Rooted 2021: Workshops, Workshops and More Workshops


Rooted 2021, our annual conference for youth pastors and parents, will take place October 7-9 in Birmingham, Alabama. We are really looking forward to gathering in community for great preaching, engaging Bible teaching, sincere worship from Sandra McCracken and a LOT of educational and practical workshops. Our workshops topics and speakers are chosen by Rooted’s Steering Committee and Parent Steering Committee, two diverse groups of youth pastors and parents from different contexts and parts of the country. This year, Rooted 2021 will feature more than 20 different workshop topics and two tracks- one for youth ministers and volunteers and another for parents of teens. We are proud to announce the first group of workshops below.

Stay tuned as dozens more will be added in the coming week. Our price will increase on June 1, so be sure to REGISTER TODAY. Since Rooted 2021 will take place in Birmingham where the ministry first began, we do anticipate a sell out. So make your plans early.

Facing Your Fear Without Losing Your Soul: How the Gospel Equips Us for Our Crisis of Courage. Speaker: Russell Moore

We live in a fearful and cowardly time. The root of all of this fear is the fear that we might lose our belonging in whatever tribe in which we seek safety, the fear that we might have to stand alone. And yet, Jesus told us that we are to stand with courage. That doesn’t mean that we will be fearless, but that we will know how to face our fear and keep walking toward the voice that calls us homeward.

How the Gospel Frees Teens from the Pressure to Perform. Speaker: Shelby Abbott

It seems like our students constantly live under the pressure of the need for approval from others in order to feel validated, seen, known, fulfilled, or accepted. And it can be tempting for us as adults to try and free them from that burden by pointing them toward answers that aren’t the gospel.

In this workshop, we’ll talk about the root need kids have when they experience the pressure to perform, and how we can guide them to the only authentic solution that will satisfy them both now and in the important years to come.

How to Minister to Kids Struggling with Doubt. Speaker: Shelby Abbott

When kids come to us with their doubts, our tendency is to panic because we think they might be losing their faith or dabbling in questions that could lead to unbelief. But the more we ignore or cast aside their doubts now, the more problems we are creating for them in the future.

In this workshop, we’re going to deal honestly with the element of doubt in our student’s lives, and talk through some of the ways God can use us as adults to wield their doubts into a much stronger, more robust faith in Jesus Christ.

Disequilibration: Methods Behind the Madness of Engaging Middle School Students in the Bible. Speaker: Kable Cunningham

Disequilibra…What? Exactly. You may be feeling uncomfortable, insecure and fearful about the difficult task set before you. Your middle school students are probably experiencing all the same feels.  It’s a good thing God has already equipped you with His Word, the Holy Spirit and a calling to this important work.  With that secure foundation, come gather methods compiled from many who are forging through the madness.

Gospel Formation in an Instant Gratification Culture. Speaker: Kendal Conner

Every generation is formed by what informs it. While we labor to bring the gospel to bear in this student generation, we must acknowledge the other voices of formation in their lives. Based on time alone, the most consistent and continual source of formation for our students lives is not their family, or even us, but the technology they carry around in their pockets. On average, students spend four hours per week at church, while spending nine hours per day on their phone. When it comes down to time spent together, we are losing the formation battle in our students’ lives. We can no longer ignore the impact of technology on our students. Instead, we need to begin asking: what are the key ways technology is deforming our students and how does the gospel speak life and truth in those places? One such way is in the loss of waiting. Technology has trained our students to desire only that which instantly gratifies — instant answers to questions, instant help for needs, an instant platform for their thoughts, or instant friends in times of loneliness. In this workshop, we will discuss both the dangers of this cultural deformation and the practical ways for leaders to offer counter formation in the gospel.

Come and Worship! Speaker: Katie Polski

Psalm 98:4 says, “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!” There is a regular command throughout Scripture to worship our Creator, and this is not a command reserved for adults only, but it’s a rule given to all the earth – every age, every culture, every being – we are all called to sing praises to our God. Because God is worthy of our praise, we should teach our youth that worship is not only reserved for Sunday mornings but it’s an essential component to our spiritual growth that should incorporated into every aspect of life. This workshop will address the reasons why we should incorporate worship into our home life and youth groups, and we’ll talk about the practical ways as to how you can do this (whether you’re naturally musical or not!). Additional resources will be shared at this workshop as well.

In addition to a great line up of workshops, Rooted 2021 fosters community and fellowship among those ministering to teens. It is our hope that all attendees will leave feeling that they have learned a great deal, both from the talks, workshops and community.




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