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Earn Up to Six Hours of Credit at D6 Conference This Fall


The D6 Conference is already one of the premier family ministry
conferences in North America, consistently equipping ministers and
parents for gospel-driven discipleship in their homes.

Now, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College have
partnered with D6 to offer an even deeper level of equipping at the D6
Conference: credit toward your bachelor’s or master’s degree. You can
attend the D6 Pre-Conference and Conference in Dallas, complete the
course requirements after the conference, and receive three hours of
undergraduate credit or up to six hours of graduate credit. Continue reading

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March Madness & Just Fishin’

I know that I am not alone when I say that I love March because NCAA basketball reaches the climax of competition to the degree that we call it madness. It is completely filled with so much excitement and stories of triumph that we sneak around the office trying catch a few minutes of a 1st or 2nd round game with teams we’ve scarcely heard of. Then we take our best shot at filling in the bracket sheets (I believe that you should only fill in one.)

So last night after the tournament selection show was over, I printed off four copies of the newly released 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket and decided to make it a family event. We had dinner outside on the patio, then we laid out the ground rules and point system. We went region by region making our picks. My daughters would ask for input a few times but, for the most part, they made their own picks because they know Roy Williams is the best coach in the tourney.

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re:Invent November 4-5, 2011

Is your youth ministry relevant to the church today? Is your church relevant to youth ministry today?

These are questions that we must always be willing to ask. Now, we’re not talking about the kind of relevance that caters to particular preference but one that consistently evaluates Great Commission effectiveness…then evaluates it again and again.

When youth culture changes, the local church youth ministry has a responsibility to lead teenagers and their parents toward a response based on the truth of God’s Word. But what do we do when the cultural changes involve intense assaults on the family, radical changes in methods of communication, ever-shortening attention spans, and a shift in temporary values? How should local church youth ministry respond?

The world of adolescents is a different animal than it was in 1987 when I graduated high school. (Two decades from now it will look completely different again.) There are methods that have remained effective in discipling teenagers and strengthening parents’ ability to lead the spiritual growth of their children. But there also methods that need to be filed away for the memory video at retirement.

Experts have said that youth culture changes at a blinding speed. Some would say that we can see significant cultural changes in youth culture every 6 months while others would pin it down to 6 to12 weeks. In either case, youth culture changes at a pace that dizzies the mind of any adult.

So, with that as the backdrop, we ask the question, “Is youth ministry effectively reaching teenagers and their families today?”

What does the Bible teach us about the primary purpose of youth ministry? Throughout the last half of the 20th century the church struggled with how to handle teenagers both inside the church and outside the church. Philosophy of youth ministry has been at the center of that struggle. But has youth ministry changed to meet the needs of today’s teenager and their parents?
You can also find registration and conference info at

You can also find registration and conference info at

re:invent, a youth and family ministry conference, will equip you to become more effective in leading transformational youth and family ministries in the local church. It will also equip your youth ministry volunteers to practice effective ministry with teenagers and their families while unifying your team for maximum effectiveness.

re:invent will host nationally respected leaders in youth and family ministry that will challenge you and will encourage you to be faithful to the task of reaching and discipling teenagers and their families.

Registration & Schedule


Dr. David Adams, Professor of Youth Ministry, Boyce College; Associate Director – The International Center for Youth & Family Ministry

laying the foundation for effective youth ministry: a youth ministry strategy

Start from the beginning and build a vision for youth ministry that is biblically based and Great Commission focused. You will be equipped with a timeless strategy for local church youth ministry.

Dr. Gary Almon, Assistant Professor of Christian Education, Boyce College; Associate Director – The International Center for Youth & Family Ministry

kids hurt, Christ heals: ministering to teens in crisis (breakout session one only)

The American teenager is in crisis. The changing influences of our culture produce positive and negative impact on every young person. How do we view these influences through the biblical standards and principles? The youth minister must be equipped to recognize root problems and develop a meaningful strategy for helping the hurting teenager.

a theology of youth ministry (breakout session two only)

Youth ministry is many things…challenging, enthusiastic, cross-cultural, exciting, discipling, evangelizing. Before it can be anything, it must be theological. Learn how youth ministry is a vivid expression of biblical mandates and how your youth ministry must connect with those commands in practical ways.

Jeff Borton, Pastor of Students at Christ Fellowship, Miami, FL

mobilizing your students to be on mission…everywhere!

21st century teenagers are cause oriented. They are driven to respond to global needs and meet the real needs of people around them. Hear how you can develop a student movement to carry the Gospel to hurting people while meeting real needs.

