Youth Ministry. What an overwhelming two words. Whether we are coordinating fun events, attending multiple basketball games in a night, or doing lesson prep, we are always busy. While most people only see us on Sunday or Wednesday, we seem to always feel like we are running around like chickens with our heads cut off! I once heard a story from a youth pastor that had a student in his youth ministry ask “What do you do every other day of the week?”
We have a lot to do. And sometimes in a ministry leadership position, we can feel like we have to do it all on our own. We need to have a game picked out, get all of the supplies ready, make sure the snacks are ready, prepare a PowerPoint, lesson prep, write a handout, engage kids, and the list goes on and on. Our weeks are busy. Our days and nights are busy. And it can become so stressful. The average tenure of a youth pastor today is shockingly low. And we know why. It’s a stress-filled, busy life, in which help guide and take on the spiritual well-being of a group of students, some of who are struggling through things we have never experienced personally. But we were never meant to do it alone.
Whether you are the only leader in the room during your weekly meeting, or you have a team of 20 leaders, you have people that want to help. I promise. People want your ministry to succeed. The old phrase “seek and you shall find” is relevant here. It’s not every day a member of the church runs up and asks if you need more leaders in your ministry. But they are there, in your church.
Give people the opportunity to serve by making your needs known. Volunteer cards hung in the lobby of your church can give people the chance to get involved in an area that they may specialize in where you need help. Maybe you have someone who LOVES organizing and running games. Getting them involved in your group will take a load off of your back and giving people options of where to serve (worship, snacks, soundboard, checking kids in, small group leaders, game time etc.) will help them feel comfortable volunteering.
And don’t forget, you have young adults IN YOUR ROOM that want to help serve too! Asking students to help you run copies, turn on soundboards, change slides, clean up after, or to play on the worship team can be a great tool for you! They want to help, it makes them feel important, and giving your students a chance to serve can only bring fruit. People want you and your ministry succeed! It’s an overwhelming job, but you have help. Youth ministry is a great mission, a great challenge, and a great joy. Share that joy with others. You are not alone, pastor.
David Toelle is in his first year of ministry at Pine Acres MB in Weatherford Oklahoma. He loves the mountains, Diet Coke and quesadillas.
Registration for YouthCon 2019 will be different from previous conventions. Everyone will need to get a link to register FROM THEIR CHURCH’S LEAD YOUTH WORKER FIRST. So please contact your lead youth worker if you are a parent who wants to register for YouthCon. Please take some time to follow the step by step instructions below. If you have any questions please contact us at email@example.com.
YOUTH WORKERS, you will need to register your group/church before parents can register their students. If you are the LEAD YOUTH WORKER please click here to learn how to set up your group/church: https://usmbyouth.com/how-to-register-for-youthcon/
Follow these steps to create a unique account for your family. You can add multiple students in the same family with one family profile.
4. Fill out the New Account information.
a. You will need to create a password
5. Click “Register a family Member”
a. Choose “Myself” (if you are going) or “register a new family member”
(if you click “myself” skip to step 7)
If you are an adult leader going fill everything out even though it says “parent/guardian” up top.
6. Fill out the family member’s information
a. Each person will need a separate email address.
Follow these steps to create a unique account for your family. There are three parts of the registration (Glorieta Wavier, Health History Form, YouthCon Wavier)
7. To register yourself or another family member click all who you want to register and then click “register”
8. Click “start my requirements”
9. Read then scroll down and sign your digital signature on the
10. Fill out the Health History Form
a. Personal Information
b. Emergency Contact (may be a parent)
c. Health Insurance Information
d. Medication Information
e. Allergy Information
f. General Questions
g. Emergency Authorization and Acknowledgment
11. Sign YouthCon Policies
It should look like this when you are done:
Depending on your age you might have one more step to complete your registration. If you are an adult leader going (you will still fill it out like a parent/guardian) OR a student who will be 18 years or older. A background check and child-abuse awareness training are required. A separate link will be sent to your email for completion. This is required and does not include any extra cost (Read more about this by click here.)
12. Then check your email for confirmation or if you or your child is 18 and older fill out the background check and child-abuse awareness training.
If you have any questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for YouthCon 2019 will be different from previous conventions. YOUTH WORKERS, you will need to register your group/church before parents can register their students. Please take some time to follow the step by step instructions below. If you have any questions please contact us at email@example.com.
If you are a parent, student, or adult volunteer and want to register CLICK HERE.
Follow steps 1-10 to create a unique account for your youth group. This also makes you the Lead Youth Worker and main contact for your group at YouthCon 2019.
1. Visit the Glorieta Website and create an account:
2. Type in your email address:
3. Click Sign Up
4. Complete the form in its entirety – including password
5. Click “Create My Account”
6. Click “Already have an event code” (near top) – YOUTHCON is not listed in the Glorieta directory
7. Connect to the YouthCon event by using YOUTHCON as the event code
8. Click complete
9. Complete the how did you hear about us event? (any answer is fine)
10. Click “Start Group Registration” at the bottom
Now that your group’s account is created, you will need to give us some details about your group in steps 11-16.
11. Click on “New Group”
12. Account Details – be sure to include the following:
a. Group Name: Your Church’s Name
b. Group Type: Church
c. Address/City/State/Zipcode: Your Church’s information
13. Group Numbers – estimate how many students/adults leaders of each gender you will bring to the event. Note, it is better to estimate a little more than you expect that too few. (you can add more in at a later date if you need to.
14. Click “Submit”
15. Confirm that you will be responsible for payment.
REMEMBER! No payments will be made through the Glorieta website. Payments (one from each church) will be made in one lump sum to the conference office at the time of payment.
16. Event Breakdown – this is the overall registration fee for your students. You will only be required to pay for students who actually register with the conference (which may be a different number/amount that what you see on the event breakdown page).
This is where you will need to send an invite link to your church/group so they can register under your church/group.
17. Click Start Registration (on the Event Breakdown page)
18. Click on Group Management
19. The Group Management page includes a variety of information:
Wednesday, October 31 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Central Time
Our Promo Packets have been sent out! (let us know if you need more posters). We are really excited to get all that information in your hands. However, we realized two things.
First, there was simply not enough space to put everything we wanted to in there so there is so much more to share!
Second, the promo packet might have lead to some important questions that you might have. So we decided to do a one-hour Facebook Live YouthCon update on Wednesday, October 31st at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. central time.
This just so happens to be the same day that registration OPENS for YouthCon! So we are having a launch party to celebrate that and update you on all things USMB Youth. We will also be giving away some pretty big prizes during the event but you must be in attendance to win! YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS!!!!!!
This event is geared for youth workers but open to all! Just like USMB Youth’s Facebook page and be ready for the LIVE event.
The exact times:
10:00 a.m. (Pacific)
11:00 a.m. (Mountain)
12:00 p.m. (Central)
1:00 p.m. (Eastern)