Q: What do you mean by “progressive”?
A: Come to the event and find out — we’ll define it together!
Q: Who’s in charge of PYM?
A: PYM is the co-creation of John Vest and Tony Jones, two veteran youth ministers who shared a desire to create a gathering for progressive youth workers. Together they plan the conference, along with input from friends, sponsors, and past attendees. In 2014 and 2015, PYM was a hosted by Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, in 2016 PYM was held at Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, and in 2017 it’s at Montreat Conference Center.
Q: Why did you move it to Montreat?
A: While we loved hosting PYM at churches in large metro areas, when Montreat invited us to host the conference at their center, it seemed like a great idea. At Montreat, two important things will happen: 1) it will cost everyone a lot less, since the cost for food and lodging at Montreat is a lot less than hotel rooms and restaurants, and 2) we will have a great chance to build community since we’ll all be staying at the center together.
Q: How much will it cost?
A: We have kept our prices the same since PYM started: $179 for Super Early Bird; $199 for Early Bird; and $249 for a regular ticket. Food and lodging at Montreat ranges from $222 to $366, depending on the type of room you choose.
Q: How should I get there?
A: If you’re flying, you should arrive in Asheville (AVL), which is about a 30-minute drive to Montreat. You can also fly to Charlotte (CLT), which is about an hour and forty-five minutes drive. We will work to provide ride-share options from these airports to Montreat in coming months. You can find more info about travel to Montreat HERE.
Q: Are meals provided?
A: Yes, meals are provided with your registration at Montreat. Just to make it clear: you will pay one fee to PYM (for your ticket) and one fee to Montreat (for food and lodging).
Q: Is this event for church-based youth pastors?
A: It is, but by no means is it only for them. It’s also for college campus pastors and chaplains, parachurch workers, youth ministry volunteers, denominational executives, and anyone who works with youth.
Q: Can I bring my youth?
A: While this conference is designed for those who work with youth, we welcome you to bring your older youth (high school juniors and seniors and college students), especially those who are in leadership positions in your ministry.
Q: What is your refund policy if I can’t make it for some reason?
A: In order to keep all of our events and conferences affordable, The JoPa Group works efficiently. We have a small staff, and we try to keep overhead (like credit card transaction fees) to a minimum. For that reason, we do not offer refunds for canceled registrations. However, up until 7 days prior to the event, you can transfer your registration to another person, or you can bank your registration fee for a future JoPa Group event.
Q: Can I lead a seminar or workshop?
A: Every year we invite PYMers to give seminars. If you’d like to nominate yourself, please email your idea to firstname.lastname@example.org