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TONBRIDGE, KENT
JUNE 20, 2015
YWS Intensive + Pre-event 19th June
Join together with youth leaders from every part of the church
Engage with new voices, emerging ideas, and big questions
Meet with God, and spend time with your team
…and leave full of vision, inspiration and free coffee!

What is the Youth Work Summit?

YWS is a different kind of youth ministry training event, where new and established voices, drawn from every area of the church and beyond it, explore the future of Christian youth work together.

Our speakers 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. There are no seminars, no streams, no alternatives. We’re all in this together, and that creates an extraordinary journey through the day where we’ve seen God speak in the most amazing ways and through the most unexpected voices.

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 at YWS Intensive the day before the main Summit, and meet other delegates and the YWS team at our evening pre-event. The Youth Work Summit. is the perfect way to inspire your whole youth team and give you the resources, ideas and inspiration to revitalise your youth work.

Friday 19

YWS Delegate Centre Open 9.00 - 21.00

YWS Intensive

Andrew Root

10.00-16.00

Launch Event

19.30-21.00

Saturday 20

YWS Delegate Centre Open 9.00 - 19.00

 
Session 1
 

9.30 - 10.45

 
Session 2
 

11.30 - 12.45

 
Session 3
 

1.45 - 3.00

 
Session 4
 

3.45 - 5.00

 
Session 5
 

5.15 - 7.00*

*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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Pippa Baker

Pippa is a twenty something advertising manager living and working in London. In her spare time she serves on various youth ministry leadership teams within the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. She has a heart for people to come into the knowledge that they are fully loved.

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Carl Beech

Carl is the newly-appointed Director of Church Planting and Church Development for the Elim movement. Previously he headed up Christian Vision for Men, with which he is still closely involved.

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Jendella Benson

Jendella Benson is a photographer, filmmaker, youth worker and writer whose most recent project 'Young Motherhood' has featured in the Guardian and at the House of Commons. 'Young Motherhood' addresses the myths and stereotypes associated with young mothers in society, and previous work has included 'Where The Devil Won't Go', a project that looked at the lives of three teenage gang members turned devout Christians.

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Jo Dolby

Jo is a youth and community work lecturer for the Institute for Children, Youth and Mission (CYM) in Bristol, and a youth worker for Youth Connect in Bath. She has been involved in youth work for over 13 years, and loves setting up projects that engage young people in new and innovative ways. In the past she has set up a skateboarding project, a graffiti project, and now runs ‘Re:verse’; a spoken word poetry project for young people.

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Katie Dowds

Katie Dowds is a 21-year-old student of French and Russian at the University of Leeds. She loves carrot cake, Jesus and people, and is trying to work out what it looks like to live desirably differently, love radically and raise the bar of 'normal Christianity'. She's not so keen on human trafficking.

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Sally Hitchiner

Rev Sally is an anglican priest and Head of Department at the largest multi faith university chaplaincy in Europe. She is the founder and director of Diverse Church - a fast growing online community of 200 LGBT young christians. They have just launched Diverse Church Parents, a similar group for the Christian parents of LGBT people. Sally has many years of experience as a regular broadcaster and social commentator and is the current in-house vicar on BBC Breakfast. She is a passionate about people understanding and engaging with Jesus Christ.

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Beth King

Beth is the youth pastor at Christ Church Virginia Water. After a two year apprenticeship at the church, during which she undertook training in Biblical/Theological Studies and Youth Ministry, she has continued to lead the ministry as youth pastor since August 2014. Aside from Jesus and young people, Beth loves tea, bacon, the Queen, quality literature, spending time with friends, and watching pretty much every sporting event under the sun.

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Emily Leakey

Emily is on the leadership team for 'Release' a training initiative for young leaders in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. She has a passion for seeing Churches unite under the name of Jesus. Currently she is undertaking a MSc in Physiotherapy and you can often find her hanging out with her husband or cooking for a crowd.

