• September 6th-9th 2016

    Youth Leader Experience Conference

    Be Refreshed | Get Equipped
    Walt Disney World

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  • The Only Conference

    By Youth Leaders and For Youth Leaders

    Be Refreshed | Get Equipped
    Walt Disney World | September 6th-9th 2016

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  • September 6th-9th 2016

    Youth Leader Experience Conference

    Be Refreshed | Get Equipped
    Walt Disney World

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PAST CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Don't miss the Youth Leader Experience 2016

The Youth Leader Experience Conference 2016:

The only Conference by Youth Leaders and for Youth Leaders

SPEAKERS

Each year at the Youth Leader Experience we bring in some of the most well known communicators in the church along with Experts who have walked miles in our shoes as Youth Leaders

This balance of gifted communicators and seasoned leaders allow for a unique combination of large format teaching and real world application.

BREAKOUTS

At the Youth Leader Experience we designed our Breakout Sessions to make sense.

Rather than host 30 breakout sessions that leave Youth Leaders with little information and little practicality of application, we have asked our team of Youth Leaders what they want in a breakout - and that is what we have brought to the Youth Leader Experience.

NETWORKING

The Youth Leader Experience was formed out of the heart of Youth Leaders

At the Youth Leader Experience you will find the vision, which was formed from the heart of Youth Leaders, runs though out our times together not only in session but the entire conference. We believe a key component to making the Youth Leader Experience impactful is the relationships that are formed in our networking times.
Erwin McManus

Erwin McManus

Founder, MOSAIC

Erwin Raphael McManus is an iconoclast known as a cultural pioneer for his integration of creativity and spirituality. He is an artist, entrepreneur, and cultural thought leader who is also the founder of MOSAIC, a community of faith in Los Angeles California. Known for their innovation, creativity, and artistry, MOSAIC has been named one of the most influential and innovative churches in America. Engaging such issues as culture, creativity, change, and leadership, Erwin is widely known as a thought-provoking communicator, poet, and wordsmith. His travels have taken him to over 50 countries and he has spoken to over a million people from a wide variety of audiences, from professional sports, Wall Street investors, universities, film studios, and conferences across the world. McManus is the author of Soul Cravings, Chasing Daylight, and other leading books on spirituality and creativity. His newest book, The Artisan Soul: Crafting your Life into a Work of Art, will be released Feb 25, 2014. Erwin Raphael McManus sees the imagination as the principle vehicle through which we create a better self, a better world, and a better future. He argues that creativity is both uniquely human and the essence of human uniqueness. Creativity, McManus contends, is a natural expression of our spirituality. When we are most fully alive we create out of love all that is good and beautiful and true. Erwin has a BA in psychology from UNC Chapel Hill, a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Southeastern University.
Jesus Culture

Jesus Culture

Worship

The Jesus Culture band was formed organically through the momentum of a movement whose focus is to equip a generation to be influencers of society. It’s hard to separate the team from the movement, as they really are joined together with one focus: to bring people into an encounter with God’s love through worship and to disciple them to transform society. The Jesus Culture band is fronted by Kim Walker-Smith and Chris Quilala with Ian McIntosh playing keys, Jeffrey Kunde as the lead guitarist, Brandon Aaronson as the bassist, Josh Fisher as the drummer, and Skyler Smith as acoustic guitarist. Each member of the team knows the weight of the call God on their lives and they live devoted to a lifestyle of worship, hoping that their music can help lead all those who hear it into an experience of His presence that won’t leave them the same. Over the past 7 years, the team has released seven albums with the latest one being Jesus Culture with Martin Smith; Live from New York, in November of 2012. Each album captures the heart of this generation burning for God and seeking an encounter with His presence
Kari Jobe

