On Saturday, November 15, nearly 30 youth pastors and ministry leaders from KY and TN arrived on the campus of Campbellsville University for the inaugural Think Again Conference hosted by Campbellsville University and the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
While the day was cold and rainy, the conference participants were warm and ready to discuss the changing tide of Youth Ministry in a post-modern world. The event was well attended and seemed very well received by the participants.
Shane Garrison, Maple Trail President and Lead Consultant, led the first session and Joe Ball, KBC Youth Ministry Strategist, led the second. Garrison’s topic dealt with Youth Ministry paradigms that exist everywhere in all kinds of churches. The most prevalent youth ministry designs and formats seen today. Additionally, Garrison spoke about the paradigms that are failing and causing youth to leave the church after graduation. Conversely, in sharing the good news, Garrison highlighted five paradigms that are showing real promise in reaching the next generation for the long haul.
Joe Ball tackled the challenging new book by Steven Wright called ReThink which deals with the role of parents in youth ministry. Considering the family, not the church, as the primary institution created by God for the discipleship of teens. The church, as a secondary institution, acts as a partner to parents.
Discussions are underway about the possibility of the Think Again Conference being hosted again at Campbellsville University next fall.