Here are the seminars from last year to give you and idea of all that is offered. New seminar info coming soon!


We offer 60+ hours of practical youth ministry training in our five breakout blocks. Click on any of the broad topics below to see a list of some of the specific breakout sessions that we offered at Conclave last year! Don’t worry – we offer MP3 audio recordings onsite for any of the sessions that you are unable to make!

  • TITLE – Understanding & Reaching Gen Z
    Thursday, 3:15-4:30 p.m. in Room 18; Friday 4-5:15 p.m. in Room 11
    DESCRIPTION – The culture is rapidly changing before our eyes. Today’s teenagers are not living in the same world that existed ten years ago. The purpose of this session is to examine who this Generation Z is and discover evangelistic responses to how to reach them.
    TEACHERDavid Evans

    TITLE – Why Did They Stay? – Provoking Lifelong Faith in Teenagers
    Friday 4-5:15 p.m. in Room 17; Saturday 8:30-9:45 a.m. in Room 11
    DESCRIPTION – A national study of young adults who grew up in church and “stayed” instead of “strayed” produced some intriguing results and tangible advice that all youth workers must know.
    TEACHERDr. Steve Parr

    TITLE – Becoming Man: Understanding Gender Development in Males
    Friday 8:30-9:45 a.m. in Room 18-19
    DESCRIPTION – How is it that we identify ourselves as men? Are there really things that men are women are not? Should there be such distinctions in our progressive culture? Find the answers to these and other questions as we explore how men develop their gender identity. In a world of sexual fluidity and gender confusion, the Bible speaks clearly on God’s created intent for becoming men of God.
    TEACHER Ricky Chelette

    TITLE – Becoming Woman: Understanding Gender Development in Females
    Friday 2:30-3:45 p.m. in Room 18-19
    DESCRIPTION – What does it mean to be a Biblical woman? Does empowering women mean they can choose their gender? How do misplaced affection, hurts, and abuse impact a woman’s sense of self? Find the answers to these and other questions as we explore how women develop their gender identity. In a world of sexual fluidity and gender confusion, the Bible speaks clearly on God’s created intent for becoming women of God.
    TEACHERRicky Chelette

    TITLE – It’s Everywhere They Look and Go!
    Friday 8:30-9:45 a.m. in Room 15
    DESCRIPTION – There’s no doubt we live in a sexualized society. But taking a look at how pornography use increases with boredom, permissiveness of parents and society, the false sense of connection, and the answers to sexual confusion, will be more effective as we ask the question, “What does this mean?” and talk about the choices and what will happen instead of saying, “Don’t!”
    TEACHERTony Rankin

    TITLE – Reaching Students in Today’s Fast Changing Culture
    Saturday 8:30-9:45 a.m. in Room 8
    DESCRIPTION – This conference will give you understanding about the culture and students we are called to reach so we can more effectively impact them with the gospel.
    TEACHER – Jeff Lovingood

    TITLE – Wired: Technology & Youth Culture
    Saturday 8:30-9:45 a.m. in Room 17
    DESCRIPTION – In this breakout, we will explore how technology has impacted youth culture and how it can be used positively to engage students for Kingdom advancement.
    TEACHERS – Tim McKnight and Sam Totman 

  • TITLE – Discipleship that Transforms
    Thursday 3:15-4:30 p.m. in Room 10
    DESCRIPTION – Healthy student ministries see the lives of students transformed. This session will explore the people, process, and pathway for transformational discipleship in student ministry.
    TEACHERBen Trueblood

    TITLE – Mentoring Youth Ministers
    Saturday 8:30-9:45 a.m. in Room 9
    DESCRIPTION – Who are you pouring your experience into? How are you replicating yourself in the lives of the next generation of student pastors? Taking a Big Picture approach to ministry.
    TEACHERDave Paxton

