2022 Youth Ministry Conference – Iron On Iron

Feed My Sheep

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

August 26-27, 2022

In one of the most sobering and encouraging passages in all of Scripture, Jesus restores Peter into fellowship with Himself by reminding him three times that if he loves Him, he will feed his sheep. This is so impactful on Peter that he shares it with the recipients of his letter in 1 Peter 5, when he tells pastors to “shepherd the flock” that is among them. This is a perfect summary of what being in ministry looks like. As those in student ministry, God is calling us to really feed and care for the students that He has placed under our responsibility. During this weekend, it is our desire that you be fed with God’s Word, personally, and equipped to go and provide this ministry to your students. 

FREE for Pastors, Youth Pastors & Spouses*

($65 general registration)

*Student pastors and wives need to pay a $35 deposit to reserve your spot. This will be refunded upon arrival to the conference. Please contact our office with any questions.

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“So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.” – 1 Peter 5:1-3 (ESV)

“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)

Why Host a Free Youth Ministry Conference?

As a youth minister, you’re in the trenches of rewarding, but difficult, ministry every day.

You’re pursuing Gospel conversations with students, planning youth events, juggling church issues, and equipping parents. And, too often, it can feel like a lonely place. Youth culture always pushes back against the norms, and student ministry leaders burn out way too quickly when they aren’t invested in.

The simple truth is, 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.

You don’t have to keep running on empty. There’s a better way to youth ministry.

First, 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.

Second, we think Christ has designed youth workers to lean on one another. We need to learn from one another, pray for one another, and challenge one another toward a more Gospel-driven ministry than ever before. 

Iron on Iron is a quick weekend event for youth pastors and youth ministry teams.

This 2-day youth ministry 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. 

Main Sessions

  • Mark Coppenger – Former professor of Christian Apologetics at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, senior pastor of Evanston Baptist Church in Illinois, director of Baptist Collegiate Ministries at Chicago’s Northwestern University, and managing editor of Kairos Journal.
  • Brody Holloway – Snowbird co-founder & lead pastor.
  • Rob Conti – Snowbird programming director & teacher.

Breakout Sessions

  • Zach Mabry – Snowbird Institute director, worship leader & teacher.
  • Steve Brooks – Student Pastor, Hillside United Methodist
  • Jon Rouleau – Snowbird teacher, former student pastor & church planter.

Conference Schedule

Schedule may change, check the Snowbird app for most current updates.


  • 5:00 pm – Arrival & Check-in
  • 6:30 pm – Dinner
  • 8:00 pm – Worship Service at North Campus
  • 9:45 pm – Recreation, Snack Shack, SWO Underground, Fire


  • 8:00 am – Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – Worship Service at North Campus
  • 12:00 pm – Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – Recreation
  • 2:00 pm – Breakouts
  • 5:15 pm – Dinner
  • 6:45 pm – Worship Service at North Campus
  • Departure

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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