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Manchester
MAY 17. 2014
YWS Intensive + Launch Party 16th May
EXPLORE NEW IDEAS ABOUT YOUTH MINISTRY & SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH YOUR WHOLE TEAM.
LISTEN TO VOICES YOU’VE NEVER HEARD BEFORE & LET GOD SPEAK INTO YOUR LIFE
...AND DID WE MENTION THERE WAS FREE COFFEE?

What is the Youth Work Summit?

The Youth Work Summit is a new kind of youth ministry event; a dynamic and fast-moving day that will leave your head spinning with new ideas and your heart beating faster for God and young people.

Our speakers, drawn from every corner of the youth work world and beyond, have just a few moments to present a big idea: 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 at the very most. They’ll all have something important and relevant to talk about - from ground-breaking new research to insights from the media, from unknown stories of extraordinary youth work to visionary ideas that will challenge what we do and how we do it. Between the day’s main sessions, it’s over to you to get involved in the conversation.

We’ll also take time to worship and pray, to make promises and commitments together; to be reinspired and recommissioned in our work among young people. And that’s not all; you can also join us from YWS Intensive the day before the main Summit, and meet other delegates and the YWS team for a great evening we’re calling The YWS Launch Party. The Youthwork Summit. It’s the perfect way to inspire your whole youth team and give you the resources, ideas and inspiration to revialise your youth work.

Friday 16

YWS Delegate Centre Open 9.00 - 21.00

YWS Intensive

Kenda Creasy Dean

10.00-16.00

Launch Party

Exclusive preview event

19.30-21.00

Saturday 17

YWS Delegate Centre Open 9.00 - 19.00

Session 1

Opening worship and Kenda Creasy Dean

9.30 - 10.45

Session 2

Short Talks,
big ideas

11.30 - 12.45

Session 3

Special in-depth discussion

12.45 - 13.15

Session 4

Short Talks,
big ideas

14.15 - 15.30

Session 5

Short Talks,
big ideas

16.15 - 17.15

Session 6

Worship and Shane Claibourne

17.30 - 19.00*

*NB We’ll really try to finish on time. History suggests we may struggle.

 

 

“A diversity of voices in youth work presented with joy, encouragement and sometimes kazoos.”

Sarah Brush – Diocesan Youth Officer, Worcester
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“Gives bite-size nuggets of gold to inspire and empower any youth worker to help transform lives.”

Lee Kirkby – Youth Worker, York
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“Facilitates the key building block of youth work – relationships. yws for me is about gathering to think, reflect & share.”

Alastair Jones – CEO, Frontier Youth Trust
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“Not afraid to talk about the very real and hard issues that our youth face. it stretches your thinking and gets you out of your comfort zone. ”

Jess Patel – Volunteer Youth Worker, West Bromwich
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“The best conference i’ve been to in the uk.”

Dustin Rubio – Youth Pastor, Swansea
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The Contributors

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Amie Aitken

Amie is the Children & Families worker for a small Scottish Baptist church. Along with co-ordinating the children's ministry within the church and local schools, her role involves outreach to families in crisis and supporting fostering or adoptive families. Amie is also a champion for Home For Good, promoting fostering and adoption through Christian families nationwide.

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James Aladiran

James leads Prayer Storm which gathers people from across the UK to fast and pray for the Nation believing God for a spiritual awakening. Since starting in May 2009 Prayer Storm has become a catalytic movement in seeing many catch a heart intercession, starting regular prayer meetings in churches, schools, universities and work places. James also works for the Message Trust in Manchester coordinating the Prayer Strategy for the movement since 2007 and has seen God provide and do miraculous things through the power of Prayer.

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Yvonne Bruce

Yvonne is the founder of BWAN (the BME Womens Aspirations Network) and the founder and senior mentor for the Excel mentoring programme, which assists women through transitional periods of their lives. Her Raising Aspirations’ Programme works with young women aged 13–19 to equip, enhance, empower and enable them, to both raise and achieve their aspirations. She also lectures in the areas of Early Years Education and Health and Social Care within the further education sector.

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Meg Cannon

Meg Cannon is a dynamic 26-year-old Essex Girl, with a heart and calling to communicate the Gospel creatively. She works for the Girls Brigade England & Wales and heads up a new project called koko which launched earlier this year. koko aims to inspire, encourage and challenge teenage girls around the world. Meg loves to meet new people, drink coffee and tell stories.

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Shane Claiborne

Shane Claiborne is the visionary leader of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world. His adventures have taken him from the streets of Calcutta where he worked with Mother Teresa to the wealthy suburbs of Chicago where he served at the influential mega-church Willow Creek. As a peacemaker, his journeys have taken him to some of the most troubled regions of the world – from Rwanda to the West Bank – and he’s been on peace delegations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Shane writes and travels extensively speaking about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus.

