On March 5-7th, the Student Ministries Advisory Team invited leaders from all across the nation to gather for the third annual Student Ministries Huddle at the Marriot City Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. This was the largest gathering of its’ kind to date, with 75 registrations. The attendee list was incredibly diverse, including full-time youth pastors, leaders from satellite-style churches, and volunteers faithfully serving hometown congregations. From seasoned student ministries veterans to first-year beginners, it was an exceptional gathering.
On Friday morning, March 6th, leaders at the Huddle enjoyed fellowship over a hot breakfast with their peers from other states and other ministries. “This interaction, this networking, these relationships are the heart of the Huddle and the reason why we place so much value on this event every year” stated Student Ministries Team Leader, Stephen Jones. “The Huddle brings IPHC youth leaders together to not only hone their craft but also to develop meaningful ministry-partnerships with each other. It’s more than just a training event–it’s a relational-resource.”
After breakfast, attendees enjoyed a very full day of learning from guest speaker, Pastor Terry Parkman of River Valley Church in Minnesota. Filled with new insights and statistics about the current generation of students and the current culture, Terry’s research gave everyone a better, more informed understanding of not only who GenZ represents, but how student ministry leaders can leverage their resources to reach this subset of millennials.
The Huddle 2020 was a tremendous success for IPHC student leaders. The goal of IPHC Student Ministries is to see this leadership networking momentum continue, as we believe God has called us to partner together in His Mission to reach the lost.