Kari Jobe

Worship

For more than 15 years, well-respected worship leader Kari Jobe has been using her gifts to lead people into the presence of God. When she began leading worship at age 13, she never imagined she would be nominated for a GRAMMY®, win a Dove Award or be praised by the New York Times. She only knew she had a heart for broken people and a deep desire to lead them to the cross. Jobe’s third album, Majestic (Capitol CMG), reveals her lifelong passion for the Church. “Worship, for me, has always been such a rescue place in my life,” she says. “When you get down to the very bare bones of worship, it is about us being thankful for the cross and magnifying the name of Jesus above all names. Anything past that is just feel-good music.” Recorded at the historic Majestic Theatre in Jobe’s hometown of Dallas, Texas, the album is a departure from her first two major label studio releases. Majestic is entirely live and features all-new material (with the exception of Jobe’s cover of “Holy Spirit”), every song a piece of her heart. “It reminds me of what heaven might be like,” she says, reflecting on the evening of recording at the iconic landmark. “I want this album to give more of a revelation that God is in control. If you will lift your voices and worship Him, there will be a shift and a change in the atmosphere of your life, and it will be heaven-centered and majestic.” Jobe began writing for this record two years ago while simultaneously maintaining her position as an associate worship pastor at Dallas’ Gateway Church and a tour schedule that included stints on the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, Chris Tomlin’s “Burning Lights” tour, Hillsong Conferences in Sydney and London, the Passion Conference and her own headlining tours. “I started really plowing and digging in for this album,” shares Jobe, who wrote nearly 50 songs total for the project. “I was able to say, ‘This is a great song, but I don’t feel it’s saying exactly what I want to say. I want to write something deeper.’ I just kept writing.” She reached out to like-minded worship leaders who share her passion for writing songs for the Church and who have become personal friends through their common vision. The result is an album that boasts co-writes from some of the most admired songwriters around the globe, including Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, Brian Johnson, Jason Ingram, Paul Baloche, Reuben Morgan, Marty Sampson, Mia Fieldes, Jenn Johnson and Christa Black Gifford, in addition to several co-writes with her band. Many of the album’s 13 tracks have as many as eight writers on one song, revealing Jobe’s heartbeat for community. “We all have such a heart to connect people to the heart of God through music, and it’s powerful,” she offers. “To all write together, I think it’s just a huge picture of how we’re supposed to do Kingdom together. If we, as worship leaders, are connecting and writing songs for the Church, then the Church needs to do Church together, too.” Some of Jobe’s most popular worship anthems, like “Revelation Song” and “Healer,” have been written by others, so to release a collection of songs where she’s personally been an intricate part of creating every track was a dream come true for the worship leader, who’s grateful and eager to collaborate with others. “When I die, if I was known for one thing, I would want to be known for [helping people] fall more in love with Jesus,” Jobe asserts. “So I don’t care what song I sing, if the heart of it is that people fall more in love with Jesus and they understand the heart of God for them.” Majestic reveals a collection of simple, congregational-friendly tracks that Jobe hopes will become new anthems for a generation hungry for God to move in a fresh way. “I believe this album has a new sound on it,” she muses. “It may not sound different to anybody, but I think there’s a heart cry inside of it for more of the presence of God. We’re hungry just to see God move in a more powerful way in church—not just people coming to church for the sake of it, but coming hungry for more of His presence.” From the regal title track, “How Majestic,” that points to the grandeur of God, to the powerful, pleading cries of the closing song, “Let The Heavens Open,” listeners will find God if they are willing to seek Him. Every song is an invitation. First single “Forever” celebrates the collision of heaven and earth. “It’s painting a picture here on earth as believers of our redemption story, but then it’s also telling of what heaven’s going to look like in our worship because it’s going to be forever singing that He is glorified and He is lifted high. So it’s marrying the two worlds in a song,” Jobe explains. Exodus 14:14 inspired the honest ballad “I Am Not Alone,” which speaks to God’s constant presence in our lives no matter what we’re walking through. Jobe hopes it will remind listeners that our God is a God who fights for His children. “Everybody has broken places in their lives that need the rescue of God and that need healing and need His perspective,” she says. “When we get His perspective, it just helps things get smaller compared to His greatness. “I have such a desire to go to war for people’s lives and to help them overcome the enemy through their worship and through their declarations of who He is,” she adds. “It’s astounding how many people just don’t live in the complete authority that we have over the enemy. He doesn’t have any power unless we give it to him.” The album also ushers in a new season of ministry for Jobe who feels called to disciple people through her music. “I think the Lord really wants more of people’s hearts and more of their surrender,” she says. “If people will trust the Lord to go deeper in their walks with Him, it would be an amazing journey of watching Him fight for them; but it’s going to take us completely surrendering our lives to Him. There will be things that He asks us to do that are completely sacrificial, but that’s what our lives are about. It’s about His kingdom anyway.” Jobe longs to see denominational barriers broken down and believers united, and she believes worship in its purest form has the power to do that. “There’s honor in all of it. There’s beauty in all of it. There’s beauty in tradition, and there’s beauty in reverence, but that’s the key—reverence. It’s not about a title or what kind of church you go to; it’s about reverencing who God is and allowing Him to be God in your congregation,” she maintains. “He comes to inhabit the praises of His people, and so He’s going to come when we worship Him. He always shows up, and He always changes an atmosphere because that’s His character.” She may now lead worship for thousands around the world, thanks to an expanding platform, but for Jobe, the songs birthed for Majestic have nothing to do with her. “It’s not about me,” she emphasizes. “If it became about me, that would be dangerous and wrong. It’s about Him. It’s a great honor and a great responsibility, but it’s not any different than me just living my life every day needing Him in my circumstances.” Her greatest accolade always has been and always will be the opportunity to reflect Christ. “I don’t see myself any differently than when I was 13, just a worship leader,” she admits. “It’s just sometimes I open my eyes and there’s a few more people worshipping God with me.”
Caleb Kaltenbach