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Kenda Creasy Dean

Kenda Creasy Dean is an ordained United Methodist pastor in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference and Professor of Youth, Church and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary. She has authored numerous books on youth and the church, including The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul Tending for Youth Ministry with Ron Foster, Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church, and The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry with Andrew Root. Kenda hails from a long line of Ohio farmers and Kentucky coal miners, although she herself is a P.K.—a politician’s kid. Her guilty pleasures include watching Downton Abbey with her husband.

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Freya Deans

From strong cheek bones to big energy, 14-year-old Freya enjoys living and sharing all that God has given her, in big ways throughout her life. She lives in Peterborough and is involved in the Hope Revolution Mission Academy in her local church.

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Irina Demba

Irina is currently in year 10 at a school in Peterborough. She is an active member of her youth group at the Peterborough International Christian Centre and is a junior leader in the Sunday school programme.

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Jessica Demba

Marketing graduate Jessica works in the Health and Beauty industry and is a member of Peterborough International Christian Centre where she is a volunteer youth leader within the church. Jessica is supporting her young people as they journey through the Hope Revolution Mission Academy process.

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Andy Hawthorne

Andy Hawthorne is the Founder and Director of the Manchester-based Message Trust, which has birthed a wide range of initiatives from The Tribe, to the Eden bus ministry, to the Genetik evangelist training school. He was also one of the founders of the Hope 2008 initiative. Andy is Manchester born and bred and has a burning passion to see the young people of his city transformed by the gospel.

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Ian Henderson

Ian Henderson is married to Jen and has two daughters. For 12 years, Ian worked for the Message Trust pioneering an Eden project in the most deprived area in the UK, and then joined the leadership team of the Message as Executive director of Mission. He recently launched a new charity called Visible, the work of which includes NAKED TRUTH - a project aiming to open eyes and free lives from the damaging impact of pornography. Passionate about young people, Ian has spent his life working with youth and youth workers.

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Joshua Jost

Josh spent many years in ministry both as a youth leader in Scotland and an evangelist to young people in the very heart of California’s Meth capital. After developing a successful career in branding and online marketing, Josh established World Within as an answer to how we re-inspire the imagination of a generation for Christ. Through his work he consults with ministries and corporations on how to forge 'prolific purpose' and fashion 'contagious culture'.

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Len Kageler

Len Kageler is chair of the Youth Ministry Department of Nyack College, just outside New York City. Before joining the college in 1993 he spent 20 years as a full-time youth pastor, and continues to volunteer in local church youth ministry to this day. Len is the author of ten books, including The Youth Ministry Survival Guide and his latest, Youth Ministry in a Multi-Faith society. Len is married to Janet and has three daughters. He is a serious runner, and loves backpacking and skiing.

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Clive Lewis OBE

Clive Lewis, OBE is a commercial mediator specialising in workplace and employment disputes. He has mediated hundreds of disputes, many of them extremely complex. He is an advisor to the Department for Business and is also a visiting lecturer, speaking on the topic of Human Resource Management. Clive is also the founder of Bridge Builders, a not-for-profit organisation that mentoring and training for young people from poor socio-economic backgrounds. Visit: www.bridgebuilders.org.uk

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Rachel Mann

Rachel Mann is priest-in-charge of St Nicholas Burnage, and a popular writer and speaker on subjects as diverse as sexuality, cultural theory and Metal music. She is Poet-in-Residence at Manchester Cathedral, and her book on spirituality and identity, Dazzling Darkness, was a Church Times bestseller. Her new collection of poems and stories, The Risen Dust, is available now.

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Susie Mapledoram

Susie Mapledoram is the Diocesan Youth Officer for the Diocese of Manchester. Most of her day-to-day life is involved in supporting, resourcing, training and encouraging youth work and youth workers in and around the parishes of the diocese. She has been resident in the north for nearly 10 years and enjoys a spot of cooking and film-watching, and has a passion for stationery.

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Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is the President and Founder of The Marin Foundation, a public charity working to build bridges between the LGBT community and the church through biblical and social education, scientific research and diverse community gatherings. Andrew is the author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation, and since 2010 has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement and theological aspects of reconciliation. Andrew and his wife Brenda are currently living in St. Andrews, Scotland as Andrew pursues his PhD. in cultural anthropology.

