Rooted Regional Groups are gatherings of youth pastors in local communities for the sake of fellowship, prayer, and instruction. We are led by practicing youth pastors and we have learned over the years that youth pastors long for fellowship that is authentic (non-awkward) and where conversation focuses on where they are encouraged and discouraged in life and ministry, not on numbers. Youth pastors want other youth pastors with whom they can pray. They also want good instruction on how to do more effective youth ministry but do not want the pressure of having to produce it among themselves. If this sounds familiar, we'd encourage you to join us for a Rooted Regional Group gathering.
To join a Rooted Regional Group, fill out the form below with your name and email, and your local Rooted Regional Group leader will be in touch with details on where and when to join them for the next gathering.
At Rooted Regional Groups, youth pastors gather for a meal, authentic fellowship, prayer, and a 10-15 minutes of video instruction, provided by Rooted, featuring a national expert. We hope to offer the benefits and experience of a Rooted conference in a local community three-times per year.
If you are interested in hosting a Rooted Regional Group, please email [email protected]
There is no cost to host or attend a RRG. We simply ask our RRG leaders to provide a place for everyone to gather, send out a template email that we will provide you to invite others to join, and lead the group in the discussion questions provided.
The upcoming Rooted Regionals Groups will be:
November 18, 2021
February 17, 2021
April 21, 2021
After spending 10 years working in youth ministry, Kendal currently serves as a Groups Minister at Redeemer Fellowship in Kansas City, MO. Originally from Memphis, Tenn. Kendal received her BA from Union University. After graduation, she served 2 years overseas working with youth in Central Asia. After returning to America, she spent several years working for a parachurch youth ministry before moving to Oklahoma to serve as a Girls Minister in a local church. Kendal loves to travel, and dreams of one day being able to say she has drank coffee in every country.
John Ortberg once said, “Hurry is not just a disordered schedule. Hurry is a disordered heart.”
Yet, as youth leaders, the hurry never seems to stop. No matter how hard we work, there is always a parent who is displeased by our efforts to reach their student; there is always an event that does not turn out how we planned; there is always one more game to attend, one more student to meet, one more concert to support, and one more phone call to answer.
Because of this, we can quickly assume an identity that God never intended for us — the lone wolf who is caring for the many without being cared for in return — and we convince ourselves that business is just the burden we are called to carry as youth ministers. However, while we have been tasked with a significant role of leader to our students, more than that, our primary role is still that of follower, or disciple, of our Lord.
But what does it look like to reorient our ministry around our own discipleship over our own leadership? How do we remain faithful to care for our own souls in the midst of a call to care for others? Join us as we discuss this and more during this month’s Rooted Regional Group.