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April 8 - 9, 2024

Dallas, TX


6801 W. Park Blvd. Plano, TX 75093

$15 per person registration fee

Artists & Speakers

Derwin L. Gray

Lead Pastor of Transformation Church

Brent Crowe

Vice President of SLU

Megan Fate Marshman

Author & Speaker

DA Horton

Speaker and Author

David Nasser

Pastor, Author, Speaker

Amanda Mejias

Lifeway Girls Brand Specialist

Dr. Sean McDowell

Worldview Expert

Jeff Wallace, Ph.D.

Chief Strategic Officer of SLU

Shama Mrema


Brad Lomenick

Brad Lomenick

Leadership Consultant, Author and Speaker

Zac Workun

Student Ministry Specialist, Lifeway Students

Dr. Bill Brown

SLU 2024 Scholar in Residence

Ryan McDermott

Teaching Pastor & Executive Director of Family Ministry at Christ Fellowship Church

Dr. Jay Strack

President & Founder of SLU

Matt Carter

Vice President of Mobilization, Send Network

Dr. Jonathan Denton

Assistant Professor of Christian Studies/Student Ministry at CSU

Judd Harris

Worship Leader

Edouard Ndecky

Samaritan's Purse Ambassador

Over the past 24 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 8, 2024

  • 11 AM to 2 PM – New 2 Ministry Pre-Conference
    • 50 Spots Available, Lunch and resources provided. Register for this as part of your YPS Registration.
  • 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 9, 2024

  • 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
    • Special Educator Lunch & Learn. All are welcome but click here to pre-register to enter to win SLU Giveaway!
  • 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 North Tollway

3101 Dallas Parkway, Plano, Tx 75093
  • Rates are as follows:
    • Sunday April 07 – $199.00
    • Monday April 08 – $129.00
    • Tuesday April 09 – $99.00.
  • To book click the link here
  • Reservations must be made by March 15, 2024 or until sold out (whichever comes first). We recommend booking early.



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.

You can sign up for this as part of your regular YPS registration.   Space is limited to 50 people.

What is the Educator Lunch & Learn on Tuesday at YPS Dallas?

SLU All Access Lunch & Learn on Tuesday for Educators: Student Leadership University’s mission is to partner with local churches, schools, and organizations to aid in the development and equipping of a generation of student leaders to think, dream, and lead. We are excited to welcome you to YPS. As part of our dedication to supporting Christian school educators, we invite you to join us for lunch, fellowship, and a discussion on the theme of “Being Intentional to Develop Godly Leaders.” This gathering will also give you the chance to meet Dr. Dana Dionne, SLU’s Chief Programs Officer, who will facilitate the discussion. Additionally, we will share information on how you can earn CEUs by attending YPS!  Grab your Chick-fil-A and meet us at the SLU table. Click here to let us know you are coming. Anyone who pre-registers is entered to win a SLU Giveaway!

Where can I hear the SLU Scholar in Residence at YPS?

SLU’s Scholar in Residence, Dr. Bill Brown, will speak during the mainstage from YPS as well as answer questions you have submitted (both through registration as well as texted in during the event) in an exclusive breakout session crafted uniquely for YPS attendees in attendance.

Vision for Scholar in Residence Program: It is SLU’s desire to give you, our audience of student ministry practitioners and educators, space to wrestle with worldview type questions that relate to the fast-changing landscape of your student ministries and communities.  The vision for this space is that the discussions are crafted and cultivated under the wisdom and guidance of a thought leader. We can think of no better voice to launch this initiative and shepherd these discussions in their inaugural year than Dr. Bill Brown.

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).

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 9, 2024.

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 21, 2024.  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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