Youth ministry requires huge amounts of expertise in handling a variety of ministry issues. Studies show that kids who are exposed to Christianity even if their parents don’t take them to church have a much higher chance of encountering and engaging with the Gospel. We’ve compiled this list of youth ministry conferences to provide you with opportunities to learn and grow in your ministry craft. There are conferences all over the country to choose from.

We’ve compiled a list of eight youth ministry conferences (in date order):

#1 – National Conference on Youth Ministries | January 4-7, 2021 | Daytona Beach, FL

#2 – Cultivate – Center for Youth Ministry Training |January 22-24, 2020 | Nashville, TN

#3 – YM Conclave | January 23-25, 2020 | Chattanooga, TN

#4 –NW MinCon | March 20-21, 2020 | Bellevue, WA

#5 – Catholic Youth Ministry Convention | June 7-10, 2020 | Scottsdale, AZ

#6 – Rooted Ministry |October 8-10, 2020 | Birmingham, AL

#7 – Youth Pastor Summit | Multiple Dates & Locations

#8 – Ignite Youth Leadership Conference| Multiple Dates & Locations


#1 –National Conference on Youth Ministries

The National Conference on Youth Ministries exists to provide professional-level training for men and women serving within youth ministries across the nation. It was established to offer training and education for the growing and maturing efforts of the youth minister and lay youth workers.

Upcoming Conference Dates:

  • January 4-7, 2021 – Daytona Beach, FL
  • Price: $250

#2 – Cultivate – Center for Youth Ministry Training

Cultivate is different than any youth ministry conference you’ve attended, because it’s not a conference — it’s a conversation. Rather than telling you what you should think, Cultivate exists to create thoughtful conversations that help youth workers minister in today’s world.

Upcoming Conference Dates:

  • January 22-24, 2020 – Nashville, TN
  • Price: $159

#3 –YM Conclave

Youth Ministry Conclave is an annual leadership event in cooperation with eight state conventions. Each year we provide a training event for youth pastors, leaders, and volunteers. Corporate worship, breakout sessions, and networking are designed to equip and rejuvenate your youth ministry team.

Upcoming Conference Dates:

  • January 23-25, 2020 – Chattanooga, TN
  • Price: $159

#4 –NW MinCon

The Northwest Ministry Conference is committed to being a catalyst for encouraging and equipping pastors, leaders and volunteers to help EXTEND the Kingdom right here in the beautiful Pac Northwest. We want to offer great choices and exciting options that challenge and equip you for greater Kingdom impact. We bring in experts both local and from all across North America who inspire with tools and ideas to help church leaders and volunteers continue to be successful in the ministry where God has called you.

Upcoming Conference Dates:

  • March 20-21, 2020 – Bellevue, WA
  • Price: $105

#5 –Catholic Youth Ministry Convention

With over 30 years of experience, Life Teen’s Catholic Youth Ministry Training Convention has become one of America’s premier events for everyone involved in youth ministry. As a collaborative member of NFCYM, we believe in practical, comprehensive youth ministry training. The Convention features 50+ breakout sessions to help you cover all the bases of youth ministry. Whether it’s utilizing the latest technology at your parish, improving your small group skills, or making the most of your budget, breakout sessions are designed to help leaders grow.

Upcoming Conference Dates:

  • June 7-10, 2020 – Scottsdale, AZ
  • Price: $595

#6 – Rooted Ministry 

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.

Upcoming Conference Dates:

  • October 8-10, 2020 – Birmingham, AL
  • $150

#7 – Youth Pastor Summit

This is a two-day conference that includes speakers, labs, worship, lunch, and free resources for student ministries. Student Leadership University has been privileged to host Youth Pastor Summit (YPS) for youth pastors and their teams for the past 23 years.

Upcoming Conference Dates:

  • March 30-31, 2020 – Southern CA
  • April 6-7, 2020 – Dallas, TX
  • April 20-21, 2020 – Orlando, FL
  • April 27-28, 2020 – Nashville, TN
  • Price: $10

#8 –Ignite Youth Leadership Conference

Ignite is a yearly multi-state Youth Conference for student leaders, volunteers, and youth workers. Yes, Ignite was designed with the whole youth ministry in mind. Bring your students, your team, or just a couple volunteers. We want the conference to be tailored by you to fit your ministry needs.

Upcoming Conference Dates:

  • March 13-14, 2020 – DesMoines, IA
  • April 3-4, 2020 – Chicago, IL
  • Price: $39

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