We're excited to feature a guest post today from Dr. Alvin Reid, Professor of Evangelism & Student Ministry/Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism, at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Dr. Reid is a keynote speaker this year for our 2015 Youth Pastor Summits, as well as SLU 101, and took time to share his thoughts on the upcoming YPS events and leadership training.

Part of my responsibility (and my joy) at SEBTS involves training student pastors in gospel-driven, biblically centered, mission-rich student ministry (for more on that check out this). As I prepare leaders to serve and lead the next generation I try not to whine about all the annoying student/youth ministry ministries/sites/resources that start with the premise of teenagers-as-third-grade-goofballs (believe me, there are many of these). Instead, I prefer to lift up those ministries who fit our focus on equipping youth and their families to advance the gospel in their communities and around the world.

This is why I have always held up Student Leadership University @slulead as a model of what is right in student ministry. Their 101, 201, 301, and 401 SLU events are second to none. My children–and many of my students–have participated in these. I look forward to speaking at another 101 in January in Orlando. My friends there exemplify a focus that challenges youth to excel rather than to settle for status quo adolescence.

Jay Strack was one of my earliest influences in evangelism. He poured into me when I served in Indiana and had not a clue what the heck I was doing.   Brent Crowe has been a friend for a long time and earned his PhD with me at Southeastern. He just wrote the Foreword to a forthcoming book I wrote with our son Josh called Get Out (releasing in 2015). Ed Newton models biblical, expositional preaching to students beautifully and has become a great friend in recent years.

This is why I want to encourage everyone I know to attend one of several Youth Pastor Summits offered by SLU in 2015. This year you can attend one in Orlando, Houston, Southern Cali, Toronto, and Dallas. I will be at the one in Houston, so I invite all my friends in that region to come.  A list of speakers is here.

Here is the amazing thing about this conference. It’s two days in length including some incredible content in plenary and breakout sessions, and it’s all FREE. All you have to do is get there and get lodging. In a day of overpriced everything in the evangelical world, this is the one conference in a year student pastors and leaders should attend.

Here is the link to register. Don’t miss this. Be encouraged. Be stretched. Be changed.

Be a leader.

Alvin L. Reid (born 1959) serves as Professor of Evangelism and Student Ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where he has been since 1995. He is also the founding Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism. Alvin and his wife Michelle have two married children: Joshua and his wife Jacqueline, and Hannah and her husband Corey. Originally from Alabama, Alvin holds the M.Div and the Ph.D from Southwestern Seminary and the B.A. from Samford University. He serves as Director of the Young Professionals Ministry at his local church, the Richland Creek Community Church in Wake Forest. Read more from Dr. Reid's blog here.

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