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April 15 - 16, 2024

Orlando, FL

FBC Orlando

3000 S John Young Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32805

$15 per person registration fee

Artists & Speakers

Levi Lusko

Author, Speaker, Pastor Of Fresh Life Church

Rebekah Lyons

Author, Speaker, Podcast and Retreat Host

Derwin L. Gray

Lead Pastor of Transformation Church

Brent Crowe

Vice President of SLU

David Nasser

Pastor, Author, Speaker

Jeff Wallace, Ph.D.

Chief Strategic Officer of SLU

Megan Fate Marshman

Author & Speaker

Shane Pruitt

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

Luke Lezon

Author and Lead Pastor of Lifebridge Church

Dr. Jay Strack

President & Founder of SLU

Shama Mrema


Ben Trueblood

Director Of Student Ministry at Lifeway Christian Resources

Amanda Mejias

Lifeway Girls Brand Specialist

Ryan McDermott

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

Dr. Bill Brown

SLU 2024 Scholar in Residence

Nathan Schneider

Next Gen Ministry Leader in the Florida Baptist Convention

Brad Lomenick

Brad Lomenick

Leadership Consultant, Author and Speaker

Kurt Johnston

NextGen Pastor, Saddleback Church

Catherine Renfro

National Director of Women’s Evangelism at the North American Mission Board

Dr. Jonathan Denton

Assistant Professor of Christian Studies/Student Ministry at CSU

Quay Worship

Worship Leaders

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 Orlando, FL, as thousands of youth pastors from across the East Coast gather together for incredible worship, main stage sessions, topical sessions, and tons of free resources. It is our privilege to host YPS Orlando in partnership with Universal Orlando Resort and LifeWay Students.

April 15, 2024

  • 8:00 AM – Registration
  • 8:30 AM – Doors Open
  • 9:00 AM – Mainstage Session Block One
  • 12:00 PM – Chick-fil-A Lunch
  • 12:45 PM – Mainstage Session Block Two
  • 2:15 PM – Conference Dismissed
  • Free Time at Universal Studios (Tickets have already been assigned to first 1250 registered attendees, limited to 5 per group, and notifications will be sent via email March 18, 2024). For more information click here.

April 16, 2024

  • 8:00 AM – Youth Ministry Booster Coffee Fellowship for Early Risers
  • 8:15 AM – Registration/ Doors Open
  • 8:50  AM –  Mainstage Session Block Three
  • 10:25 AM – Lab Session A
  • 11:30 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!
  • 1:15 PM – Mainstage Session Block Four
  • 3:30 PM – Conference Dismissed



Contact Event Reps

Contact YPS

(407) 248-0300 ext.20

Hotel Info

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites

7000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

  • $125 +tax for standard 2 Queen Room
  • To book click the link here
  • Reservations must be made by March 24, 2024 or until sold out (whichever comes first). We recommend booking early.


Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort 

6550 Adventure Wy, Orlando, FL 32819

  • $165 +tax for standard 2 Queen Room
  • To book click the link here
  • Reservations must be made by March 24, 2024 or until sold out (whichever comes first). We recommend booking early.



Frequently Asked Questions

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

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.

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.

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).

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.

Do I have to register in advance for YPS Orlando?

We strongly recommend that you register the day this event opens as YPS Orlando has filled up within hours or days each year. After this event fills,  we do go to a waiting list, but it is rare that we are able to move many people off of the waiting list.  Therefore, we encourage you to consider another of our YPS events as the caliber of speakers are the same at all YPS events so you will get the same great training no matter what YPS you attend.

We also offer a  walk-up registration option for this event in case there are day of cancellations. These are handled onsite and the onsite registration fee is $20.  We only accept cash and exact change for Walk-up registrations.  There is no guarantee we will be able to accomodate walk-up registrations.

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 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.

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.

Are any meals provided at YPS Orlando?

Through the generosity of our event sponsors, lunch is being provided.

What about the Universal Pass at YPS Orlando?

We are so appreciative for our continued partnership with Universal Studios and Rock the Universe. Their annual donation of Universal Tickets (which isn’t always guaranteed) is one of the many things that makes YPS Orlando so special.  Our friends at Universal Studios and Rock the Universe are providing park tickets for April 15th for the first 1250 registered attendees for YPS Orlando.   Tickets are limited to 5 per church.   Meaning you can register more than five from your church to attend YPS Orlando (the conference is awesome in an of itself), but park tickets will only be assigned to five members of your group.

Ticket confirmation emails will be sent on March 18, 2024 with instructions on where to pick them up the afternoon of April 15th.   For attendees who do not register in time for a ticket or who are part of groups larger than five, but still want to go to the park, discounted tickets can be purchased here.



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