Arrived at NYMC 2009

Arrived this afternoon at NYMC in Columbus! It’s great to be here and I feel the excitement around me from other youth workers. The guys from Group do a great job in welcoming you like you are a long-time friend! Thanks Group people!

The conference center here is great, not too big and not too spread out. It FEELS connectional and not impersonal. Word is that there are 1800 youthworkers here this weekend. AWESOME!

I heard there is an Irish pub across the close to here that serves a killer fish n’ chips! I hope to give a food review in a later blog. For now, my lovely wife Lisa is out shopping and discovering Columbus while I connect with other youthworkers. That’s what I love to do! It’s awesome to be able to talk, encourage and hear what God is doing in other places around the country! It’s great to be able to share joys and struggles with guys and gals who get it.

Affinity Groups: One of the exciting things that I have seen here last year is the Affinity groups. The goal is that you can connect with a group of people for the weekend who you have, ‘affinity’ with. Example, ‘Small Youth Ministries’ , ’40 and over in Ministry’, ‘Senior High’,’ Middle School’,’ Working with difficult leaders’ ‘PDYM’, and so on…. The goal is that we connect with a group in an area or topic of ministry that we would like help or encouragement in.

That’s all for now. I am excited to get to the general session in a few hours.

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