The Grow Your Youth Ministry Online Conference is a free event for youth pastors, youth workers, and youth ministry volunteers. Spend two days learning from experienced leaders, thinkers, and innovators who’ll help you grow your youth ministry in health and effectiveness.
Learn how to grow your STUDENTS, VOLUNTEERS, PARENTS, and YOU in 2018!
What Every Teenager Needs from the Local Church | Propaganda
In some ways, teenagers today are just like teenagers throughout all of history. But in other ways, pastoring teenagers today, in your specific time and place, is absolutely unique. In this session, Propaganda (musician, poet, activist, and co-host of The Red Couch Podcast) will offer his unique perspective on what it takes to reach young people with the Gospel and connect them with a local church – today and always.
3 Facts About the Teenage Brain Every Adult Needs to Understand | Mark Oestreicher
Scientists understand more than ever before about the teenage brain, but most youth workers don’t have a ton of spare time to study cognitive psychology. In this session Marko (youth worker, author, and co-founder of The Youth Cartel) will walk us through three new break-throughs in understanding the teenage brain and how those developments should shape our ministries.
How to Discipline a Teenager | Sandra Stanley
As a youth worker, disciplining a teenager can be complicated. How do you discipline them and preserve your relationship? How do you address behavioral issues at church? What about at home? When (and how) do you get a parent involved? In this session, we’ll be joined by Sandra Stanley, author of the new devotional Breathing Room. Sandra has parented teenagers of her own, led teenagers in the local church, and cared for both youth workers and parents as well.
The Art of Good Conversation | Yulee Lee
Every week, you probably spend a lot of time in conversations. But whether you’re talking with students, volunteers, parents, or co-workers, let’s be honest – we all know what it’s like to get stuck in a bad conversation. In this session, Yulee Lee (children’s and youth pastor, educator, and doctoral candidate) will challenge you to think differently about your conversations, become a more active listener, and learn to engage in true dialogue.
Cultivating a Culture of Student Leadership | Jeff Wallace
We all understand the power of students serving and leading in our ministries, but it’s not exactly easy to figure out how to raise up teenagers and empower them to lead. In this session, Jeff Wallace (executive director of The Lift Tour and Youth Pastor Summit for Student Leadership University) will walk you through a realistic vision for teenagers leading in your ministry and give you practical steps to get there.
5 Ways to Grow as a Leader | Tyler Reagin
When it comes to the health and growth of our ministries, we are sometimes our own biggest barrier. In this session, Tyler Reagin (president of Catalyst and a former youth pastor) will help you think more strategically about your development as a leader by looking inward before we look outward. Because if you want to see your ministry grow in health and effectiveness, you need to consider your own health and effectiveness too.
5 Tips for When Leading Volunteers Gets Difficult | April Diaz
We couldn’t do youth ministry without our volunteers, but sometimes leading volunteers gets difficult. In this session, April Diaz (author, youth worker, and certified coach) will help you navigate and better prepare for those challenging, but inevitable, moments of conflict and misunderstanding with your volunteers.
10-ish Ways to Get More Students at Your Next Event | Frank Gil
After all the time, energy, and resources you spend planning incredible events, wouldn’t it be awesome if those events could reach even a few more students than you’re already reaching? In this session, Frank Gil (youth pastor and host of the podcast Fifteen Minutes with Frank) shares a ton of ideas, tips, and strategies for getting more teenagers through the doors for your next event.
How to Partner with Any Parent | Jeremy Lee
You probably believe in the power of partnering with parents, but figuring out how to do that is tricky – especially with parents who aren’t exactly engaged in their kid’s faith journey. In this session, Jeremy Lee (youth worker and founder of MinistryToParents.com) helps us understand the three different kinds of parents in our ministries and how we can partner with each of them more effectively.
How Not to Preach to Teenagers | Karl Romeus
If you’ve ever preached to students before, you know that trying to engage a room of teenagers can be difficult. In this session,  Karl Romeus (a youth pastor and co-leader of the Thrive Unleash Conference) will share some practical strategies you can use this week and help you avoid a few common mistakes when it comes to preaching to teenagers.
5 Email Sequences to Help You Scale Relationships | Kenny Jahng
Digital marketers know something youth workers could learn from: technology is a tool that can be used to scale relationships. In this session, Kenny Jahng (digital strategist, church consultant, and founder of Big Click Syndicate) will teach you the basics of email sequences and share five specific sequences you can use to build relationships with students, parents, and volunteers.

A free online conference to help you grow your students, your volunteers, your parents, and you as a leader.

The Grow Your Youth Ministry Online Conference is a free event for youth pastors, youth workers, and youth ministry volunteers. Spend two days learning from experienced leaders, thinkers, and innovators who’ll help you grow your youth ministry in health and effectiveness. Learn to…

Engage and pastor STUDENTS more strategically.
Better lead, train, and empower your VOLUNTEERS.
Engage and partner with PARENTS in new ways.
Become a healthier YOU and a more influential leader.

Imagine that 2018 was the year your ministry grew like never before.

What if you saw…

your students grow spiritually and numerically?
your volunteer team grow in dedication and effectiveness?
your parents grow in their support and engagement of your ministry?

And what if you grew in your own leadership abilities too?

Join us at the Grow Your Youth Ministry Online Conference and start the new year with a renewed commitment to the health of your youth ministry. Because healthy things grow.

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