I'm a big believer that you can tell a lot about a person just from watching them (I hold this view in common with stalkers). And one thing that has become clear to me at this conference is that you can tell what type of youth minister someone is based on their level of facial hair.
Perhaps this is the most valuable lesson I've learned so far. The keynotes have been great, but really my enlightenment on facial hair is the biggest nugget of gold I'm taking home. I hope my research on the subject matter helps you, if you're considering going into youth ministry or if you're trying to decide on which youth group to send your child.
Main goal of this youth minister: have fun, play video games with the kids and use clips of Will Ferrel movies as teaching tools in Wednesday night class.
Note to parents: be wary of sending your children to a youth group where this facial hair is present.
Main ministry goal: be relevant and connect to kids through his soul patch and hip terminology.
Side note: loves Christian t-shirts and those Jesus sandals made of rope.
Main ministry objective: have some sort of solemn mountain man depth to your ministry and take your kids outdoors to teach them about life, Jesus and how to be like Bear Grylls.
Connects to kids through: advanced knowledge of social media, current trends and graphic design. Also through a full head of fabulous hair and pants from the Buckle.
Three words: Flannel, flannel, flannel.
Kids assume he knows more about the Bible because of this, so it works.
Slightly insecure about not having facial hair since it's such a status symbol among the other youth ministers.
Because of this she probably owns a MacBook because she think its the next best thing to a beard.