Statistics cite that approximately 65 percent of students involved in youth ministries do not continue to attend church in college or as young adults. Most research surrounding this crisis considers the problem to be the message and theology of youth ministry, which Christian Smith described as “moralistic, therapeutic deism.” Rooted offers a place to reflect theologically on how student ministers can ground their message and ministries more deeply in the Cross and the Gospel of grace.

Mission Statement
Rooted exists to transform student ministry by fostering grace-driven and cross-centered leaders through rich theological and contextual engagement.

Vision Statement
Rooted creates space for theological reflection on the Gospel and Scripture by educating, equipping, and encouraging student ministry leaders through conferences, communications, and connections.

Cameron Cole
Director of Youth Ministries
Cathedral Church of the Advent, Birmingham, AL

Mark Howard
Minister to Youth and Assistant to Pastor
Trinity Presbyterian, Covington, GA

Liz Edrington
Youth Minister
Christ Episcopal Church, Charlottesville, VA

David Plant
Youth Director
Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York, NY

Josh Cousineau
Church Planter
Redemption Hill Church, Auburn, ME

Dave Wright
Coordinator for Youth Ministry
Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Paul Martin
Youth Director
St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Birmingham, AL


DATES: Thursday, August 9 – Saturday, August 11, 2012

$150 (before June 1)
$200 (after May 31)
$50 (Full-time student rate. Not intended for part-time students.) 

The cost includes conference admission, light breakfast (Friday and Saturday), lunch on Friday, and dinner  (Thursday). Full refunds for cancellations will not be given after August 1.

FOR WHOM: People ministering to students, including youth pastors, college ministers, teachers, coaches, and volunteers who:

  • Need to be refreshed by the message of God’s grace
  • Want to serve students better with the Gospel
  • Care about the Gospel being central in the Church
  • Wish to connect with other student pastors
  • Want to grow in theology