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Dallas Conference 2012

Dallas, Texas,  October 20-22, 2012 with the theme of

Complex Times, Complex Issues in Youth Ministry Education 

This year's conference will be held at the Westin Galleria in Dallas, Texas from Octboer 20-22. Plenary speakers Diana Garland, Michael Mata, and Mark Yarhouse will challenge us to consider how to best prepare our students for the complexities of ministry in the 21st century.

The complexities of life and ministry in the 21st century has hit youth ministry educators square between the eyes. Three of the most challenging concerns for contemporary youth pastors are the family, marginalized youth, and adolescents struggling with sexual identity. Rather than hope that our experience and expertise will best serve this generation of upcoming youth pastors, we thought it best to bring in “experts” in each of these arenas. In addition, we have chosen respondents who will make significant contributions to the conversation, particularly given their experience in youth ministry education. We have also planned for meaningful dialogue throughout this conference, believing that the many voices of AYME have much to contribute.

On Saturday night we will travel together to enjoy a Texas tradition: rodeo! This opportunity to spend significant time with fellow youth ministry educators and leaders continues to be a highlight of our forum.  You won’t want to miss this one!


Saturday, October 20

12 – 2 p.m.       Arrival, Registration & Welcome Reception

2:00 p.m.          Plenary Session #1

      “Educating Youth Leaders to Nurture Adolescents and Their Families in Faith”
Speaker: Judith Balswick
       Respondent: Richard Ross

4:30 p.m.          Breakout Session #1

6:00 p.m.          Load Busses for Fun Event

11:00 p.m.        Arrive back at hotel

Sunday, October 21


9:00 a.m.          Worship

10:15 a.m.         Breakout Session #2

11:30 a.m.         Business Meeting (and lunch on your own)

1:30 p.m.          Breakout Session #3

2:45 p.m.          SSS: Syllabus Sharing with Snacks

3:45 p.m.          Breakout Session #4

5:30 p.m.          Dinner at hotel

7:00 p.m.          Plenary Session #2

     “Training Youth Leaders to Reach Out to Disenfranchised Adolescents”
Speaker: Michael Mata
      Respondent: Tommy Carrington

9:15 p.m.          Affinity Groups / Viewing of “Divided”

Monday, October 22

8:30 a.m.          Plenary Session #3

      “Training Youth Leaders to Engage Adolescents Struggling with Sexual Identity
Speaker: Mark A. Yarhouse
       Respondent: Barrett McRay

11:00 a.m.         Conference ends


Making It Happen

1) Register
online (click here)  or print and send in the registration panel with fee  (checks payable to AYME) to: Len Kageler, AYME AdministratoNyack  College, 1 South Blvd. Nyack, NY 10960

(Registration deadline is Oct. 10)

 2) Make Your Westin Galleria Dallas Reservation


or by calling  888 627 8536.  Ask for the “NAPCE/AYME room block” to receive the rate of $129 ($148.35 including tax) for single or double occupancy.  The cut-off date is Oct. 3.  Price includes internet access and parking   

Email Barrett McRay ( He will reply with the name of another person. When you call the hotel also give the name of this other person. 

It is assumed you are staying at the hotel both Sat & Sun nights.)


We have a discount arrangement with



1.  (NOT

2.  Fill out the info in the box upper left.  Be sure and enter AYME1 as the discount code.

3.  “Next” takes you to the AYME Welcome page, stating the discount.

4.  “Next” takes you to hotel search.  Enter GAL

5.  “Search” takes you to two pages to choose from. Go to 2ndpage, you will find our hotel, the Westin Galleria as the last option.  Push arrow on the right.

6.    “Book” as appropriate and proceed to payment.




We have a discounted rate of $14 each way (from either Love Field or DFW) with Supershuttle. com.  The group discount code is AYME1.

Spouse Coming Too?

There is no cost for registration.  Conference meal package is $90, including Saturday supper (with rodeo entrance), Continental Breakfast Sunday morning, and Sunday dinner at the hotel.  Make check payable to AYME, indicate name of spouse and send to Len Kageler, AYME Administrator, 1 South Blvd, Nyack, NY 10960.

 Conference Refund Policy:  Due to meal contracts we cannot offer refunds after Oct. 10h.

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