Youth Ministry Reboot Waves

Using the Power of Improvisation to Transform Lives in Your Ministry

Discover how to turn the unexpected into the unforgettable in your ministry—make every moment count and every moment matter as you partner with Jesus to transform teenagers’ lives.

Group's Youth Ministry Reboot is a three-day immersive training experience, led by Group’s youth ministry leader Rick Lawrence and Tommy Woodard of The Skit Guys, that will equip you to…

  • Maximize the power of teachable moments in your ministry—taking full ministry advantage of what’s happening right in front of you.
  • Shift your “planned and canned” lessons or programs or talks from predictable to extraordinary.
  • Use the skills of professional improvisation to transform the thousands of unpredictable moments in youth ministry into life-changing impact.
  • Use the secrets of “inquiry-based learning” to spark and fuel viral faith conversations.
  • Create lessons, sermons, retreats, and small-group strategies that naturally leave space for the power of improvisation.
  • Upend and repurpose failures and struggles into marker moments in your ministry.

During Youth Ministry Reboot, You’ll:

  • DISCOVER the keys to improvisational ministry from pioneers in this approach to ministry.
  • SHARPEN your new skills through peer interactions, hands-on experiences, and expert feedback.
  • STRATEGIZE how to IMPLEMENT new game-changing ideas in your youth ministry—shifts in your approach that will produce immediate fruit.

Using the comedic skills of Woodard as a launching point, you’ll laugh your way through highly engaging activities, hands-on coaching, and interactive learning. Then you’ll master the key skills that capitalize on the power of improvisation in your ministry, while maximizing your ability to impact students’ lives.

(Secret: These are the same skills Jesus used to transform people in all kinds of encounters.)

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2020 Speakers

Join Rick Lawrence (editor of Group Magazine, author of Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry, and general editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible) and special guest Tommy Woodard of The Skit Guys for this three-day gathering you’ll never forget.

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Tommy Woodard

Tommy Woodard has been delighting audiences for years as one half of The Skit Guys. He also serves as the associate pastor of teaching and creativity at Newchurch in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Rick Lawrence

Rick Lawrence is an author, ministry leader, and longtime executive editor of Group Youth Ministry resources. He’s led the Simply Youth Ministry Conference and co-creates the 40-city Youth Ministry Local Training tour. He’s the general editor of the best-selling Jesus-Centered Bible and is the author, co-author, or editor of over 38 books.

An Exclusive Event for Youth Leaders

Youth Ministry Reboot was created specifically for veteran youth workers, like you, hungry for an alternative training event. You’ve been in the trenches, and seen the power of transformational ministry. This event will show you how to sustain it, kid after kid and year after year.

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Sessions, Breaks, and Extras for the 2020 Youth Ministry Reboot

8:30 – 9:15 am
Intro to Improv Teaching
9:15 – 10:45 am
Improv Keys to Leading Catalytic Conversations
10:45 – 11:00 am
Break (Musical Performance)
11:00 – 12:00 pm
Keys to Using Video in an Improv Way
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Lunch (Included in Registration Cost)
1:00 – 1:20 pm
Thom & Joani Schultz: Our 5 Keys to Leading in an Improv Way
1:20 – 2:30 pm
How to Create & Lead Improv Experience in Ministry
2:30 – 3:00 pm
Break, and Travel to Off-Site Experience
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Growing in Our Relationship with Jesus Through Improv
5:00 pm
Open Evening
8:30 – 9:15 am
A Surgical Debrief of an Improv Experience
9:15 – 9:45 am
Improv Leadership Over the Whole of Ministry
9:45 – 10:00 am
Improv Prayer Strategies
10:00 – 10:15 am
10:15 – 12:00 pm
Creation & Practice—The Lightning Round
12:00 – 12:15 pm

Act Now to Save Your Place

This exclusive event will be highly entertaining, engaging, interactive, and full of relationship-building opportunities. Claim your front-row seat now before space runs out.

Early Bird

Ends Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020



Starts Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020


Join us at the gateway to the Rockies

Don’t miss this ministry-transforming, relationship-rich, retreat-like experience hosted at Group Headquarters, nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.

(P.S. There are few more beautiful sites than the snow covered Rockies in February).

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