    TITLE – Eliminating Biblical Illiteracy
    Friday 4-5:15 p.m. in Room 12
    DESCRIPTION – Research shows us that students are more Biblically illiterate than any of us would imagine. Even those who are regularly in our ministries often cannot clearly articulate the basic beliefs of their Christian faith. Join us as we unpack strategies for changing this dangerous trend!
    TEACHERDr. Jamie Dew

    TITLE – Immersing Teenagers in the Full Life of the Church
    Friday 8:30-9:45 a.m. in Room 12
    DESCRIPTION – Students who graduate from high school with little love for the Bride usually drift away from the Groom. This session will present practical ways to burst the teen bubble and give students rich relationships with all the generations of the congregation—and a sense of ownership and belonging in the full life of the church.
    TEACHERDr. Richard Ross

    TITLE – Breaking The Surface
    Saturday 8:30-9:45 a.m. in Room 2
    DESCRIPTION – It’s said that 90% of the mass of an iceberg is below the surface. What if I told you all across America 90% of students’ potential is being left below the surface, and it’s time we stopped settling for 10% success. During this session, we will seek to discover how we can ensure we provoke students to have deep faith, not just a superficial belief.
    TEACHERJohn Oliver

  • TITLE – State of the Heart Communicating
    Saturday 8:30-9:45 a.m. in Room 16
    DESCRIPTION – So much goes into planning your sermon. The text. The illustrations. Is it topical? Is it expository? Then there’s the most important part- the moment we call students to respond to what they have heard. In this session, Acton teaches how to communicate while intentionally pointing to a clear response.
    TEACHERActon Bowen

    TITLE – Reaching Students in Today’s Fast Changing Culture
    Thursday 3:15-4:30 p.m. in Room 17
    DESCRIPTION – This conference will give you understanding about the culture and students we are called to reach so we can more effectively impact them with the gospel.
    TEACHERJeff Lovingood

  • TITLE – Girl’s Ministry: An Epidemic of the Heart
    Friday 4-5:15 p.m. in Room 15; Saturday 8:30-9:45 a.m. in Room 10
    – What is this epidemic that has blinded us as leaders? And, as Buckwheat would say, has our girls “wookin pa nub inall da wong pwaces” instead of “girding herself with strength and making her arms strong”?
    TEACHER – Kendall Shirey

  • TITLE – Multi-Cultural Youth Ministry
    Friday 4-5:15 p.m. in Room 16
    DESCRIPTION – As the American cultural landscape becomes increasingly diverse, the church must become more effective at engaging ministry with a multi-cultural strategy. Join us as we dive into this important topic!
    TEACHERChip Luter & Kelly Knouse

    TITLE – High Risk, High Reward!
    Thursday 3:15-4:30 p.m. in Room 9
    DESCRIPTION – Building a fully committed student movement in a world where families and churches are risk-averse. Join us as we discuss strategies to partner with families and church leadership to accomplish highly challenging, highly rewarding student ministry.
    TEACHERGeorge Silar & Chad Stillwell

    TITLE – Saved by the Bell
    Friday 2:30-3:45 p.m. in Room 9; Friday 4-5:15 p.m. in Room 9
    DESCRIPTION – Come find out a radical question to ask that opens every school’s door in your area. Serve the school, save the school.
    TEACHERLee Clamp

  • TITLE – The Youth Minister’s Family
    Friday 4-5:15 p.m. in Room 18
    DESCRIPTION – Your family may be just you and your spouse or maybe you, your spouse and kids. Regardless, you want to have a family that loves Jesus, loves one another and loves the church. In this breakout we’ll talk about the different seasons of the youth pastor’s family life.
    TEACHERChris & Wendy Trent

    TITLE – Women in Ministry
    Thursday 3:15-4:30 p.m. in Room 2
    DESCRIPTION – For women, ministry can be a unique calling in today’s generation. Join us as we explore what it looks like for women to answer the call!
    TEACHERDr. Merrie Johnson

