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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 student ministry and youth culture from that axis. These conferences feature great preaching, engaging biblical teaching, practical workshops, sincere worship and the most intimate atmosphere you’ve ever encountered at a conference. Just the Gospel, relationships and conversations.

Rooted also will offer a “parent track” at this year’s conference. Rooted has always considered every parent a “student ministry leader.” They are spiritual leaders of their children in their homes. We know that in order to be successful in carrying out this mission, churches and parents must walk together in the discipleship of children.

The keynote and plenary sessions will remain the same, but, in addition to all of the workshops we have always offered, we will add more seminars that are geared toward parents.

This year’s conference will be October 4-6 in Nashville, Tennessee at Christ Presbyterian Church. Stay tuned for more information about registration.

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.


For the second year, we are offering a pre-conference specifically for those volunteers and leaders NEW to youth ministry. This pre-conference will be held on October 4 from 1-3 p.m. and will include 4 talks from experts in the field of youth ministry aimed to educate, equip and encourage. Stay tuned for more information.

Plenary Sessions

The plenary speakers deliver two content-filled talks which last 30-40 minutes.


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.

Youth Ministry Meals and Dinner Groups

This year, we will offer several meals for youth ministers to connect and fellowship with one another throughout the conference. These meals are for those who work or volunteer in youth ministry.

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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