Training for 10

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Come join us at MVNU for our second annual Training for 10. A training event specifically priced and planned for you to bring your youth ministry leadership team!

This training event is priced and planned for you to bring your youth ministry leadership team (whether there's more than 10, less than 10 or exactly 10!) for a day of interactive training!

We want you to bring your youth ministry team if possible, so start planning now! Space limited to first 120 participants.

It doesn't matter if you are all paid, all volunteer or something in between... this day will apply to everyone and any team... we may even ask some of the most experienced youth pastors attending to help lead some of the small group discussions! We've added a couple hours to the day based on feedback from past training events, so we have more time to allow you to talk through things with your youth staff.

Coming alone? No problem. We will connect you with other youth leaders flying solo to network and brainstorm together about your ministries!

Bring your team and join the conversation on how to be an effective youth worker in an evolving teenage culture.

  • Session 1: I'm never Changing Who I Am: Identity
  • Session 2: We Will Never be Royals: Belonging
  • Session 3: We Can Burn Brighter than the Sun: Mission
  • Session 4: Awake My Soul: The Youth Worker as a Follower of Jesus

Trainers
James Smith

James Smith has been working with high school and college aged students his entire career. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Youth Ministry at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and serves as the Director of Undergraduate Admissions. He came to MVNU after 9 years of youth ministry in the local church setting.

James earned his bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry from MVNU and his master's degree from Huntington University.

He enjoys spending time with his wife Kelly and four children ages 6 and younger, Halle, Judah, Phineas and Asher. Read More


Jonathan Odom

Jonathan Odom has been involved in youth ministry for the past 10 years. As the Pastor of Youth Ministry at Beavercreek Nazarene, he has worked to re-imagine how the church does youth ministry. Jonathan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation from Northwest Nazarene University, and is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. Jonathan enjoys coffee, running, long hikes, spirited debates with his co-workers, and living life with his wife, Kelli, and 3 year old daughter, Evelynn.

Event Information:

Date: March 29th, 2014

Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

Location: Mount Vernon Nazarene University | 800 Martinsburg Rd. | Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050

Cost: $10/person. One free registration per every 5 paid, per church. Basically, if you bring 6, you pay for 5. Bring 12, pay for 10... simple... right?!?!

Who is it for: You and Your Youth Ministry Leadership Team

Tentative schedule:
  • 9:30am - Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 10:00am - Session 1: I'm never Changing Who I Am: Identity
  • 11:00am - Break
  • 11:15am -Session 2: We Will Never be Royals: Belonging
  • 12:15pm - Lunch: On Your Own
  • 1:30pm - Session 3: We Can Burn Brighter than the Sun: Mission
  • 2:15pm - Break
  • 2:30pm - Session 4: Awake My Soul: The Youth Worker as a Follower of Jesus
  • 3:25pm - Closing Remarks