NYWC BEST of the BEST | Quotes, Resources, & Hype

Tim Balow
May 21st, 2020

Last year at NYWC 2019 in Tampa, FL, the youth worker tribe was together for an incredible 4 days of togetherness, learning, and energizing connection.

Check out some of the best quotes, feature pictures, and book resources from NYWC 2019 as we get amp’d for NYWC 2020 in Columbus, OH!

Pictures and resources can only capture so much of the ENERGY and HYPE AT NYWC!

Younger generations “leaving church” and setting aside church has been a topic for several years now. In a post-Christian society, what are the experiences and practices that really capture younger generation and help them feel found by God and community? Rick Richardson captures the essence of that discovery in his new book.

The seminal work of Growing Young from the Fuller Youth Ministry team is accompanied by this fantastic resource to encourage and equip families/youth workers grow WITH students and young adults. In the work articulated by Kara and Steve, this book aims to give parents and youth workers of the “with-ness” that comes with genuine growth and transformation in Jesus. This book came out in spring 2019 and has already been a hit at NYWC 2019 and will continue to gain notoriety as awareness grows.

Building out of the years of work and research through Orange – Rethink Group, It’s Personal is a work of empowerment for small group leaders and ministry leaders alike to see personal connectedness as a part of their relational ministry strategy. This book was launched at Orange Conference 2019 and promises to be a focal piece for small group leaders for years to come.

Continuing the fantastic work of previous titles like UnChristian and You Lost Me, this book captures the essence of faith in “digital babylon” for millenials. While not explicitly a youth ministry title for Generation Z, the narratives and insights easily apply to help youth workers understand growing faith in young people in a digital landscape.

Not a book directly for youth workers, but Before You Go can be a powerful tool to help students anticipate the “nexts” of faith for post-high school. Packed with practical ideas, new ways of thinking, and helpful guidance for students anticipating post-high school, this book should be given to students at your Senior Send-Off service in the spring.

Every year at NYWC 2019, there’s a book that surprises us with sales and how popular it becomes. Spiritual Rhythms For The Enneagram is this year’s book. Enneagram writing has become more popular in the last 3 years, but this book is focused as a little more of a workbook and some tools to help understand Enneagram insights in the contexts of spiritual experiences. If you’re a budding or existing Enneagram user, check this one out in 2020.

Racism can be a difficult topic to write and discuss. John and Teesha take an approach that can both be helpful in understanding the scope of the issue, but also transformative as it relates to connecting with one another as human beings. We are wired for relationship, so Black And White seeks to process the issue of racism through the context of building relationships.

We’re already praying and dreaming for what God does in and through NYWC 2020 in Columbus, OH. NYWC 2020 will be an incredible opportunity for us to be together again, so check out NYWC 2020 for more information about convention and registering this year!

Tim Balow

Youth Specialties exists to elevate the role of youth ministry and the youth worker to grow the faith of the next generation.

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