It has been many years in the making but the first ever School of Innovative Youth Ministry has officially started! We kicked off the school with an epic trip down to Sydney to hang out with Hillsong’s youth leaders and got to see their Friday night youth group. It was cool connecting with others who are committed to reaching young people and that are doing it in new ways. Then in our second week we had Matt Dawson, one of the original Youth Street pioneers, share with us about Values in Ministry. It was a timely challenge for us to really dissect the “why we do what we do”. As we as a school look to pioneer new things it is so important that we really seek God on what is truly valuable.
Another major highlight for us has been our Youth Culture Trend studies. We have been diving into the different things that are influencing young people. Analyzing & discussing its effects as well as spending time praying into it. It has definitely been taking us to a new level of understanding where young people are at today.
Well we have a big week next week with our base director and Youth Street founder Dave Stephenson coming to teach on the history of youth culture with an emphasis on cross-cultural missions. We are ready to be challenged to a whole new level!
By, Daniel Norris
SOIYM School Leader
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