North Park to Host Seventh Annual "Reload" Urban Youth Worker Conference

Efrem Smith will be the featured speaker

March 3, 2011 (Chicago) — The Center for Youth Ministry Studies at North Park University will host the seventh annual Chicago “Reload: An Urban Youth Worker Training Experience” on Saturday, April 2, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. The cost is $25 and details can be found at www.northpark.edu/reload.

Reload is a day of training, worship, soul care, and rejuvenation to reload your spirit. Designed for urban youth workers, it has expanded to provide something for everyone who is involved in youth work. Youth pastors, senior pastors, teachers, parents, primary caregivers, social workers, foster parents, nonprofit workers, and other youth workers will be in attendance.

Reload features a general session with energetic worship and a message to fill your soul and rejuvenate urban youth workers. The featured speaker will be Efrem Smith, author of Jump: Into a Life of Further and Higher, and Raising Up Young Heroes.  

Pastor Phil Jackson of Lawndale Community Church, the House Covenant Church, and Firehouse Community Arts Center says, “Reload is a pivotal urban youth training worker and youth leader conference in Chicago. It’s the premiere training in Chicago for youth workers and youth leaders. It’s a must in order to be aware of cutting edge trends in youth ministry and foundational tools for longevity in urban youth ministry.”

Pastor David Byrd of the Apostolic Church of God says, “Reload is a great opportunity for youth workers to refresh personally, reenergize their team, reassess their ministry, and reconfirm their commitment of ministering to young people while hearing a Word from the Lord with like minded individuals.”

Reload includes two breakout workshop times.  Workshop topics for the day include:

  • Bruises on the Soul: Healing for the Abused, Hopeless, and Helpless
    Chris Schaffner CADC, Conversations on the Fringe, Recovery Specialist
  • When the Men Are MIA (Missing in Action)
    Danny Lopez, New Life Community Church
  • All in the Family
    Leneita Fix, Urban Youth Workers Institute
  • Let the Roots Go Deep: Getting to the Heart of Your Students
    David Marrero, New Life Covenant Church, Humboldt Park
  • Becoming a Hope Dealer: Effective Street Youth Outreach
    Amy Williams, The Good Life Organization and Urban Life Skills
  • Engaging the Hip Hop Culture for Social Justice
    Phil Jackson (The House Covenant Church and Firehouse Community Arts Center) and Efrem Smith, co-authors of The Hip Hop Church
  • Small Groups
    Justine Conley, J Conley Consulting
  • "Sex On/Sex Off": The Why and How of Purity
    Melody la Luz Fabien
  • Teen Track: Moving Your Students from Salvation to Lordship
    Teen track intended for teen leaders.

The Center for Youth Ministry Studies (CYMS) is a unique partnership of North Park University (NPU), North Park Theological Seminary, and the Department of Christian Formation of the Evangelical Covenant Church. The Center’s purpose is to develop and equip men and women who minister to youth and their families, churches, and communities. For more information on CYMS, please contact the Center online or by phone at (773) 244-5207.

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