Pastors Give Top Rating to Annual Event
Photo: Josh Griffin of Download Youth Ministries.
The 8th Annual Youth Ministry Summit recently drew 64 youth workers to campus from across the Region and beyond. Josh Griffin, co-founder and director of Download Youth Ministry, and former high school pastor at Saddleback Church in
California, served as this year's presenter.
With topics ranging from “Is It Really Worth It?” to “Youth Ministry Mistakes I’ve Made” the veteran pastor generated lively discussions about the common issues faced in their local churches. Josh also served as University Chapel speaker during his time on campus, engaging students with his dynamic speaking style and urging them to make the focus of their life to “make Jesus famous.”
An exciting outcome of the connection between Download Youth Ministries and the South Central NYI, is an agreement to make these online resources available to local youth pastors at a deeply discounted rate. For more details, South Central Field youth leaders can contact their District NYI president.
In partnership with the Office of Church Relations, Dr. Blair Spindle, University Pastor at SNU, and NYI’s South Central Field President, serves as coordinator of the Youth Ministry Summit. He reported that the youth pastors who attend the Summit invariably say they find the content to be top-tier and that the times of fellowship with pastors facing similar challenges and obstacles is extremely important to them.
At the close of the event, Dr. Spindle called on the pastors to circle the room and hold hands as he prayed for them and their ministry – creating a powerful moment of unity and common calling. Watch for details of the 2017 Youth Pastor Summit at rcpl.snu.edu. To listen to Josh Griffin’s Chapel message, visit snu.edu/podcasts.