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Carrie Lloyd

Carrie is the author of ‘The Virgin Monologues’, and has written for Grazia, Company Magazine, the Huffington Post and more. Her experience has covered pregnancy crisis counselling, to pastoring young adults at Bethel School in Redding California. Her passion continues for abolishing sex trafficking, along with speaking to teenagers and young adults about healthy relationships and healthy singleness.

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Sam McKee

Sam works on youth missions for Latimer Minster church in Beaconsfield. He lives in High Wycombe with his wife Naomi and twin girls Charis and Joey. His passion is reaching unreached youth, planting Christian Unions, revival and seeing youth peer evangelism. He runs a youth American football programme in South Bucks.

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Jarrod McKenna

Jarrod is a Peace Award-winning nonviolence trainer and activist, as well as being World Vision Australia’s National Advisor on Faith & Activism. He is a former youth pastor who is now teaching Pastor at Westcity Church. Jarrod, with his amazing wife and son Teresa and Tyson, are three of 20 people living at First Home Project ; an innovative community welcoming, housing and empowering refugees.

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Andy Root

Andy is the Olson Baalson Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary in St Paul, Minnesota. He's the author of a number of books on youth ministry including Relationships Unfiltered and The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry (with Kenda Creasy Dean), and is married with two children.

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Mike Royal

Mike is a social entrepreneur, policy advisor and experienced practitioner in faith based youth work. He's the National Director of TLG, a charity that help churches deliver Early Intervention & Alternative Education Provision to the most disadvantaged young people. Mike also leads on church engagement for the Cinnamon Network.

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Glen Scrivener

Glen is an Anglican minister and evangelist who loves shooting his mouth off about Jesus. He grew up in Australia but now lives on the south coast of England with his wife, Emma and daughter Ruby.

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Lucie Shuker

Lucie Shuker is part of a research team at the University of Bedfordshire focusing on child sexual exploitation, trafficking and violence. She is part of the leadership team of City Life Church in Luton, Bedfordshire.

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Naomi Stanton

Naomi Stanton is a Research Fellow in Social Policy at Middlesex University in London. She is passionate about youth work in and out of churches. She enjoys cycling, running, baking, eating and spending time with her family (but not all at the same time).

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Bethany Tavener

19 year old Bethany is an electrical apprentice by trade and a volunteer youth worker in her spare time. She wants to help young people the way she was helped as a teenager. Bethany is part of the Re:verse Poetry Project at Riverside Youth Hub in Bath.

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Matt Valler

Matt Valler is working around the world innovating new approaches to using the Bible with young people. He is Director of The Alchemy Project and Ambassador for Youth with United Bible Societies. He also serves as Chair of Soulscape, a schools work charity based in Wokingham.

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Pete Ward

Pete Ward teaches at Durham University. He has written a number of books including 'Liquid Church' and 'Youthwork and the Mission of God'. He started Oxford Youth Works and was the Archbishop of Canterbury's Advisor for youth ministry. His latest book is on the Gospel and Youth Ministry.

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Pippa Baker

Pippa is a twenty something advertising manager living and working in London. In her spare time she serves on various youth ministry leadership teams within the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. She has a heart for people to come into the knowledge that they are fully loved.

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WHY WE WANT YOU TO COME

We’re not professional conference organisers. We’re youth workers, putting on an event for youth workers – and somehow, since 2010, we’ve managed to pull it off every year. YWS isn’t like other training events – it may be held together by bits of string and sticky tape at times, but the format and culture of the event allows us to take risks – inviting different kinds of voices to speak, and constantly asking God to surprise us.

When you come to the Summit you don’t attend a conference, you join a family – a community of people from all over the church, and from all over the world – united by a passion for God and a commitment to young people. We want you to experience that – to be challenged, resourced, inspired and ultimately changed in the unique context of one crazy day. Anything can happen, and usually does – we don’t want you to miss it.

