ReFocus will provide time for students to attend two different workshops of choice during the conference, all designed to confront some of the obstacles and challenges that our youth face in the world we live in today. Whether it be battling temptations, finding time for God, social media, or other things, students will be free to pick two workshops that most interest them, led by leaders with a love for God and heart for student ministry. These workshop leaders all have a special interest in the workshop they will be hosting and will draw upon their own testimonies, experiences, and studies to help teach and lead the students in discussion and advice.

Keeping God First

Evie Powell

It's the ultimate challenge. No matter how old we are, there are distractions and temptations in life that keep us from putting God first in our thoughts and choices. Add in school work, extra curricular activities and a heavy dose of peer pressure and you can see how challenging this can be for students. In the book of Mark, he pleads for us to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." Growing in our faith includes instilling habits of obedience that demonstrate mature love and this is what our students will discuss in this workshop titled "Keeping God First". We are happy to have Evie Powell, an incoming University of Kentucky Freshman and Marshall County High School alum, lead this important workshop for us. Throughout Middle and High School, Evie Powell has been actively involved in 412 Youth Group, Bible studies, Marshals For Christ, and much more . We welcome her and her personal testimony in how to keep God first in the busy lives we lead.

Location: Education Wing

Stress and Anxiety - A Biblical Approach

Leah Howe

We are excited to have Leah Howe with us at Refocus Youth leading a workshop on a challenge many young teen and adults alike face. With a Masters in Divinity and well along in her journey in obtaining a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Leah will be focusing on Scriptural ways students can approach stress and anxiety in a healthy way in their everyday lives. Everyone faces some levels of stress and anxiety in their lives, and no one is exempt, so it is important to be ready and know how to handle these types of things as a Christian. Jesus, our Rock, our Great Comforter, and our Redeemer, is eternally present to help us all in tough times.

Location: Education Wing

Smart Social Networking

Michael Ramage

Social media has become a huge part of how students interact with each other in our society whether it be Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, TikTok, or many other avenues. No matter what outlet, the ways to being a smart techie are the same. Dr. Michael Ramage, the director of the Center for Computer and Information Technology at Murray State University, will bring his expertise to this workshop to help educate our students on being smart social networkers. As president for the Technology Council of West Kentucky and his work on the boards of multiple non-profit organizations, Dr. Ramage will be all the ready to discuss topics and answer questions from our Refocus students.

Location: Education Wing

Missions In Action

Jamie and Shannon Wilson

Jamie and Shannon Wilson have been serving God through local and international missions for over ten years. The Wilsons have been married for 22 years and absolutely love the big family God has entrusted to them. They started their own nonprofit organization, Gratia Infinita (Endless Grace) Foundation, in 2022, which spreads the love of Jesus Christ abroad and locally by using mission teams. Jamie and Shannon love to serve, and they love helping others find ways to serve and in doing so fulfill Jesus’ command to serve others as He has served us. We are so excited to have the Wilsons with us at ReFocus Youth this year as they share their own personal testimony and challenge the students of Marshall County to find ways to plug into mission and outreach both locally and abroad.

Location: Education Wing

Youth Leader "Think Tank" (First Session Only)

Brent Powell

This workshop is just for our youth leaders and led by Brent Powell, our Assistant Youth Director here at Three Crosses Church. A relaxed time to talk over and collaborate with other local youth leaders, ministers, and volunteers. There are many challenges to leading, teaching, and ministering effectively to students and what better way to improve in our ministries than to learn from each other what does and doesn't work. This will be a very open discussion offered once during our morning session and once during our afternoon session. We look forward to seeing all our fellow youth leaders and volunteers as we all have some very valuable insights to share and can all use some encouragement, and that's what this workshop is all about!

Location: Education Wing

Overcoming Temptations

Garrett Hunt

More Details soon

Location: Education Wing