Youth Ministry Lab April 7-8 2017

Breakout Sessions

Student Ministers and Volunteers Conference

This conference is targeted to student ministers and the volunteers who serve with them.



7:45 PM – Robby Gallaty

9:00 PM – Johnny Derouen: "Partnering with Your Senior Pastor to Impact a Young Generation"


11:00 AM – Breakouts

Bonnie Scasta: “How Girls Become Confused about Their Gender”

Ender Palencia: "Growing a Multicultural Youth Ministry—Joys and Challenges"

Richard Ross: "How New Research about the Mind and Brain Impacts Youth Ministry"

1:15 PM – Victor Flores: "Leading Church Parents to Radically Change Their Priorities for their Children"

2:30 PM – Dream Session

All adults from one church will meet together. Under the direction of Southwestern’s Justin Buchanan, leaders from that church will pull together all they have experienced at Lab—and will dream together about changes they want to make at home.

Student ministers who attend Lab alone will join a small group of student ministers from similar churches—to do similar dreaming about changes at home.


Robby Gallaty is senior pastor at Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN. He is founder of Replicate Ministries and author of Growing Up: How to be a Disciple Who Makes Disciples and Firmly Planted: How to Cultivate a Faith Rooted in Christ.

Johnny Derouen is senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Muskogee, OK. He was a lifetime youth pastor and SWBTS professor of student ministry until assuming the role of senior pastor in 2016. He is the author of Christ: The Life of Christ the Basis of Faith.

Bonnie Scasta is the director of women's ministry at Living Hope Ministries. Bonnie has a Master of Arts in Christian Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas A&M University.  In addition, Bonnie has many years of experience walking with those struggling with same-sex attraction and their friends and family members through Living Hope’s in-house and online support groups.

Victor Flores, FBC, Orlando, Pastor of Student Discipleship. Victor and his wife Esther recently released the book Raise to Release: A Missional Mandate for Parents.

Ender Palencia, graduate of SWBTS, serves as Campus Pastor at Fielder Church in Arlington, Texas.

Justin Buchanan is professor of student ministry, Southwestern Seminary, author and speaker.

Richard Ross is professor of student ministry, Southwestern Seminary, author and speaker.