I’m excited to be a part of the Simply Youth Ministry Conference again this year – took a couple minutes to sit down with Jason Ostrander, the conference director and king of event planning for Simply Youth Ministry.
What has been the funniest moment in planning SYMC?
One thing I know about youth ministry is that you “never cut funny”. In other words, now matter how serious ministry can become (and it is a serious thing) we have to remember that we still work with students – and students are funny. So watching you and Jake remind our team how funny things like music videos and crazy announcements can be has been hilarious! Let’s just say it ensures that we won’t soon forget who we are.
What has been the most difficult part of planning the conference?
Walking that fine line between entertainment and ministry. One of the distinctions of SYMC is that people know they have been ministered to –that’s its not just been a parade of youth ministry “stuff”. But at the end of the day SYMC is also a hotbed for resources as well as a place to highlight some of the brightest voices in YM culture.
Just saw that Youth Ministry Architects will be there. What’s the plan/idea there?
YMA is an amazing organization that seeks to partner with the local church in a consultant-like role. They truly want to partner with youth workers to help them create and grow an impactful ministry –it’s like having a YM expert in your back pocket all the time! They’ll be on site in Indy with a handful of staff ready to meet one-on-one with youth workers throughout the conference. I would sign-up as soon as you arrive!
What did you learn about Josh and Jake (the conference emcees for 6 years running) last week at your planning meeting in Colorado?
Two things: 1) that Josh is the smart and sensible one, and 2) I would not want to be Jake during the announcement videos come March 1st-4th.
Tell us the #1 reason someone should attend SYMC?
I wouldn’t have stayed in youth ministry as long as I did if it wasn’t for the greater YM community. I think the best thing about SYMC is the community that exists year after year –its so interesting to watch as the attendees start to arrive, the conference turns into a family reunion literally overnight. So whether you already feel connected or this is your first time at SYMC remember -the family is waiting!
Thanks, Jason! You can register for SYMC right here!