Wanna Host A Stop On The (Free) YS Listens Tour ?

Youth Specialties
August 3rd, 2011

I hope you haven’t been distracted by all the changes YS has gone through over the past few years. Michelle Fockler who oversees all the operations and logistics for YS events, told me she was ready to get the focus off YS as an organization and back onto the youth workers in our community and the work they are doing, and I couldn’t agree more. The change over the last few years has shifted the story of YS onto the org rather than the community we are together.

So in September I am beginning a tour through several cities to “re-orient” our perspective so we can see what God is doing in youth ministry throughout the US.  

Prior to accepting my role as exec director at YS, I was hosting a series of local gatherings called “Youth Ministry UnConferences” which were improvisational gatherings of youth workers. No marketing at the event was allowed (by YS or anyone else) and the participants created the agenda on site. The focus was on being present with one another and some of the things that took place were truly meaningful and unexpected.

My plan is to host free gatherings like the UnConference as well as other formats over the next year, and we are starting in September. I know that the beginning of school is a crazy time, but what better way to start the year than gathering with other youth workers in your area to learn, share, and create together?

If you have a network or gathering of youth workers in your area and you’d like to host some of these visits, please contact me at

There is no cost to you or your network.

I look forward to meeting you in person!

Mark (Matlock)

P.S. Watch the YS Update and YS_Scoop on Twitter for more information on these events. If I don't see you at one in September I hope to meet you at The National Youth Workers Convention in San Diego or Atlanta.

Youth Specialties

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