Free Stuff! Extended Adolescence Symposium Tickets (giveaway)

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As a young adult who works with you and develops educational resources, I’ve been intrigued by the changing nature of adolescence. All I have to do is walk into the youth room on Wednesday nights to see first-hand that puberty is starting earlier for many kids than it did just 15-20 years ago. On the other end of the spectrum, I know a number of college graduates who have moved back into their parents’ homes and don’t exhibit many of the traditional signs of being an adult.

The path to adulthood looks much different than it did a few decades ago. And this shift has serious implications for youth ministry and how we navigate the realities of adolescent culture and the call of discipleship.

That’s why I’m excited to go to the one-day Extended Adolescence Symposium, featuring a dialogue (and probably some debate!) between Dr. Robert Epstein and Dr. Jeffrey Arnett. Dr. Epstein and Dr. Arnett come from distinctly different perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of this shift in adolescence, and facilitator Dr. Kara Powell will help us consider what it means for people in ministry. The event is being put on by The Youth Cartel, and it all goes down Monday, November 21, in Atlanta (after the National Youth Workers Convention). 

Do you want to join me?

Since I work for sparkhouse and we’re one of the event sponsors, I have two (2) tickets to give away (worth $100 each). Two ways to enter:

  1. Leave me a comment explaining why you want to go to the Symposium.
  2. Mention this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter, and then leave a comment to let me know you did.

(Comments must be posted by 11:59 pm CDT on Thursday, November 3. I’ll randomly draw two (2) winners and post them on Friday, November 4. Please note: This giveaway is for the tickets only—you are responsible for your own transportation and lodging.)

Want to know more? Check out the video on the Symposium Kickstarter project.

11 thoughts on “Free Stuff! Extended Adolescence Symposium Tickets (giveaway)”

  1. I am getting ready to move to Thailand and will be working full-time in youth ministry. Once I go through the language learning and inculturation processes and hopefully gain a voice -which youth ministry philosophy should I encourage the church to employ? I’d love to have the opportunity to sit at the feet of some experts prior to heading out.

  2. I re-tweeted your tweet (@theoskaris), posted it on my facebook page ( and here provide my reasons for wanting to go to the symposium:
    1) I know the intellectual exchange between Arnett and Epstein would be deep and fascinating since they approach this topic so differently.
    2) As someone who has been involved in youth ministry for over 25 years, I’ve seen this “extended adolscence” or “emerging adulthood” (take your pick) at work in my ministries and in the ministries of churches I’ve consulted with. Simply put, we who work with this age group have to become more aware about what is at work so we can become better equipped to minister.
    3) Lastly, I think that the whole concept of “extended adolescence”, much like adolescence, is a socially constructed issue which the church has to question and pose alternative ways of helping adolescents process and journey through this “stage.”

  3. I have an 11 year old daughter and a 15 year old son. I’ve ben in y outh ministry for over 30 years. Adolescence is something I eat and breathe (even when I’m not working). I had hoped to attend the symposium, but don’t have the finding in my budget. This would be great!

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