Conference Components:

Rooted Ministry offers a unique, simple annual conference for both youth ministers and parents of teenagers. Rooted Ministry begins with the Gospel as the starting point and considers all matters in student ministry and youth culture from that axis. These conferences feature great preaching, engaging biblical teaching, practical workshops, sincere worship and the most intimate atmosphere you’ve ever encountered at a conference. Just the Gospel, relationships and conversations. 

Rooted Ministry organizes our annual conferences for parents and youth ministers to offer great teaching and an ideal venue for relationships and the interchange of ideas. The hope is that attendees will leave feeling that they learned a great deal, both from the program and from conversations.

Because the conference is taking place in our hometown, we do anticipate a sell-out, so we encourage you to register early.

Please note: Based on state and federal recommendations at that time, we will have safety protocols in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Plenary Speakers

Join us for plenary speakers including Dr. Russell Moore, Rebecca McLaughlin, Tish Harrison Warren, Owen Lee, Sedrick Moore, Cameron Cole, and Davis Lacey.


The workshop involves 30-45 minutes of instruction from the speaker as well as discussion time, for two different tracks: youth ministry and parenting. Workshop details can be found here.

Meals & Dinner Groups:

Each year, we offer several meals for our attendees to connect and fellowship with one another throughout the conference. One dinner and a boxed lunch are included in your registration fee.

One night attendees will have the option to attend a dinner group at a local restaurant. Youth ministry teams practicing in various contexts lead the dinner group and share how they do ministry in that context. Registration for dine-arounds will open on September 1.

Pre-Conference Options:

Join us for extra fellowship and teaching for specific groups of people, whether new to youth ministry, working in an Asian-American church, or those interested in becoming Rooted Writers.

New to Youth Ministry 

For the fourth year, we are offering a pre-conference specifically for those volunteers and leaders NEW to youth ministry. This pre-conference will be held on October 7 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and will include lunch and 4 talks from experts in the field of youth ministry aimed to educate, equip and encourage. The cost of this pre-conference is $35, and you can select it as an add on when you register.

Asian-American Church

For the fourth year, we are also offering a pre-conference specifically for volunteers and youth ministers in the Asian-American church. This pre-conference will be held on October 7 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and will include lunch. Join us for a one-of-a-kind conference experience designed to encourage us to press forward in gospel-centered youth ministry for the Asian-American church. The cost of this pre-conference is $35, and you can select it as an add on when you register.

Rooted Writers

This is intended for individuals who have previously written for the Rooted blog. We want to honor our writers and pour back into them by offering this free mini-conference on writing, led by Rooted editors Anna Meade Harris, Chelsea Erickson and Charlotte Getz. Attendees will submit an article ahead of time, and we will spend a portion of our time editing each other’s pieces. Anyone who has written for our blog — once, twice, yesterday, or eight years ago — is warmly invited to join us (at no cost) for this pre-conference. For more information or to register for this pre-conference, contact Anna Harris at [email protected].



We have reserved rooms at a few hotels within walking distance of the conference site. We recommend you make reservations early, as our blocks are limited. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Beth at [email protected]

Tutwiler Hotel- Hampton Inn and Suites

  • 2021 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • This hotel is located directly across the street from the conference site.
  • Discount: 24% off at the time of booking
  • To book using our group rate, please click here.

Sheraton Birmingham Hotel

  • 2101 Richard Arrington Junior Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • This hotel is 5 blocks away from the conference site.
  • Discount rate: $159/night (Double) $149/night (King)
  • To book using our group rate, please click here.

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We are Rooted Ministry

We are a non-profit group of practicing youth pastors from all over the U.S. who work to equip and empower churches and parents to faithfully disciple students to lifelong faith in Jesus Christ. Our vision is to transform youth ministry so that every student receives a grace-filled, gospel-centered, and Bible-saturated discipleship in the church and the home. 

We provide many types of resources to support churches and parents in this endeavor, including a blog, podcasts, conference, curriculum, training, local community connections for youth pastors, and resources

Rooted Ministry espouses a simple approach to youth ministry, based on our understanding of scripture and validated by research on effective models for cultivating sustainable faith in young people. Therefore, we emphasize the following foundations for youth ministry: 

  1. Gospel Centrality - faithfully proclaiming the good news of God's unconditional love for sinners through Christ.
  2. Theological depth through expository, biblical teaching - equipping students with a biblical worldview.
  3. Relational discipleship - pursuing all facets of ministry in the context of caring relationships with students.
  4. Partnership with parents - educating, equipping, and collaborating with parents in the discipleship of their kids.
  5. Intergenerational integration - including students among all the generations of the church.