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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”!).

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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.