My time at the National Youth Workers Convention was amazing! It is hard to summarize my experience in just a few short words here on my blog. I'm sure much of my experience and thoughts will leak out for a long time to come.

I feel very filled up right now. Filled with the spirit. Filled with new information. Filled with inspiration. Filled with excitement. Filled with enthusiasm. Filled with passion.

I am so thankful for the time that Aaron and I got to spend in Sacramento. There is something very empowering in spending four days with nearly 4,000 others that share your passion for student ministry and do the same thing you do day in and day out.

I am thankful for the amazing times of worship with Chris Tomlin and David Crowder. There is just something very cool about singing and worshipping the Lord with the guys that wrote the songs you sing so often.

I am thankful for the the challenge I received from speakers like Mark Yaconelli, Doug Feilds, Lou Giglio, Steve Fitzhugh, Chap Clark, Duffy Robbins, Dan Kimball, and others.

I am thankful for comedians like Daren Streblow, The Skit Guys, Bob Stromberg, and others that made me laugh until it hurt.

I am thankful for artists like Third Day, Stephen Curtis Chapman, 4th Avenue Jones, Kutless, and Starfield that ROCKED THE HOUSE!

I am thankful for The Grace Place for allowing me to go to such a great convention.

I am thankful to my God for allowing me the privilege to to serve Him by serving students. There is nothing I would rather do!

If you work with students in any capacity, whether full time or volunteer might I make a suggestion to you? Attend the National Youth Workers Convention in 2006! Do all you can to get there!

Let's go together; Anaheim, California, November 2-6, 2006!


beingrealguy said...

I had a wonderful time as well. It was my 8th NYWC, and I am always so greatful for my calling after leaving the convention.



Brian Eberly said...

I'm grateful too!

'neice said...

Did you get a chance to go through the OLE? That was one of the few things I got to do (I was in HQ all week) (and meet SCC) and it was one of the most powerful experiences!

Brian Eberly said...

Unfortunately that is one of the things we did not get around to doing. We really wanted to, and by the time we got to it, they were taking it down. We were really disappointed.

Thanks for all your work in HQ! You made a difference!

beingrealguy said...

Man...yeah I am bumped that I miss the OLR think too.

Brian Eberly said...

Great pics of the convention on your blog Joshua! We were kicking ourselves for not bringing our cameras!

I had to settle for my camera phone.

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