2022 Youth Ministry Training Event

2022 Youth Ministry Training Event

Youth Ministry Training Event is designed for anyone working in youth ministry, no matter what the capacity. Expect to find inspiration, practical training, and helpful hints on how to be effective in youth ministry.

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Registration will go live at 12am January 1st.

Date: August 4-5, 2022

  • Speakers:
    • Jonathan McDonald
    • Derek Borders
    • Tyler Sullivan
    • Daniel Bernard
    • Garrett and Allison Robertson
    • Aaron Soto
  • Music Coordinator:
    • Jeremy Guzman
  • Youth Ministry “How-To” Workshops 
    • Bible Quizzing
    • Campus Ministry International
    • Project 7 Bible Clubs
    • Apostolic Youth Corps
    • Starting a Hyphen Young Adult Ministry
    • Resources, Promotions, & Social Media
    • Worship and Youth Ministry
    • Mental Health and Youth Ministry
  • Emcees:
    • Jason Huckaby and Jerry West

Lab Session Descriptions

Lab Sessions # 1

Aaron Soto | Real Talk: Serious Relationships

When is it appropriate for a Hyphen apostolic to get into a serious dating relationship, and what should that relationship look like? Pastor Aaron Soto will address the need to prepare our Hyphen community for serious relationships.

Garrett and Allison Robertson | Ministering to Trauma

Do you feel unprepared for dealing with students who have experienced trauma in their lives? Building a thriving student ministry means students with traumatic experiences will walk through your door. This session will equip you to effectively recognize and help these students and deal with the outcomes of their experiences.

Jonathan McDonald | Overcoming Self-Doubt

At some time or other, everyone must face self-doubt in their ministry experience. In this session with Pastor Jonathan McDonald, you will be taught practical and straightforward methods for defeating the doubt factor and unlocking the fullness of your youth ministry calling.

Lab Sessions # 2

Derek Borders | I said, “Yes!” Now, what do I do?

We’ve all experienced that moment of hesitation when the pastor asks us to step into a youth ministry role that we had never considered before. How can we be effective in youth ministry even though we might not have had that “burning bush” moment with God? In this session, learn what actual service is and learn to embrace where God has placed you in this season.

Daniel Bernard | Vision Casting in Youth Ministry

How do you cast a vision for your youth ministry that aligns with your church vision, is attainable, and relevant to students? In this session, join Daniel Bernard as he talks about vision casting principles that led to an increase of student volunteers, higher consistent attendance, the doubling of their MTM offering, and more students being born again.

Travis Worthington | What Hyphens Need to Hear

Hyphens are the church of today that, when effectively mobilized and empowered, can be catalysts for growth and revival! This session features principles and methods for unlocking the potential of Hyphens in the local church. National Hyphen Director, Travis Worthington, will share strategies to empower, conversations to mobilize, and events to engage your Hyphen Young Adults.

Lab Sessions # 3

Aaron Soto | Delayed Adulthood & The Church

Delayed adulthood is a trending topic of concern in the 21st Century. Pastor Aaron Soto will address how local churches may unintentionally contribute to this problem. Learn how to create on-ramps to apostolic adulthood.

Daniel Bernard | So…what do I preach/teach anyway?

Bringing something fresh and relevant week after week is daunting even for the most experienced youth worker. In this session, Daniel Bernard will talk about planning out your content for the year, building a sustainable speaking routine, and developing other speakers along the way.

Tyler Sullivan | Learning to Rely on God

Transitional times can cause leaders to question a lot of things: Themselves. Others. God. What do you do when you are unsure where God is leading? If you find yourself in a transitional season, this session will provide helpful context, tools, and insight from Evangelist and veteran youth worker Tyler Sullivan.


Thursday, August 4

3:00 – 5:00 PM Youth Ministry “How-to” Workshops

5:30 – 6:00 PM Pre-event Prayer 

6:00 – 6:30 PM Intro Session / Keynote

6:30 – 6:45 PM Break

6:45 – 7:45 PM Lab Sessions # 1

7:45 – 8:00 PM Break

8:00 – 9:30 PM General Session # 1 

Friday, August 5

9:00 – 10:00 AM Lab Sessions # 2

10:00 – 10:15 AM Break

10:15 – 11:45 AM General Session # 2 

11:45 – 12:00 PM Break

12:00 – 12:45 PM Youth Ministry Forum

12:45 – 3:45 PM Lunch Break

3:45 – 4:45 PM Lab Sessions # 3

4:45 – 5:00 PM Break

5:00 PM General Session # 3


YMTE 2022 Hotel Information

Important notes about hotel reservations:

Each hotel has a cut-off date on the special rate so please make reservations early! Each hotel has a limited quantity at the rate reflected below. If you make a reservation outside the block, they cannot adjust the rate upon arrival.

Crowne Plaza St. Louis Airport
11228 Lone Eagle Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63044

Rate: $98 per night + tax
Rate Includes: Complimentary Breakfast for 2 Guests per Room per Day, Parking and Guest Room Wireless

Booking Link: UPCI Youth Ministry Training Event
Block Code: YMT

IHG Group Booking Links are NOT mobile compatible.
If you do not have access to a computer, you may call the main reservation office at 877-227-6963 and ask to make a reservation for the group code “YMT”


Hilton St. Louis Airport
10330 Natural Bridge Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63134

Rate: $110.00 per night + tax
Rate Includes: Complimentary Breakfast for 2 Guests per Room per Day, Parking and Guest Room Wireless

Booking Link: UPCI Youth Ministry Training Event


Marriott St. Louis Airport
10700 Pear Tree Lane
St. Louis, MO 63134

Rate: $105 per night + tax
Rate Includes: Complimentary Breakfast for 2 Guests per Room per Day, Parking and Guest Room Wireless

Booking Link: UPCI Youth Ministry Training Event
Start Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2022
End Date: Saturday, August 6, 2022
Last Day to Book: Monday, July 4, 2022


Embassy Suites St. Louis Airport
11237 Lone Eagle Dr.
Bridgeton, MO 63044

Rate: $135 per night + tax

Booking Link: UPCI Youth Ministry Training Event