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2024 Youth Ministry Conference – Iron On Iron

March 7-9, 2024

What is Iron on Iron?

Iron on Iron is a weekend event for youth pastors and youth ministry teams designed to refuel and refresh you and your team so you’ll finish strong. Youth leaders burn out quickly when they aren’t invested in — invest in them and yourself. 

As the name implies, Iron on Iron connects you with other youth ministries, leaders, and pastors. This conference is a great way to connect with, learn from, pray for, and challenge one another toward a more Gospel-driven ministry than ever before. 

This three-day conference includes biblical teaching, practical training, and Gospel-driven worship. Iron on Iron is designed to equip you to become a more effective youth ministry leader. 

To secure your place, a $75 deposit is required, but this will be given back to pastors and their spouses when they show up.

2024 Youth Ministry Conference

Contending for the Faith

It is getting more and more difficult to be a faithful, Christian teacher in our culture today. This should make complete sense to us because our Lord promised us that since this world hated and persecuted Him, it will hate and persecute us. If we are going to be faithful to Christ, we are going to have to be ready to be attacked and be prepared to stand up for the Gospel, regardless of how we are perceived in our modern culture. In addition to this, if we are going to stand on the truth of God’s Word we need to be ready to have even “popular” Christian teachers take issue with us understanding that it is better to serve God than man.

Why You Should Attend This Conference

As a youth minister, you’re in the trenches of a rewarding but challenging ministry — pursuing Gospel conversations with students, planning youth events, juggling church issues, and equipping parents. It can promote feelings of loneliness and isolation. Christ designed us for fellowship. As leaders, it is even more important that we lean on, encourage, and support one another. This student ministry conference brings together hundreds of youth ministry pastors and leaders for just that purpose.

Why Investing In Yourself Is Essential

Your ability to make disciples flows from your walk with Jesus. You’ve got to get away from the hustle of everyday life and invest intentional time abiding with your Savior. Your leadership skills and extroverted personality will not carry your students’ faith. They need to watch you rest in Jesus, grow in your faith, and focus on the essential truths of Scripture in your daily life.

Why We Host a Free Youth Ministry Conference

The simple truth is that we love the local church, and we love youth ministry teams. The Church is God’s plan to fulfill the Great Commission. We want to do everything we can to support the daily discipleship work you’re doing.


“Wonderful as always. It’s always great to get away, hear solid teaching, and take a break from always teaching and just be a listener of God’s Word.”

Andrew Spires

Student Pastor, Lakewood Baptist

“It was a great chance to check out SWO for the first time and assess it for use in our student ministry. Also, the teaching was seriously top-notch. My brain and heart are full of what I learned and I am already implementing it.”

Kate Powell

Greenbrier Community Church

“The overall experience at Snowbird was amazing. The way the staff partners and poured into my family and I was priceless.”

Caleb Batts

Student Pastor, Hampstead Baptist

Conference Speakers

Main Sessions

  • Brody Holloway – Snowbird co-founder & lead pastor.
  • Rob Conti – Pastor & Snowbird programming director & teacher.

Breakout Sessions

  • Zach Mabry – Pastor & Snowbird Institute director, worship leader & teacher.
  • Spencer Davis – Pastor & Snowbird risk management director & teacher.

2024 Conference Schedule

Schedule is tentative. Check the Snowbird app for most current updates.

Thursday

  • 5:00 pm – Arrival & Check-in
  • Dinner
  • Worship Service at North Campus
  • Recreation, Snack Shack, SWO Underground, Fire

Friday

  • 8:00 am – Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – Worship Service at North Campus
  • 12:00 pm – Lunch
  • 1-5:00 pm – Recreation
  • Breakout options
  • Dinner
  • Worship Service at North Campus
  • Recreation, Snack Shack, SWO Underground, Fire

Saturday


FAQs About Snowbird’s Youth Pastor Conference

Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters exists to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the exposition of Scripture and personal relationships in order to equip the Church to impact this generation.

This Gospel-driven mission is what every one of our retreats is focused on.

Click here to learn more about our history and mission.

Or, jump into our published resources and session recordings to get a sample of the teaching you will be hearing at SWO.

View the complete Snowbird FAQs

How do I register and prepare for arrival?

Click the button below to set up your Snowbird account and pay a small deposit (per person) to register your spot for the Iron on Iron conference. You can easily choose to register as an individual or group. If you’re coming as a group then we’ll make sure you’re housing is set up together.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out. Call us at 828.321.2210 or email us any time. We’re here to help!

What is the programming like at Snowbird?

The Iron on Iron youth ministry conference is packed with biblical preaching, worship, breakouts, recreation, and building relationships with other student pastors.

What recreation will be available?

The scheduled recreation at Iron on Iron includes any of our on-campus options like our climbing tower, aerial park, 3-man swing, and gun range. You’ll also have time to grab a quick hike or check out a local coffee shop.

What types of housing do you provide for our youth pastor and ministry team?

We have over 14 cabins on our campus, divided by bedrooms for each group. They each provide twin-sized bunk beds, air conditioning, and heat. Our cleaning team takes great pride in keeping things clean but the buildings are simply functional. You’ll need to provide your own bedding, pillow and towels. The bathhouse is a short walk across the property.

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How do I add or drop additional spots to my ministry team?

You can add additional spots to your group as long as the retreat is not full. The best way to find out is to open your Snowbird Account and see if there are any remaining spots open for the retreat. However, you’ll want only to register spots that you’re certain you’ll need. The deposit is non-refundable.

How do I add or drop additional spots to my ministry team?

You can add additional spots to your group as long as the retreat is not full. The best way to find out is to open your Snowbird Account and see if there are any remaining spots open for the retreat. However, you’ll want only to register spots that you’re certain you’ll need. The deposit is non-refundable.

Can I bring my dog to Snowbird?

Due to the complexity of events at SWO, our campuses operate under a “no animals” policy. As a religious organization, SWO is not bound by public accommodation rules. If you have questions about this policy, please call us for clarification.

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