Thank you for registering your group for The Gate Annual Youth Conference! We believe God has many awesome things in store for you and your group at this conference. To make sure you have all the information you need ahead of time, please look through this packet and contact us with any questions, concerns or thoughts you may have. *Note: All members of the Gate Staff have had criminal background checks. Absolutely no one will be permitted into the Gate Worship space unless they have been previously screened. (With the exception of those who are registered for the Gate and are wearing appropriate name tags)
Youth Leader Responsibility Any time youth gather there is going to be some…creative behavior! Adult leaders from your church are responsible for the discipline of your group throughout the conference. Listed below are helpful suggestions for your consideration. • The Gate Annual Youth Conference staff expects the adult leaders who accompany youth to this conference to be role models of Christian living. Alcoholic beverages should not be consumed in public. If tobacco products are used, we ask that you do so with discretion, smoking in designated smoking areas only, out of the view of youth. • Adult leaders are expected to enforce the hotels’ 11:00 pm curfew. Any youth outside their rooms after that time must be accompanied by an adult leader. • We strongly suggest a minimum of one adult per eight youth in attendance from your group. At least one male and one female adult should be present, regardless of the size of your group. • Bring medical forms, complete with parental contact numbers and insurance information, for each of your participants. These forms are for your use only. The Gate staff do NOT need copies. • Please ask your youth to participate in all sessions, including Equipping Sessions. Designated staff members are posted at the exit doors during each main session. • Participants must adhere to the Conference dress code, as follows: Clothing with beer slogans or inappropriate language shall not be worn. Underclothing shall not be visible. No bare midriffs allowed. • Please arrive at the sessions when the doors open, especially if you have a large group. We cannot guarantee that your group will all be able to sit together if you arrive late.
Youth Leader Orientation There will be a Youth Leader orientation on Thursday evening at 5:30 pm, located in Elkhorn A - outside of the Gate Main Entrance (Heritage Lobby). At this meeting we will briefly discuss the week and answer any questions you may have regarding the conference and activites. Please make attending this meeting a priority.
Upon registration on-site, you will receive a packet including several items: name tags for each individual in your group, Gate Journals, and more.
The theme for the Gate 2013 is “The Story.” This theme’s vision recognizes that the Story of God is the story of us. It is a story that is ALIVE. A story that is not over, but which continues; a story in which we each have a role to play. Each session will uncover different facets of the story, focusing on Jesus - the main character – the author and finisher of our faith.
Keynote Speakers adam cannon
Adam Cannon, former baritone of HisSong, and his wife Samantha, a former solo artist, were married in 2008. After a year of marriage they welcomed the blessing of a little boy named Noah. By taking the job of senior youth pastors at their home church, Samantha and Adam answered the call to ministry as a couple. God has impressed upon them to go out and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ beyond the walls of that church. Adam is an ordained minister and often brings the word of God in a message through song. He serves as associate minister, which includes being the youth pastor, worship leader and web designer, at First United Methodist of Apalachicola, FL.
Sessions: Unabridged, Unfiltered
Lorin Pedigo is a creative and passionate proclaimer of the Good News of Jesus Christ. From the age of 14 when he preached his first sermon, Lorin has sought to lead others into the loving arms of Jesus. Fueled by the fire of the Holy Spirit, Lorin faithfully reaches out to the lost and challenges the Church to passionately pursue a more intimate relationship with the Lord. His fire-setting ministry frees the captives, brings healing to the broken and wounded, and offers a refreshing drink from the rivers of Living waters that flow out of his heart by the Holy Spirit. Lorin and his wife of 11 years, Leslee, reside in McMinnville, TN with their four children, where he serves as Lead Pastor of Christ United Methodist Church. In his free time Lorin enjoys spending quality time with his wife, and cooking.
Sessions: Unapologetic, Undeniable
Kourtney Brownlow has been in youth ministry for over 10 years, and has served in numerous roles in various churches and organizations over that time. She has a passion for young people to become truly dedicated to their faith, seeking God’s guidance in all areas of their lives. Kourtney currently serves as the director of The Gate Annual Youth Conference and lives with her husband Daniel in Murfreesboro, TN. They have 2 dogs (Toby, Wrigley) a Crested Gecko (Petrie), a bearded dragon (Ember), and oh yeah… a daughter (Rajya) who was born in September 2012.
Session: Uncompromising Free Webcasting (Thursday Night thru Saturday Night) GateConference.org/live
Housing Hilton Lexington 1-800-445-8667
369 West Vine Street Lexington, KY 40507 Room Rate: $105.00 + 13.4% tax ($119.07/per night) Group Code: Aldersgate 2013
Meals Meals are not included in the cost of the event. A map of local restaurants will be located in your leadership packet at the conference and available on the Gate website.
Gate Bookstore Gate T-Shirts, books, and other merchandise will be available for purchase inside of the Martin Methodist College Zone of Madness and Mayhem.
Registration Pre-Conference Registration
Wednesday July 10th from 2 PM to 5:00 PM and 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Thursday July 11th from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM and 5:30 P.M. to 7:00 PM
Registration is located on the 3rd floor of the Lexington Convention Center in the Bluegrass main lobby. Registration for the Aldersgate adult conference is in the same area so be sure to come to the Gate Registration booth to check-in your group. The youth group does not need to be present to register the group on-site. There will be a brief Youth Leader orientation at 5:30 PM on Thursday Night in Elkhorn A - located outside of the Gate Main Entrance (Heritage Lobby). We suggest that you register your group no later than 5:00 PM in order to make it to this meeting.
