yesterday and today we have a crew of great people in our office for two days of CORE (ys’ one-day seminar) development meetings — for the 2009 CORE, that is. great stuff – i’m really excited about the level of thinking and interaction. other than not having enough women (we invited several who were not able to attend), the group has really interesting diversity, and are giving us fantastic input and thinking. we had a nice dinner outside at tic’s house last night — great to hang with these fine people:
jim candy: junior high pastor for a decade at first pres, boulder (CO). now finishing an mdiv at fuller. i got to know him through our junior high pastor’s summit. amongst junior high pastors, the dude is a thinker.
jim graham: oversees studentlife curriculum development, in birmingham, alabama.
craig davis: after 19 years as a youth pastor in tx, craig is the student ministries pastor at rose drive friends church in yorba linda, ca. craig was my CORE host this year when i presented in orange county, and i was really impressed by his depth, wisdom and humility.
ian robertson: media dude for youth specialties, who helps give all kinds of shape to the CORE. ian’s also one of my fellow middle school ministry volunteers at my church, where his wife is our middle school pastor.
dan lambert: professor of youth ministry at john brown university, author of a ys book in our academic line. dan’s one of those guys who can be truly academic, but not exclusively academic.
mark matlock: author and speaker, leader of wisdomworks and planet wisdom. really smart guy.
michael novelli: after many years of being a youth pastor, and a handful of years working for sonlife ministries, michael is now freelancing as an author and content developer, specifically in the area of chronological bible storying.
scott burks: a bit of a youth ministry entrepreneur and gadfly, scott is at least partially employed in some capacity at studentlife in alabama, but lives in tx.
carrie clausen: CORE manager, carrie handles all the logistics of the entire CORE. she also speaks into the development quite a bit, and is a former middle school pastor.
chris brooks: leader of urbnet, the urban network of national network of youth ministries. chris lives in minneapolis.
kara powell: youth ministry prof at fuller seminary in pasadena, author, leader of fuller’s center for youth and family. one of the smartest people i know.
well, and also me and tic.