Dr. Chad Brand, Professor of Christian Theology, Boyce College & Southern Seminary

helping your students navigate the landscape of American spirituality

Secular American culture is rampant with spiritual pursuits that are anything but biblical. In this pluralistic climate that teenagers are swimming in, how can you lead them effectively to understand what is not the truth? Help your teenagers see through the maze of false spirituality and be equipped to give answer for the hope that is within them.

Dr. Daniel Broyles, Executive Pastor of Youth & Family Ministry at Buck Run Baptist Church, Frankfort,

from ideas to execution: aligning your strategy with your resources

Take your vision to new heights by aligning your resources with your ministry strategy. Don’t miss the mark by spending energy on efforts that don’t propel the vision of local church youth ministry while depleting resources from those most critical.

Dr. Jim Burns, President of HomeWord; Executive Director of the HomeWord Center for Youth & Family at Azusa Pacific University.

how to be a hero to parents in your church (breakout session one only)

What are the basics of good parenting and how can youth leaders help? To counter the usual trial-and error methods of parenting, find time-tested advice and strategies for today’s families. This session will help youth pastors and parents understand what it means to parent teenagers successfully.

Mark DeVries, Associate Pastor for Youth & Families, First Presbyterian Church, Nashville, TN; Founder of Youth Ministry Architects

sustainable youth ministry

What would it take to build a youth ministry that withstands the revolving door of youth ministers? Pinpoint the problems that cause division and burnout then learn practical tools and structures needed to lay a strong foundation for youth and family ministry—one that isn’t built solely on a person.

Dr. Dan DeWitt, Dean of Boyce College at Southern Seminary

reaching the skeptics in your student ministry

How do we know that God exists? Is the Bible really true? If God is good, then why did my parents get divorced? Teenagers are filled with questions. Then there are teenagers who don’t believe Christianity is true. They question the existence of God, the deity of Christ, the resurrection, and validity of the Bible. This session will equip you with answers and strategies for reaching the skeptics in your youth ministry.

Kelly Knouse, Student Pastor, Idlewild Baptist Church, Tampa, FL

intentional youth ministry…how programs accomplish the mission of your student ministry

Youth ministry has seen many changes in the 21st century. One thing that hasn’t changed is the need for effective programs. Youth ministry is so much more than activities and events. These programs are necessary, but must be purposeful. As a youth minister, you must intentionally design programs that accomplish the mission of the youth ministry. Purposeful programs are powerful programs. Streamline your youth ministry while maximizing your effectiveness.

Matt Lawson, High School Pastor, First Baptist Church, Woodstock, GA

building an effective youth ministry leadership team

Youth ministers are called to live out Ephesians 4:12 every day. Equipping the body to serve requires and active, intentional strategy that must recruit, train, and place believers in positions to serve the mission of the church. Gain critical principles and strategies for developing a labor force that will effectively disciple teenagers and equip them for the mission.

Dr. Walt Mueller, Founder and President of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding

Download: teaching teens to filter their media choices

Whether kids are 8 or 18, popular music serves as a soundtrack and guide to their journey from childhood into adulthood. This seminar will focus on the world of popular music and the powerful role it plays in students’ lives while providing informative and practical principles that can be applied to all popular media. You will be challenged and equipped to think and respond in a Christian way to today’s music and media as you’re trained with practical tools you can use to teach the kids to do the same.

Dr. Alvin Reid, Professor of Evangelism and Student Ministry, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC

leading your students to reach their friends with the Gospel

Keep the main thing, the main thing. The Gospel changes everything and you can equip your teenagers to see God change their peers from the inside out. Learn how to effectively equip and encourage your students to share the Gospel with their friends and see God turn your youth ministry upside down.

Phil Rice, Minister of Youth at Shively Baptist Church, Louisville, KY

navigating youth ministry landmines & living to tell about it

Youth ministry is the greatest position in the local church…hands down! It’s also one of the most tenuous positions. Why? Youth ministers face challenges to serve students and their families as well as lead their own families. Leadership for the youth minister does not come without its landmines. But how do you avoid or survive those landmines?

Wayne Rice, Pastor to Generations at College Avenue Baptist Church, San Diego, CA

how to enjoy parenting teenagers (breakout session two only)

Someone else may know the Bible better or they may be a better mentor, but no one knows your teenager better than you. With a multiplicity of influences in your teenager’s spiritual life, no one is in a better position to lead your teenager to a living and active faith in Christ than you. This session will challenge parents of teenagers to enjoy their role as primary spiritual caregiver.

Randy Smith, President/Founder of Youth Ministry International, Louisville, KY

international student ministry…in your community

The world is young. Young people remain the most receptive to the message of the Gospel. How are you equipping teenagers to reach the world right in their community and in their schools? This session will help you see the harvest around you and give you a strategy for sending your students into the mission field both domestically and internationally.

