Presented in part by Claremont School of Theology Relevance 2013 is two conferences in one weekend invading Las Vegas, NV to bring together a rising generation of leaders.
Relevance 2013 is back and returning to Las Vegas February 14-17, 2013. It's two conferences in one weekend. Which one is right for you?
Two hundred young United Methodist clergy and leaders of young adult ministries will gather for a three-day conversation focused on converging, innovating, and transforming young adult ministry in the church.
LEAD will bring together the collective wisdom of those who want to transform and grow young adult ministry in the church.
Relevance X 2013
More than an event or conference you attend, this movement focuses on empowering young adults (age 18-35) through worship and service, uniting their voices, and actively creating change in our respective communities. At #revx13 we will be creating and telling a different story.
This February Relevance 2013 will seek to bring innovative new worship experiences to the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). Meet those that will inspire: Amena Brown is both regal and dramatic in her
Two hundred young United Methodist clergy and leaders of young adult ministries will gather for a three-day conversation focused on converging, innovating, and transforming young adult ministry in the chur
Relevance Ministries is the official young adult ministry of the Desert Southwest Conference of The United Methodist Church.
We are a network of young adults, young adult leaders, and Pastors whose mission is to develop a
ministry that is relevant and productive to members of society and the church. Through connecting with one another, Relevance
Ministries strives to improve our spiritual lives, the spirituality of the church, and the healing of society.
Since 2009 this conference has reach thousands of young people and young leaders, giving them a voice that is often not heard in the church. At Relevance 2013 we continue to shape and tell the story.
Logistics for Relevance 2013
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The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) will play host to Relevance 2013. The Student Union will be the main space and is a new and vibrant facility conveniently located off of Maryland Parkway. With over 9,000 square feet of space, the room has a modern theme with plush carpet and decorative walls. Relevance 2013 will feature full audio, visual, and lighting capabilities.
The Theatre in the Student Union is ideal location for LEAD 2013. Conveniently located on the first floor across from the restrooms, the Theatre can seat up to 300 people and will allow for the exchanging the information and ideas.
Located just a few minutes from the world famous Las Vegas Strip, UNLV is less than 1/2 mile from McCarran International Airport.
Expect 3 full days of exchanging and sharing ideas during meals, small groups, and even after hours at the UNLV residence halls.
Meet our extraordinary voices and “creatives,” which includes artists and musicians, in our community, church, Jurisdiction and beyond who have a unique story or an unusual perspective -- and will convey it in a dynamic way.
A 2007 graduate of Duke
Divinity School he has served as pastor at Chatfield United Methodist Church, campus minister at United
Campus Ministry of Winona State, and associate pastor/pastor at Wesley United Methodist Church in
Winona. His passions for ministry include technology, young adult issues, and leadership.
Jerry's story is a familiar one; former bartender, comedian and mall Santa hears God’s call to
leave stand-up and dedicate his life to doing the Lord’s work. You’ve heard it a million times...
Jerry was born in Detroit, and lived in both Los Angeles and Orlando before moving to Denver.
After being ordained in 2009, Jerry was appointed to plant AfterHours Denver in 2011 in the
downtown metro area focusing on the poor & unchurched. He is Chief Love Monger and Lead
Spiritual Entrepreneur of that faith & action community that currently hands out lunches &
communion to 400-500 people a week and holds their services (Happy Hours) in bars in the
Wes Magruder is an ordained elder from Dallas. He left for film school in but God appeared and told him that his future was in the United Methodist Church, so Wes agreed to become a preacher. He earned a M.Div. at Perkins, a Doctor of Ministry at Brite, and Doctor of Reality Bites from Valley View UMC, his first appointment.
He serves as the Chair of the Board of Church and Society of the North Texas Conference, and is on the Board of Directors of Refugee Services of Texas. Magruder serves as Director of Missional Community Development for The People of New Day, a network of neo-monastic communities. He created Project Daraja, which provides support for refugees self-sufficiency. He has served appointments in London and West Africa.
