From the very first Rooted Conference in 2010, with 31 youth workers gathered, to this year as we celebrate our 10th anniversary, God has provided so many ways to carry out the mission of advancing gospel-centered youth ministry. We are so thankful to how God has grown this ministry, and how he has created a space for us to share the help, encouragement, and education we all need to disciple youth ministry students well.
With all that has happened within 2020, we wondered how we could both honor the calling we feel to foster this community of youth ministry peers, while also keeping safe and socially distant. But God has already made a way: in more than 40 cities around the U.S. and Canada, leaders will host small gatherings for the 2020 Rooted Micro Conferences. We truly believe this is his provision to connect more youth ministry staff and volunteers in more areas, learning together to engage in gospel-centered youth ministry in their communities. God also provided a way forward with the technology to use for this hybrid live-streamed, virtual, and in-person event through the app we launched earlier this summer, Rooted Reservoir. We could not have predicted when we began work on the app that we would need it to host our 10th Annual Conference but we see how God has made a way for the work to continue here, too!
We are thrilled to hear from our three plenary speakers, Christina Edmondson, Cameron Cole, and Kevin Yi. We have six helpful, practical workshops from Watson Jones, III, Julie Sparkman, David Zahl, Chelsea Kingston Erickson, Anna Meade Harris, Liz Edrington, Rebecca Lankford, and Cameron Cole. We can’t wait to worship with you, led by the incredibly talented Sandra McCracken! We’ll also include a live Q&A panel with several practicing youth ministers so you can ask the big questions you have, and see what your youth ministry peers are asking as well.
While we wish we could gather all together by the hundreds (or thousands!) and see each of you in person, we see this as such a unique opportunity to extend the work of gospel centered youth ministry in your own towns, in communities where we haven’t yet hosted events, and in an affordable, accessible way.
We have several fun things planned for the conference – for all who register by September 7, we’ll provide a swag bag stuffed with goodies! (Stay tuned for hints on these goodies to come soon on social media!). We’re also so excited to kick off the conference with a 10 hour marathon livestream party. Hosted by our very own Cameron Cole and Davis Lacey, we’ll have special guests, share funny youth ministry stories, and connect with you, our youth ministry peers! Details coming soon for all our attendees!
God has been so good to provide such incredible contributors to this conference, and so many ways for you to join us – we are excited to hear what your favorite part is! We can’t wait to have you join Rooted 2020 – whether as a host, an in-person attendee, or a virtual attendee. Don’t forget to register here by Sept. 1 for the reduced price ($40/person) and by Sept. 7 to get your swag, and help spread this encouragement and mission by sharing this unique conference.