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Youth Ministry Forum

January 25 - 26, 2019

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


Friday Evening, Jan. 25th

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

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Saturday, Jan. 26th

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

Worship and Keynote
8:30am - 10:00am

10:00am - 11:15am

11:30am - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 2:15pm

Afternoon Coffee
2:15pm - 2:30pm

Worship and Keynote
2:30pm - 4:00pm

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Keynote Speaker

Dr. Amanda Drury

Dr. Amanda Drury, PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary

Dr. Drury has been in youth ministry for almost fifteen years. She now serves as assistant professor of practical theology at Indiana Wesleyan University and is ordained in the Wesleyan Church. She teaches, speaks and writes on youth ministry and her passion is to see teenagers empowered to express their faith in words and actions. Amanda has three children with her husband John and they reside in Marion, Indiana.
Book Cover: Saying is Believing
Book Cover: Saying is Believing

There’s that old Franciscan saying, “Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.” We like this saying because it let’s us off the hook. It leaves us with the impression, “If I just act like a person of faith, than I don’t having to actually talk about my faith.” But various studies across the United States show that both teenagers, and adults for that matter, are less and less articulate about their faith. They are active participants at their local churches, but when they are asked to speak of their faith, they are speechless. This is problematic because if someone has a hard time talking about something, that person often has a hard time believing that thing is true. If we can't talk about our faith, we will have a hard time taking our faith seriously.


Loving Beyond the Boundaries

Cesar Castillejos
Cesar Castillejos

Through out the Gospels Jesus steps out-of-bounds to spend time with cultural outsiders. He pulled the disciples beyond the boundaries of their comfort to show them how far the Gospel goes. We will examine Biblical stories to see the importance of “loving beyond the boundaries.” As a group we will examine the boundaries of the culture we live in and see how we can be drawn to the uncomfortable fringes of ministry for the sake of the students we work with.


Missional Entrepreneurship for the Curious, the Bored, and the Desperate

Dr. Amanda Drury, PhD
Dr. Amanda Drury, PhD

Do you have a crazy idea for how your youth group might have a more lively presence in your community. (Discipleship on fishing boats? A chicken wing ministry? Transforming your atrium into a farmer's market?) Drawing from design thinking, this session will invigorate church leaders to look outside of the box of what it looks like to engage in missional entrepreneurship. Whether or not you see yourself as the creative sort, this is a fast-paced, practical workshop designed to take your imagination of an idea to the next level.


From Service Hours to Foot Washers - Making Service an Integral Part of Youth Discipleship

Mike Buckler
Mike Buckler

Ever feel like service is an afterthought in your planning for ministry? At the Last Supper, Jesus demonstrated to the disciples in the upper room that they should be foot-washers - that's no afterthought, but an integral characteristic of discipleship. Participants will reflect on John 13 and what it means for Jesus' disciples to live in solidarity with the poor, discussing practical strategies for mentoring young people in this aspect of the Christian life. Come find out more about how you can lead your teens closer to Christ through service and work for justice in your ministry, church, and community.


Hard Conversations and Mentoring Young Adults

Derrick Scott III
Derrick Scott III

Ministry with the next generation can be fun, innovative and life-giving when things are going well. But when things aren't going well, it can be difficult to find the right words, the best approach and the perfect timing for hard conversations. We don't want to lose these emerging adults, but we don't want them to lose out on all God has for them either. In this workshop, we will discuss some mindsets and tools that can help next generation leaders find courageous humility and engage in crucial conversations.


Where Mental Health and Youth Collide

Shannon Miller
Shannon Miller

Based on a unique perspective of the reality in which teenagers live, we will address mental health and our youth. In helping to bring you clarity as you work with students, this workshop will focus on three key points: helping teens tolerate distress, how to help students live at peace with themselves, and how to walk alongside hurting teens without taking on their responsibility.



Group of students standing at the entrance of Flagler College.

"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


Worship Band

Logo: Campus to City Wesley Foundation

The CCW Band serves as a part of Campus To City Wesley Foundation, worshipping with college students and local churches all over northeast Florida.


Youth Ministry Forum Parking Map

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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 (904) 940-3800


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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