Youth Worker Labs
Momentum believes in offering valuable times for youth workers to connect with each other and to be trained in youth ministry.

Wednesday, July 18
9:30 a.m. How to Train Students to Reach Their Peers, Greg Stier
For over 25 years, Dare 2 Share has been inspiring and equipping young people to not only live out their faith, but to passionately share it with others. Why? Because teenagers come to Christ faster and can take the Gospel further than any other generation. Greg Stier will unpack 7 simple values that are easily transferrable to your life and ministry. Based on Biblical principles from the book of Acts, he will provide the framework to transform the way you look at ministry and teenagers forever (while making you laugh along the way!).

12:30 p.m. Traction, Ed Lewis, Greg Foote, Timothy Kurtaneck, Brad Deetscreek
Come learn more about gaining traction in youth ministry after Momentum and keep the momentum going at home. This lab will focus on setting specific goals in your ministry, creating health and growth, ideas on how to help students continue growing in their faith at home and going to the next step, and how to challenge students to develop their future in God’s calling.

6:30 p.m. Comfort the Losses, Challenge the Lies, Bruce Barlow
How can you help students whose parents are in conflict, divorced, or divorcing? Why is it that 37% of students are struggling more 5 years after their parents’ divorce than they were shortly after it happened? Come learn ways you can help your students and be a resource to their parents.

Thursday, July 19
10:00 a.m. Youth Ministry Q and A Panel, Steve Kozak, Rich Brown, Brad Deetscreek, EJ Swanson
Does Youth Ministry ever seem confusing or hard as you continue to reach out to broken and hurting kids? Come ask questions about all things youth ministry with your a volunteer youth worker or the lead youth pastor and hear from men with many years experience. Let’s have a discussion about how you can have maximum impact in the lives of students.

11:10 a.m. Speaking to a Generation That Isn’t Listening, Jonathan McKee
It seems like students’ attention spans are growing shorter. How can we communicate truth in a way that teenagers will truly remember? In this seminar you’ll learn the power and effectiveness of a method of storytelling that’s laser-focused and impactful.

12:30 p.m. 5 Essential Tools to Lead Small Groups, Jonathan McKee
Small groups are a proven way to help teenagers connect and feel heard, but effective small groups require good leaders. The following workshop provides 5 basic tools that will help anyone leading a small group (and one of the tools is duct tape!)

Friday, Juy 20
9:30 a.m.

Youth Worker Round Tables
In this open forum you will gain insight into the “How To” of ministry to students. Be a part of this hands on gathering and go home with ideas that you can use next week!

Paid Youth Leader Reception
If you’re the main paid youth worker on staff with your church, please join us for a reception.

12:30 p.m. Effective Ways to Motivate and Release Students to Serve Jesus, Ed Lewis, Greg Foote, Timothy Kurtaneck, Brad Deetscreek, Steve Kozak
Your students can start their own ministries with their peers and others using simple and practical resources. Come learn how you can be a catalyst for releasing your students for ministry.

6:30 p.m. Gender Struggles & Staying on the Path of Faith, Bruce Barlow
The opposite of homosexuality is ___________. How would you answer? How should your students answer? Does God have the “right” to dictate sexual norms and boundaries? We will discuss how to help students struggling with gender issues to stay on the path of faith while wrestling with sexual identity and brokenness.

 

Power Tracks
Each day Momentum offers different themes for students to choose from as they attend a daily student geared and topic specific training time. Themes are relevant to youth culture and include apologetics, culture, the Bible, practical helps for a Christian worldview, athletics, sexuality, and much more.

Wednesday, July 18

A Church-less Faith Will Fall, Tim Sprankle >>
God calls no one into His kingdom to live in isolation. He saves us into spiritual families. Quirky, needy, messy, lovely, powerful families of the faith. We call them churches. You need a church. The church needs you. In this Power Track you will learn the purpose of the local church in maturing your faith; where you fit into its service; and how to navigate dysfunction you’ll face in any spiritual family (i.e. church).

