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April 3 - 4, 2023

Dallas, TX

Prestonwood Church - Plano Campus

6801 W. Park Blvd., Plano, Texas 75093

$15 per person registration fee

Artists & Speakers

Eugene Cho

President of Bread for the World/Visionary of One Day's Wages

Jeff Wallace, Ph.D.

Chief Strategic Officer of SLU

Bethany Barr Phillips

Worship Leader


Communicator & Hip Hop Artist

David Nasser

Pastor, Author, Speaker

Ben Trueblood

Director Of Student Ministry at Lifeway Christian Resources

Ameen Hudson

Shane Pruitt

National Next Gen Director for the North American Mission Board (NAMB)

Dr. Jay Strack

President & Founder of SLU

Ryan McDermott

Director of Students & Young Adults at Christ Fellowship Church

Jared Hall

Illusionist, Comedian and Communicator

Amanda Mejias

Lifeway Girls Brand Specialist

Kurt Johnston

NextGen Pastor, Saddleback Church

Walter Brigman

Director of the Strack Center and Denomination Relations, Charleston Southern University

Over the past 23 years, Student Leadership University has been privileged to host Youth Pastor Summit (YPS) for next gen pastors, youth pastors, educators, and their teams. Youth Pastor Summit, valued at $300, is provided as a gift to youth pastors, youth workers, youth volunteers, and educators to say thank you for investing in the lives of the next generation. Youth Pastor Summit is conference designed to encourage and equip every leader. This conference includes plenary sessions, labs, worship, lunch, fun activities, and free resources for student ministries.

Youth Pastor Summit is conference designed to motivate, inspire, and equip every leader who invest in the lives of the next generation. YPS is a unique experience where there is an intentionality towards creating and cultivating an environment that fosters collaboration, community, and soul-care. YPS is a great opportunity for leaders to be refueled, recharged, and refreshed!

Join us in Dallas, TX, as hundreds of youth pastors from across the Midwest gather together for incredible worship, main stage sessions, topical sessions, and tons of free resources. It is our privilege to host YPS Dallas in partnership with Lifeway Students.

April 3, 2023

  • 11 AM to 2 PM – New 2 Ministry Pre-Conference
    • 50 Spots Available, Lunch and resources provided. Click here to register.
  • 2:15 PM – Registration
  • 2:30 PM – Doors Open
  • 3:00 PM – Mainstage Session Block One
  • 5:30 PM – Dinner break on your own
  • 6:45 PM – Mainstage Session Block Two
  • 9:00 PM – Conference Dismissed

April 4, 2023

  • 8:00 AM – Youth Ministry Booster Coffee Fellowship for Early Risers
  • 8:30 AM – Registration/ Doors Open
  • 9:00 AM –  Mainstage Session Block Three
  • 10:40 AM – Lab Session A
  • 11:40 AM – Lab Session B
  • 12:30 PM – Lunch provided by event sponsors
  • 1:30 PM – Mainstage Session Block Four
  • 3:30 PM – Conference Dismissed



Contact Event Reps

Contact YPS

(407) 248-0300 ext.20

Hotel Info

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dallas-North Tollway (N Plano), an IHG Hotel

Rate: $84/night plus tax for double rooms; Complimentary hot breakfast is included

Cutoff Date: March 12, 2023

Booking Method: Call (972) 403 1112 to book and mention Student Leadership University/YPS to get the group rate or click the hotel link above.



Frequently Asked Questions

What is the New 2 Ministry Pre-Conference Gathering at YPS?

New 2 Ministry Pre-Conference For Youth Pastor Summit 

Get what you need before the conference even starts! A 3-hour lunch and learn for those who are New2Ministry (2ish years or so). A roundtable session that is wildly practical, conversational, pro-active, and specifically tuned to set up you, a new-ish youth ministry leader with an action plan for how to better build a healthy ministry. Our friends at Lifeway Students want to connect and equip you with the strategy and stuff you need to lead well now.

Click here to register.   Space is limited to 50 people.

Who should attend YPS?

The Youth Pastor Summit is geared towards all Youth Pastors and Key Youth Leaders (staff or volunteers) and Christian school educators. All attendees must be 18 years or older. 

Is the event really just $15?

Through the generosity of Lifeway Students and other sponsors, this event is being provided at just a $15 admin fee to all attendees who register in advance, $20 at the door (if the event still has space).  Lunch is provided, but you are on your own the rest of your meals as well as lodging if needed.

Please note that the $15 administrative fee has been added to ensure we can effectively manage the continuous growth of YPS. Youth Pastor Summit is still a gift from us to you; however, this administration fee will allow us to continue serving you with excellence as we manage a larger number of registrations.

Also, note that the administrative registration fee for YPS is non-refundable and is due at the time of registration to secure your spot for the event.  We are unable to refund this administrative fee if you are unable to attend this event (regardless of the reason for cancellation). If circumstances regionally or globally necessitate a transition to a virtual format, all registrations will be transferred to the virtual event. 

Do I have to register in advance for this event?

We strongly recommend that you register early for YPS as some events do fill up within hours or days.   Yet, we will keep registration open until we are full.   And if there is space available, we do allow walk-ups.   The registration fee for advanced registration is $15 and advanced registration closes the Friday before the event at 5 PM for our Spring events.   Walk-up registrations are handled onsite and the onsite registration fee is $20.  We only accept cash and exact change for Walk-up registrations.

How can I register for YPS?

Scroll up to the top of the page and click the “Register Now” button once registration opens on January 10, 2023.

There are two options for registration:

Individual Registration: Individual registration is for single attendees, who will need to sign up through his or her own registration account as the system will not allow duplicate email addresses.

Group Registration Option: This will allow you to register members of your team and/or family under one account and pay at one time. All members must have a unique email address. You will need to know each team member’s email address and date of birth (must be 18 at the time of registration) to register them. If a member of your group already has an SLU account with their email address but is currently not a member of your group account online, you will need email us at [email protected] so we can add them.

Can I register my whole group under one account?

This event does allow you to register as a group.   Accounts should be set up under your ministry’s primary contact and from there you can add your entire team.

Can my organization be an Exhibitor at YPS?

Yes! We have several opportunities for you to partner with us.   Click here to learn more and click here to apply.  All applications must be received by February 17, 2023.  Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Can my spouse attend?

Of course! We love when couples do ministry together. Make sure you register them so they are guaranteed a spot. Each attendee of YPS must be registered for the event and each attendee must register with their unique email address.

What meals are provided?

Through the generosity of our Event Sponsors, lunch is being provided on the second day.

I have a small child, can they attend with me?

We think families are great, and time together is important.  Yet, this event is only for those who are 18 and older and who have graduated high school. We want everyone to have the best experience possible at this event, so please make arrangements to leave your children at home or arrange childcare for outside of the conference.

Can I transfer my ticket to someone else?

If you are registered as a group, we will do a one-time transfer of any of your participants, without penalty. Transfers are not available on individual registrations. This one-time transfer must occur a minimum of ten business days before the event. To make a transfer on your account, email us at [email protected] from your group leader’s email indicating the individual(s) you are canceling and the name, email, and DOB of the new registration(s). We will only make a transfer(s) on each group registration one time, and once you have made a transfer, your group is then finalized.

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