Youth Ministry Council: The Gathering 2016

Youth&RealWorldTheology_MarkAs denominational minister of youth and young adults, I want to warmly extend to you an invitation to attend Youth Ministry Council: The Gathering 2016 in Orlando, FL January 29-February 1, 2016! Our theme this year will be “Ministry Matters: Youth and Real World Theology.”

As youth leaders, we recognize the various challenges that face our youth every day and the ministry we engage in. This year our gathering will be framed through real-life case studies and we will work together to reflect theologically on what is really going on, where God is, and how to move forward. Participants will be invited to submit their own case studies for discussion. We anticipate topics will include (but are not limited to): busyness and attendance; mental health issues; race/police violence; media/technology; sexuality/teen pregnancy/dating; family dynamics; and other sticky youth ministry situations.2015 6 5 TheGatheringPlace_mark

In addition, you will be given an opportunity to speak into the Convention planning process, and we will spend time with some convention staff to share ideas and feedback, as well as orienting ourselves to the city and convention center.

If you are looking for very practical resourcing through an Anabaptist lens, inspiring worship, opportunities to network, and some fun in the sun, this is the event for you! This gathering is open to anyone and everyone who cares about faith formation. Youth Ministry teams (sponsors) are welcomed to attend! Registration and other info can be found below.

See you in Orlando!

Rachel Springer Gerber
Denominational Minister of Youth and Young Adults





Orlando, Florida
Rosen Centre Hotel
9840 International Drive
Orlando, Florida 32819

$325 double/$450 single by Dec. 1, 2015
Registration at Youth Ministry Council: The Gathering 2016 includes three nights lodging, lunches and snacks, and evening transportation to/from Downtown Disney. Transportation costs including shuttle service to the hotel (~$18 round trip), breakfast and dinners will be on your own.

Subject to change

Friday, 1/29 Saturday, 1/30 Sunday 1/31 Monday, 2/1
Arrive and settle in
8:30am Registration
9:00am Introductions, gathering, and worship
10:15am Break
10:45am Large Group 1
12:00 pm Lunch
1:15pm Large Group 2
2:30pm Snack Break
3:00pm Breakout Groups #1
4:15pm Regroup and worship
5:00pm Free Time
5:30pm Dinner on own
7:00pm Evening Activities at Downtown Disney
8:00am Breakfast on own
8:30am Gathering and worship
9:00am Breakout Groups #2
10:15am Break
10:45am Breakout Groups #3
12:00pm Gathering and Debriefing
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Youth Ministry Council Business
2:15pm Convention Talk Back
3:15pm Break
3:45pm Closing worship and commissioning/anointing
4:30pm Convention site visit
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Evening Activities


Scholarship form: If you are in need of financial assistance to attend, please request aid by December 1.