Southwestern to Host Youth Ministry Lab April 8-9

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s annual Youth Ministry Lab will take place on the seminary’s Fort Worth, Texas, campus on April 8-9.

Popular author and Christian speaker Louie Giglio, who drew 30,000 young people at One Day youth event last year in Sherman, Texas, is returning to North Texas as the keynote speaker.

Joining Giglio at the event this year is Richard Ross, a principal architect of the global True Love Waits sexual abstinence campaign and a professor of student ministry at Southwestern Seminary, and Mark Matlock, founder of Wisdom Works Ministries.

These special guests will lead parenting sessions designed to reconnect young people and their parents.

The student ministry department-sponsored event, which has already drawn more than 1,000 registrations, is a "one-of-a-kind conference" which provides ministry training for youth ministers, parents, leaders and future youth ministers. College students who are interested in serving in student ministry programs are also invited to the conference.

“For faith to flow from one generation to the next, the hearts of parents and their children have to turn toward each other,” Ross said.

“Faith flows from parent to child, from generation to generation through this pipeline, and if it is lost, a large number of families don’t know how to get it back. Most young people will live at a distant level on into adulthood. That shouldn’t be so.”

Additional speakers include Wes Black, also a professor of student ministry at the seminary, Allen Jackson, professor of student ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and Matt Chandler, lead pastor of Village Church in Highland Village, Texas.

Open registration for Youth Ministry Lab begins at 2 p.m., April 8. The conference opens at 6 p.m. For more information on registration costs, log onto