Rooted Ministry offers a unique, simple annual 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 we will be celebrating our 10th anniversary in Birmingham, Alabama on October 8-10 at the Cathedral Church of the Advent (2017 6th Avenue North). We have a great line-up of speakers and workshops. Registration will open for past conference attendees on January 1, and to all others on January 15. Because it is in our hometown, we do anticipate a sell-out, so we encourage you to register early.

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 8 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and will include lunch and 4 talks from experts in the field of youth ministry aimed to educate, equip and encourage. The cost of this pre-conference is $35, and you can select it as an add on when  you register.

Asian American:

For a second year, we are offering a pre-conference specifically for volunteers and youth ministers in the Asian-American church. This pre-conference will be held on October 8 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and will include lunch. Guided by veteran youth pastors 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. The cost of this pre-conference is $35, and you can select it as an add on when  you register.


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 editing 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 35-40 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 two different tracks: youth ministry and parenting. 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. Some are applicable to both.

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. Registration for dine-arounds will open on June 1.


We aim to keep the registration prices for our annual conference as affordable as possible. Conference registration costs $150 (before 6/1), $175 (before 9/1) and $200 up until the conference date or we reach capacity. If you register a guest or group, there is a group code on the registration page for a small discount.

If you plan to bring a group larger than 10, please contact Mary Beth Johnston ([email protected]) for group  pricing.



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