Matrix Conference 2007

I’ve just got back from a consultation about the next Matrix conference. Today was just about reflections, ideas and broad thinking about how it might look, there are no specific details yet.
Having said that it will most likely be in March 2007 and the venue is probably High Leigh again.
One of the questions that came up was about every other year when Matrix doesn’t run …. Where (if anywhere) do youth workers go then. If you are a Matrix goer, what else do you go to in terms of conferences and professional development? Is Matrix failing by only being bi-annual or is this freeing?

3 Replies to “Matrix Conference 2007”

  1. Hmmm.
    I’ve never (yet) been to the Matrix conference, nor have I been to Youthwork: The Conference (apologies if there’s not meant to be a : there). I was talking only this week with a fellow youth worker up here in Sheffield, about which, if any, youth work conferences we would be going to in the next 12 months. In the absence of the Matrix there is only really Youthwork: The Conference.
    To be honest, having spoken to other people about their experiences of Youthwork: The Conference, I am inclined to agree that there ought to be something else, possibly The Matrix, every year. I believe that with the growing number of professionaly qualified Christian youth workers in this country, it is important that there are suitable opportunities for them to learn/grow/reflect/be challenged toegether.
    Whether this needs to be on a national level I do not know. I say this only because at times there can be an over-reliance on ‘getting topped up’ at yearly events.

  2. I tend to have a year of doing non-specifically-youthy kind of training, focussing on a theology course or something or doing a few short courses. Matrix each year would be good but would it be as cool so often? I don’t know.
    Also, even though I am a southerner myself, perhaps something a little more central to the country might be better than High Leigh?

  3. Baptists have thier own denominational youthworkers conference in the years between Matrix – and then are one of the sponsors of the Matrix!

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