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Loretta Minghella OBE

Loretta Minghella is a lawyer by training. From 2004-2010 she was Chief Executive of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, in which capacity she oversaw the payment of over £21bn in compensation to victims of bank and other financial failures. She joined Christian Aid in 2010 and, as Chief Executive, is responsible for the charity’s strategy, direction, plans and programmes.

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Sarah Percival

Sarah Percival can lick her own elbow, has a fear of moustaches, and has a terrible poker face. More relevantly she has 8 years of youth work experience and a theology degree. Currently she reads about theology at home, speaks about relationships and sex for Romance Academy and obsesses about coffee all the time. 

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Seth Pinnock

At the age of 17, Birmingham-born Seth Pinnock launched God’s Bride Ministries, a youth-led movement which hosts various events and initiatives across the year. Now with over 300 volunteers it is best-known for its flagship international event, Midnight Oil Summit, which attracts 2,000 delegates annually. An architecture graduate, public speaker and worship leader, Seth is the Message Trust’s Midlands regional director, championing the cause of faith in young people across the region.

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Duffy Robbins

Duffy Robbins is professor of youth ministry at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA, and a 30-year veteran of youth ministry. Duffy speaks around the world to teenagers and people who love teenagers and is the author of several books, including Memory Makers, Everyday Object Lessons, This Way to Youth Ministry, Youth Ministry Nuts and Bolts (recently revised and updated), and the best-selling Enjoy the Silence.

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Chris Russell

Canon Chris Russell is Vicar of St. Laurence - a church which invests in the young people of Reading. Regarded as a pioneer of youth church, he also works part-time for the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, as his special adviser for evangelism and witness.

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Nick Shepherd

Nick has been active in Christian youth work for over twenty years and is the director and CEO of the Institute for Children Youth and Mission (CYM). He first got involved in youth ministry and mission as a gap year volunteer with Bath Youth for Christ and, according to his parents, has never had a proper job since! Nick’s focus these days is in teaching and writing about youth ministry and young people’s faith and identity. He is passionate about seeing the church be proactive in mission to serve society and more active in ministry to support young people to grow in their faith. He is also passionate about Crystal Palace FC.

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Katharine Welby-Roberts

Katharine is a 27-year-old charity worker / blogger / tweeter. She talks about her parents’ dogs, God, depression and cake. She is engaged to be married, and works for Livability on the Community Mission team. She is passionate about God, community, steak, cake and comic book films.

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Amie Aitken

Amie is the Children & Families worker for a small Scottish Baptist church. Along with co-ordinating the children's ministry within the church and local schools, her role involves outreach to families in crisis and supporting fostering or adoptive families. Amie is also a champion for Home For Good, promoting fostering and adoption through Christian families nationwide.

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WHY WE WANT YOU TO COME

Of course we want you to come. We’re organising an event, and it’d be rubbish if no-one turned up. But we don’t just want you to come along for the sake of it. This will be the fifth Youthwork Summit, and it’s been quite a journey so far. Every year we’ve seen youth workers from every area of the church - and beyond it - gathering together, making new friends and sharing ideas. 

There is always something incredibly powerful about coming together in unity like this - and then hearing and sharing new ideas in the fast and furious YWS format. The Youthwork Summit breaks down boundaries, gets people talking, and inspires innovation. 

If you live a long way from this year’s venue, we’re sorry - we’re committed to moving the event around the country. Please, if you make the effort to travel to one event this year, make it this one - we really would love to see you.

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WHAT YOU’LL TAKE AWAY FROM YWS

WHAT YOU’LL TAKE AWAY FROM YWS

As well as hearing new voices, new ideas, and new ways of doing things, you’ll get an opportunity to meet and make friends with new people. Plus we’re committed to giving you tangible take-aways (not the edible kind, sorry) from the day. Most importantly, we believe you’ll take away a fresh dose of vision for the invaluable work you do among young people, and a sense of how you might start to put some incredible new ideas into on-the-ground practice.

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WHY YOUR CHURCH WILL WANT YOU TO COME

We understand that  youth work doesn’t pay quite as well as investment banking. We believe that churches and youth work employers should support their staff with at least some reasonably-priced training, and in the Summit they’ll get a day that inspires, educates and envisions their youth team, all for just £35 per person!


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YWS Intensive -
Almost Christian

Friday 16 May: 10am - 4pm

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Kenda Creasy Dean’s Almost Christian has been heralded as the most important youth ministry book of the last ten years. Now you can find out why.

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Kenda is the Professor of Youth, Church and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, where she works closely with the Institute for Youth Ministry. She is also an ordained Methodist minister, and the author of various books including The Godbearing Life (with Ron Foster) and Practicing Passion. Kenda is also a closet Downton Abbey fan.

