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Student Leadership Conferences That Might Be Good for Your Core Students

 —  November 2, 2010 — 5 Comments

We’ve held a Purpose Driven Youth Ministry (PDYM) Student Leadership Conference here at Saddleback Church the past several years, and right now we’re taking a little break from it in the current season. I imagine it’ll come back again soon, details of it’s return will be here first, but what are other great options for your core students to get some training. Google is sending a lot of searchers to my site looking for the answer – so here are some thoughts on great student leadership events coming soon:

  • Student Leadership University (official website) – I’ve been to a couple of Jay Strack’s Student Leadership events with students and had a total blast. He has a unique and memorable teaching style and each event is set in a unique location. Lots of tracks available, including some advanced international stuff. Not something for a ton of students, if you’ve got some hungry kids looking for workshops, community and challenge, this might be some good stuff.
  • Converge 2011 (official website) – I’ve never been before, but love the lineup for this event in Indiana. I was privileged to record a “digital presentation” for the event. Sounds like a really great program they’ve got planned with some serious names teaching.
  • Dare 2 Share (official website) – I really like Greg Stier – he’s a one message kinda guy, but he’ll challenge your core students to reach out to their non-believing friends with the Gospel. High energy, conference-like event, with a ton of locations all over the US. Not something I would necessarily go to every year, but could be a solid challenge for your students.

What other great student-leadership/core-kid event, training or conference isn’t on my radar? Post it, promo it, plug it in the comments!


Josh Griffin


5 responses to Student Leadership Conferences That Might Be Good for Your Core Students

  1. Youth in Ministry (youthinministry.org) Student Leadership Conference is a great conference in East Tennessee. It is a week long conference in July each year. Students from all over the country come out and are challenged to take steps towards the call God has for each of them It is a very intensive week, but also very rewarding.

  2. West Coast anyone? Anything available west of Colorado?

  3. Tim Elmore started a group called Growing Leaders, which is pretty good, you can check them out here: http://www.growingleaders.com I am not sure about conferences, but good content, especially the new book Generation IY

  4. Thanks for the info! We have been looking for something to take the place of pdym student leadership conf… it was the BEST! Just what our leadership students needed and can’t find anything like it.

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