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5 to 1 Conference for Youth Leaders at WBC


Williams Baptist College will host a student ministry conference on Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9, in the Maddox Center.  Throughout the weekend, speakers will address various topics centered on helping faith stick with youth and young adults.

Dr. Walter Norvell, assistant professor of Christian ministries at Williams, explained the conference title, “5 to 1.”  “The one constant we are discovering in student ministry is the importance of intergenerational contact between students and adults at church,” stated Norvell.

“Instead of having one adult for every five students, we need five church adults making caring contact for every teen.  This conference will equip churches to care about teens in that way,” he added.

The opening plenary session will be at 7:00 p.m. on Friday.  Dr. Wesley Black, retired student ministry professor from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, will kick off the conference.

As one of the Southern Baptist Convention’s most respected student ministry researchers, Dr. Black has authored and contributed to several books, including Four Views of Youth Ministry and the Church and The Spirit and Culture of Youth Ministry, as well as producing the original DiscipleNow manual.

Dr. Black is also a frequent conference leader and speaker, including Southwestern’s annual YouthLab.  He will be discussing research on intergenerational student ministry at the 5 to 1 conference.

The Cast, a Christian drama team from WBC, will offer a theme interpretation, and Williams senior Andrew Chandler will lead in worship through song.  The opening session will be held in the Maddox Center’s choral room.

The conference will resume at 8 a.m. Saturday.  The morning will be divided into two different breakout sessions, where attendees will have their choice between various subjects and speakers.

Topics to be discussed Saturday morning include preparing your teen for faith on campus, leading family devotions, relating to your students and becoming a “sticky” church.

Dr. Black will lead the final plenary session at 11:00 a.m.

While the conference is free, reservations are helpful.  To find out more information or to make a reservation call (870) 637-4150 or email Dr. Norvell at wnorvell@wbcoll.edu.

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