Caleb Kaltenbach

Author, Messy Grace

Caleb Kaltenbach is the Lead Pastor at Discovery Church in Simi Valley, CA. Raised in the LGBT community, he was exposed to how some Christians treated the LGBT community, and grew to hate Christians. In high school, he joined a Bible study to disprove the Bible, but ended up following Jesus instead. Later, his parents followed Jesus too. This is the subject of his first book, "Messy Grace" --holding on to the truth of God's Word while being filled with grace. Caleb is a graduate of Ozark Christian College, Talbot School of Theology (Biola University), and is finishing his doctorate at Dallas Theological Seminary. He speaks widely on the subjects of reconciliation, faith, diversity, and grace/truth. Caleb and his wife, Amy, reside in Southern California with their two kids.
 

2016 SPEAKERS + ARTIST
 
Brock Morgan

Brock Morgan

Executive Director, Generation514

Brock has been in youth ministry for the past 25 years and has worked in both urban and suburban environments. He has also been the director of training for Youth Specialties and is a popular speaker for camps, retreats, and conferences. Brock is published in Group Magazine, Immerse Journal, Youthspecialties.com, and Youth Worker Journal and has written a few well-received books, including Youth Ministry in a Post-Christian World, and The Amazing Next. This year he and his wife, Kelsey, will be releasing a 12-month teaching curriculum for youth groups called, NEXT. Brock is currently launching a new ministry called Generation514, whose aim is to develop next generation leaders. Find out more at generation514.com or follow him on Twitter @brockmorgan
Chris Lane

Chris Lane

Founder and President, First Priority, South Florida

Chris Lane is the Founder and President of First Priority of South Florida. For the last 18 years, First Priority has been connecting the Church to reach he Campus for Christ. There are currently First Priority Clubs on 195 South Florida Middle and High Schools. In the 2015 - 2016 school year, over 3,000 students made a decision for Christ at a First Priority meeting. Chris also serves as Chaplain for the Miami Marlins. He is entering his 18th season with the team serving in that capacity. He leads Sunday Chapel services for the Marlins and a separate Chapel for the visiting team also. He teaches a weekly Bible Study to interested players and his wife Wendy leads a Bible Study for the players wives. Chris is a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama where he was a 2 sport letterman. He has been married to Wendy for 23 years, they have four sons; Josh (19), Jake (16), Jonathan (13) and Josiah (12).
John Michael Hinton

John Michael Hinton

Redhead, Magician

John Michael Hinton is driven by his passion to encourage people to embrace joy. He uses the power of illusion, story and humor in a mix that you won’t soon forget. His forte of magic lies in his energetic, passionate, and dynamic style of using everyday objects to accomplish impossible feats. Via a live video feed, his performance fits all venue sizes, as every audience member is immediately transported on stage just inches away from the wonder. When not traveling coast to coast, his free time is spent sharing large cups of black tea with his beautiful wife and wrestling on the floor with his two young children. Outside of his family, his favorite things in life are In’N’Out burgers, ice cold root beer, a good suspenseful movie and family trips to Disneyworld.
Kyle Sapaugh

