The Leader Of Leaders Conference is an annual gathering of Youth & Kids Ministry Workers from around Queensland and beyond who are leading these ministries. There is input from speakers, as well as an opportunity to share ministry challenges and encouragements.
Al James will be facilitating some discussion on his recent area of research relating to the retention of young people in our churches. He writes:
“We rightly put a lot of time and effort into mission and evangelism. But in the Post Christian West, the growing problem has been a large drop off from faith in young people after their teenage years. The way I see it, if the reason we care about mission in Youth and Kids Ministry is because we want young people to know Jesus, then the same motivation calls us to understand why young people seem to drift from faith after high school. It’s the other end of mission.
That’s why I’m researching the practices in church and youth associated with faith retention in young people. Utilising NCLS data outlining the church attendance patters of young people who’ve finished high school, we’ll look into the practices of the churches with a higher number of those young people still actively attending a Christian gathering.”
About Al James:
Al James is a Youth Ministry Advisor with Youthworks, where he meets with youth and kids ministers to help them think through, plan and implement all things to do with effective ministry with young people. As part of his role, he’s currently undertaking research into faith retention post high school. Al is married to Susie and has 4 kids ranging in age from 5-14. They are at church at Norwest Anglican in Sydney.
Please also come ready to hear and share some of the things that have been encouraging and challenging in ministry now and in the future.
LOL CONFERENCE PROGRAM 2023
What's It All About Anyway
- To connect leaders together who are heading up similar kinds of ministry. This helps to create networks of support, both personal and in sharing resources and wisdom, which we pray will promote longevity in their leadership roles.
- To refresh those attending and encourage them as they continue in their ministries.
- To provide some bible-based content that is relevant
,and stimulating for those attending. The goal is to encourage meaningful engagement and reflection, without ‘overloading’ attendees.
- To provide time for conversations between the leaders where they can share their experiences. As they listen and discuss, it enables them to reflect and refine their own ministries.