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:
- Leave me a comment explaining why you want to go to the Symposium.
- 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.