I had a chance to sit down with Jason Ostrander, the man behind the incredible Simply Youth Ministry Conference this year – easily one of my favorite weeks of all time. This year we’re in Indianapolis in March – going to be really, really fun:
What is the heart and vision behind SYMC?
The Simply Youth Ministry Conference (aka. SYMC) has always been unique in the landscape of youth ministry conferences in that it is, by design, a conference â€œby youth workers â€“for youth workersâ€. In all aspects of the conference youth workers are an active part of both its development and implementation. The true heart behind SYMC it is to be a place where youth workers from around the world can come to learn, connect and recharge and the vision is always to support the local youth worker in every way possible so that they can thrive in youth ministry.
There are a lot of conferences out there, maybe now more than ever – why choose SYMC?
This is a great question.Â My immediate response takes me back to when I was a youth worker attending SYMC â€“I remember that everyone I met seemed to identify with me as well as my journey.Â It felt good to be known (and remembered year after year!)Â As the conference director, I would say that SYMC works very hard to cut through the fluff of youth min conferencing so that we can fully engage youth workers right where they are.Â I have been a part of some SYMC Lead Team meetings in the past few weeks where weâ€™ve cut out potentially â€œgoodâ€ things to make room for the â€œmost importantâ€ things that we should be offering to youth workers.
When is the best time to sign up to get the best deal?
Of course the deepest discount for SYMC would be the early bird registration ($40 off the regular price) â€“which ends THIS WEEK on October 31st!
Hmmm … I should have seen that one coming. Well, youth workers love freebies – give us a deal or secret freebie just for MTDB readers!Â
OKâ€¦how about a secret MTDB gift bag that includes: a $25 coupon for the SYMC Bookstore, a special early-entry pass for the nightly General Sessions (and other free SYMC-related resources)?Â If you register with the code MTDB youâ€™ll receive your gift when you check in at the conference!