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Rooted Ministry offers a unique, simple conference in the world of ministry to youth. Rooted Ministry begins with the Gospel as the starting point and considers all matters in youth ministry and youth culture from that axis. These youth ministry conferences feature great preaching, engaging biblical teaching, practical workshops, sincere worship and the most intimate atmosphere you’ve ever encountered at a conference. No dry ice. No laser light show. Just the Gospel, relationships and conversations.

This year’s conference will be hosted by La Jolla Presbyterian Church, two blocks from the beach and a few miles north of San Diego, California. Stay tuned for more information about accomodations.

Conference Components

Rooted Ministry organizes youth ministry conferences to offer great teaching and an ideal venue for relationships and the interchange of ideas. The hope is that attendees will leave feeling that they learned a great deal, both from the program and from conversations.


The keynote speaker delivers three content-filled talks, which last approximately forty minutes.

Shorter Plenary Talks

The plenary coffee talks involve a shorter talk lasting approximately twenty minutes. After the plenary speaker delivers the message, a Q&A forum will take place for ten minutes. After the forum, attendees will discuss the talk and topic around their tables.


This venue includes practical instruction on a topic within youth ministry and youth culture. The workshop involves content from the speaker as well interaction with the leader. For example, a teacher may offer 35-40 minutes of instruction on exegetical teaching to junior high students with questions along the way.

Conversation Groups

Conversation groups provide a place for personal conversation about the struggles of youth ministry. A leader will facilitate the conversation. In conversation groups, people may talk about dealing with burn out and exhaustion or about the difficulty of being new to youth ministry.

Micro-panels involve a focused panel discussion in a more intimate setting with more opportunity for audience interaction with the panelists.

Dinner Groups

One night participants have the option to attend a dinner group at a local restaurant. Youth ministry teams practicing in various contexts lead the dinner group and share how they do ministry in that context. Dinner groups are mainly just a time of fellowship, but they also contain a short presentation where a team discusses their approach, strategy and practice of ministry. For example, a dinner group may feature a church sharing about their work in a small, rural context.

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