NEXT 2013 wrap-up

 The Next conference this last saturday was amazing. 270+ people committed to next-generation ministry gathered at Crown College in Minnesota for a day of encouraging networking and training. We're already gearing up for February 8, 2014!! For now, here are samples of the very strong feedback we received:

“Loved it! I work with students in the public
schools and these seminars have been extremely beneficial for me in my

“It definitely challenged me to continue to seek
for answers and different ways that can magnify God’s Kingdom in how I’m
involved with youth ministry."

“The workshops we attended were amazing! They
were filled with meaningful and practical information. Really enjoyed the

“My experience at Next was great! It was very
encouraging to get together just to sharpen our skills and learn more about
reaching out. It was really welcoming and inspiring.”

“Great workshops with many relevant topics that
confirmed and revealed to me the needs for our ministry."

“Great learning experience with an opportunity
to network and be encouraged by others in Christ. The content was amazing and
the atmosphere was supportive.”

“Motivated me to engage more with others at my

“The speakers were informative and passionate
about their topics. I especially liked the real life applications.”

“I especially enjoyed the intentional mentoring
[workshop] because it didn’t just focus on our relationships with kids but how
the well-being of the leaders multiplies our discipleship.”

“Good to hear what I’m learning at Crown from
the ministry department almost word for word being discussed and talked about
from people doing ministry in different contexts!”

“It was great and reliable information relevant
for [ministry] in this generation.”

“Price was fantastic!”

“Please keep this going. It is small enough and
priced low enough for small churches to attend.”

“I enjoyed attending the conference and the
opportunity to learn more about reaching youth. I will take all that I learned
and use it with my ninth grade girls.”

“Overwhelming, humbling, confirming that I’m in
the right ministry.”

“Need more room for notes! 🙂 That’s a good thing! I
got a lot out of the workshops.

“Great experience. I really enjoyed the seminars
and the dynamic speakers! Thanks for keeping it affordable so we can bring as
many leaders/staff as possible.”

“Fun to share this with my volunteers. Great use
of time to be encouraged and challenged.”

“I really came to bring some members of my
volunteer team to gain a broader vision. Turns out that I needed this too.”

“The best part was connecting with other people
interested in the same thing I am, and to connect on a spiritual and vocational

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Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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