You know first-hand that serving and loving the youth is both a challenging and highly rewarding commitment! Whether youth ministry is a life-long calling or you're just trying to be faithful for this season of life, most of the time, you're probably doing it alone...or it often feels that way. Either way, you could always use more help and support!

You are not alone! During the first seminar time at the conference, all youth pastors, teachers and helpers will gather for our own time together to pray and discuss how we might come alongside our students after the conference. We're in this together!

“The best parts of the conference was seeing God working through ARISE, reaching out to kids with love and being challenged by others’ passion for ministry.”

- Danny, youth group teacher

“God is always here, and through the hardships, confusion, trials, it’s so worth it to be serving Jesus and the youth, for I am blessed a thousand times more. … I was encouraged by my fellow brothers and sisters serving the youth. I was transformed again and filled with the joy and love of Jesus. Thank you, ARISE, for providing a means for my church to celebrate God’s love and to hear a pastor that the kids can listen to face to face … sermons just for them.”

– Eddie, a volunteer youth leader from a church without a youth pastor

Group Discussion & Lunch

As youth leaders, you will facilitate a group discussion with your students at the lunch break on Saturday with questions that will be provided. We hope this intentional time will help you and your students together process what God is doing in their hearts and minds. It is recommended that you and your students bring bagged lunches or be prepared to go out to get lunch nearby together.  (Here is a listing of local lunch options.)  If students are attending alone without a leader, they need to choose that option on the registration form and bring some money (less than $10) to eat in the dining hall onsite and join a group led by an ARISE staff person.

“I liked having to talk with my jundo and learning how to apply the lessons to our youth group.”
“I got to share my feelings with my youth group and we got to EAT! =) ”
“Group discussions during lunch helped kids to speak freely.”