The Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry


April 29 - May 2, 2025


Young people are growing up in a culture in desperate need of peacemakers.

Some  young people are hearing a prophetic call and are eager to be equipped for the peacemaking work ahead. Some are in the direct path of violence and need courageous leaders to make peace urgently. Some  are being saturated by ideas that may contort Jesus’ words into the shape of violence itself.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)

With these words, Jesus declared to all who gathered to hear his Sermon on the Mount that peacemakers bear the family resemblance that marks them as God’s own. They are not passive witnesses who are content with a mere absence of conflict. They are actively making peace like they’ve learned from their Divine Parent, engaging in the kind of work that honors the dignity and flourishing of God’s whole creation.

The Online Forum on Youth Ministry is a one-day gathering where Christian leaders, parents, teachers, coaches, volunteers, and youth workers will explore Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:9. Join us for a day of worship, workshops, lectures, and discussions about peacemaking in our world!


Kenda Creasy Dean


Andrew Root

Workshop Leader


Saturday, October 5; 12-5pm ET (Please be sure to calculate your time zone!)

12:00-12:30 p.m.Welcome & Worship
12:30-1:30 p.m.Lecture & Discussion, Part 1
1:30-1:45 p.m.Break
1:45-2:30 p.m.Choice of Workshop #1
2:30-3:15 p.m.Choice of Workshop #2
3:15-3:30 p.m.Break
3:30-4:30 p.m.Lecture & Discussion, Part 2
4:30-5:00 p.m.Closing & Blessing

Please note that the online event platform will automatically record all sessions. All participants will have access to every workshop and lecture for the 60 days following the event. You are still encouraged to register if you cannot attend synchronously, as you will still have full access to the recorded material.

Cost & Registration

Full event includes 3.5 days:

  • Super Early Bird Registration (Before August 1, 2024) – $299
  • Early Bird Registration (Before January 1, 2025) – $349
  • Standard Registration (Between January 1-April 25, 2025) – $399

One Day Pass – $99, includes one full day of the event attendance for Tuesday (4/29) or Thursday (5/1, minus Celebration Banquet).

More event information coming soon. Get the super early bird rate today!

A Note on Accessibility: The IYM strives to create an inclusive space that is hospitable to people of all health needs, neurotypes, and physical and mental abilities. While this is always our goal, we are aware of limitations in our infrastructure and personnel that may contribute to us being unable to meet this goal. If you have any concerns or would like to speak with someone regarding accessibility or needs, please contact us via phone or email so that we can discuss how to best welcome you to the Online Forum.



The IYM strives to make our events and resources as accessible and affordable as possible, but we are keenly aware that some participants may still need financial assistance. We regret that we do not yet have a scholarship fund available for participants in the Online Forum. However, if you are a degree graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary or if you are a CPE or Field Education Supervisor through PTS, you are eligible to receive a 15% discount on standard rate continuing education program fees. For the 2024 Online Forum, this applies to the individual registration of $79 only. Contact iym@ptsem.edu for details

We understand that life is unpredictable, and sometimes participants must cancel their plans to participate in an event. Therefore, our policy states that you can cancel your event registration up to one week (seven calendar days) prior to the Online Forum start date, and your fee will be refunded, minus a required $15 processing fee. Due to expenses already incurred after this date, we cannot offer any refunds for cancellations made within one week (six or fewer calendar days) of an event start date.

The Online Forum is a self-funded event, which means that the income from participant fees is allocated to cover event expenses, rather than a grant or PTS’s general operating fund. Currently, 35% of the income from participant fees is allocated toward the speaking fees and expenses incurred for our external leaders. An additional 25% of the income funds our promotional efforts. Another 20% of the income funds operational costs, including the online event platform and PTS staff. The final 20% generates revenue, which ultimately allows the IYM to continue offering resources, programs, and events for our audience.

Absolutely! We welcome people from all over the world to participate in the event. Those who want to join synchronously are welcome to do so by calculating time differences and attending from anywhere. Those who want to participate but are unable to do so synchronously can still register and enjoy access after the event to all content, including lectures and workshops.

The IYM uses Airmeet, an online platform that allows us to host an immersive event experience with lectures, workshops, 1-1 networking opportunities, automatic session recordings and replays, and exhibit booths. We take full advantage of the platform’s features to create a dynamic learning experience for our participants. In the week before the Online Forum, we will provide a helpful event guide, which will include a brief orientation to the platform and some notes for troubleshooting technical difficulties.

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Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean

Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean (she/her) is an ordained United Methodist pastor and the Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary. Her areas of specialization include Christian education and formation, adolescent spiritual formation, youth and young adult ministries, Christian social innovation, practical theology, and theories of teaching. She is the author of numerous books on young people and the church, including Practicing Passion: Youth and the Quest for a Passionate Church, Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church, and Innovating for Love: Joining God’s Expedition Through Christian Social Innovation. In addition, Kenda is the co-founder of Ministry Incubators, a consulting group that helps Christian communities try new things through social innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as the first and founding Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry from 1995-1998.

Dr. Andrew Root

Dr. Andrew Root (he/him) is the Professor and Carrie Olson Baalson Chair of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary. He is most recently the author of the six-volume Ministry in a Secular Age series and has written extensively in the areas of theology, ministry, culture, and younger generations, including Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker, The End of Youth Ministry?, The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry. Andy has worked in congregations, parachurch ministries, and social service programs. He is a sought-after speaker at conferences, colleges, and churches and is known for an engaging style that laces together stories, theological depth, and humor. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife Kara, two children, Owen and Maisy, and their dog.