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2023 Youth Ministry Conference – Iron On Iron

The Supremacy of Christ: A Study in Colossians

No matter what is going on in your church, what challenge your youth group faces, or even what struggle you face at home — Jesus is on the Throne. The weight of this ministry was not meant for you to carry. Christ alone is in control. He directs all things by the word of His power. He redeems people and conquers what stands against the Gospel. Youth ministry has many challenges, but our hope is in the Supremacy of Christ.

What is Iron on Iron?

Iron on Iron is a quick 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. 

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 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 Do It

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.

March 9-11, 2023

Iron on Iron is a FREE annual conference for student pastors & spouses. You’ll just need to pay a deposit to hold your spot and then get it back upon your arrival.

$75 (general admission)

A conference for student pastors, spouses, and youth ministry leaders.

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The Supremacy of Christ: A Study in Colossians

As we labor alongside each other in Christian ministry the only thing that is big enough to sustain us in this endeavor is a high view of Jesus. It doesn’t matter what program, plan, or curriculum we are using if we are not pointing our students to Jesus Christ. It is in the exaltation of Jesus Christ that everything falls into place, whether that be our identity, our sanctification, or our ministry. 

This year at the Iron on Iron conference we are going to dive into the book of Colossians to challenge and encourage each other with the eternal truth of Christ’s preeminence. Whether you are flying high in ministry or struggling to stay motivated, our desire for this weekend is that we are enriched by God’s Word and fellowship with his people.

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” – Colossians 1:15-20

“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.

Conference Schedule

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


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


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


Iron on Iron is a FREE annual conference for student pastors & spouses. You’ll just need to pay a deposit to hold your spot and then get it back upon your arrival.

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.

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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.

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