There will be a name tag for each youth and youth leader registered for your group. The name tag will have a place for “First Name” with the Conference schedule located on the back. Please make sure each student’s name is written legibly and is their “real” name. Every person must have a name tag that should be worn around the neck at all times. These name tags will provide entry to each session. A lost nametag may be replaced for $1.00 at the Gate Book Store.
MMC Fun Zone
Join the fun of The Gate 2013 in the MMC Fun Zone sponsored by: Martin Methodist College Zone of Madness and Mayhem!! We will have inflatables, organized games/activities, basketball, 4-square, the Gate Book Store and more. Come just to hang out or to get a little wild!! The Fun Zone is a great chance to meet some new friends and have a rockin’ good time! KEEP an EYE out for posted FUN ZONE HOURS!!!
6:40 PM 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM 11:00 PM
Conference Doors Open Pre-Con Session I Hotel Curfew
Pre-Conference/Conference 9:10 AM Doors Open 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM Pre-Con Session II 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Free Time & Lunch 1:10 PM Doors Open 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM Pre-Con Session III 3:30 PM – 6:15 PM Free Time & Dinner 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Youth Leader Orientation 6:15 PM MMC Fun Zone 7:15 PM Doors Open 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM The Gate Session I 11:00 PM Hotel Curfew
9:15 AM 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM 4:30 PM – 6:15 PM 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM 7:15 PM 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM 11:00 PM
Doors Open The Gate Session IV Free Time & Lunch Equipping Sessions Free Time & Dinner MMC Fun Zone Doors Open The Gate Session V Hotel Curfew
Closing Worship Celebration
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM We personally invite you to make plans to join the whole Aldersgate family (Gate kids, Gate Youth Conference and adults) to worship and celebrate how God has transformed us in a short period of time. This is a highlight of many youth groups don’t miss it!
Conference 9:15 AM 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM 4:30 PM – 6:15 PM 6:15 PM – 6:45 PM 6:45 PM 7:00 PM – 7:15 PM 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM 9:00 PM – 9:30 PM 9:30 PM – 10:30 PM 11:00 PM
Doors Open The Gate Session II Lunch Mission & Outreach Free Time & Dinner MMC Fun Zone Doors Open Bryan Drake Pre-Show The Gate Session III Break/Ice Cream Bryan Drake Show Hotel Curfew
Senior High Equipping Sessions These Equipping Sessions are broken down into TRACKS. These Tracks are geared toward different areas of the Christian life and will appeal to each person depending on where you are along your spiritual journey. Please be prayerful of which TRACK you choose. You will remain in the same location for each of the 3-sessions included in your track. The speakers will change with breaks in between.
When: Saturday 1:30 pm-4:30pm | Where: Ground Floor Convention Center | Who: 7th-12th graders
Track #1: An Introduction Christianity 101
This session will explore the importance of personal worship, prayer, and reading the Bible in order to grow stronger and deeper in your faith.
Every believer has access to spiritual gifts. God has given each of us talents – but he has also given us gifts. This session will introduce you to the different gifts and their role in your life and the life of the church.
Sharing Your Story
Part of being a Christian is being a witness. This session is hands on, focusing on what it means to have a testimony and offering creative ways to share it with your friends and family.
Track #2: A Deeper Walk Sharing Your Story
Part of being a Christian is being a witness. This session is hands-on, detailing what it means to live your life as a witness, using your story to lead other people into a new or deeper relationship with God.
Praying for Others
God has called us to bear one another’s burdens. It’s one thing to tell someone you’re “praying for them;” it’s another thing to actually do it. This session combines teaching you how to pray for others with a hands-on approach of actually praying for someone else.
A Light in the Darkness
As teenagers one of the things we look forward to most is graduating high school. As time grows closer we begin to realize that calling ourselves Christians is automatically setting us apart from the rest of the world. Sometimes, however, from the outside looking in, people may not notice many differences. This session covers how to be “in” the world but not “of” the world – and being relevant examples for Christ in our everyday lives.
Track #3: Learning to Lead From Reading to Studying
It’s one thing to read the Bible – it’s another to study the Scriptures. This session discusses what that means and gives you practical ways to take your Bible reading to the next level.
From Prayer to Intercession
This session takes prayer to a deeper level than ever before. Intercession is more about others than ourselves and is more than just saying a few prayers. Intercession is about learning to be in the presence of God and becoming a person of prayer.
From Following to Leading
We are all followers of Jesus - however, God is in need of some leaders in this generation. This is a session on Godly leadership and how God is calling us to raise up leaders for His Kingdom.
junior High Equipping Sessions A Journey Through the Parables When: Saturday 1:30pm – 4:30pm Where: Gate Main Session Hall Who: 6th – 8th graders Join us for an incredible journey through the Parables of Jesus as we continue to dive deeply into The Story of God! We will open with a large group session at 1:30 in the main session hall and then break into our small groups. As small groups you will journey to different locations for some interactive and creative learning sessions about the parables. You can expect snacks, games, Bible study, and a few other surprises. We will dismiss from our small groups at 4:30. You don’t want to miss it!
Youth Leader/Volunteer Roundtable Discussions When: Saturday 2:30pm – 4:00pm Where: Meet at the entrance to the MMC fun zone. Is there something in your youth ministry that is really on your mind? An area of ministry that you could really use insight and prayer from other leaders? Join other leaders/youth volunteers for this moderated roundtable discussion. Youth Ministry is one of the most rewarding, yet challenging jobs in the world – let this be a reminder you are not alone. Oh… and there will also be caffeine and snacks involved.
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