What is Pursue?

Pursue is a conference for high school students who are interested in pursuing a career in ministry or missions. Pursue takes place on the campus of Johnson University in Knoxville, Tennessee. We are expecting an excellent group of high school students in an intentionally intimate environment. We think the weekend will be extremely encouraging and powerful. Scroll down for the schedule and registration!

DATE CHANGE! Pursue will take place March 4-6, 2022 on the Johnson University campus in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Due to a shortage of on-campus housing related to Covid-19 protocols, we needed to move Pursue to the spring. Our plans for the spring will include a contingency plan for off-campus housing if necessary. We love Pursue and can’t wait for this year’s event!

Why Pursue?

Pursue exists to encourage and equip high schoolers in their pursuit of a life of ministry. Students sometimes struggle to navigate this unfamiliar world of vocational ministry. Good news! We can help. This event is perfect for any student interested in pursuing a career in…

  • Youth Ministry
  • Worship
  • Preaching
  • Children’s Ministry
  • Missions


What will happen at Pursue?

Pursue will be a weekend with like-minded students from all over the country who desire to devote their career to maximum kingdom impact. The weekend will feature worship, workshops, main sessions, and of course lots of fun. You’ll have a chance to interact with college students pursuing ministry, college ministry professors, and Christian ministry leaders.

Is this for youth groups?

No, this event is for individuals desiring to potentially pursue a career in some form of ministry or missions. You will have the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with other students just like you!


Tentative Schedule

Friday, March 4
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Registration
5:00 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Introduction in PW Building
7:30 p.m. Worship and Message
9:00 p.m. Breakout sessions
10:00 p.m. Late Night

Saturday, March 5
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Devo
10:00 a.m. Breakout Session 1
11:00 a.m. Breakout Session 2
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Mini-Session
2:00 p.m. Free Time
5:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Stuff
7:00 p.m. Worship and Message
10:30 p.m. Campfire

Sunday, March 6
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Worship and Message
11:00 a.m. See ya later!

What to bring and where to go

What to bring:

  • Bedding & pillow for twin extra long mattress
  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Clothes
  • Jacket (we will be outside some)
  • Bible
  • Spending money for snacks, etc. (Reminder – all meals are included in your registration.)

Where to check in:

Check in is in the Phillips-Welshimer Building at the Russell Preaching Center. We will have signage to point the way once you are on campus.

How much does it cost?

$50 includes all programming, meals, and lodging if you register before February 4. After February 4 the price is $75.



Preach.Fest at Johnson UniversityPreachFest is a celebration of preaching on the Johnson University Tennessee campus during which aspiring ministers preach, earn scholarships, and receive feedback from our preaching professors. All participants will receive scholarships to Johnson University of at least $300. Those who preach the most outstanding sermons will receive scholarships of up to $3,000. This year, we’re holding PreachFest the same weekend as Pursue (March 5, 2022) so students who want to participate in both are able to. Click here for more information!