    TITLE – Wives who THRIVE in Ministry – Not Just Survive!
    Friday 2:30-3:45 p.m. in Room 2; Friday 4-5:15 p.m. in Room 2
    DESCRIPTION – Being wives in ministry has its own set of perks and challenges and no one gets us unless they walk in our shoes. Join other wives for a time focused just on us. Be encouraged and challenged to raise the bar on your expectations of what life in ministry is all about. You will leave refreshed and refilled through Biblical teaching, laughter and lots more!
    TEACHERRachel Lovingood

    TITLE – When Two Worlds Collide: Their Daddy One Day, Their Youth Minister The Next
    Friday 4-5:15 p.m. in Room 10
    DESCRIPTION – So you’ve spent your whole adult life ministering to everyone else’s teenager; now your little ones have finally grown up and are entering that magical world of student ministry. In a moment that teeters between awesomeness and anxiety, you begin to wonder how you will handle being both parent and youth minister. Randy Winton is a 21-year youth ministry veteran who has spent the last six sharing his ministry with three of his own sons. In this session, Randy will provide both practical and fun advice based on his own experience of how to handle that situation and make being in the youth ministry as great an experience for your own children as it is for everyone else who comes through your ministry. With his Top 10 list of ways to survive the unique phenomena that is parent/youth minister, you can not only survive but look back and recognize how awesome that opportunity truly was.
    TEACHERRandy Winton

    Friday 8:30-9:45 a.m. in Room 13
    DESCRIPTION -Two decades ago, a few instances of misbehavior by adults towards youth and children caused youth ministry to react by initiating screening processes of volunteers. A few years later, van rollover incidents caused us to consider vehicle safety. Now the culture is even scarier and the need for safety is even greater.  More than ever, those who shepherd youth ministry need to design protection of students into the standard operating procedure.  Come preview a new resource, PROTECT for youth ministers and youth volunteers. Let’s have a conversation about the design of risk management systems that safeguard students and student ministry.
    TEACHERAllen Jackson

    TITLE – Getting Down to Business
    Friday 2:30-3:45 p.m. in Room 11; Saturday 8:30-9:45 a.m. in Room 7
    DESCRIPTION – We’ll examine some key business tools and practices that will help you put time back into your schedule so that you may invest more into your students and volunteers.
    TEACHERBilly Lonsberry

    TITLE – Five Myths That Are Strangling Your Teaching…
    Friday 8:30-9:45 a.m in Room 14; Friday 4-5:15 p.m. in Room 14
    DESCRIPTION – Many committed Bible teachers have accepted some obsolete myths about teaching, and the students they are leading are paying the price. This session will focus on up-to-date approaches to leading Bible study that will engage your teens, strengthen memory retention, and help build relationships among the group as they study Scripture. Insights from the latest mind, brain, and education research will be included. The material will be presented in ways that you can use to train your leaders when you return home.
    TEACHERDr. Ken Coley

    TITLE – Designing Student Ministry to Literally Rewire the Brains of Teenage Believers
    Friday 2:30-3:45 p.m. in Room 12
    DESCRIPTION – Cutting-edge imaging devices only now are seeing what Scripture has taught for millennia. The mind quite literally can rewire the brain. This session will present current scientific discoveries and practical ways that discipleship, worship, and the spiritual disciplines can create a teenage brain consistent with the mind of Christ—for a lifetime.
    TEACHERDr. Richard Ross

    TITLE – Tough Questions 2.0
    Thursday 3:15-4:30 p.m. in Room 11; Friday 4-5:15 p.m. in Room 7
    DESCRIPTION – Got Questions? Learn how to better handle any question you encounter while working with students. Not only that, we will spend the last half of this seminar discussing and answering the questions you bring to the table!
    TEACHERJason Salyer

