pm and wrap up Tuesday, November 12th at 10:00am and will take place at the beautiful Winshape Retreat Center in Rome, GA – a 26,000-acre wildlife preserve that sits in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by a rolling wonderland of forests, meadows and streams. Two nights lodging, six meals, and programming are all included in this retreat. All of it a $700 per couple value… for only $100 PER COUPLE (if you register by October 1st) thanks to the generosity of WinShape and SYM!

A full schedule, and more details will be available soon.


The Summit is offering couples who attend the Youth Ministry and Marriage Retreat our absolute craziest rate of just $159/couple for The Summit. Our hope is that you can attend together to The Summit on Friday and Saturday, get your imagination sparked and your heart charged up with youth ministry ideas… then go spend a few days together at this marriage retreat to spark and recharge your marriage. How fun is that?

How do I get this deal?

First, register for the Youth Ministry and Marriage Retreat.

Next, after you complete your registration you’ll get a special discount code for The Summit.

a little help in making your decision about attending The Summit

in case you missed this elsewhere yesterday:


and, in case you missed this: the early bird pricing of $149 (or $129 each for groups of 3 or more) ends at MIDNIGHT TONIGHT! omigosh! don’t waste the widow’s mite, youth worker!

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media from the 2012 summit is available!

you know that time when you had everything all planned for the perfect youth group night, but it relied on a video clip, and the projector would just not cooperate? yeah, GIANT ministries like The Youth Cartel (ha!) have those problems too. we thought we were going to be able to offer video of last year’s uh-maze-ing event, The Summit, within a week or two of the event. but we experienced a perfect storm of tech problems.

finally, after months of shipping strange-format videos around the country, borrowing and buying new ways to play them so we could transfer them (only to find that those ways didn’t work), and asking multiple people for help, we finally have all 18 videos finished.

i watched all of them again in the last two weeks, and was once again thankful and stoked and stirred up. it’s quite the collection of 12 – 15 minute TED-style talks, all geared to spark your youth ministry imagination.

here’s a free sample: amanda drury’s wonderful presentation on Congregations Where Teenagers Have a Voice…

the audio of the event has always been available in our store. but now you can buy video of individual talks, or full sessions (5 or 6 talks), or the whole kitchen sink.

this is the sort of thing you’ll get:

session 1 — the here + now

  • mark moore — Acknowledging our Dependence on God
  • aaron arnold — Global Shifts in Youth Culture
  • nikole lim — Teenagers We Overlook
  • rhett smith — Anxiety in Teenagers
  • brock morgan — Activating the Hearts of Teenagers Who Don’t See a Need for Jesus
  • amanda drury — Congregations Where Teenagers Have a Voice

session 2 — peripheral vision

  • charles lee — Where Good Ideas Come From
  • bobby john — Risk & Faith
  • marah lidey — Best Practices in Activating Young People Around Causes They Care About
  • lucas leys — What We Can Learn from Latin American Youth Ministry
  • ben chestnut — Creating an Environment for Creativity and Empowerment
  • anne jackson — The Process of Creativity

session 3 — the horizon

  • chris folmsbee — Hopeful Imagination
  • andrew marin — Ministry Within Theological Tension
  • seth barnes — Ruining Teenagers and Young Adults for Jesus
  • greg ellison II — Learning to Notice Marginalized Teenagers
  • april diaz — Redefining the Role of the Youth Worker

session 4 — panorama

  • mark oestreicher — Transformation: Resistances and Resources (this one’s a half hour long)

once you purchase the videos, you can stream them (for quick viewing), or download them for viewing at another time or using them to instigate conversation with a volunteer team.

so: click here to see the page on The Youth Cartel store were you can get these babies.

oh, and we’re hip-deep in planning The Summit 2013 (november 8 and 9, in atlanta). i’m completely stoked about our theme and plans for this year’s event. we have 8 of the presenters confirmed so far, and more locking in all the time. we’ll have lotsa info to share on that very soon. you can click here to RSVP for the event, and we’ll notify you the minute registration goes live.