Host & Address

Saddleback Church  - Lake Forest Campus
Refinery Building
1 Saddleback Parkway, Lake Forest, CA 92630

Student Leadership University has been privileged to host Youth Pastor Summit (YPS) for youth pastors and their teams for the past 23 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.

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. 


Event Schedule:

DAY ONE - March 30, 2020

  • 2:30 pm: Registration at Saddleback in the Refinery
  • 3:00 pm: Doors Open
  • 3:30 pm: Session One
  • 5:15 pm: Break for dinner on your own
  • 6:45 pm: Session Two
  • 8:45 pm: Conference Dismissed

DAY TWO - March 31, 2020

  • 8:30 am: Registration/Doors Open
  • 9:00 am: Session Three
  • 10:25 am: Lab Session A
  • 11:20 am: Lab Session B
  • 12:00 pm: Lunch (provided by event sponsors)
  • 12:40 pm: Session Four 
  • 3:00 pm: Conference Dismissed

Hotel Information

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lake Forest - Irvine East

  • 20768 Lake Forest Dr, Lake Forest, CA 92630
  • 949-900-1288
  • $125
  • March 16, 2020. Based on availability.

Hampton Inn Irvine East - Lake Forest

  • 27102 Towne Centre Drive Foothill Ranch, California 92610
  • 949-859-4000
  • $124
  • . Based on availability.

Contact an Event Representative

Kaitlyn Miller

Anna Walker


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. 

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 $10 and advanced registration closes the Friday before the event at 5 PM for our Spring events and the Wednesday before the event for our Fall 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.

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. 

NEW This Year:  We have opened a Group or Family Registration Option: This will allow you to register members of your team 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 members 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 to call us before registration or email us at so we can add them. Once we have added them, you can complete the registration process and pay for your group. 

Note: For YPS Orlando Only - Group registration is capped at 5 people per ministry.


Is the event really just $10?

Through the generosity of Lifeway Students and other sponsors, this event is being provided at just a $10 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 $10 administrative fee has been added to ensure we can effectively manage the continous 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).

Can I transfer my ticket to someone else?

New this year, 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 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.

Do you have special opportunities for Educators as part of YPS?

Yes! This year we are excited to offer an additional training called our Educator Track in conjunction with our Orlando, FL and Dallas, TX, Youth Pastor Summits that will focus specifically on cultivating a healthy student leadership culture on school campuses. Led by Emily Pigott who brings 20 years of experience as a Christian school administrator and educator, this training is crafted for Christian schools and is filled with practical applications that will equip educators to identify and develop student leaders. Attendees that participate in both YPS and this training will earn 1.5 CEU’s. This training will take place on the Tuesday morning of YPS during the breakout labs and lunch.   Because of our commitment to walk alongside Christian school educators, this training, which is typically valued at $150, is being offered this year for only an additional $10 administrative fee.


For Educators who attend our Youth Pastor Summits in Nashville, TN and Southern California, you can earn 1 CEU for attending YPS.  You just need to check-in with our staff onsite to let us know, and we can issue a certificate after YPS. 


Click here for more information. 

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.

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

No. On the day of the event, breakout labs will be on a first come, first serve basis.  Two weeks before the event, you will receive an event briefing via email with descriptions to better help you choose the breakouts that would be best for you and your team.

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 2020 information packet of levels and to apply online. 

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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