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Behind-the-Scenes at the SYMC Summit: Day 2

 —  October 2, 2013 — 1 Comment

People shouldn’t be woken up by crazy people who wake up early to run.


Yeah… that’s a window view of a crew of youth workers and SYM/Group peeps getting ready to run a 5k.

(I joined in by exiting out the back of the building and running around to the finish line, all while eating a bowl of cereal)


Day Two of the Summit is a continuation of the first day, including some great teaching and brainstorming. The difference is some unique tweaks that are thrown in.


We headed out mid-day to “Sculpture in the Park.” This was to do nothing more than spend time with Jesus. Admittedly, I’m pretty amazed that instead of using the Summit to brainstorm around-the-clock there’s a lot of spiritual investment into this group of volunteers.


It only makes sense, though. Wouldn’t the people planning a conference for youth workers do a better job of joining God in that if they first joined with Him themselves?


It’s also quite cyclical. For example, a core of youth workers loved on a couple of Group staff members. Here are Jake Rasmussen and Scott Firestone getting prayed over and gifted with some items picked out just for them.

Of course, the day had it’s share of brainstorming for SYMC 2014…


as well as an amazing dinner…


followed by some incredible dessert at the home of Thom and Joanie Schultz (founders of Group).


We even watched a Lifetree Cafe video of Jana Snyder sharing about her adoption story.


Thom and Joani released an amazing book this week, too. We’ve had the chance to interact with its core truths – how four acts of love will make your church irresistible:

Radical Hospitality:

  • A lot of people stay away from church because they feel judged. What if they heard you’re welcome as you are?

Fearless Conversation:

  • If the average person doesn’t want to be lectured, how can we let them know their thoughts, questions and doubts are all welcome on the journey of discovering God?

Genuine Humility:

  • The stereotype is that Christians are a bunch of hypocrites… how can we take a posture that we’re all in this together – from my mess to His best?

Divine Anticipation:

  • When someone says, “Your God is irrelevant to my real life,” what does it mean to reveal “God is here, ready to connect with you in a fresh way. Are you open to that?”

These values (in addition to Group’s R.E.A.L. model) have become the bass line for us to wrestle over together.

Speaking of that, what do YOU think of all of this?

  • Does your brainstorming process in your church look like this – deep pouring in so there is deep pouring out?
  • Are the leaders in every direction of your youth group and congregation operating under the same values… and actually enjoy being around each other?
  • What’s your sense of the four “Acts of Love” Thom and Joani propose?

Join the conversation!


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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