Why Doesn’t God Stop Evil?, Dr. Randall Smith >>
Did God create evil? If not, where did it come from? If God is all-powerful, why doesn’t He shut evil down? If He is good, why doesn’t God stop suffering and put an end to the troubles of our world?

Building Relationships for Spiritual Influence, Ben Wilhite >>
Now that you have the big picture nailed down, it’s time to get started. The funny thing about frameworks (and often ministry) is they tend to feel formal and programmed. If we are honest, nobody really wants that. So let’s look at how to build authentic relationships. In this session, you will learn from the Good Shepherd’s example how to build relationships that enable you to truly impact others.

Fear and Anxiety: What Does Control Have to Do With It?, Jeremiah Kleylein >>
There are so many things outside of our control, yet we continue to fear all of the possible outcomes.
Fear and anxiety are real but do they have the right to rule our lives? Join us as we discuss what a surrendered life has to do with the fear and anxiety we struggle with.

Transitioning Without Transitioning Away from Jesus, Ben Long >>
Transitioning after high school is one of the most exciting but also most challenging times in life. Whether you are going to college, the military, the workforce, or moving to mom’s basement, you’re life is going to be full of change. There will be many challenges in facing a rapidly changing culture but also many opportunities to deepen your relationship with Jesus and help other to know His love. Gain practical insight into maintaining your walk with Jesus, along with some Biblical insight into how to engage the issues prevalent in our culture today.

Fear, Guilt, or Shame: Why My Friends Look at the World Differently Than Me, John Harrison >>
Have you ever been excited about your favorite band, movie, or food only to find that other people weren’t interested? Why does something that is so impactful for you seem to be such a miss with others? Some of this is based on personal preferences, but culture and worldview play a big role in what speaks to us. We all have essential questions about life and purpose that we are trying to answer. In this power track we will explore some of the questions that other cultures are asking. You will be able to take away from this group a better understanding of why your witness to your friends from other cultures seems to be a miss, and how you can modify your message without changing the Answer to life’s questions.

When Disaster Strikes, Dayne Carraway >>
We live in a world that brings a new headline every morning of disaster. Whether it be a natural disaster tearing up our favorite beach or a disaster culminating on our school campuses, these occurrences have dominated the news almost monthly this past year. We can’t forget the inevitable storms that frequent each and every one of our homes. How is a teenager to navigate through the heaviness of life while maintaining faith in a God who’s hard to see in the midst of the storm? Join us as we hear how God suggests we not only survive but thrive in the midst of disaster.

They Fought, They Divorced – What Do I Do Now, God?”, Bruce Barlow >>
Does a same sex attracted person have to chuck their faith in order to sort out their attractions and identity? Terms like LGBTQ, transgender, and gender fluid aren’t even in the Bible! Does God have anything to say about identity and sexuality that can help? He sure does. Come hear some hope in the midst of all the sexual brokenness.

Why Are Millennials Experiencing More Depression and Anxiety Than Any Other Generation?, Esther Pacheco >>
Overwhelmed is a word often used to describe how many teens are feeling. I want something different for you! I want something different for the generation coming after you! Let’s be world changers and make a difference in our culture so we can live life to the fullest.

Tweeting Like Solomon, Jordan Gillette >>
In a world where everyone can share anything anytime, let’s look back at what King Solomon and others might have tweeted.

All the Feels, Nick Deck >>
Feelings are a powerful part of us. They are so powerful they can control every aspect of our lives….if we let them. Have you ever been driven by anxiety? Controlled by anger? Worn down from depression? We don’t have to be controlled by our feelings, but we don’t have to pretend they are not there either. God gives us hope for living a life of freedom even when it comes to our emotions.

Q and A Panel on Science Topics, Don DeYoung, Nate Bosch, and Rick Roberts >>
Come ask questions about all things, “science” related and find answers about the world around us through the lens of a Biblical wordlview with Drs. Don DeYoung, Nate Bosch and Richard Roberts.
Don holds a Ph.D. in physics and math. His research interests include astronomy and biomimicry.
Dr. Bosch holds a Ph.D. in environmental science from the University of Michigan. His research interests include Midwestern lakes and streams.