YWS Intensive is a one day conference with challenging and insightful teaching from Kenda Creasy Dean based on her ground-breaking book. The smaller and more intimate setting gives you plenty of space to ask questions and talk through how it impacts what you do in your church.

‘Almost Christian’ challenges the “vanilla theology” that churches often spoon feeds young people, which settles for lessons in morals and manners rather than a deep and passionate faith in Christ.

Drawing on a major research study ‘Almost Christian’ explains why so many teenagers stop practising their faith once they leave school - and why churches and parents must take responsbility for why it’s happening.

If you want to help young people discover a deeper faith that will last beyond their teenage years, this day will give the inspiration and solid theological foundations you need. It’s the first time Kenda Creasy Dean has spoken on this subject here in the UK. Suitable for both volunteer and paid youth workers, this is a unique chance to hear one of the world’s leading youth ministry thinkers and speakers.

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£35 AS A STAND-ALONE EVENT; OR BOOK BOTH DAYS OF THE YOUTHWORK SUMMIT FOR JUST £60, SAVING £10

"Kenda is wicked smart, really the most intelligent person I know in the world of youth ministry; but she's also a brilliant communicator and a warm and embracing person. I'm so pleased that the youth workers of the UK will get to benefit from her presence at The Youth Work Summit.” - Mark Oestreicher

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Friday 16 May

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7.30-9pm

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Free if you pre-register, £5 on the door

Start your Youth Work Summit experience early by coming to our YWS14 Launch Party extravaganza on the evening of Friday 16th May. It’ll be a chance to get up close and personal with some of the speakers, hang out with the team, and relax in style with other youth workers just like you. We’re going to give you a sneak peak at some of the amazing stuff lined up for Saturday, and you’ll get to see, hear and experience some exclusive bonus content from our contributors.

What you get

Enjoy live performances from talented musical artistes! Pick up your Goodie Bag early (and get some bonus Launch Party extras thrown in!) Register for Saturday’s event early and beat the queue! Eat delicious snacks!

How you get it

The Youth Work Summit 2014 Launch Party is £5 on the door but FREE if you reserve your place in advance. Once you've booked your tickets to the Summit you'll get a personal invite from us by email closer to the event.

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Getting There

Audacious Church, Trinity Way, Manchester, M3 7BB

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By car

You can park at the YWS venue for a small fee (200 spaces available)

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Use our partner Carshare to find a lift, save money and cut your carbon

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By train

Manchester Picadilly station is a short bus ride away from the YWS venue

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By bus or coarch

You can get a coach to Manchester city centre and walk the short distance to the YWS venue.

Accommodation

Manchester has a fantastic choice of budget and mid-range places to stay – so you can come and enjoy the full two YWS experience.
Accommodation starts from as little as £25 a night. We’ve selected a few hotels, hostels and bed and breakfasts to get you started - simply click on the link to be taken through to book your choice

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Stay Inn

0.2 Miles from venue
55 Blackfriars Rd, Manchester, Greater Manchester M3 7DB
 
Rooms from £49.95*

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Travelodge Manchester Central Hotel

0.5 Miles from venue
Blackfriars Street, Manchester, M3 5AL
 
Rooms from £26*

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Premier Inn Manchester City Centre (Arena/Printworks)

0.5 Miles from venue
North Tower, Victoria Bridge Street, Salford, Manchester M3 5AS
 
Rooms from £38*

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The Mitre Hotel

0.4 Miles from Venue
1-3 Cathedral Gates, Manchester, M3 1SW
 
Rooms from £54*

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The Oxnoble

0.6 Miles from the venue
71 Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4NQ
 
Rooms from £39.95*

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The Castlefield Hotel

0.6 Miles from venue
Liverpool Road, Manchester M3 4JR
 
Rooms from £60*

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Park Inn Manchester

0.6 Miles from Venue
Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester, M4 4EW
 
Rooms from £84*

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YHA Manchester

0.6 Miles from Venue
Potato Wharf, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4NB
 
Rooms from £22*

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Stay Inn

0.2 Miles from venue
55 Blackfriars Rd, Manchester, Greater Manchester M3 7DB
 
Rooms from £49.95*

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*Prices are subject to change - check individual sites for latest prices.

Meet some of the team

Interested in joining the team for 2015? Email volunteer@youthworksummit.com

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Lou Bailey

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Lou Bailey is Urban Saints’ Experiences Manager and mainly uses her time to ensure Urban Saints have a fab range of holidays for children and young people. She’s married to Jon and lives in a village near St Albans with their two lively children and a few small fluffy pets. Lou also oversees the children’s and youth work at church and loves nothing better than going for a really long run! She is the YWS14 stage manager.

