November 4, 2023
at George Fox University

rejuvenate: verb, (1) to make young again or restore the strength of youthfulness; (2) to make an organization or system more lively and effective by introducing new methods, ideas, or people.

Saturday, November 4
9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Canyon Commons, George Fox University
Cost: $20 (includes lunch)

REJUVENATE is a one-day youth ministry training conference hosted by the School of Theology at George Fox University.

REJUVENATE is for any and all Christian adults shepherding and serving young people: pastors, non-profit leaders, educators, coaches, counselors, etc. Our goal is to create a life-giving space for youth pastors and leaders in the Pacific Northwest to equip, empower, and encourage one another. We hope to rejuvenate those serving in youth ministry so they can continue to guide the next generation for Christ!


Keynote Speakers

Kara PowellDr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary in California, and Fuller’s Chief of Leadership Formation. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Growing Young, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice in a Broken World, and Deep Ministry in a Shallow World.

Mark OestreicherMark Oestreicher (Marko) is a veteran youth worker and founding partner in The Youth Cartel, providing resources and coaching for church youth workers. The author or coauthor of dozens of books, including Youth Ministry 3.0 and What’s Right About Youth Ministry, Marko is a sought-after speaker, writer, and consultant.


maywardjoel_large.jpgDr. Joel Mayward is Assistant Professor of Christian Ministries, Theology and the Arts at George Fox University. The author or coauthor of four books, Joel has been serving in youth ministry for nearly two decades, including as a youth pastor for churches in Oregon, Arizona, and British Columbia.


Saturday, November 4

8:30 a.m. Doors Open (Coffee Provided)
9-10:30 a.m. 3 Big Questions that Change Every Teenager
Plenary Session 1: Kara Powell

The teenagers in your life are searching for answers to their three biggest questions: Who am I? Where do I fit? What difference can I make? But young people struggle to find life-giving answers to these questions on their own. They need caring adults willing to lean in with empathy, practice listening, and walk with them in the direction of better answers.

Based on landmark research from the Fuller Youth Institute, this session gives you and your team practical conversation and connection ideas to help teenagers reach their full potential. You’ll be equipped with essential tools you can start using this week to point young people toward Jesus’ best answers for their identity, belonging, and purpose questions.

10:45-11:45 a.m. Faith Beyond Youth Group
Workshop Session 1: Kara Powell

We all want the teenagers in our ministries to develop an everyday faith—a faith that’s just as real Monday through Saturday, and that lasts long after they leave our ministry. But what does that mean for how we program and teach every week? Join this breakout to learn research- based and practical ideas you can use immediately to help the next generation keep faith alive beyond youth group.

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch (Provided)
12:45-1:45 p.m. Ministry with LGBTQ Teenagers
Workshop Session 2: Mark Oestreicher

What do I do when a teenager comes out to me? How do I respond in a way that’s helpful rather than creating additional problems? Why does that seem to be such a massive uptick of teens asking gender questions? Will you find all the answers in this session? No. Instead, you'll hear some basic practices and guidelines to help you walk with students, rather than scaring them away.

2-3:30 p.m. What's Unique About Today's Teenagers?
Plenary Session 2: Mark Oestreicher

In some ways, young people today are the same as they've been since the first teenager, wrestling with developmental realities that mark this season of their lives. But, in other ways, today's adolescent experience is nothing like the past. In this session, Marko will suggest some of these new realities for us to consider how to proactively respond.

3:30 p.m. Close and Benediction