Simply because we want Open to be unbelievably and extraordinarily AWESOME, we are looking to add an extra pre-conference that will happen on Friday, February 7th. The pre-conference will start with some training intensives in the afternoon with Mark Oestreicher talking about “Understanding the Teenage Brain” and Rachel Blom of Download Youth Ministry discussing “Preaching in Post-Christian Contexts.” After that, we’ll have dinner together and then have a time of worship with a devotional shared by Tim Ghali of Grace Chapel in Lexington, MA. Oh, and did we mention that this is all INCLUDED in the $25 cost for Open Boston! The only thing holding up this amazing deal is the need for a location. So…if your church is within 30 minutes of Danvers, MA and you’d be interested in talking more about hosting the pre-conference please fill out the form below. We’d be more than happy to give the host free tickets for them and some of their team.
When you come to Open Boston, not only will you be getting fantastic youth ministry training and a great chance to network with other youth workers in the trenches, but a portion of your ticket sale will also be donated to a great New England ministry: The Boston Project Ministries.
The Boston Project is a community-based organization in Boston with a passion for seeing renewal in urban neighborhoods. They operate several neighborhood outreach ministries and also partner with over twenty faith-based and secular organizations to meet the physical, social, academic, and spiritual needs of people. Their motivation is our Christian faith and this principle summarized in the Gospels: Love God and love your neighbor.
Each year, they help mobilize hundreds of volunteers of all ages to be involved in compassionate service. Additionally, they will expand their mission by promoting leadership development opportunities for volunteers and staff.
They have several opportunities for people to serve and learn with them. They are best suited to host junior high, high school, college, and adult groups of Christian faith. Browse through their site for more information about Saturday Service Days, the Summer Missions Program for youth groups, Spring Break Trips, Weekend Service Retreats, and other volunteer opportunities. During the summer, they also invite 20+ adults (college age or older) to lead their two main outreaches – the Summer Missions Program and Neighborhood Youth Ministries.
Part of the theory of the Open events is that some of the best ideas in youth ministry come from everyday youth workers who are in the trenches of ministry. Thus, Open Boston has been purposefully designed for interaction.
Each session will run 45 minutes and speakers will have the choice to teach interactively for that whole time or limit themselves to 30 minutes and provide questions for small group discussion for the remaining 15 minutes.
You won’t just be coming to hear some great ideas from our AMAZING speakers, but you will be coming to share some of yours as well!
Open Boston is a one-day event for adults who minister to teenagers. Whether you work or volunteers with teenagers in a church, parachurch, school, clinic, after school program, sports team, or are a parent: If you minister to teenagers than this day is for you!
Open Boston is unlike most youth ministry training events. We believe that innovation happens on the front lines with people who spend their day-to-day lives enwrapped in the daily lives with teenagers. We’ve asked our presenters to bring what’s really working in their context to Open Boston. Our hope is that when you spend a day hearing from a wide variety of fellow Christians that you’ll connect your context to something you hear, giving birth to innovation in your ministry.
Since colonial times, New England has been held in high international regard for its industry, technology, and spirit of inventiveness. Historically, the Boston area is among the most innovative locales in the region. “Yankee ingenuity,” a term that strongly evokes the New England character, reflects traditions of invention and craftsmanship that emerged in and around Boston over a period of more than three centuries. ~ Kenneth R. Manning
Awesome youth ministry training for an unbelievable price!