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USA/Canada NYI Leadership Conference is an annual gathering for District NYI Presidents and other youth ministry leaders throughout the USA and Canada Region. This conference provides space for NYI leaders to connect with one another and engage in conversation around current youth ministry topics and trends. Participants will also receive training and resources to integrate into local ministry settings.









What to Expect

LC 2020 will have a relaxed retreat feel as we gather in Mount Vernon, Ohio at a retreat center, where participants will be housed in bunk cabins. There, we will focus on Ministry Collaboration. During main sessions, participants will learn and discuss practical tools for leading and collaborating with teams. While in breakout sessions, participants will gather with other leaders of specific ministry affinity to learn, share struggles and best practices, and collaborate around a guided topic of need or interest.

In addition, leaders will have the opportunity for networking and fellowship with NYI leaders from across the USA and Canada, meet our Regional NYI Council, and hear from our newly appointed Global NYI Director and our USA/Canada Youth Coordinator. Information about Global NYI Convention 2021 in Indianapolis will also be provided.

Event Schedule


6:00 – 10:00 PM

7:30 – 9:00 PM
New District President Orientation

7:00 – 10:00 PM
Welcome Gathering


7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

9:00 – 10:30 AM
Session #1- UCNYI Report

10:30 – 11:00 AM

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Session #2- Global NYI Convention

12:00 – 1:00 PM

1:30 – 3:00 PM
Session #3- Leading Collaborative Teams (Ryan T. Hartwig- Teams That Thrive)

3:00 – 3:15 PM

3:15 – 4:45 PM
Session #4- Leading Collaborative Teams (Ryan T. Hartwig- Teams That Thrive)

5:30 PM

7:00 PM
Free Time


7:30 – 8:30 AM

9:30 – 11:00 AM
Session #5- Youth Culture (David Eaton- Axis Co-Founder)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
MVNU Campus Tours

12:00 – 1:00 PM

1:30 – 2:45 PM
Session #6- Ministry Breakouts

2:45 – 3:00 PM

3:00 – 4:15 PM
Session #7 – Ministry Breakouts

4:30 – 5:00 PM
Final Session

5:30 PM
Field Dinners

-Schedule subject to change-

Breakout Topics

Intergenerational Ministry: Helen Thiessen & Joel Thiessen

What is it, who cares, and what difference does it make to the local church? In this session we will examine the latest research on topics from millennials to leadership development in congregations, and explore the empirical, theological, and practical implications for intergenerational ministry and congregational vitality and longevity. This session will include several practical examples and tips to help you in your local church ministry.


Ministry with Parents: David Eaton

David Eaton (President and CoFounder of Axis – a resource for parents and youth leaders) will guide you in helping parents navigate today’s culture and connect with their teens through relevant and meaningful conversations.

College and Young Adult Ministry: James Smith & Chris Bean

Students continue to slip away from our churches and ministries as they make the transition out of high school. NYI and Campus Mission (our regional ministry to non-Nazarene college campuses) will explore how to collaborate with existing ministries or launch new ones at the college & university campuses on your district. Join us for a strategic discussion on ways to develop a robust ministry on your district to our college students, especially those who do not land on one of our Nazarene campuses. We would encourage every district to invite a potential college ministry liaison to come join us for this strategic and timely conversation.

Teen Camp: Mike O'Hair & JM McGinnis

Learn from our mistakes and steal our best ideas to make your next camp or retreat the very best it can be. Whether you’ve done camp for years or just got the gig this year, you will take away practical tools and pro tips to make it even better!

Small Church/ Group Ministry: Derek Taylor & Chris Wighaman

Moving beyond the “Highs and Lows” check-in. Leading small groups well is a core competency for ministry today and yet, can be a very complex task. This session will include resourcing around team development and group dynamics as well as some peer-to-peer conversation around best practices. 

Multicultural Youth Ministry: Stretch Dean

Multi-ethnic youth ministry requires leaders who understand that they are rooted in, but not restricted by their particular ethnic & cultural background. Our youth ministries desperately need Kingdom workers who unashamedly affirm the blessings of their cultural heritage even as they appreciate and serve people of different cultural backgrounds. In this seminar, we will dive deep into the difficult, uncomfortable & necessary conversations of culture & ethnicity in our youth ministries.


Registration cost includes all conference sessions and breakouts, materials, lodging and linens, and meals Monday breakfast – Tuesday lunch.


Deadline: November 15


Per Registrant

Deadline: December 13


Per Registrant

Deadline: January 31


Per Registrant

Registration is now closed. Please contact if you have any questions.

Travel & Lodging

Housing will be provided in bunk cabins with private restrooms at Damascus Catholic Mission Campus. Bed linens, pillow and towel will be provided. Housing available Sunday and Monday nights. Limited availability on Tuesday night.

The closest airport is John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) and is one hour from Damascus Catholic Mission Campus. We recommend renting a vehicle at the airport with other participants from your district or field so that you have transportation to and from the airport and our event venues (Damascus Catholic Mission Campus and Mount Vernon Nazarene University).