Dr. Rick Roberts earned his PhD from the University of California, San Diego and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University. He served in California and Wisconsin as a Children’s Pastor for 14 years, and has taught Biology at Grace College for the past 8 years.

Real Faith: Surviving and Thriving while Living in the Cultural Storm, Dr. Rich Brown >>
Have you noticed there are many students your age that seem to not act or think “Christian”? I don’t mean the 96% that do not claim to be disciples of Jesus; I mean the ones who grew up with you in church and yet have just bounced from the faith. But here is the real question…where will you be with God ten years from now? Just like Jesus taught in Matthew 7, will you be strong or crash when the culture rages around you? In Part One (Wednesday) this session will look into 1 Peter at three specific areas needed to spiritually survive in a culture negative toward a biblically sound worldview.

Thursday, July 19 @ 9:30 a.m.

True Worship, Jordan Howerton >>
What does is mean to truly worship? Let’s dive deeper into what it means to live out the songs we sing in worship – spoiler alert…It will make our times of singing EVEN BETTER!”

Can I Really Trust the Bible?, Dr. Randall Smith >>
After thousands of years, how can an intelligent generation really trust an old collection of writings as both true and from God? Aren’t there other books that claim to be eternal truth? What case can be made for the Bible’s integrity and trustworthiness?

Effective Spiritual Growth Plans, Ben Wilhite >>
Now that you know how to help people identify their spiritual needs and recognize the ways God is challenging them to GROW, it’s time to help them get there. But how? It helps to start with a plan. Isn’t that the pastor’s job? Not really. Is it complicated? Nope. In this session, you will learn a practical approach to spiritual development that will help you shape specific life-changing Biblical growth plans for individuals.

Q and A Panel on Sexuality, Dave Nicodemus, Carly Nicodemus, Eric Miller,  Esther Pacheco >>
Join us for an open discussion and ask questions you want to hear discussed. Text in questions for our panel to address and let’s have a conversation about our design and sexuality.
Esther Pacheco has been guiding teens to help them figure out life for the last 15 years. She’s a graduate of Grace College with a Masters in Counseling and currently at the end of her journey to become a Play Therapist. Esther currently works with teens in her private practice and is active as a Youth Worker in her church. She and her husband, Dave have two boys.
Dave and Carly Nicodemus are from Columbus, OH and have served at Grace Polaris Church for the past 11 years. They’ve been married for 14 years and have four children and have invested in students in a variety of ways including Operation Barnabas and Momentum.
Eric Miller is from Frederick, MD and has been on staff at Grace Community Church there for the past 14 years as Youth Pastor. He recently transitioned to a new role overseeing Small Groups at Grace. He and his wife, Bethany have a 2 year old son and look forward to the birth of their daughter in the fall.

Screens & Headphones, Jonathan McKee >>
Spotify, Netflix, Fortnite, Insta… these are the apps I go to, and they’re a lot of fun. But at what point does something recreational become something distracting? In this eye-opening session national speaker and author Jonathan McKee will help us recognize and rethink the entertainment messages we are absorbing.

How to Share Your Faith in Your Everyday Life, Jason Holt >>
Do you wish that sharing your faith in Jesus was a more natural part of your life as opposed to just something you do when you are on a mission’s trip or at a church program? Most Christians struggle to know what to say and how to go about conversations with the people right in front of us on a daily basis: friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and others. Come learn a whole new way of living where sharing your faith becomes a natural part of your everyday life.

Being A Leader When Everyone Else Thinks I Am Too Young or Inexperienced, Stephanie Taylor >>
Do you feel frustrated when people discount you in ministry because of your age? If you know that God has called you to the mission field whether locally or globally, what does that look like while you’re also still in school and a part of a family? What can you do now to be on the mission field? Join the conversation as we unpack what it means to be on mission and to lead and develop yourself to be all that God designed you to be now.

