The Next Generation needs you.

NEXT Ministry Conference was started in 2012 at Crown College in Minnesota as an innovative, affordable one-day training for youth and children’s workers, their lead teams, volunteers and key high school students. (The first conference was actually called “Spark”, but we’re still embarrassed to admit that!) Since then, NEXT has expanded across the U.S. to 6 locations and has trained thousands leaders who are intentional about equipping Jesus-followers in the next generations. While many things have changed from the beginning, one thing hasn't: NEXT Conference has and will always have a Christ-Centered approach in everything we do.


Wondering what the NEXT Conference schedule looks like?





NEXT is affordable and practical.

With registration prices for our one day event at $25 for adults and $10 for students, not only can full-time paid workers come, but so can volunteers and students. Each location offers a minimum of 18 workshops to choose from focused for elementary, middle, and high school ministry, as well as some focused specifically for high school students.



NEXT helps develop regional connections.

With NEXT Conferences being locally planned and driven, you get to build your own network of friends and ministry partners. Whether you need help planning an event, need advice about a sticky ministry situation, or just need someone that gets it, you can develop relationships at NEXT Conference that benefit you and your ministry.



NEXT hosts local ministry voices.

There are gifted and wise people in your area that have a strong voice in the youth ministry world that you will learn from. They know your area and youth culture better than anyone else. Don't miss out on these specially tailored trainings!



These speakers and others come to various NEXT events, so keep an eye out for them. They just may show up at your local NEXT Conference!

Melissa MacDonald   Passionate about the church and about kids, Melissa J. MacDonald travels extensively speaking, training, coaching, and consulting. She’s the author of Missing: An Urgent Call for the Church to Rescue Kids. She currently serves as the national Children’s Disciplemaking Consultant for the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination. With a fresh and unique perspective Melissa boldly calls the church to be The Church everywhere she goes. She’s been to over 30 countries and seeks out the best ethnic food in every city she visits. Find out more at .


Dan Boal   Dan, the Alliance Youth Ministry Consultant, seeks to remain personally connected to Jesus to purposefully mobilize people to fulfill Acts 1:8. He thrives when helping leaders reach the next generation with the gospel. He believes that good youth workers are GREAT missiologist. They know the culture and understand how Jesus can transform it through them to His desire. Dan has authored several resources and is currently working on his next book with The Youth Cartel.


Ken Castor   Dr. Ken Castor drinks too much coffee and is excellent with a Nerf gun. He is also a veteran next-generation pastor who speaks across the nation and serves as a professor of youth ministry at Crown College in Minnesota. He is the Blue-Letters Editor for the  Jesus-Centered Bible  and has authored several books, including a student discipleship book,  Grow Down , and a daily devotional book,  Make A Difference . He lives in Minnesota with his wife and their three kids.






Rich Todd   Rich serves as the Envision International Sites Developer, working with all of our international site leaders, helping to grow healthy ministries, teams and leaders. Rich, his wife Kristi and their three girls served as Envision Site Coordinators in Russia for three and a half years before joining the National Office team. Rich and Kristi enjoy anything outdoors, meeting new people and being involved in what God is doing around the world.


Jen Schepens   Jen serves as the operations specialist for Envision, focusing on the operational and administrative processes, as well as organizing and planning Envision gatherings. She’s excited to have the brain space and time to explore Colorado, having just recently completed her MDiv. Jen is a Mets fan and loves baking, antique shopping, treats and snoozin', snoozin' and treats.


Britt Kwan   Britt serves as the coordinator for all short-term teams serving with Envision, whether domestically or internationally. Britt also handles all Envision social media, emailing, and website. Britt and her husband, Brian, are newlyweds and enjoy cooking together, hiking and hosting friends. They are proud parents to four chickens and approximately 5,000 bees.


Coming soon!   We're always adding new speakers to our line up. Check back soon!




$25 per Adult
$10 per Student


Orlando, fl

Westwood Church
4412 N. Apopka Vineland Rd. Orlando FL, 32818

February 23rd, 2019


twin cities, mn

Crown College
8700 College View Dr, St. Bonifacius MN, 55375

March 9th, 2019


Toledo, OH

Westgate Chapel
2500 Wilford Dr, Toledo, OH 43615

October 26th, 2019


Paying by check? All checks can be made out to The Christian & Missionary Alliance, with your church name and NEXT event location in the memo line and mailed to:

Alliance Youth
8595 Explorer Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO 80920