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 – YM360 Clear Conference | Multiple Dates & Locations

#3 – YM Conclave | January 21-23, 2021 | Chattanooga, TN

#4 –NW MinCon | March 20-21, 2021 | Bellevue, WA

#5 – Catholic Youth Ministry Convention | June 6-9, 2021 | Scottsdale, AZ

#6 – Rooted Ministry |Multiple Locations

#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
  • In-Person Conference with COVID-19 social distancing and safety modifications in place.

#2 –YM360 Clear Conference

An experience designed to improve your voice as a part of the art of preaching. CLEAR for ministry leaders seeking to sharpen their skills as clear Bible communicators. These short, intimate gatherings allow youth workers to collectively pour over God’s Word, highlight essential truths, and learn to communicate that truth in a clear, powerful way.

Upcoming Conference Dates:

  • September 23-24, 2021 – Memphis, TN
  • November 4-5, 2021 – Charlotte, NC
  • Price: $59

#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 21-23, 2021 – Chattanooga, TN
  • Price: $159
  • In-Person Conference with COVID-19 social distancing and safety modifications in place.

#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, 2021
  • Price: $105
  • The conference will be held online and on the NWMINCON APP.

#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 6-9, 2021 – 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:

  • Nationwide Micro Conferences are available. 
  • $50

#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:

  • October 29, 3030 – Online
  • March 29-30, 2021 – Southern CA
  • April 12-13, 2021 – Dallas, TX
  • April 19-20, 2021 – Orlando, FL
  • April 26-27, 2021 – 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 of volunteers. We want the conference to be tailored by you to fit your ministry needs.

Upcoming Conference Dates:

  • March 12-13, 2021 – DesMoines, IA
  • April 9-10, 2021 – Oswego, IL
  • Price: $39

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