Free Strategic Roundtables for Student Ministry Leaders 

Essentials is a regional, free, one-day event hosted by the Lifeway Student Ministry training team in locations across the country! It’s a day chock full of strategy, insight, collaboration, and community. It’s the best way to connect with other youth ministry leaders in your area and with the new and important ideas for leading student ministry this season. 

Essentials offers thought leadership that is designed to help you evaluate your current ministry plan, understand key elements of healthy student ministry, and develop a solid and effective ministry vision and a plan that is both ready to implement and easy to communicate. This event is especially unique because the 3 Essentials of Student Ministry framework is applicable to ministries of any size and any context. No matter what your ministry looks like, Essentials is for you!  

This year’s Essentials features sessions on parent ministry, creative programming, creating engaging small groups, GenZ research, and prayer.  

• Kingdom Expanding  

• Character Transforming 

• Culture Shaping 

Healthy student ministries are:

February 20232Mississippi

February, 2023Tennessee 

March 2023

February 13thKnoxville, TN

February 20thBrandon, MS

March 6thBirmingham, AL

February 14thNashville, TN

February 21stLaurel, MS

March 7thMontgomery, AL

February 16thChattanooga, TN

February 23rdNew Orleans BaptistTheological Seminary, LA  

March 9thPensacola, FL

A Day at Essentials is:


Designed to build community, squash the concept of competition amongst neighborhood churches, and promote a larger “Kingdom team” mindset 


We keep the room small (50 or less leaders) to help you to connect with other youth ministry leaders in your region and expand your personal network. 


Sessions connect both new and experienced student ministers with a proven effective and easy-to-apply ministry philosophy


The tables are round because we want our staff on YOUR team! We are excited for the chance to meet you and learn how you do ministry 









Session 1


Session 2


Lunch (provided)


Session 3

Leading Locally




Find an Essentials Near You 

Registration Opens Nov 28th!

February 13, 2023
Knoxville, TN 

February 14, 2023Nashville, TN 

February 16, 2023Chattanooga, TN

February 20, 2023
Brandon, MS 

February 21, 2023Laurel, MS 

February 23, 2023New Orleans BaptistTheological Seminary, LA  

March 6, 2023
Birmingham, AL 

March 7, 2023 Montgomery, AL

   March 9, 2023 Pensacola, FL 

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