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Behind-the-Scenes at the SYMC Summit: Day 1

 —  September 30, 2013 — 1 Comment

00Gungor. Cajun food. Brainstorming. Entering the Story.

(Hang on… I’m getting ahead of myself.)

You may not know this, but the Simply Youth Ministry Conference is largely planned by youth workers (and people who love youth workers).

Around this time every year in the fall, a group of youth workers get together for what’s called “The Summit” – a time when the “In The Trenches Team” (or IT3, for short) come out to Group‘s HQ for a few days of camaraderie, prayer, seeking God and a whole lot of brainstorming.

My journey began super early today, as did others who came out this way.

That isn’t to say the day wasn’t without its share of sermon illustrations in the making.


For example, I began to prepare to be around other youth workers as I walked off for my connecting flight in North Carolina and heard airport security paging a “Mr Freddy Krueger.”


There was also the woman who prepared me to think with innovation as she cleaned the moving stairway simply by standing on it while holding her mop to its sides.

When you finally do make it out to Group, you’re treated to a talking moose at the door and an assortment of healthy and sweet treats inside.



The real treat is getting around some great minds who know how to pull the best out of a swarm of random people. Rick Lawrence, Jason Ostrander and Mike Novelli led us through several key points in the day.


Simply Youth Ministry does a great job at loving on the IT3 team, from springing for dinner…


to springing Gungor on us during dinner.

Yeah… seriously, that just happened.

I was accidentally in the front row of a special Gungor concert. They’ll be anchoring Saturday night and Sunday night at SYMC 2014 with some amazing music they gave us a glimpse of tonight. It’s the kind of music that you need to go get right now, in fact.

So here’s the scoop… pretend you’re here.

  • What ideas would you offer for SYMC 2014?
  • How would you love to see some things continue?
  • Is there anything that should be changed, added or updated?

Yes – you can be a virtual IT3 member… chime in!

Tony Myles

Tony Myles

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Tony Myles is a youth ministry veteran, author, speaker, volunteer youth worker and lead pastor of Connection Church in Medina, Ohio... and he really likes smoothies.

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