The CLBA is pleased to announce that for our next Youth Workers Training day, which is being held June 9th of 2018 in Fergus Falls, we are bringing in Mark Matlock, who will lead one session on communicating the gospel to teens and another on organizational leadership.

During the lunch break we look forward to a time for youth workers to gather for lunch while we update our youth worker community on significant opportunities happening within our church family, including major details for YC19.

No registration is needed but feel free to RSVP for our event at

Location: TBA


Session 1: 9:15 – 12:00

Lunch Break: 12:00 – 1:15

Session 2: 1:15-4:00


About our sessions with Mark Matlock

Session 1: Faith For Exiles

Today’s teenagers are living in a kind of Digital Babylon. For the Christian teenager, they often feel as if they are living in exile, torn between the culture of the day and a life lived following Jesus. Mark will take a look at these generational insights as well as 5 ways churches today are reaching this generation.

Session 2: Unleashing the Imagination of Teens

Come learn a process for creating time and space to allow teenagers to turn empathy into action. We’ll explore human centered design principles to help students take leadership by creating and implementing their own ideas for ministry in your church and community.


About Mark Matlock:

Mark Matlock has been working with youth pastors, students, and parents for more than two decades. He is currently the president of WisdomWorks, a consulting firm dedicated to helping individuals, churches and faith centered organizations leverage the transforming power of wisdom to accomplish their mission. Mark is the former Executive Director for Youth Specialties (YS) and creator of the PlanetWisdom student conferences.

He has written more than twenty books for teens, including the Wisdom On… series, Living a Life That Matters, Smart Faith and Don’t Buy the Lie. Most recently, Mark has authored three books for parents: Real World Parents, Raising Wise Children, and Ideas for Parents.

Mark and his family live in Texas, where they attend Irving Bible Church where Mark was ordained and serves as a teaching pastor. When he’s not traveling, he enjoys cooking for family and friends. You can follow Mark on Twitter: @markmatlock .