Youth leaders gather for summit

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San Antonio site of next National MB Youth Convention

Mennonite Brethren youth leaders from across the United States are meeting Dec. 4-6 in San Antonio, Texas, for the second MB Youth Leaders Summit. The goals of the event are twofold: First, to provide an opportunity for youth leaders from the five districts to meet and network. “We believe strongly that the future of the national conference, at least in part, lies in the hands of the youth pastors and leaders,” say organizers.

Second, the Summit will provide an opportunity for youth leaders to familiarize themselves with the site of the next National MB Youth Conference, scheduled for April 16-19, 2011, at the same location. “Each leader will go home with a clear understanding of the philosophy and physical layout of San Antonio 2011,” organizers say.

The Summit is open to anyone involved with youth ministry, whether paid or volunteer. The goal is to have one youth leader from every MB church in the U.S. attend.   The National Youth Convention (NYC) is held every four years, giving students one chance to attend during their high school years. The last NYC, held in Anaheim, Calif., in 2007, made a strategic shift toward service; the San Antonio 2011 is expected to follow a similar format. The trio that organized Anaheim ’07 are again planning the event: Rick Bartlett and Tim Neufeld of Fresno, Calif., and Wendell Loewen of Hillsboro, Kan.—NYC

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