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Student Leadership University has been privileged to host Youth Pastor Summit (YPS) for youth pastors and their teams for the past 21 years. Youth Pastor Summit, valued at $300, is provided as a gift to youth pastors, youth workers, youth volunteers, and educators as an encouragement and investment in those who are making a lasting impact in the lives of students. This is a two-day conference that includes speakers, labs, worship, lunch, and free resources for student ministries.

Join us in Southern California as hundreds of youth pastors from across the West Coast gather together for this two-day event which will include incredible worship, main stage sessions, and tons of free resources. It is our privilege to host YPS Southern California in partnership with Lifeway Students so that there is absolutely no cost for you to attend.



April 16, 2018

  • 2:30 pm: Registration at Saddleback in the Refinery
  • 3:00 pm: Doors Open
  • 3:30 pm: Welcome
  • 3:45 pm: Session One
  • 5:00 pm: Break for dinner on your own
  • 7:00 pm: Welcome Back
  • 7:15 pm: Session Two
  • 8:40 pm: Conference Dismissed

April 17, 2018

  • 8:30 am: Registration/Doors Open
  • 9:00 am: Welcome
  • 9:10 pm: Session Three
  • 10:20 am: Lab Session A
  • 11:15 am: Lab Session B
  • 12:00 pm: Lunch (provided by event sponsors)
  • 12:45 pm: Session Four and Five
  • 3:00 pm: Conference Dismissed


Is the conference really free?

Through the generosity of Lifeway Students and other sponsors, this conference is being provided at no charge to all attendees. Lunch is provided, but you are on your own the rest of your meals as well as lodging, if needed.

What meals are provided?

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

Can my organization be an exhibitor at this event?

If you would like more information on how your organization can become an exhibitor at YPS, click here to download the 2017 information packet and levels and click here to apply online. 

Can my spouse attend?

Of course!  We love it when families do ministry together.   Just make sure you register them under their seperate account so they are guaranteed a spot.  We no longer have family registration available so each attendee must have their own account.


Do I need to sign up for breakout labs in advance?

No. Breakout labs will be first come, first serve the day of the event.   You will get an event briefing two weeks before the event via email with descriptions to better help you choose the breakouts that would be best for you and your team.

How do I register?

Individual Registration: YPS is individual registration so each attendee needs to sign up through their own registration account as the system will not allow duplicate email addresses. 

Group or Family  Regisration: We do not have a group or family registraiton for YPS. You are not able to sign up your groups through one account.   Everyone must have their own account with a 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 highschool. We want everyone to have the best experience possible at this event, so please make arrangements to leave your children at home or to arrange childcare for outside of the cconference..

Who should attend YPS?

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

Will the sessions be recorded, and if so, where can I purchase them?

We will make every effort to offer this option at the conference, but this depends on speaker agreements for the year.  More information will be posted closer to the event time.  

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