About the Conference

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.

As we experience the pains of a perishing, defiled, and failing world, our hope can feel distant or idle. Yet, in Christ, we are born again to a hope that is both living and active. We no longer have to count our trials as foes, but can rejoice in a hope which does not put us to shame, knowing it is offering us a gift more precious than gold — a tried and true faith. As we survey 1 Peter together, our prayer is that we would have renewed eyes to see that which is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for us by our living hope!

Conference Location: Redeemer Kansas City – Midtown, Kansas City, MO


Plenary Speakers

Join us for plenary speakers including Jared Wilson, Dr. Anthony Bradley, Dr. Michelle Reyes, Cameron Cole, Kendal Conner, and Clark Fobes.

Workshops

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.


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 first time, we are offering a New to Youth Ministry Lunch in place of the New to Youth Ministry Pre-conference!

    This lunch will take place on Thursday at 1:00 PM, just before the start of the conference and it’ll be located on-site. We invite all first or second year youth pastors and volunteers to join us and our Rooted Mentors as we break bread together and dialogue about the joys and challenges that new youth pastors face as they navigate preaching the good news of Jesus in ever-changing cultural situations.

    Lunch will be provided; all you need to do is sign up here.

  • Asian-American Church

    Join us for extra fellowship and teaching for people specifically working in an Asian-American context.

    For the fifth year, we are offering a pre-conference specifically for volunteers and youth ministers in the Asian-American church. This pre-conference will be led by Dr. Michelle Reyes, Clark Fobes and Kevin Yi and held on October 6 from 12pm – 3pm. Lunch will be included. 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.

    If you forgot to register for the pre-conference during regular conference registration, please do so through this checkout page.


Accommodations

Rooted has partnered with a number of hotels near the conference site in order to provide our registrants the best discounts available. See below to view all of our discounted room blocks, distances from the hotel properties to the venue, amenities, special offers, and more.

  • Book your hotel rooms soon! Our room blocks often fill up quickly.

    Embassy Suites by Hilton Kansas City Plaza

    • Distance: 0.6 miles
    • Location: 220 W 43rd St, Kansas City, MO 64111
    • Rate/Night: $139/night (king bed only)
    • Book your room here

    Fairfield Inn Kansas City Downtown/Union Hill

    • Distance: 1.2 miles
    • Location:3001 Main Street Kansas City, Missouri 64108
    • Rate/Night: $149/night
    • Book your room here

    AC Hotel by Marriott Kansas City Plaza

    • Distance: 0.5 miles
    • Location: 560 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111
    • Rate/Night: $169/night (two queen beds)
    • Book your room here

    Airbnb: There are also several Airbnbs available near the conference site (3921 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City, MO 64111)