• An Amazing Pre-Conference with Intensive Workshops, Worship and Dinner!

    A HUGE thanks to Calvary Baptist for hosting the pre-conference.

    A HUGE thanks to Calvary Baptist Church in Peabody, MA for hosting the pre-conference.

    Simply because we want Open to be unbelievably and extraordinarily AWESOME, we added an extra pre-conference last year that couldn’t have gone better! Because of that, we’ll be doing it again on Friday, February 6th. The pre-conference will start with some training intensives in the afternoon with the first with Adam McLane from 1:30pm-3:30pm and the second with Scott Larson from 4:00pm-6:00pm. After that, we’ll have dinner together from 6:00-7:00pm and then have a time of worship led by Joe Frey and a devotional led by Nathan Rockafellow from 7:00pm-8:00pm. Oh, and did we mention that this is all INCLUDED in the $25 cost for Open Boston!

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    Pre-Conference Schedule

  • LifeBridge_bannerOpen Boston Benefits Life Bridge Mentoring

    When you come to Open Boston, not only will you be getting fantastic youth ministry training and a great chance to network with other youth workers in the trenches, but a portion of your ticket sale will also be donated to a great New England ministry: Life Bridge Inc.

    Many adults believe that kids haven’t changed much over the years, but nothing could be further from the truth! Teenagers are journeying through high school with more freedom, fewer boundaries, and more challenges.

    Life Bridge, Inc., was started in 2004 as a teen mentoring organization. Together with full-time staff and numerous volunteers, our goal is to facilitate one-to-one mentoring relationships between students and healthy adults resulting in positive life changes.

    Our vision is to give students hope, keep them off drugs/alcohol, help curb risky behaviors, and to encourage healthy choices. Trained adults invest 90 minutes each week for a year into students’ lives through a one-to-one mentoring relationship. Mentoring enables a student to develop responsible decision making skills, deeper relationships within their family, improved grades/attendance in school, and potentially a rewarding journey into the future as a responsible young adult in their community.





  • Designed for Interaction

    Part of the theory of the Open events is that some of the best ideas in youth ministry come from everyday youth workers who are in the trenches of ministry. Thus, Open Boston has been purposefully designed for interaction.

    Each session will run 45 minutes and speakers will have the choice to teach interactively for that whole time or limit themselves to 30 minutes and provide questions for small group discussion for the remaining 15 minutes.

    You won’t just be coming to hear some great ideas from our AMAZING speakers, but you will be coming to share some of yours as well!






  • Our Location: Gordon College

    Open Boston will be held on the campus of Gordon College in the new Ken Olsen Science Building. The campus is located at 255 Grapevine Road in Wenham, MA.

    For more info on getting there, click the links below:

    Campus Location & Parking

    Flight and Hotel Information







  • Celebrating New Ideas in Youth Ministry

    Open Boston is a one-day event for adults who minister to teenagers. Whether you work or volunteers with teenagers in a church, parachurch, school, clinic, after school program, sports team, or are a parent: If you minister to teenagers than this day is for you!

    Open Boston is unlike most youth ministry training events. We believe that innovation happens on the front lines with people who spend their day-to-day lives enwrapped in the daily lives with teenagers. We’ve asked our presenters to bring what’s really working in their context to Open Boston. Our hope is that when you spend a day hearing from a wide variety of fellow Christians that you’ll connect your context to something you hear, giving birth to innovation in your ministry.




  • Ideas are Born in Boston

    Since colonial times, New England has been held in high international regard for its industry, technology, and spirit of inventiveness. Historically, the Boston area is among the most innovative locales in the region. “Yankee ingenuity,” a term that strongly evokes the New England character, reflects traditions of invention and craftsmanship that emerged in and around Boston over a period of more than three centuries. ~ Kenneth R. Manning




Get tickets while they last

Awesome youth ministry training for an unbelievable price!

  • Nicole Zasowski, Speaker

    In a culture where we are only as good as our last performance, there is immense pressure to be perfect as people and successful in our ministries. But how would we look at life differently if we made it a goal to be fruitful instead of being successful?

  • Brian Craig, Speaker

    Youth in the church are looking for the church to welcome them but all too often they leave feeling hurt and neglected. This session seeks to explore how leaders can create a welcoming environment in their youth groups so that all students feel encouraged and safe to share what is really on their hearts.

  • Patti Gibbons, Speaker

    There’s a long list of adjectives a so-called ‘None’ might apply to the faithful, and not a lot of them are flattering. How can today’s church lean into that Acts 2:47 ideal?

  • Michael Mura, Speaker

    The Bible is a big book and the knowledge of God is inexhaustible. In student ministry we have a small 4-6 year window to invest, disciple, and equip students in our ministries. Knowing that we cannot teach everything, what is essential to prepare students well for when they move on from our ministries?

  • Lisa Surran, Speaker

    Serving in ministry is a very demanding and hugely rewarding calling. In that place of service, it is vital that we are giving from a full cup. During this session, we will explore how to care for your soul in order to best care for those you serve.

  • Aaron Wolgamot, Speaker

    Students are vital to the ministry today, and will be the leaders of the church tomorrow. So we should be training them today to be leaders, both now and in the future. This session would share ways to get students involved in their Student Ministries today!

  • Jeremy Bixler, Speaker

    This session will explore the actual meanings of introversion and extroversion (spoiler alert: you may be surprised!), identify traits of each, discover the latest research in the field of social personality types, understand ways in which the church can better appreciate the gifts that introverts bring to the table, and weave everything ...

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