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Ruth Bennett

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Ruth Bennett is Head of HR and Operations at Youthscape. Youth work is in her blood; having been the child of two youth workers, she volunteered as a teenager, then became a full time youth worker. She is particularly interested in encouraging youth workers to develop and grow in their work and gifting. She has two small children and loves painting and growing vegetables. She is the YWS14 contributor manager.

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Chris Curtis

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Chris Curtis is Chief Exec at Youthscape in Luton where he started as a schools worker some twenty years ago. He's written and spoken widely on youth and schools work and advises churches and organisations on developing strategy for working with young people. Together with his wife Helen he has been a foster parent to teenagers for the last thirteen years. He is part of the YWS14 leadership team.

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Jamie Cutteridge

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Jamie Cutteridge is the journalist for Youthwork and Childrenswork magazines. That seems fairly self-explanatory. He also edits an NFL website, because he is super cool, and enjoys comic books, non-league football and cold drinks. He is the YWS14 marketing man.

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Emma Gaze

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Emma Gaze is the Youth Pastor for Ivy Church, Manchester. She is a former Primary school teacher, and also did a stint with YWAM teaching in Thailand. Originally a southerner, she moved to Manchester to volunteer in an Eden Project in Old Trafford (not the greenhouse!) before taking on the adventure of being a full time youth worker in Manchester. Emma is a girl drummer and loves snowboarding! She is one of the hosts of YWS14.

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Sam Hargreaves

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Sam Hargreaves is co-leader of engageworship.org. He is also Programme Leader of the Theology and Worship degree at London School of Theology, and a founder member of the RESOUNDworship.org songwriting group. He and his wife Sara live in Luton where they volunteer for their church and have fun with their two kids. Alongside Sara he is a Worship Director of YWS14.

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Sara Hargreaves

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Sara Hargreaves is co-leader of engageworship.org. She loves creative worship, writing new resources and singing with the engageband. She co-authored the book 'How Would Jesus Lead Worship', has an MA in Youth Ministry and a BA in Theology, Music and Worship. With her husband Sam she is a Worship Director of YWS14.

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Susie Mapledoram

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Susie Mapledoram is the Diocesan Youth Officer for the Diocese of Manchester. Most of her day-to-day life is involved in supporting, resourcing, training and encouraging youth work and youth workers in and around the parishes of the diocese. She has been resident in the north for nearly 10 years and enjoys a spot of cooking and film-watching, and has a passion for stationery. She is the YWS14 contributor liaison.

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Martin Saunders

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Martin Saunders is Youthscape’s Director of Creative Development, which means he spends his time devising new youth work resources, training and events. He’s the author of some books on youth ministry including Youth Work from Scratch, and lives in Surrey with his wife Jo, their four children, and a chocolate labrador called Hobbs. He is one of the hosts of YWS14.

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Sean Skinner

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Sean Skinner started life (not literally) as an intern at Youthwork magazine, and now works for Premier Media’s Digital team. He trains others on how they can use social media and technology. Sean is a worship leader and a volunteer youth leader, and loves playing at pubs and parties with his band. He enjoys the great outdoors, real ale and Sci-Fi. Sean is YWS14’s Production Manager.

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Matt Summerfield

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Matt Summerfield balances his time between being the Chief Executive of Urban Saints and the Senior Pastor of Hitchin Christian Centre. He’s passionate about seeing children and young people live God’s great adventure for their lives. Matt is married to his tap-dancer wife Jo, and they have two sons. He is part of the YWS14 leadership team.

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Phoebe Thompson

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Phoebe Thompson is the Editor of Youthwork and Childrenswork magazines. A theology graduate and former full-time youth worker, she is also a volunteer youth leader at her church, which she loves with all of her little heart. Phoebe enjoys running, reading, eating pulses, and watching as baristas consistently fail to correctly spell her name. She is the host of YWS Intensive.

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Rachel Warwick

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Rachel Warwick’s work is divided between creating spiritual development resources for older teenagers as Director of dare2engage, and equipping churches to serve families in their communities as Director of MakeLunch. In the gaps between those things you’ll probably find her playing bassoon, baking or watching box sets in Luton where she lives with her husband Dan. She is the YWS14 event manager.

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Lou Bailey

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Lou Bailey is Urban Saints’ Experiences Manager and mainly uses her time to ensure Urban Saints have a fab range of holidays for children and young people. She’s married to Jon and lives in a village near St Albans with their two lively children and a few small fluffy pets. Lou also oversees the children’s and youth work at church and loves nothing better than going for a really long run! She is the YWS14 stage manager.

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