The Faith Playbook Streaming Video with Eagles Players >>
Get to know professional football players Carson Wentz, Nick Foles, and their teammates like never before through inspiring conversations with pastor and best-selling author Dr. Paul David Tripp. Be encouraged to live by faith in both victory and defeat through this interview style recording.

How the Gospel Ignites our Prayer Lives: Developing a Passion and Heart for Prayer, Courtney Cherest >>
Prayer. It’s arguably the most basic and fundamental of all Christian disciplines. It’s also one of the greatest, weightiest, and most sacred privileges of the child of God. In the New Testament, we read about the early Christians praying boldly, powerfully, and effectively. So the question is: why are so many of our prayer lives weak, timid, ineffective, passionless, obligatory, powerless, or just straight BORING? Many of us need encouragement and improvement in this all-important practice, just like Jesus’ first disciples who said, “Lord, teach us to pray.” You’re invited to come hear how the gospel powerfully ignites our passion and heart for prayer.

Don’t Knock It Until You Try It!, Todd Shoemaker>>
We live in a day where sex and technology drive our culture. Both have become major influencers in our lives. Though both were designed to be enjoyed… God’s design of sex and the original purpose of technology go against our culture. Come hear about ways to engage both sex and the use of technology in a biblical way.

Origin of the Universe, Dr. Don DeYoung & Dr. Nate Bosch >>
The origin, design and destiny of the earth and space. And what about aliens, black holes and other universes?

Real Faith: Surviving and Thriving while Living in the Cultural Storm, Dr. Rich Brown >>
Have you noticed there are many students your age that seem to not act or think “Christian”? I don’t mean the 96% that do not claim to be disciples of Jesus; I mean the ones who grew up with you in church and yet have just bounced from the faith. But here is the real question…where will you be with God ten years from now? Just like Jesus taught in Matthew 7, will you be strong or crash when the culture rages around you? In Part Two (Thursday) this session will look into 2 Timothy at the life of a young spiritual leader that wanted to walk away from the faith and what his mentor encouraged him to do to stay strong in Christ.

Thursday, July 19 @ 10:45 a.m.

If You Want to Grow You’ve Got to Think: How to use your mind to have a vibrant faith, Tim Wright >>
Everything in life hinges on how you think…your faith included. Join us if you’d like to be encouraged in how to think about your faith and challenged on how to follow Jesus, stay encouraged, and lead your friends.

Did a Disciple Really Become a Pope?, Dr. Randall Smith >>
How did Jesus’ message to a small group of Jews end up helping to form the “Catholic” Church? Is Roman. Catholic teaching faithful to God’s Word? Do they preach the Gospel? How did they get so big? Are you “born” Christian in that church?

Engaging the Word, Ben Wilhite >>
Learn how to truly engage the Word with effective daily devotions. We’ll use interactive exercises and practical tools to GROW your Bible study skill. Bring your OTD!

Q and A Panel on Sexuality, Dave Nicodemus, Carly Nicodemus, Eric Miller,  Esther Pacheco >>
Join us for an open discussion and ask questions you want to hear discussed. Text in questions for our panel to address and let’s have a conversation about our design and sexuality.
Esther Pacheco has been guiding teens to help them figure out life for the last 15 years. She’s a graduate of Grace College with a Masters in Counseling and currently at the end of her journey to become a Play Therapist. Esther currently works with teens in her private practice and is active as a Youth Worker in her church. She and her husband, Dave have two boys.
Dave and Carly Nicodemus are from Columbus, OH and have served at Grace Polaris Church for the past 11 years. They’ve been married for 14 years and have four children and have invested in students in a variety of ways including Operation Barnabas and Momentum.
Eric Miller is from Frederick, MD and has been on staff at Grace Community Church there for the past 14 years as Youth Pastor. He recently transitioned to a new role overseeing Small Groups at Grace. He and his wife, Bethany have a 2 year old son and look forward to the birth of their daughter in the fall.