Often our worship gatherings are designed only to make sense to people who have been Christians their whole lives; Lets begin to help us be more sensitive to how our non-Christian visitors are engaged when invited into our lives together.
One aspect of this ministry that she is
particularly passionate about is the use of electronic music and rave culture in worship. Evan was
the founder of the Reverence:Electro-Ministry Team and in her spare time she enjoys camping
and going on road trips with her husband and their three kids.
Follower of Jesus. Campus Minister for Campus to City Wesley Foundation. Worship Leader. Lover of
the Global Church. United Methodist. Living for the dream...loving the life I am losing.
Dan is driven by the
idea that we are not just stewards of God’s creation but of God’s creativity as well. Along with campus
ministry, Dan feels called to managing a Fantasy Baseball team each summer, demonstrating how to lose
with grace. You can find Dan on Twitter at @defininggrace.
Meagan is the Assistant Director of Outreach and Recruitment at Claremont School of Theology. While she loves her job, she is also thrilled to be able to use her M.Div. from Vanderbilt on a daily basis. When she isn't out and about talking to folks about seminary, she can usually be found with some knitting project watching 90s TV shows (Freaks and Geeks = best. thing. ever.)
Also referred to as P. Sam. Currently serves at the Minister of Young Adults at Los Altos United
Methodist Church where his primary role is to navigate and shepherd the ministry known as OpenCircle.
He is a father of two. Lover of all sports with a net. Follower of Jesus. Immensely broken but constantly
healed and strengthened by the love and grace of God.
Sarah Heath (pastor and artist)
Rev. Sarah Heath serves as the teaching and preaching site pastor for Shepherd of the Hills UMC’s
site in Rancho Santa Margarita. She also heads up the outreach mission GIVE team and the Worship
Arts teams for both sites. She has a passion for music, traveling, acting, creating art, playing and watching
sports. Her biggest blessing is her random assortment of talented friends and her amazing mutt of a dog
Matt Smith/Linda Dew-Hiersoux/The Table UMC Band
The Table is a community where people come to root their lives in Grace, to grow in faith and to reach in love. Anthony Coleman II and the Table's music team create a unique and eclectic blend of music which ranges from jazz to reggae to Spirituals to rock to traditional hymns to Latin and beyond. Linda and Matt weave liturgy, prayer, scripture and a message; together they call it worship at The Table.
The Gentle Wolves (band)
The Gentle Wolves are the house band for Servant Church in Austin and are lead by Richard Kentopp. Servant Church is blessed with numerous talented musicians, one of the benefits of being located right in the heart of the Live Music Capital of the World. They try to incorporate the old and new, the ancient and the modern into their shared music together. They strive to always be local and authentic, and never 'contemporary christian' or 'praise and worship'. The Gentle Wolves always hope to connect people to God and each other as they pastor Servant Church musically each week.
Tiffanie Shanks (spoken word artist)
As a young, passionate, follower of Christ, I enjoy living in ministry for the God of the broken,
redeemed, and restored. I love to share the message of the Gospel that has captured my heart and
changed my life through the art of Spoken Word. Spoken Word is a form of poetry intentionally
Carl Gladstone (pastor and musician)
that music can inform, inspire, liberate and lament and that listeners can be empowered for good
and for God by it. With original albums exploring faith and it's questions, benefit projects like the
Abolitionist Hymnal and Matchstick, and hymn collaborations like The Wesley Project, Carl hopes
to create a library of music that engages people's souls together for mission in the world.
Is Relevance X and LEAD the same event?
While these events run parallel to one another, these are two different events hosted by Relevance Ministries. The purpose of both has to do with developing disciples yet they have two distinct purposes.
Do you offer childcare?
Yes. Childcare will be provided on the campus of UNLV. You can select childcare during registration.
Is there wireless internet available?
YES! In a big change from 2012, all attendees will be able to access free wireless internet in the Student Union. Internet access is available in Campus Housing as well, for a small fee.
I will be flying into Las Vegas. Do you offer transportation to/from the airport?
