Why I Need SYMC (Simply Youth Ministry Conference)

symc 13This morning I was trying to complete some writing deadlines and thinking through my conference notes for SYMC 2013 (Indianapolis, baby!)

Truth:  I almost didn’t go to SYMC this year.

As deadlines loomed and panic rose and my heart began to cloak in the familiar blanket of ‘why does it matter’, I realized ‘This is exactly why I MUST go to SYMC this year.’

Ministry is isolating, tiring, and lonely.  It can be those things when you’re in a near-perfect situation.  It’s especially those things when you aren’t.  And I’m not.

This year depression has become my mentor.  The enemy has whispered his sour-somethings in my ear and I have listened.  I am weak.

But I can be stronger.  And I need to be.  So when you hear those rationalizations about skipping the conference, not needing the community this year, not finding space in your budget…..that’s exactly why you need to come.

And today’s the last day to do so at a discount.  Register for SYMC.  I need to be there – and I’d love to be there with you.

Author: Darren Sutton

I've been in student ministry nearly 30 years…which generally just confirms how much I still don't know. Some days I'm the pizza-eating, over-responding, teaching-on-the-fly, desperate-for-volunteers, frustrated-with-co-workers youth leader that we all are. And sometimes…I knock it out of the park. I'm everywhere on social media that you are!

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