5 reasons I’m stoked about The Summit

Later this morning we’re officially announcing a brand new youth ministry event called, The Summit. Obviously, it’s a pretty big deal for our little start-up. So I’m excited about it for all sorts of business-y reasons.

But I’m stoked about The Summit for far more important reasons than business stuff.

  1. We need to dream again. We’re a tribe of dreamers. Since the beginning of youth ministry we have been a body of folks bound by our eternal optimism. But the past few years have taken the wind out of us. We’ve gone into survival mode and it’s time  to shake out of it. Oh, I’m longing to be in a room of people exploring what could be instead of what is impossible.
  2. It’s unlike anything else in youth ministry. It’s true that there are a good number of youth ministry events out there. Creating this one wasn’t a thumbing of the nose at any of them. Instead, we really think that this format/style/vibe is something missing from within our tribe.  We’re taking a big risk on this because we think that’s true. Now we’re asking you to take this risk and join us in figuring out if we’re right.
  3. Electric things happen when you mix these folks with a pile of youth workers. This thing has a crazy awesome line-up of thinkers. Just like the Extended Adolescence Symposium, we wanted to create a day we’d really like to attend. As the line-up has taken shape I just kept going back to look at it. Wow, it’s a group of crazy people who are changing things. (Crazy in my language is good!)
  4. This thing could birth some stuff. Looking at the theme and topics, I’m really hoping that people don’t just consume this thing but that they really are stirred by it to advance Kingdom stuff.
  5. It’s a work in progress. I’ve never announced an event that was intentionally incomplete. But that’s what we’re doing. We’re talking to a pool of people but we aren’t quite sure who we want to add in what session. Don’t touch the walls, we’re still painting!

Question: What feels new about The Summit? What doesn’t feel new?







8 responses to “5 reasons I’m stoked about The Summit”

  1. […] and commitment to intelligent youth ministry conversation.  They are announcing an event called THE SUMMIT.  The idea is that they would create a TED TALK environment for the youth ministry tribe.  I […]

  2. Luke McFadden Avatar

    Sounds interesting.  I’ll be following along as the details come out, as they seem a little vague at the moment.

    But PLEASE get a tripod and a mic!  The video was sooo hard to listen to with the wind peaking the mic.  You could use something cheap like this, and it would make such a huge difference (and make the video feel a lot more professional):  http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATR-3350-Omnidirectional-Condenser-Microphone/dp/B002HJ9PTO/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1331055710&sr=8-3

    1. Adam McLane Avatar

      You’re hilarious Luke. Yea, the iPhone just didn’t get the job done. You can actually hear me breath at a couple points. Believe it or not, that’s after I filtered the audio & ran image stabilization. Bad bad bad. 

      I’m getting the new Nikon D800 soon. Being a start-up SUCKS when it comes to equipment. 

      1. Luke McFadden Avatar

        Hope that comment didn’t come off as too critical!  D800 will be a nice step up from the iPhone for sure.  My brother has one on preorder, looking forward to playing with it.  Though I’m a panasonic fanboy.  😀

  3. Dbowers75 Avatar

    I’ll keep posted Adam…definitely intrigued!

  4. Roy Hutchinson Avatar
    Roy Hutchinson

    I think it is a great idea.  If it is anything like the UK version, it will be a hit, we are entering a 3rd year with this type of event.
    It breaks the mould and enables creative thinking to flourish in a way that is not guaranteed in other settings.
    Hope it goes well fella


    1. Adam McLane Avatar

      I’m still trying to find a way to the UK Summit. It seems my partner will be there… and I’m pretty jealous. 

  5. […] The Youth Cartel’s new event, The Summit, by now. i posted about it last week, as did adam on his own site and The Youth Cartel blog. and it got some good twitter and facebook buzz last week when we […]

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