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 (1001 N. Crosby Street). We have a great line-up of speakers and workshops. To register, click 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.


New to Youth Ministry:

For the third 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. The cost is $35. If you want to add this on to an existing conference registration, email [email protected].

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 Danny Kwon, Clark Fobes, and Kevin Yi, 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.

You can select the Asian-American pre-conference as an add on when  you register. The cost is $35. If you want to add this on to an existing conference registration, email [email protected].


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 [email protected].

Plenary Sessions

The plenary speakers deliver 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.

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.


We aim to keep the registration prices for our annual conference as affordable as we are able. We have a few registration categories. The rate we offer for parents and full-time youth pastors is $200 (thru 9/1) and $225 (after 9/1). If you are not paid by the church, you qualify for the full-time student/volunteer rate of $100 (thru 9/1) and $125 (after 9/1).

If you are unable to attend the entire conference, we have a partial registration for youth pastors and parents for $100. A partial registration gives you access to two plenary sessions and two workshops of your choice.

Lastly, if you plan on bringing a group from your church community, we have a group registration. You pay $225 for the first registrant, and then you register all additional attendees in your group at the volunteer rate.


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