Kyle Sapaugh

Conference Director, YLE

Doug Clark

Doug Clark

National Field Director, NNYM

The Factory Worship Band

The Factory Worship Band

Worship

2016 SCHEDULE

  • Grand Floridian
    Orlando - Disney World

  • September 6th- 9th, 2016
    09:00 am - 09:30pm

  • Limited Seats Available
    Limited Space

  • Connect

  • 3:00pm

    Grand Floridian Convention Center

    Registration Open

  • 7:00pm

    Grand Floridian Convention Center

    General Session

  • 8:30pm

    Grand Floridian Convention Center

    Community Groups

  • 8:30am

    TBD

    Breakfast Devotional

  • 9:30am

    Grand Floridian Convention Center

    Speed Sessions

  • 10:30am

    Grand Floridian Convention Center

    Breakouts

  • 12:00pm

    TBD

    Community Group Lunch

  • 2:00pm

    Grand Floridian Convention Center

    Breakouts

  • 3:15pm

    Grand Floridian Convention Center

    Breakouts

  • 4:30pm

    Your Choice

    Dinner Break

  • 7:00pm

    Grand Floridian Convention Center

    General Session

  • 9:00pm

    Grand Floridian Convention Center

    Community Groups

  • 9:00am

    TBD

    Breakfast Devotional

  • 10:00am

    Grand Floridian Convention Center

    Breakouts

  • 11:30am

    TBD

    Lunch with Community Groups

  • 1:30pm

    Grand Floridian Convention Center

    General Session

  • 6:30pm

    Contemporary Convention Center

    Genreal Session

  • 9:30pm

    Contemporary Convention Center

    Late Night Artist Spotlight

  • 9:30am

    Contemporary Convention Center

    Bonus Session w/ Erwin McManus

BREAKOUTS

  • The Emerging World
    Breakout

  • Reaching Campuses
    Breakout

  • Recruiting & Retaining Leaders
    Breakout

  • Measuring Success
    Breakout

  • Local Networking
    Breakout

  • Balancing Family & Ministry
    Breakout

  • Navigating Conflict
    Breakout

  • Successful Outreach
    Breakout

  • How to Help Your Hurting Kids
    Breakout

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TESTIMONIAL

Find out what people are saying about the Youth Leader Experience Conference.

“Being a part of the Youth Leader Experience over the last three years, I have had the opportunity to build new networks, minister to ministers and leave refreshed with a renewed passion for our youth in America. ”

Andy Tilly
Andy Tilly
Itinerant Speaker, Author

"Because of the relationships I have made thru the Youth Leader Experience I now have an opportunity to minister to the church on a larger scale. I can honestly say, I wouldn't be where I am now without these networks."

Brian Word
Brian Word
Youth Pastor

“Each year I find myself looking forward to YLE and each year I leave with new ways to reach the Youth in my area. The breakouts on leadership have helped me strengthen my volunteer team and disciple them more effectively.”

Ryan Street
Ryan Street
Youth and Worship Pastor

“YLE has ministered to me and my team in ways I cannot describe. Whether its time at the conference or phone calls over the year, the YLE team gets it!! These guys know what is going on in the lives of Youth Leaders and design the conference accordingly . ”

Jonathan Robinson
Jonathan Robinson
Youth Pastor

Where is the Youth Leader Experience Conference 2016?

The Youth Leader Experience Conference 2016 will be held September 6th-9th 2016, in Orlando, FL. The conference takes place on the Disney Property at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort.

Who can attend the Youth Leader Experience?

The Youth Leader Experience Conference is for Youth Pastors, Youth Leader Teams and Youth Volunteers. You must be 18 years old to attend the conference.

 

Are refunds available?

Registrations may be transferred to another person for the same conference at any time or registrations may be transferred to next year’s conference.  Transferred registrations are good for one year from the date of the original conference.

1. Through June 1st, 2016, a $75 processing fee (per registration) will apply to all cancellations.
2. After June 1st, but before July 6th, a 50% processing fee (per registration) will apply to all cancellations (based on registration rate paid).
3. No refunds will be issued after July 6th due to the preparations that have already been done.

How do I register?

The Youth Leader Experience Conference fee payment is made online using a credit card at the end of the registration process. To register click “Register” at the top of the page. To pay by check, print out the registration form, fill it out, and mail in your payment to:

The Youth Leader Experience
P.O. Box 4616
Friendswood, TX 77549

For pricing: click here

How do I make my Hotel Reservation?

Rooms at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort are $199 plus tax, per room, per night — commission and credit will be provided to Celebration Ministries.

Please note: there is a maximum of 5 persons per room. If you need more than one room, please book each room separately.

Also, an additional adult charge of $25 — per adult — will be applied to parties containing more than 2 adults.

Please provide your tax exempt number for the no tax rate. Note– All hotel cancellations must be made at least 5 days prior to the conference in order to receive a deposit refund. Roundtrip transportation to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort from Orlando International Airport is included in hotel price.

Book your Hotel Reservation Here

Is there free parking?

Parking is available free of charge at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. Upon entering Walt Disney World property, tell parking attendant that you are attending the Youth Leader Experience Conference at The Grand Floridian Resort.

Is there a group discount rate?

When can I check in for the Youth Leader Experience?

Check-in will begin at 3:00 on Tuesday, September 6th.

Is my hotel included in my registration?

Lodging is not part of the registration. Click here to make a reservation at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort.

Is Disney's Night of Joy included in my registration?

Night of Joy tickets will be sold at the registration desk at the conference beginning Tuesday night.  We are not selling Night of Joy tickets this year prior to the conference.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

Rooms at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort are $199 plus tax, per room, per night — commission and credit will be provided to Celebration Ministries. Please note: there is a maximum of 5 persons per room. If you need more than one room, please book each room separately. Also, an additional adult charge of $25 — per adult — will be applied to parties containing more than 2 adults. Please provide your tax exempt number for the no tax rate. Note– All hotel cancellations must be made at least 5 days prior to the conference in order to receive a deposit refund. Roundtrip transportation to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort from Orlando International Airport is included in hotel price.