Youth ministry involves handling a variety of ministry issues. Studies show that kids who are exposed to Christianity have a much higher chance of encountering and engaging with the Gospel. In fact, this occurs even if their parents don’t take them to church. 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.

Here are ten youth ministry conferences (in date order):

#1 – RECHARGE Conference | January 9, 2021 | Online

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

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

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

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

#6 – Engage Youth Leaders Conference | March 22-24, 2021 | Canadensis, PA

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

#8 – YM360 Clear Conference | Multiple Dates & Locations

#9 – Youth Pastor Summit | Multiple Dates & Locations

#10 – Rooted Ministry |Multiple Locations


#1 – RECHARGE Conference

RECHARGE conference is a one-day, multicultural, multi-denominational conference created to inspire and equip church staff and their volunteers serving in Children’s & Youth ministry. It is a place to gather with others who have a passion to help kids and families love, follow, and serve Jesus Christ. Come and bring your team to a unique, inspirational training event right in your area.

Upcoming Conference Dates:

  • January 9, 2021 – Online
  • Price: $29

#2 –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. We offer training and education for the 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.

#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. We’ve designed corporate worship, breakout sessions, and networking 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 –IGNITE YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Ignite is a yearly multi-state Youth Conference for student leaders, volunteers, and youth workers. We designed Ignite 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

#5 –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.

#6 Engage Youth Leaders Conference

This vital conference for pastors and youth workers gets at the heart of how to engage the youth in your families, churches, and communities with their faith. Help youth grow in faith that’s honest, resilient, and strong, so they will become followers of Jesus for life.

Upcoming Conference Dates:

  • March 22-24, 2021 – Canadensis, PA
  • Price: Starts at $70 a person

#7 –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

#8 –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
  • September 15-16, 2022 – Birmingham, AL
  • November 3-4, 202022 – TBA
  • Price: $59

#9 – 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 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

#10 – ROOTED MINISTRY 

Rooted Ministry offers a unique, simple annual conference in the world of ministry to youth. We begin with the Gospel as the starting point and considers all matters in student ministry and youth culture from that axis. These youth ministry 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

Youth ministry conferences are a great opportunity to connect with other youth leaders and learn from conference speakers. Whether you attend in-person or online, the insights you’ll receive may spark new ideas and refresh your spirit as you dive into another year of ministry.

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