March 21-22, 2016, is going to be a transformational time for children and youth workers as they join together in Philadelphia for the CELS (CE Leadership Summit) event: “Catching a Vision for the Unchurched.” It’s important to have a heart not just for those who come to church with their parents or neighbors, but to reach out in the schools, parks, gyms, and wherever children and youth gather. If we want to reach the world for Christ we need to start by understanding the issues of this and the next generation.
There will be opportunities to hear from those who are knowledgeable about what attitudes, dynamics, and influences among our children and young people are now trending.
Understanding what is happening now and what to expect in the next few years will prepare children’s workers and youth workers to reach the next generation. If we are going to make a difference in the world tomorrow for Christ we have to reach the children and youth of today.
Timothy (TK) Kurtaneck, director of CE National’s The National Institute in Winona Lake, Indiana, will share about what to expect as we look to the future of our youth. Ruben Ortiz from the Barrio Youth Institute at Esperanza College, Craig Cerrito from Rock Ministries, and Jael Chambers, Young Life director in Philadelphia, will make up a panel facilitated by Jason Holt, director of Urban Hope, to discuss the topic of the changing culture of the young. Amber Besson, director of Urban Hope’s Kingdom Kids, will also run a training session.
Round table discussions will make this time especially good as attendees share what they are doing in outreach and how they are dealing with current issues such as parents, discipline, and discipleship.
The theme of this conference “Catching a Vision for the Unchurched: Reaching Unchurched Children and Youth” will play out as participants take to the streets and talk with children, youth, and adults about issues that face this upcoming generation. Debriefing will follow this interactive time.
The group will also travel to New York City to participate in the Yogi Bear Truck ministry of Metro Ministries. Metro Ministries is the largest Sunday School in the world. Bill Wilson leads a team of people with a united heart to win those who will never be brought to a church by a parent or neighbor. Bill knows how to go to them and share Christ with them in a simple and fun way.
This event will be capped off by a trip to the Brooklyn Tabernacle Church to participate in their weekly prayer time.
One of the meals will be a real Philly cheese steak and a chance to taste “water ice,” another food Philadelphia is known for. So come and share new ideas, new ways to do ministry, new experiences, and new taste sensations.
Registration will open soon but mark your calendar now for March 21-22.
Housing and transportation around Philadelphia and NYC will be provided. Two breakfasts, one lunch and two dinners will be covered by your registration fee. One lunch is on your own as you head to NYC. The cost is $199 for the first person and a second person from the same church or organization comes free (two for one deal ). To learn more go to cels.cenational.org.