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WHAT YOU’LL TAKE AWAY FROM YWS

WHAT YOU’LL TAKE AWAY FROM YWS

We’re not interested in putting on a slick event for the sake of it. We want you to learn, grow, and take away ideas and learning that you can put in the practice on the ground. That’s why we’re creating space for networking, discussion and interaction with our speakers; it’s also why we provide you with a goodie bag full of free, relevant resources to take home with you.

Most of all though, we hope you’ll take away fresh vision for the work you do with young people. Over the past five years we’ve seen thousands of youth workers challenged by something they’ve heard at a YWS event – and we’ve heard countless stories of how they’ve been inspired into action as a result. From youth workers who’ve decided to recommit to their job instead of leaving it, to groups who’ve begun working with marginalised young people after hearing their voices on our stage, the ongoing impact of the summit has been humbling and exciting. Our hope is that you might be the next youth worker with an amazing story of how something you’ve heard at YWS has inspired you into action.

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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!


Download a letter from us to your
church leader, advocating on your behalf.

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YWS Intensive -
REIMAGINING RELATIONAL YOUTH WORK

Friday 19 June: 10am - 4pm

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Relationships Unfiltered
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Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry

Andrew Root (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Olson Baalson associate professor of youth and family ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.
 
He writes and researches in areas of theology and youth ministry. A former Young Life staff worker, he has served in churches and social service agencies as a youth outreach associate and a gang prevention counselor.

‘Relational Youth Work’ has been a buzz phrase in youth ministry circles for decades, but what does it really mean? Are we describing a youth work that makes great use of relationships, or which is actually all about them?

Dr Andy Root is a world-renowned writer and thinker on youth ministry, and the author of two books on this specific question, Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry and Relationships Unfiltered. In this year’s YWS Intensive event, Andy will spend a day asking big questions about this central aspect of modern youth ministry, and will delve deep into the theological, social and cultural implications of the way we build relationships with young people.

Launched last year with Kenda Creasy Dean’s superb workshop on Almost Christian, YWS intensive is a new event which runs before the main Youth Work Summit, and aims to help professional youth specialists think deeply about an aspect of their work. The day will include worship, around five hours of teaching input, and the chance to meet and connect with other youth workers.

BOOKING INFO —
£30 AS A STAND-ALONE EVENT; OR BOOK BOTH DAYS OF THE YOUTHWORK SUMMIT FOR JUST £55, SAVING £5

"Andy Root turns conventional wisdom about ‘relational' youth ministry on its ear, challenging the unexamined assumptions that have been at the foundation of youth ministry for the last five to six decades." - Mark DeVries, Founder of Youth Ministry Architects.

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Getting There

River Centre, Medway Wharf Road Tonbridge Kent TN9 1RE

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By car

You can park at the YWS venue for free (200 spaces available)

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By train

Tonbridge railway station is a five minute walk from the venue

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By bus or coarch

You can get a coach to Tonbridge and walk the short distance to the YWS venue

Accommodation

The Tonbridge area 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 £35 a night. We’ve selected a few hotels to get you started - simply click on the link to be taken through to book your choice

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Premier Inn Tonbridge

1.3 miles from venue
Pembury Road, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 0NA
 
Rooms from £35*

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Premier Inn Tonbridge North

1.3 miles from venue
Hilden Manor, London Road, Tonbridge, Kent, TN10 3AN
 
Rooms from £35*

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Best Western Rose and Crown Hotel

0.8 miles from venue
125 High Street, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1DD
 
Rooms from £54*

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Travelodge Tunbridge Wells

4.1 miles from venue
Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 8BU
 
Rooms from £29*

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Hadlow Manor Hotel

4.9 miles from venue
Maidstone Road, Hadlow, Kent, TN11 0JH
 
Rooms from £72*

Premier Inn Tonbridge

1.3 miles from venue
Pembury Road, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 0NA
 
Rooms from £35*

*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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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 YWS15 leadership team.

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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 YWS15.

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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 tank full of Tropical Fish. He is one of the hosts of YWS15.

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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 YWS15 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 part of the YWS15 leadership team.

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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 YWS15 event 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 YWS15 leadership team.

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