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What is SYLC?

SYLC is a one day training event provided by the Youth Leader Collective for adults who work with youth in their churches. It is training, encouragement, networking opportunities, community and more for paid youth pastors, volunteer youth leaders, youth ministry students and those interested in youth ministry.

$30 Super Early Bird Registration Pricing Through Thursday, May 23!

*What’s included with registration?
Breakfast, Lunch, a Free Gift, over 20 Breakout Sessions to choose from, a chance to win gifts from every sponsor, a digital download of all sessions and an incredible day of worship and fellowship with your youth ministry team and from across the region!

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"I felt everything was planned and handled with real care and sincerity. I honestly and without bias gained more from SYLC than both the Orange Conference and NYWC the past couple of years. Great job!"

Jacob DucoteOoltewah UMC

What can I say about SYLC? It was an amazing day filled with informative teaching, in-depth conversations, and intentional discipleship. As a Student Pastor, to have my adult leaders there only enhanced the experience, as it allowed us to "divide and conquer," but to still be able to come together as a team and implement what we learned. Do you and your ministry a favor and sign-up for SYLC. Your leaders, church, and students will thank you, guaranteed!

Spencer KinkadeYouth Pastor, Chattanooga Valley Baptist

Such an amazing conference today! I was encouraged. My youth leaders were encouraged. Thanks to Youth Leader Collective for all you do!

Patrick EverettFirst Baptist Fort Oglethorpe

I cannot say enough great things about SYLC! It was so what my team needed! Awesome, Awesome, Awesome! Literally a game changer for us.

Bobby FleckRinggold UMC

Being able to be around other believers who desire to love and do life with the younger generation was both encouraging and challenging to me. I feel I gained a clearer vision of what discipleship looked like with the youth and some ideas on how to go about it. I have pulled out some of the resources I was given, or notes I took several times for reminders or ideas of how to pray or questions I can ask to better get to know the girls I’m desiring to know and serve. It was worth the time and energy to be there!

Amanda TurnerVolunteer Leader, Woodland Park Chattanooga

2024 Session Speakers – more coming soon!

Shane Pruitt

North American Mission Board (NAMB)

Shane serves as the National Next Gen Director for the North American Mission Board (NAMB). He and his wife, Kasi reside in Texas, with their five children. He has been in ministry for over 20 years as a denominational leader, church planter, lead pastor, and student pastor. Shane is also a traveling communicator, evangelist, and Bible teacher. Every year he speaks to over a hundred thousand people about the good news of Jesus Christ. He is the author of two books, 9 Common Lies Christians Believe: And Why God’s Truth Is Infinitely Better and Calling Out the Called: Discipling Those Called to Ministry Leadership, and is also one of the hosts of The Gensend Podcast.

Ben Trueblood

Lifeway Christian Services

Ben Trueblood serves as the Executive Directory of Church Ministries for Lifeway Christian Resources and has over twenty years of student ministry experience, fourteen of which were spent in the local church as a student pastor. In addition to his role at Lifeway Ben is involved in training, consulting, and speaking to student ministries throughout the U.S.

He is the author of three books: A Different College Experience, Within Reach, and Student Ministry That Matters, and is the host of The Student Ministry Podcast by Lifeway. Ben also has a YouTube channel (Student Ministry That Matters) aimed at encouraging and investing in fellow youth pastors. Ben is driven by a desire for student ministries to expand God’s Kingdom, to see the lives of students transformed by the gospel, and to develop students who shape the culture in which they live.

In his free time Ben enjoys family, hunting, is a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan, and is a collector of hobbies.


Zac Workun

Lifeway Students

Zac currently serves as the Student Ministry Specialist for Lifeway Students. Zac is also the co-founder and network lead for Youth Ministry Booster. Zac is a voracious reader, avid gamer, car-camper, folk musician, black coffee-drinker, beard aficionado. Enneagram 7 & ENFP. He loves to eat breakfast food at new places with his wife Karen and two wild boys Isaiah & Gideon.

For 15+ years, Zac has served on staff at local churches in Oklahoma and North Carolina to oversee the middle school, high school, and college-aged ministries. Zac received his undergraduate education from Oklahoma Baptist University and his Master’s of Divinity from Duke University.


Chad Higgins

Lifeway Parent Ministry Specialist

Chad Higgins serves as the Parent Ministry Specialist for Lifeway. He has served in the local church since 2004. He is the co-founder of Youth Ministry Booster and is passionate about seeing spiritually healthy ministers lead families that point their children to Jesus. He lives in Stillwater, OK with his wife Martha and their daughter Malia. He loves chess, the Red Sox and sushi.

Woodland Park Baptist Church
6735 Standifer Gap Rd
Chattanooga, TN (37421)

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