What is YPC?

The Youth Pastors Conference is 3 days designed to focus on relationships, community, discipleship, prayer, sharing, growth, listening, connecting, ideas and refreshment, with youth ministry workers from all over NSW & ACT.

Who comes to YPC?

The Youth Pastors Conference is for people who lead youth & young adult ministries, including current & emerging leaders that your church is seeking to invest in.
Over the last couple of years we have seen this conference grow to impact more than 150 pastors and leaders from over 50 Baptist churches, reaching from Moree to Menai, Tamworth to Toongabbie, Grafton to Gymea, Thornleigh to Taree, Bathurst to BelAir.

I first attended the youth pastors conference in 2016. I’d been a Baptist Youth Pastor for about two weeks, and it was wonderful to connect with other youth pastors and leaders, to receive some great training and inspiration, and to begin relationships with other youth pastors. The connections that I made at youth pastors conference have continued to be a blessing to my life and my ministry. I think the support networks that I have through BYM are absolutely vital for sharing ideas, supporting one another and doing ministry together.

Johnny Sharpe

Youth & Associate Pastor, Ettalong Baptist Church

As our previous Youth Pastor and now Senior Pastor, I consider it an honour to be able to gather with the leaders of our next generation at Youth Pastors Conference. I am convinced that it is our responsibility to lay a foundation from which the next generations can build strong Kingdom culture from. Youth Pastors Conference is a tool that allows for this very thing. We are committed to sending our youth leadership team every year, and are willing to invest in any other way possible.

Phil Evans

Senior Pastor, Hawkesbury Valley Baptist Church

With the support of my church I have been able to get along to the past 4 Youth Pastors Conferences and be fed and encouraged through a wide variety of relevant topics by local and International leaders. During this time I have also brought with me a key youth leader and on more recent occasions my wife and toddler, providing Jenny valuable time with other Pastors and ministry spouses.
What becomes clear through these conferences is how much we can benefit each other through the sharing of ideas, experiences, burdens and successes. Churches of various capacities for engaging with local youth should seriously consider sending their Youth Pastor (and spouse), youth ministry co-ordinator, key leaders and/or developing leaders to the upcoming Youth Pastors Conference.

Nathaniel Hanslow

Youth & Associate Pastor, Taree Baptist Church

Last year we sent four of our Youth leadership team to the BYM Youth pastor’s and Leaders conference. As we don’t have a Youth Pastor, this team of mostly young adult aged leaders have started from scratch in their leadership roles with little experience and as we are a regional/rural church little opportunity to attend training and teaching events.
Their experience at the conference showed the enormous benefit of tapping into an event like this for those churches who don’t have full time youth staff. The networking, support, training and relationships made at that conference launched those leaders in a special way.
I cannot encourage churches enough that are in similar situations as ours here at Bathurst Baptist Church, to find ways to get your leaders to events like the BYM Youth pastor’s and Leaders conference. Please invest in our young leaders who in turn invest their lives into the youth of our churches. We will be sending and investing again in future years.
John Armstrong

Senior Pastor, Bathurst Baptist Church