As the conference continues to grow, we simply don't have the manpower to pick everyone up from the airport. UNLV is less than 1/2 mile from the airport.
Do you offer any discounts on registration?
We strive to keep the registration fee as low as possible. This means we work to identify sponsors as well as write grants. Attendees to Relevance X are encouraged to assemble a group of 5+ to keep the cost low. Plus, it is hard to get prices this low in Las Vegas.
When should I arrive at Relevance 2013?
One week before the event, all those that have registered will receive an email with the details as to when they should arrive, where to go for registration, and how to check in to campus housing.
Still have questions? Our team is here to make your experience enjoyable. Please contact us so we can help.
Weather in February can be chilly, but don't expect the blistering cold. Average highs during the day are in the mid to upper 60's. A light jacket should get you through the evenings.
An information center will be set up through the duration of the event to provide information about the area.
see you at Relevance 2013
We are so glad you've made the decision to join us at Relevance 2013!
Simply select the track below and register. Additionally, click on the tabs learn more about lodging options, group rates, and how to get to Las Vegas in February.
Registration cancellations will only be accepted until January 24, 2013 and must be submitted in writing via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A $30 fee per registration will be applied. Registrations are fully transferable.
Register for LEAD 2013
Registration fee includes conference attendance, 3 meals, campus housing*, materials and access to Relevance X 2013
Air Travel: McCarran International Aiport (LAS) is located 1/2 mile from the Conference Location. More than 30 airlines provide nonstop service from Las Vegas to approximately 140 domestic destinations. Ranked as the 8th busiest airport, McCarran is reachable from anywhere in the country.
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Leaving the airport couldn't be easier. There are many transportation options to choose from including car rentals and taxi cabs.
Dedicated Rent-A-Car shuttles depart approximately every five minutes to the Rent-A-Car Center. For information about the Rent-A-Car Center, call 702-261-6001
Taxicabs are available on the east side of baggage claim, outside door exits 1-4. Airport personnel are available on the taxi curb to assist passengers.
UNLV Conference Housing
is SOLD OUT. Rooms are double occupancy and include bed and bath linen. Two rooms form a suite and share a bathroom. Roommates share a vanity sink. Rooms are carpeted, have mini-blinds, and are air conditioned. Wheelchair adapted rooms are available in each community. Personal care items (excluding soap and toilet paper) are not provided. Drug and grocery stores are within walking distance.
At Bluegreen Club 36™, it’s all about latitude and attitude. This desert oasis is located at latitude 36 degrees north (hence its name), a few blocks off the magnificent Vegas Strip near the MGM Grand®, Mandalay Bay, New York New York, Luxor and Excalibur.
Each suite has two beds, with one of them being a sofa-sleeper.
Price: $85 + 12% tax per night for a standard suite
For reservations call 702-856-2900 ask for the Relevance Conference block.
Childcare will take place on the campus of UNLV. Select this option during registration.
Childcare will be available Thursday night, Friday and Saturday all day, and Sunday morning.
Attendees of Relevance X are encouraged to assemble a group of 5+ to take advantage of the group rate.
Still have questions about Relevance 2013? Can our team can help get you to Las Vegas? Our team is here to serve you. Please reach out to us using the form below.
The United Methodist Church
1550 E. Meadowbrook Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85014
Are you ready to get the word out about your organization or advertise your latest product or an upcoming event? We offer several sponsorship opportunities through which you will gain exposure to thousands of young adults, ministries, pastors, and others.
All material that requires shipping to the event site should be mailed and arrive no sooner than February 12, 2013 to:
University of Nevada Las Vegas
Student Union & Event Services
Relevance Conference/Sheila Bray
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Contact us to receive more information.
Relevance 2013 requires an army of volunteers (what we like to call #disciples) to help make it happen. Interested in being the hands and feet that will make Relevance 2013? If you are age 35+ complete the form below and let us know you are interested. One of our team members will be in touch with you.
A whole weeks worth of work, and then some, exist and we appreciate all the time and service that you will be able to give. We have spots that only require a small amount of time vs. longer jobs.