  • TITLE – The Elephant in the Room
    Friday 2:30-3:45 p.m. in Room 13
    DESCRIPTION -Pornography is anything that the eyes or mind receives, the heart processes, and the emotion interacts to express sexuality in any manner outside of God’s design for intimacy. It is easier to define pornography than to adequately address the destruction in our culture and more specifically in youth ministry. Two things are at issue: Porn consumed by youth and Porn consumed by youth ministers. Both are destroying ministries and lives.  Let’s have an honest dialog about this important issue.
    TEACHERAllen Jackson

    TITLE – Deacons, Duct Tape and Dimes
    Thursday 3:15-4:30 p.m. in Room 7; Friday 2:30-3:45 p.m. in Room 8
    DESCRIPTION – How to develop a spiritually maturing and growing youth ministry while dealing with small town challenges.
    TEACHERBilly Lane

    TITLE – Youth Ministry 101 – “Living the Dream”
    Thursday 3:15-4:30 p.m. in Room 16; Friday 2:30-3:45 p.m. in Room 7
    DESCRIPTION – Overview of medical release forms, operations manuals, parent packs, event notebooks, calendars and budgets. Minister to a million teens with no complaints from parents, the finance committee, or deacons!
    TEACHERBrad Averrette

    TITLE – 101 Things That Will Get You Fired
    Thursday 3:15-4:30 p.m. in Room 19
    DESCRIPTION – Things NOT to do in youth ministry. Compiled from  Student Pastors from large churches across the country representing years of experience. Learn what to do by looking at what NOT to do.
    TEACHERDave Paxton

    TITLE – Your First 2 Years in Youth Ministry
    Friday 12:30-1:45 p.m. in the main auditorium
    DESCRIPTION – The essential priorities that every youth minister must execute in their first two years at a church in order to develop an effective and sustainable student ministry.
    TEACHERDoug Fields

    TITLE – Transformational Teaching for ALL your Teens
    Friday 2:30-3:45 p.m. in Room 14
    DESCRIPTION – Every leader and teacher believes that there is diversity within his group, but most teachers’ style looks like they actually believe “One Size Fits All”. Don’t issue every group member an XL lesson plan! This seminar, which features frequent participation by attendees, will challenge you to reconsider how you can more effectively disciple each member of your youth group through differentiated approaches to teaching. Come learn how to vary your environment, content, instructional methods, and evaluation, so you can model great teaching when you return home.
    TEACHERDr. Ken Coley

    TITLE – Designing Your Youth Ministry
    Thursday 3:15-4:30 p.m. in Room 8; Friday 4-5:15 p.m. in Room 8
    DESCRIPTION – Pause for just a moment and take a fresh look at what you do in your ministry to youth…and why you do it.  We will explore together what it could look like to give intentional structure in leading and equipping youth, leaders, and parents – built around common needs/questions and then answers based on biblical responses.
    TEACHERLinc Taylor

    TITLE – Who and When Do I Call? Or Should I Deal With it Myself?
    Friday 2:30-3:45 p.m. in Room 15
    DESCRIPTION – No longer are student ministers dealing with sarcasm, attitudes, schedules, and drinking beer after the game- the critical issues are numerous and frightening.  Learn how to handle the 911’s of your group’s students, parents, and leaders.
    TEACHERTony Rankin

    TITLE – Parents: Let’s fight With Them, Not Against Them!
     Friday 2:30-3:45 p.m. in Room 10
    DESCRIPTION – No matter where you serve, the families in your church are busy.  How do you do meaningful parent ministry when schedules are so full? This session will focus on meeting parents where they are at and giving them valuable content without asking them for extra time at your church. Through the mediums social media, Sunday School, and friendships with other parents you can make Parent Ministry a priority without creating another event or program.
    TEACHERTyler Core

    TITLE – The Lone Ranger Ministry – Life as a Volunteer/Bivocational Minister
    Saturday 8:30-9:45 a.m. in Room 18
    DESCRIPTION – Ever feel like the Lone Ranger in your ministry?  Just you and your faithful sidekick.  Come and see that you are not alone in the battles and struggles that you face in ministry.
    TEACHERWilliam Hurst