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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.

This year’s conference will be October 3-5 in Chicago, Illinois at Park Community Church. Register by clicking on the banner above.

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.

Pre-Conferences:

New to Youth Ministry:

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 3 from 1-3 p.m. and will include 4 talks from experts in the field of youth ministry aimed to educate, equip and encourage. You can select the pre-conference as an add on when  you register.

Asian American:

Doing gospel-centered youth ministry is challenging and deeply rewarding in any context, but the Asian-American church presents its own unique strengths and weaknesses.  How can Asian-American youth workers encourage one another and give each other strategies for their unique contexts?  How can we discuss the challenges of our Asian-American churches realistically, while not giving in to cynicism?  In what areas can our eyes be opened to the beauty of our congregations?  Guided by veteran youth pastors Dave Choi, Danny Kwon, Clark Fobes, and others, join us for a one-of-a-kind conference experience designed to encourage us to press forward in gospel-centered youth ministry for the Asian-American church.

Writers: 

This is intended for individuals who have previously written for the Rooted blog. We want to honor our writers and pour back into them by offering this free mini-conference on writing, led by Rooted editors Charlotte Getz and Anna Meade Harris. Attendees will submit an article ahead of time, and we will spend a portion of our time workshopping each other’s pieces. Anyone who has written for our blog — once, twice, yesterday, or eight years ago — is warmly invited to join us (at no cost) for this pre-conference. For more information or to register for this pre-conference, contact Charlotte Getz at charlotte@rootedministry.com.

Plenary Sessions

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

Workshops

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.

Our workshops features three different tracks: youth ministry, parenting and an Asian American track. The workshops with YM next to the title are designed for youth ministers and youth ministry volunteers. Those with PT next to the title are specifically designed for parents, and those with AA next to the title are specifically designed for those involved in ministry in Asian American contexts.

Meals and Dinner Groups

Each year, we offer several meals for our attendees to connect and fellowship with one another throughout the conference. One dinner and a boxed lunch are included in your registration fee.

One night attendees will 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.

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