Values Conference is an event where NYI, NMI (Missions) and SDMI (Discipleship) comes together to have their annual conventions. During this event we elect the various leaders of each auxiliary, but it's so much more! It's also a time to equip leaders and volunteers from every local church to carry out the district values of worship, discipleship, leadership development, community connection, and multiplication.
NYI, specifically, utilizes this event to stay connected as a district family and to intentionally create opportunities for us to learn and grow together through various breakout sessions and time to just "hang out".
The theme this year is "Beyond Barriers". And through this event it is our desire to show that God knows no barriers, so we desire to go beyond the "barriers" many create to be a blessing and bring hope to a divided world.
Though you have to be a delegate to vote, you don't need to be one to attend. Everyone is encouraged to come!
May 16, 2020
Join your District NYI family at First Christian Church in Florissant, MO on
2019 NYI Delegate Registration Form
Check out the breakout sessions we're offering this year!
Meet Dr. Todd Bowman! Todd, a psychologist and online professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, completed his undergraduate degree at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and his graduate schooling at Oklahoma State University. He lives in Olathe, KS with his wife, Rebekah, and their three boys, Ethan (11), Graham (9), and Titus (5), where the family attends Living Hope Church of the Nazarene. He is the author of Angry Birds and Killer Bees: Talking to your kids about sex, and regularly speaks at churches, conferences and universities on issues of human sexuality, sexual addiction, and mental health. About Todd, Jim Chapman, pastor at New Life Church, says, "Todd is the total package. He is incredibly smart, is the funniest person I know, and his love for Jesus is evident in his work. I really hope I can be like him when I finally grow up."
Session 1: "Our bodies proclaim the gospel: Embodying truth in a sexualized world."
The sexualization of the human person is quite evident in modern society. Themes such as power, intensity and significance are brokered through sexuality, and both our relational imaginations and spiritual maturity as a culture have been negatively impacted. Evangelization in our schools, homes, and communities requires that we have a strong sexual ethic that is lived out faithfully; one that is rooted in scripture and evidenced in our daily lives. This presentation will examine a biblical sexual ethic and discuss the reality of God’s design for human sexuality evidenced in physical creation. This session is geared specifically toward students, but everyone is welcome to attend.
Session 2: "Hear me! Four essential insights for the Church regarding mental illness."
Anxiety. Post traumatic stress. Depression. The evidence of psychological and emotional suffering is all around us. The church has the profound ability to offer the healing touch of comfort, safety, and presence to those who suffer, yet mental illness is often overlooked in the Body of Christ, at best, or defined as insufficient faith and labeled as evidence of secret sin, at worst. This presentation will introduce a new model for living out compassion to those who struggle with mental illness, those of us who are already a part of the church and those we are reaching out to in love. This session is geared specifically toward students, but everyone is welcome to attend.
You've seen him. You know him. You question his sanity! Pastor Richard (aka. PR) has been the Lead Pastor at Sikeston First Church of the Nazarene for the last 3 1/2 years and is currently serving as MO District NYI President and Young & Free co-director. But before he came to our district, he served as a youth pastor for 17 years in Tennessee and Florida. Following God's call to become a Lead Pastor has not diminished his passionate desire to see students become lifetime disciples of the risen Christ, his passion just expanded to all age groups. He loves spending time with his family, exercising, and playing just about any sport he's invited to play.
Session 3: "A Youth Ministry Q&A: A Panel Discussion."
"'I have this one student.' 'I only have one student.' 'How do I recruit volunteers?' These are just a few of the million things that bounce around in our heads as we endeavor to minister with students in the local church. So we've brought together some of our very gifted MO Dist. youth pastors and leaders to help you wind your way through the ins and outs of youth ministry where you serve. This session is geared specifically toward adult NYI leaders, but everyone is welcome to attend.