Dr. Randy Stinson, Dean of the School of Church Ministries, Southern Seminary, Louisville, KY

what parents need from local church youth ministry

Youth ministry’s mission is to see teenagers mature spiritual in their walk with Christ. Youth ministers use a variety of resources to accomplish that mission. But youth ministers must not overlook the greatest resource in the discipleship process…parents. Find out what parents really need from youth ministers that will propel your ministry of discipleship with teenagers.

Rick Young, Middle School Pastor, First Baptist Church, Woodstock, GA

building a small group curriculum plan

We all teach in our Sunday School, small group discipleship programs. But if we have a teenager from 6th grade through 12th grade, what should they know about God, the Bible, and the faith when the graduate? How do we lay out a strategy to train our teenagers to be lifelong disciples? What are the resources that will help us get there? Here’s a practical process to help you answer those questions and more.

Musical Guest

Kristian Stanfill

Conference Host
Dr. Troy Temple, Executive Director of The International Center for Youth & Family Ministry; Associate Professor of youth & Family Ministry, Southern Seminary

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Major Trends in Youth Culture – April 27th

If you are in the Louisville area Wednesday, April 27, stop in for a morning with Walt Mueller. This is a FREE event from 10:00am-12:00pm in Heritage Hall on the campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Youth Pastors, Volunteers, Parents, College Students, Seminary Students are ALL invited to hear from nationally recognized youth culture expert, Walt Mueller.

Walt Mueller is the founder and President of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding and has been working with young people and families for 31 years. As a result of his work with CPYU, Walt has become an internationally-recognized speaker and author on contemporary youth culture. He has written extensively on youth culture and family issues and is the author of the following books: The Space Between: A Parent’s Guide to Teenage Development (Zondervan, 2009); Opie Doesn’t Live Here Anymore: Where Faith, Family, and Culture Collide (Standard Publishing, August 2007); Youth Culture 101 (Zondervan, June 2007); I Want to Talk With my Teen About Movies, Music & More (Standard Publishing, September 2006); Engaging The Soul of Youth Culture: Bridging Teen Worldviews To Christian Truth (InterVarsity Press, February 2006); and the critically acclaimed Gold Medallion Award winner, Understanding Today’s Youth Culture (Tyndale House, 1994). He is also a regular contributor to numerous journals and magazines. A graduate of Geneva College (B.A.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Walt has recently completed his doctorate at Gordon-Conwell in “Ministry to Postmodern Generations.” Walt has served in ministry with the Coalition for Christian Outreach and as a youth pastor in churches in Johnstown, PA and Philadelphia.

Sponsored by The International Center for Youth & Family Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY

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Shaping a Christian Worldview: God’s Glory

Teenagers with a biblically grounded Christian worldview do not just happen, they must be built. “In the absence of biblical formative instruction, secular formative instructors take over. Our hearts are easily captivated by the hollow and deceptive philosophy of a godless culture.[1] The task of building a Christian worldview in the lives of our teenage children is a proactive one. It is not to be attempted passively. Before construction begins, parents and church leaders must have a blueprint. The powerful thing about a blueprint is that it allows the builder and the future residents to see how things should look from perspective of the architect.

If parents desire to build a Christian worldview in the lives of their teenagers, they must translate the dynamic truth of the Gospel into the daily trek of real life. Once again, we are faced with deciding to be intentional or reactive. One leads to building a Christian worldview the other leads to watching someone else build it.

But before construction begins, parents must take some time for a little personal reflection and lay out a strategy for shaping a christian worldview at home through what I call 8 Simple Rules for Shaping a Christian Worldview at Home.

In her recent book, Almost Christian: What the Faith of teenagers Is Telling the American Church, Kenda Dean states that “most teenagers are perfectly content with their religious worldviews; it is churches that are—rightly—concerned. So we must assume that the solution lies not in beefing up congregational youth programs or making worship more “cool” and attractive, but in modeling the kind of mature, passionate faith we say we want young people to have.”

The key to shaping a Christian worldview is this. You have to be a Christian worldview before you can teach a Christian worldview. Your kids will learn more from your life than your words.

With this in mind, here is Rule #1: In every situation ask, “Does this honor God?” Your teenager must see you evaluating every situation and decision with a concern for what will bring glory to God. That means that you have to ask (not just in your mind) if God will be glorified in this vacation to the Grand Canyon or how will God get the glory if you by a new car. The biblical foundation for this rule is centered on 1 Corinthians 10:31. Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory.

Start today by seeking God’s glory in every day’s activities.



[1]Trip, Ted and Margy. Instructing a Child’s Heart (Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press, 2008), 15.

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