National Youth Ministry Conference

National Youth Ministry Conference

I’ve been busy getting ready for our first ever National Youth Ministry Conference. It will be held November 27-28, 2009, at the Mexican Baptist Theological Seminary.

The event is going to be huge. We have invited more than 12 speakers, there are at least 3 bands coming, and we’re hoping to have an attendance of at least 350.

The theme is “High Voltage,” talking about the power of God for our ministries. I’m hoping it will allow us to both train some youth workers and connect with them.

This event is taking up a lot of our energy. We also start classes this week. It’s a crazy time! But, as always, it’s great!

Here’s the promo video I made for the event:

Alto Voltaje – Congreso de Ministerio Juvenil from Dennis Poulette on Vimeo.

If you want to see the webpage (Spanish), check it out here: Congreso Nacional de Ministerio Juvenil

Visiting Youth Ministry Professors

Visiting Youth Ministry Professors

This week is the week of intensive courses at our Seminary. Dr. Karen Jones from Huntington University is teaching the youth ministry course called “Foundations of Youth Ministry.”

She is focusing on lesson plans and teaching/learning styles. It’s great to have her here with us.

There are lots of things I love about having professors visit Mexico and interact with my students.

Here are a few of them:

  1. The students get to know (and learn from) someone else besides me, who has different experiences and a different teaching style.
  2. The students have the chance to learn from experts in various subjects.
  3. The students have the opportunity to expand their network of contacts in the youth ministry world.
  4. Other professors get to be involved in Global Youth Ministry and can see what is happening in youth ministry in Mexico.
  5. The visiting professors have a better grasp on how to pray for our ministry.
  6. I have time to work on other projects (like our diploma in youth ministry program).
  7. I get to know and network personally with other youth ministry professors.

If you’re in youth ministry, have you ever thought about visiting a foreign country and sharing what you have learned in ministry with youth workers overseas? Youth Ministry International would love to be in contact with you and see how you can contribute to global youth ministry training. Contact us.

Blindfolded and Led Away

Blindfolded and Led Away

Today, I was blindfolded, put into public transportation, and led to unknown place. If that sounds scary, now I’ll tell you that my Seminary students were the ones who did this to me.

We had an example program today that a group of my students from my programming class had to organize, much like last week’s camping trip, which was also organized by a group of my students.

Today, the entire theme was “Guided by God.” We were divided into two groups and then blindfolded. We sat down, and someone washed our feet, gave us a backpack with needed supplies, and then led us on a trip. We left the Seminary property and crossed the giant foot bridge that is out front. Then we got into a mini-bus and were led to a place where we gave away a sandwich to a stranger. Then we got into another “combi” and were on our way back to the Seminary.

When we got back to the seminary, we were led into another room and were introduced to our “guide.” The guide was Jesus, and they led us in a time of reflection on what it means to be guided by God. It was a great lesson.

They recorded the entire trip, so I’ll put up some video soon of our experience. (UPDATE: Here’s the video)

(Photo by: B Tal on flickr)

Youth Emphasis Week Day 1

Today was the first day of our Youth Emphasis Week this year. We’re doing a TV program spoof called “Invertido.” Today went well. We turned the music auditorium into a TV studio, and today we talked about what we many people see when they see young people. Huberto was the “special guest.”

During the program, we had a “live” interview with Edgar (which we had taped beforehand). He talked about some interviews he did the day before. Here is the video (in Spanish):

Problemas en la juventud from Dennis on Vimeo.

Ministry Multiplication

Saturday mornings we have started some informal training for youth workers. Huberto is teaching the first series, and it’s cool for me to see one of my former students interacting and training others (2 Timothy 2:2).

Here’s a qik video of Huberto teaching the YM Goal statement: “Develop a vehicle (program) through which every adolescent will hear the gospel in a culturally relevant manner and have the opportunity to spiritually mature.” (That’s my rough English translation of what we use).

I love how passionate he is about training others. He’s taught in the bachelor’s program at the Seminary, he went with us last year to Boyce College’s Youth Emphasis Week, and he’s taken a major role in the Saturday morning training we have started.

Please pray that the ministry will continue to expand and multiply.