February 12-13, 2016 | Lakeland, MN (East Metro)

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  • Carlos Whittaker

    Carlos Whittaker

    Professional speaker and author of "Moment Maker".

  • James Barnett

    James Barnett

    Founder of Clothe Your Neighbor as Yourself.

  • Austin Walker

    Austin Walker

    Campus Pastor at Embrace Church and Founder of Youth Leaders Summit.

  • Ben Miller

    Ben Miller

    Staff Member for Embrace Church and Former Youth Leader for New Life Church.

  • Jack Youso

    Jack Youso

    Area Director at Woodbury Young Life.

  • Alli Quist

    Alli Quist

    Director of Youth and Family Ministries at Hastings United Methodist Church.

  • Jordan Engel

    Jordan Engel

    Volunteer Youth Worker.

  • Keanu Krech

    Keanu Krech

    Youth Director at Crossroads Church in Lakeville Minnesota.

  • Tim Stanley

    Tim Stanley

    Area Director at Hastings Young Life.

  • Jon Friesner

    Jon Friesner

    Youth Director at Emily Wesleyan Church in Emily, MN.

  • Kate Friesner

    Kate Friesner

    Youth Director at Emily Wesleyan Church in Emily, MN.

  • Erik Poch

    Erik Poch

    Student Ministries Small Groups Coordinator at Hosanna! Church.

  • Jonathan Maley

    Jonathan Maley

    Youth and Creative Pastor of Rejoice! Church.

Event Schedule


  • 10:00AM

    Doors Open | Registration

  • 11:00AM | AHA! Spot

    Pre-Conference Session

  • 12:00PM

    Lunch Break (on your own)

  • 1:15PM | Sanctuary

    Welcome Session

  • 2:05PM

    Breakout Session 1

  • 3:30PM | Elementary

    Anchor Points Gathering

  • 3:30PM | AHA! Spot


  • 4:45PM | Sanctuary

    Large Room Session with Carlos Whittaker

  • 6:00PM

    Dinner Break (on your own)

  • 6:00PM | AHA! Spot


  • 7:35PM | Sanctuary

    Late Night Worship with Carlos Whittaker

  • 7:35PM | AHA! Spot

    Spikeball Bootcamp

  • 9:15PM | Elementary

    Spikeball Tournament


  • 8:45AM | AHA! Spot


  • 9:00AM | Sanctuary

    Large Room Session with James Barnett

  • 9:00AM | AHA! Spot


  • 11:00AM

    Breakout Session 2

  • 12:15PM

    Lunch Break (on your own)

  • 12:15PM | AHA! Spot


  • 1:35PM

    Breakout Session 3

  • 2:50PM | Sanctuary

    Large Room Session with Austin Walker

  • 4:00PM | Sanctuary

    Q&A Session with James & Austin & Alli

  • 4:45PM | Sanctuary

    Closing Worship

The venue

Youth Leaders Summit will be held at Embrace Church – St. Croix Campus.

16600 7th Street South, Lakeland, MN 55043

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The hotel

Book your room at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Hudson with group name YL Summit to receive a discount.

1200 Gateway Boulevard, Hudson, WI 54016

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What to expect

If you’ve taken a dodgeball to the head, organized more fundraisers than you can count on both hands, or the thought of staying up all night for a church lock-in makes you cringe a little bit, then Youth Leaders Summit is the conference for you!

For our 4th annual event, we continue to be passionate about one thing: encouraging YOU! Our goal is to inspire you to reach your peak by equipping you with the right tools to build an amazing, God glorifying program that introduces students to Jesus.

Youth Leaders Summit will be held at Embrace Church – St. Croix Campus in Lakeland, MN, just east of the Woodbury area in the east metro, on February 12 & 13th, 2016. At just over the halfway point through the programming year, what better time to refresh and connect with friends, old and new! We can’t promise you sunny walks on the beach, but we can promise you inspiring talks from some amazing people doing some amazing things!

You will have the opportunity to hear from people who are ‘doers’ and risk-takers. They will be sharing their inspiring stories, including successes and failures on how they have built their programs, services, and projects. Prepare to be inspired, refueled, and ready to tackle your own ministry.

We know that what you do is no walk in the park and we are excited to continue alongside you as you head back to your mission field. At Youth Leaders Summit, you are not just an attendee. You become part of the family.

What's included

Your ticket comes with more than just an entrance in to the conference. There will be opportunities to win some cool stuff, multiple times each day! Awesome activities are planned for you to be able to network with other youth workers, allowing you to share your own ideas and resources with people who simply ‘get’ what you do.

Your ticket to Youth Leaders Summit does NOT include a hotel stay; you must book that separately. We suggest that you book a stay at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hudson I-94 in Hudson, WI, located 10 minutes from the conference in Lakeland.

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