• AUGUST 13, 2016

    Christ UMC Farmers Branch


    Join us for workshops to enrich your service as a volunteer in ministry!

    Keynote Speaker: Rev. Joe Stobaugh. Workshop leaders: Bill Mauldin, Morgan Stafford, Kristen Lane, Amy Ruppersberg, David Magallanes and more!

    Register Your Group!

  • June 27-July 9, 2016

    For current sophomore or juniors in high school. The Texas Youth Academy is a two-week summer experience for selected high school students to live in an intentional christian community on the campus of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.

    You will participate in an intensive encounter with christian life that will leave you confident that God is shaping your future in radical and exciting ways, make life-long friends, learn and play.

  • July 10-23, 2016

    The Faith Calls Summer Academy (SA) is a two-residential summer leadership development experience for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.

    It is the flagship component of the Faith Calls program for young people, which integrates theological study and reflection on issues of faith and society, vocational discernment and exploration of faith practices of worship, prayer, service and Christian community building.

  • Develop the next generation of youth leadership. Use the Leadership Lab, developed by Young People’s Ministries, as a tool to help young people develop leadership skills that will set them up to succeed in living out their faith. Versions of the lab are available for senior high youth and for youth in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. The inexpensive Leadership Lab resources are completely adaptable and reproducible after initial purchase with no additional workbooks or continued cost. For more information, go to

  • OCTOBER 12-14, 2016

    Ministry Innovators Conference is a new kind of ministry training event.

    With a mix of ministry practitioners and leading thinkers, we don’t claim to have any “experts” here; just people who have walked a particular path in life and are willing to share some of their insights.

    Instead of inviting the usual suspects whose names are at many other youth ministry events, we extended invitations to amazing speakers outside of our profession.

  • JANUARY 2017

    The Perkins School of Youth Ministry (PSYM) is a dynamic training and networking conference for youth ministry pastors, practitioners and volunteers who are passionate about youth ministry. At PSYM, youth ministry workers will study with respected scholars in the field of theological education and various leaders in Christian ministry to understand the theory and practice of youth ministry; build relationships and network with their peers; refine their vision for youth ministry; and renew their calling through prayer, discernment, worship and fellowship.

  • JANUARY 2017

    SPARK Conference in Dallas, Texas is three events in one.

    Boot Camp: (2 days) For those just starting out in youth ministry OR those who have been doing it awhile and want to re-think the basics.

    Professional Seminars In Youth Ministry: (3 Days) Get Deeper How To’s, Expand Your Thinking, Grow Your Faith, Reshape Your Ministry, Push Your Limits

    Certification Class: (7+ Days) Taught at a graduate student level but open to anyone in Youth Ministry regardless of educational background. This class takes you deep over a 24 month period of 5 total classes, 3 in person at SPARK and 2 on-line. The five classes are: Youth Ministry, The Bible in Youth Ministry, Theology in Youth Ministry, United Methodist Studies, and Adolescent World.