It Starts With Me, Jason Tash >>
Your life is happening. It’s never too late or too early to do something with it. The world is a broken place, kids and teens are being sold and exploited. Ending it starts with you! Find your resolve for God’s justice, feed it, and then let it fuel you into action and join the #irescue movement.

Girls Only: Whats Love Got To Do With It, Tyler and Bree Kramer >>
Is what I wear really that big of a deal? Its my body, he should be able to control his thought, It’s really cute though. Why is modesty and purity that big of a deal. How does a guys brain react to what I wear? Hear honest thoughts from Bree and Tyler and the biblical approach to being a Godly woman. Come ready to ask some questions and see if the Bible is really that outdated. This will be different than other girls only sessions you have been apart of because you will be able to hear from both the male and female perspective. Girls you have always wanted to have guys talk and answer questions honestly, well here is your chance. Hope to see you there.

Does Jesus Play Fortnite?, Nick Deck >>
Videogames are a wonderful part of living in the modern era. They are so wonderful they can dominate every aspect of our lives, but have we ever considered why we love to play? What does the Bible have to say about this stuff? Does it really matter how much or what we play? Can we use videogames to glorify God? We will be looking at what it means to develop our own theology of videogames.

Singleness: The Gift Nobody Wants and How it Reveals Our Idolatry, Courtney Cherest >>
For the majority of those reading this, marriage is most likely included in God’s plan for you. Marriage is a beautiful gift of God and one to be embraced and enjoyed when God leads us to it. However, the Bible is clear that our singleness is also a gift, and it too must be embraced and enjoyed as long as it is ours. Do you struggle with being single? Do you fear that you’ll never find a mate? Do you constantly jump from relationship to relationship? Do you tend to determine your value and worth on whether or not you’re someone’s bae? Does your desire for physical affection drive your relationship choices? In this PowerTrack, we will discuss the immense value of singleness according to the Bible and how we can be set free from our idols (of love, self, marriage, pleasure, fear, etc.) to embrace this powerful season of life.

To Go Or Not To Go… That Is The Question!, Todd Shoemaker >>
Have you ever thought about going into ministry as a career? Maybe, you feel the Lord tugging on your heart to go into ministry. Or, maybe you have your college/career path already figured out. Whatever you may be thinking or feeling, we are called to do more with our lives. Come check out this Power Track to gain tools to help navigate these questions on what your nexts steps may look like!

How Do We Know God Exists?, Don DeYoung & Nate Bosch >>
Exploring the scientific evidences of 1) Laws of nature 2) Scientist testimonies 3) Failures of evolution 4) Genesis flood data 5) Order and design

Real Faith: Surviving and Thriving while Living in the Cultural Storm, Dr. Rich Brown >>
Have you noticed there are many students your age that seem to not act or think “Christian”? I don’t mean the 96% that do not claim to be disciples of Jesus; I mean the ones who grew up with you in church and yet have just bounced from the faith. But here is the real question…where will you be with God ten years from now? Just like Jesus taught in Matthew 7, will you be strong or crash when the culture rages around you? In Part Two (Thursday) this session will look into 2 Timothy at the life of a young spiritual leader that wanted to walk away from the faith and what his mentor encouraged him to do to stay strong in Christ.

 

Friday, July 20

This is Me: (Girls only), Nicole Miller >>
Sometimes we feel that we have to keep a perfect image. While we knew all of the mistakes and hurts we have experienced we often strive to make sure no one else knows. Come join me as we talk about using our story, our brokenness to reflect God’s glory and embrace who we truly are in Christ!

