Paul Jenkins has served in local churches as a youth pastor and worship leader for 2 decades and holds a Masters of Divinity from Columbia International University. He has served small youth ministries and large ones and understands the demands on the volunteer and professional youth worker. He has a heart to see youth not just survive adolescence, but thrive in it! He loves equipping youth and youth workers and is a gifted speaker and writer. He and his wife, Wendy, have three children and live near Charlotte, NC.
That Youth Thing, inc. (TYT) began in the Spring of 2001 with a simple
concept: if youth can worship together, anything's possible. With that mission
in mind, a group of youth pastors and youth workers began to brainstorm the best way to help students experience authentic worship in an environment that fit them. The result? TYT worship events. The response? Overwhelming. Since that first night when over 400 students packed a small sanctuary, TYT has worshipped with thousands of students!
At TYT we are passionate about students and worship. Our vision is
to see students discover the unlimited power of genuine worship and
the incredible fulfillment that results from belonging to a Godly youth group family in their local church. We believe the effect will be stronger students, stronger youth ministries, stronger families, stronger communities. Our burden to see this core value fleshed out on a regional and national basis has given birth to our Crave Conferences. These seasonal cross-denominational gatherings are filled with worship and the undeniable presence of God and as a result we see many youth leaders and youth being called to a deeper walk with Christ.
Invest in teenagers. At TYT we're guided by something as simple as
that. We want to invest in their lives, in their homes and in their local
youth groups. Whether on a retreat, a mission trip or at a worship event in their church or regionally, teenagers will hear from TYT that God has created and designed them uniquely and has destined them to do great things for Him (Eph. 2:10). We feel the same about local youth groups and love to help them identify the unique "personality" their group has. The process (our Nuts & Bolts week-end) results in identifying a practical model of youth ministry that is custom designed to fit the particular personality of that youth ministry.