A New Formula for Student Ministry

June 5-8 2024

Grace Church
Chapel Hill, NC

This three-day experience will ignite something new in a gathering of student pastors committed to transforming the spiritual growth of students.

Why the Lab?

Student pastors face a unique set of challenges:

  • Parents overlooking the importance of their students’ spiritual growth
  • Inconsistent student engagement
  • Conflicting and constant cultural influences on students’ lives
  • Balancing outreach with deepening the faith of the faithful
  • The pressure to entertain rather than engage

The Lab is your chance to experiment with useful tools and creative ideas in a safe and supportive space.

What is the Lab?

Community Building

Share stories, exchange ideas, and forge lasting relationships with student pastors facing the same struggles.

Best Practices Unveiled

Practice new ways to engage parents and students with strategies and proven methods for student ministry.

Become a Storyteller

Join a movement toward student-led ministry, empowering young voices and creating meaningful, disciple-making experiences.


Pastor Jon Rush

Pastor Jon Rush

Youth Pastor, Elevation Church

Jon Rush is on staff at Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC. He leads their youth and eGroups ministries at their broadcast location, Elevation Ballantyne and also oversees the Gaming Ministry: YTH NATION GAMING. Jon is passionate about coaching and consulting youth + young adult pastors looking to utilize video games, school relationships, social media, and technology for ministry.

Pastor Steve Kerr

Pastor Steve Kerr

Central Student Pastor, Faith Promise Church

Following exposure to Gamma Radiation, Steve now has the ability to empower young leaders and students to grow in their faith and leadership.

Apart from ministry, Steve’s other powers include a unique eye for rare collectibles, which he keeps back at the bat cave.

His alter-ego is his most important one, and as a mild-mannered husband and father, Steve models the importance of putting his family first and helping other student pastors do the same.

Pastor Vince Parker

Pastor Vince Parker

Sr Central Ministry Leader for lcswitch, Life.Church

Vince Parker serves as the Central Ministry Leader for Switch, the youth ministry at Life.Church. With more than 12 years on the Life.Church team, he uses his pastoral experience and eye for excellence to lead a team of more than 50 youth pastors across 11 states. He is passionate about seeing students and leaders live out the calling that God has placed on their lives. Prior to his current role, Vince served as a youth pastor and as the Campus Pastor for Life.Church Broadway and Britton.

In his down time, he enjoys competing for the best yard on the block and adding to his sneaker collection. Vince and his wife, Melissa, live in Oklahoma City with their daughter, Adriana. One of their most treasured family traditions is to see the latest Marvel movie on opening night and visit a new city each year.

Micah Stephens

Micah Stephens

CEO of Paper Giants

Event Details

Cost and What's Included

OUT OF TOWN registrations: $500

Lodging will be provided.

Meals provided are:

  • Wednesday- Dinner
  • Thursday- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Friday- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Saturday- Breakfast

LOCAL registrations: $100

Meals provided are:

  • Wednesday- Dinner
  • Thursday- Lunch and dinner
  • Friday- Lunch and dinner
Transportation Info

You will need your own transportation to and from Grace Church (200 Sage Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514) and your lodging.

*The lodging address will be provided to out of town guests closer to the event time.



The schedule is being solidified but here are important dates and times as you are planning your trip:

6:00PM  Student Service at Grace Church Chapel Hill

6PM-10PM Dinner and Fun Hangs

9-5PM Activties and Workshops
6PM-10PM Dinner and Fun Hangs

SATURDAY: *Only for out of town guests
8:00AM Breakfast @ lodging
10:00AM Check out for out of town guests

Group Rates

If you have multiple student pastors, contact micah@papergiants.tv and let’s talk!

Ready to Transform Your Ministry?

Don’t miss this moment to revolutionize how you engage with students, leaders, and parents. 

Save your spot and register for The Lab Today!

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