Question and Answer Panel on Apologetics, Randy Smith, Cory Murphy, Tim Sprankle >>
Tim Sprankle serves God’s kingdom as a local church pastor, author, speaker, coach, neighbor, and friend. He and his wife, married nearly seveteen years, have three creative children. Fifteen years in ministry experience, three marathons, and one international adoption have taught him to trust God in the long, slow journey of faith.
Cory Murphy is a Team Pastor at Branch Life Church in Pottstown, PA. He has also been a Youth Pastor and high school apologetics teacher as apologetics is one of his favorite aspects of his faith.
Dr. Randall Smith and his wife Dottie raised their three children in Jerusalem, as he developed travel study programs in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus and Italy. With extensive study connecting the Bible with ancient culture, Dr. Smith teaches in Bible lands – from the back of a camel to the deck of a cruise ship – and has done so for more than three decades. He has a carefully developed a comprehensive Bible curriculum and teaches through the Bible each year with students from the Great Commission Bible Institute in Sebring, Florida. He is an author, Pastor, Bible and Archaeology Professor.

Guys Only: Thats What She Said…NO She Really Said That, Tyler and Bree Kramer >>
Have you ever wondered what girls think about guys? This is the session for you. Hear about what Godly women are looking for and how to live out being a Godly man. Listen to Tyler and Bree talk about what it means to be that man and have the opportunity to ask tough and honest questions. This will be different than other guys only sessions you have been apart of because you will be able to hear from both the male and female perspective. TBH we all want to know what girls are thinking. Hope to see you there

God’s Creation…Our Reaction, Dr. Don DeYoung & Dr. Nate Bosch >>
Have you ever wondered if God even exists and how we can know for sure? Come explore 1) Laws of nature 2) Scientist testimonies 3) Failures of evolution 4) Genesis flood data 5) Order and design

The Faith Playbook Streaming Video with Eagles Players >>
Get to know professional football players Carson Wentz, Nick Foles, and their teammates like never before through inspiring conversations with pastor and best-selling author Dr. Paul David Tripp. Be encouraged to live by faith in both victory and defeat through this interview style recording.

The Successful Life, Sean Teis >>
In this humorous yet informative session, Sean Teis will take you on a fun-filled adventure pursuing the formula for a successful life through Bible instruction and personal experiences! Sean Teis has a ministry to encourage fatherless families but this session is for everyone! If you are fatherless visit GodismyDad.com for hope and inspiration.

SSA & The Path of Faith, Bruce Barlow >>
Does a same sex attracted person have to chuck their faith in order to sort out their attractions and identity? Terms like LGBTQ, transgender, and gender fluid aren’t even in the Bible! Does God have anything to say about identity and sexuality that can help? He sure does. Come hear some hope in the midst of all the sexual brokenness.

Surviving High School: Thinking through the lens of 13 Reasons Why, Keith Minier >>
Does high school seem like an overwhelming time of life in the culture we live in now? How do you live in that world, but not of it? How do can you exemplify Christ at school? How can you “survive” high school and see past it to a much bigger world out there? How can you help your struggling friends?

Christ and Competition, Michael Voss >>
I want to compete AND see my lost teammates come to Jesus. Come talk about the nuts and bolts of seeing
your team as the mission field.

Finding Purpose in Your Pain, Davey Blackburn >>
Davey is a the founding and lead pastor of Resonate Church located in Indianapolis, IN. He and his wife, Amanda, moved to Indianapolis in 2012 after serving on staff at NewSpring Church in Anderson, SC under Pastor Perry Noble. They had a dream to start a church that would cause the city to come alive in the power of Jesus. He is passionate about seeing people meet Jesus and helping them discover their God-given purpose in life. On July 28th, 2014 they brought Weston James Blackburn into the world. On November 10th, 2015 Davey came home from the gym to find his wife murdered in a home invasion. She was pregnant with their second child. Weston was unharmed. Since that day countless people have come to know Christ through Amanda’s story. Davey has dedicated the rest of his life to helping people through their valleys in life and teaching them that when following Jesus, Nothing is Wasted.

Spiritual Warfare, Eric Miller >>
Ever feel like you’re fighting a battle and losing? Do you feel like you keep losing the war against temptation? Want to learn to become a mightly warrior? Come learn how to get battle ready and win the fight you’re facing. God has given us all the weapons we need to fight and win!