Pretty excited about the Simply Youth Ministry Conference coming up the first weekend of March – there’s an important deadline/discount available through January 16th – if you’re going to join us you can save right now and sign up. Here’s 10 reasons why I’m pumped!

  • I laugh and learn more in 1 weekend than I do in a month
  • Free MoreThanD0dogeball.com T-shirts – I’ll Tweet about them and leave them all over the place.
  • I get to show off my YouthPastorDiet.com hot bod
  • I’m pumped to hear Jon Acuff and Lecrae
  • A new music video from Jake! Going to be SO fun
  • Meeting new friends and talking youth ministry
  • Hanging with old friends and SYMC alumni
  • Sharing lots of program ideas you can steal right away for your youth group
  • Slowing down (well kinda) and being filled up (for sure)
  • New resources, new ideas, new excitement for my calling – leaving STRONGER!

JG

Just wanted to post a quick link to the Simply Youth Ministry Conference 2012 audio/video store – if you were at the event and want to bring it home or missed it and want to get in on some of the training, here’s the place!

JG



It’s not the same as being there … but close! Starting at 4:30pm today, you can watch the Simply Youth Ministry Conference going on LIVE in Louisville, KY!

All 6 general  sessions PLUS 1-6pm on Saturday and Sunday!

JG

Congratulations to Jeremy on winning the contest to score a free registration to the Simply Youth Ministry Conference 2012. Join us – it is going to be great – details here on the official conference website. Can’t wait!

JG



SYMC

I’m beyond excited to hang out with youth workers at the Simply Youth MInistry Conference this year in Louisville – I’m actually taking our high school team along with on the trip and think it is going to be game-changing for our ministry.

Want to join us? Killer lineup, including Francis Chan, Derwin Gray, Jon Acuff, Shane & Shane, Jeremy Camp and 77 more speakers, musicians and mentors. Couldn’t be more excited! The Early Bird rate expires on October 31 so get in now!

JG

Super excited to play a part in the Simply Youth Ministry Conference 2012. Hope you’ll join us – here’s a digital version of the new SYMC2012 brochure that just was mailed out. So excited – see you in March!

JG



A few times a year I get a chance to meet/hang/speak at youth worker conferences or leadership events – thought I would post them here in case you were planning on attending too and maybe we could arrange a meet up. I’m a sucker for late-night Steak and Shake. Here’s what’s on tap this next season:

The D6 Conference - I’ve never been to this event and it has been one I’ve wanted to get to check out the last couple of years. Check out their fantastic official trailer here, if you’re in/around Dallas or in town for it this September- I’ll see you there! I’m speaking on a panel about youth ministry and leading a commissioning prayer during the last session of the event. Pumped.

YS National Youth Ministry Convention: San Diego - honored to be invited to speak at YS-San Diego! I’ll be doing a few workshops there in September focusing on teaching calendars, sermon preparation and training small group leaders. I enjoyed this little promo video of their event from Tic Long, too. I’m also on a panel with some legit dudes on the future of youth ministry. Excited and intimidated.

YSPalooza Orlando – This is the first time I’ll be teaching at YSPalooza, too! We’re still working out the details, but it is going to be fun in Orlando this January.

Simply Youth Ministry Conference 2012 - Without a doubt this is the event I’m most heavily involved in again this year. I’ll be doing the general session programming (with the infamous Jake Rutenbar) and there’s even talk of me maybe speaking a little chunk of a creative new general session idea. Who knows … I just know it is going to be awesome and you really, really need to be there, too – Louisville, KY in March. Be there with Francis Chan and Jon Acuff and more.

JG

Thoroughly enjoying Stuff Christians Like by Jon Acuff. I’ve been a fan of his writing for a while, although originally dismissing his blog since it was an obvious knockoff of Stuff White People Like. That aside, Jon manages to take some fun and largely overdue shots at the Christian subculture that are welcome and highly entertaining. If you’ve never read “Treating Youth Ministers Like Silver Medal Ministers” or “The Mandatory Youth Minister Goatee“, you should immediately. The book is largely a collection of his blog posts so if you’re a fan you’ll love it for sure (and if not be sure to check out his blog here). Good, entertaining read making fun of us. Love it.

JG