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Youth Ministry Forum - 2020

Youth Ministry Forum

February 28 - 29, 2020

Friday 6pm - 8pm
Saturday 8am - 4pm

Flagler College Ringhaver Student Center


  • $30 fee per individual
  • $300 group rate for 10 or more participants (from the same church/organization)

Continental Breakfast and Lunch are included



Nathan Stucky

Nathan Stucky, PhD

"Wrestling with Rest"

Book cover for Nathan Stucky's Wrestling with RestRest. It sounds simple enough. It sounds good. Sure, we are tired, but we imagine more rest will be easy…after we get just a few more things done. But most of us know it’s not that simple. There’s always more to do, and somehow we just can’t step off the treadmill of endless activity. In spite of all of this, Christians profess to worship a God who rests and who invites God’s people to rest through the Sabbath. What if it’s true? What if it’s true that God rests? What if it’s true that God wants us to rest? That might just change everything. Let’s find out together.


Rev. Kermit Moss

Rev. Kermit Moss

“What Does Hip Hop Have to do with Jesus?”

Hip-hop and the church, perfect together? Not quite. Given that our churches are losing more people every year, it’s more important than ever to stay connected, and Kendrick Lamar, J-Cole and Lil Wayne might be able to help. See church and Bible study from their perspectives and learn how hip-hop is influencing our culture, politics, clothing and social media…globally! As the most popular genre of music in the United States, hip-hop is here to stay, and this seminar will explore how it is speaking to young people and how the Church can learn from its cultural imagination.

Rev. Katie Douglass, PhD

Rev. Katie Douglass, PhD

“Becoming Culturally Responsive to Teenagers Today”

This workshop will share the best practices coming out of educational theory on how to become responsive to the cultural identities of youth. We will work together to develop skills for talking about ethnicity, gender, age, ability and disability grounded in a robust theological framework.

Ben Conner, PhD

Ben Conner, PhD

“Befriending and Including Disability in Youth Ministry”

Disability in an unsurprising aspect of human existence. How can we shift from thinking of disability in terms of deficits and pathologies and embrace the people who are disabled in ways that honors their gifts and contributions to the body of Christ? In this session, we will consider together the theology and practices that help youth ministry move toward inclusive ministry where everybody belongs and everybody serves.

Sam Coleman

Sam Coleman

“The Least, The Last, The Lost”

This workshop will deal with serving and bringing the Gospel to primarily minority youth in places usually forgotten and looked on negatively. We’ll explore how to minister to kids and families who society would consider the LEAST, due to their social or economic status and often thought of LAST when it comes to resources. We will discuss some often overlooked realities and explore practical methodologies and tools that are helpful in our outreach to this community.

Megan DeWald

Megan DeWald

“Grief, Grace, and Grit: Doing Youth Ministry When Life Sucks”

The beautiful and challenging work of youth ministry requires leaders to live their lives with the watchful gaze of young people who observe it all—the good, the bad, and the occasional wrecking ball of grief. In this workshop, participants will reflect on different experiences of grief and will engage in conversation about the risky work of youth-ministry-while-grieving, exploring how to be authentic with young people, while carefully attending to our own emotional and spiritual labor.

Justin Forbes

Justin Forbes

"Back to the Basics of Youth Ministry"

Somehow your love of God has led you to teenagers…God bless you! In this workshop we will spend our time going over some foundational aspects of youth ministry like building relationships with young people, letting our faith shape our ministries, and looking for meaningful ways to invite young people into this life of faith. We will share experiences, tell stories, and encourage one another in this incredibly important work!

Nathan Stucky

Nate Stucky, PhD

“Life through Death: A journey of discipleship, loss, and resurrection hope”

Practical theologian Megan DeWald asserts that the church’s problem is that it wants immortality rather than resurrection. In other words, the church would rather be fruitless on life support than to undergo death on the journey to new life. This workshop explores the reality of loss and death on the journey of discipleship and ministry while insisting that the core message of the Gospel always includes resurrection hope.

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Friday evening, Feb. 28th

Registration, Worship and Keynote
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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Saturday, Feb. 29th

Continental Breakfast, Rolling Check-In
8:00am - 8:30am

Worship and Large Group Session
8:30am - 10:15am

Coffee Break
10:15am - 10:30am

10:30am - 11:45am

11:45am - 1:15pm

1:15pm - 2:30pm

Afternoon Coffee
2:30pm - 2:45pm

Worship and Keynote
2:45pm - 4:00pm

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"For the third year in a row our youth ministry team of staff, interns and volunteers look forward to attending the Youth Ministry Forum at Flagler College. It is a great time of spiritual renewal for our leaders as we share a few days away together, hear awesome keynote speakers and discuss practical topics in break out sessions. This event is a priority for enriching our leadership team."

Kimberly Sanders
Director of Student Ministries
First Presbyterian Church in North Palm Beach



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Hotel Accommodations

For those needing hotel arrangements, a block of rooms are on hold at:

Courtyard by Marriot, St. Augustine Beach
605 A1A Beach Blvd, St Augustine Beach, FL 32080
Call for rates and details at 1-888-869-7185

Local Highlights of St. Augustine

Looking for a few recommendations while visiting this beautiful city? Here you will find some local favorites for eating, shopping and sightseeing.

Putt Putt on the Bay Front
111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Bay front mini golf is Florida’s oldest mini golf course and a lot of fun for people of all ages!

The Hyppo
48 Charlotte St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
The Hyppo offers yummy, all natural, and unique popsicles with new flavors every day.

Peace Pies
8 Aviles St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Peace Pies offers yummy ice-cream sandwiches with an extra pie filling inside.

Kilwins Chocolates
140 St George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Kilwins is a chocolate shop that offers many different kinds of delicious chocolate, fudge, candy, ice-cream, and more!

Relampago Coffee
74 Spanish St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Relampago Coffee is a modern coffee house that offers a variety of great coffee, tea, and pastries.

117 St George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Pizzaalley’s serve’s delicious pizza, salads, and more. You can get a slice of pizza right away in the front room, as well as enjoy a sit down meal in the Chianti room.

Burrito Works Taco Shop
114 St George St, St. Augustine, FL 32080
Taco shop has several selections of yummy meals to choose from. You can enjoy nachos, tostadas, burrito bowls, and more.

1 King St #101, St. Augustine, FL 32084
A1A is a brewery that offers seasonal beer as well as delicious American food such as sandwiches and steak.

Catch 27
40 Charlotte St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Catch 27 is a Seafood restaurant offering delicious made-from-scratch meals using locally caught seafood.

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For questions about the Youth Ministry Forum or to request more information call us at 904-862-8644 or contact: