Equipping the next generations in faith…

ken castor

KEN is a next-generation pastor in the U.S. and Canada, the founder of NEXT Ministry Conferences and serves as the Professor of Youth Ministry at Crown College in Minnesota. He has a doctorate focused on passing faith and leadership through the generations. Ken has authored or co-authored numerous discipleship resources including Grow DownThe Skinny on Discipleship (co-author), the Award-winning Jesus-Centered Bible (co-editor), and Make a Difference. He lives near Minneapolis with his wife and their amazing kids.


How can the next generation stand in this stormy world?

Rooted. Strong even through the winds. Where knots become beauty marks…

Our deepest longing as human beings is for significance. Author and Bible scholar Ken Castor serves as an expert guide into a life of significance.
Rick Lawrence
Author of Spiritual Grit, General Editor of The Jesus-Centered Bible
We’re surrounded by a generation of emerging young leaders who are tired of watching, waiting for permission, and wondering when they will be called on to make a difference in this world for Jesus. Ken Castor understands their cry and provides a clear formula for daily empowerment and mobilization.
Timothy Eldred
Author of Alone Sucks, Executive Director of Waves
Ken continues to caringly but honestly encourage and drive people to grow deeper into what it means to follow Jesus. 
Chris Theule-VanDam
Western Great Lakes Regional Director, Young Life

Event Schedule 19/20

8.24 Youth Ministry Local Training (Group), Denver, CO

8.26 Crown College Fall Semester Begins

9.6 Youth Ministry Local Training (Group), Rancho Cucamonga, CA 

10.5 Youth Ministry Local Training (Group), Riverside Church, Big Lake, MN

10.19-21 Association of Youth Ministry Educators, Minneapolis, MN 

10.26 NEXT Ministry Conference, Toledo, OH

11.2 NEXT Ministry Conference, Lancaster, PA

11.10 River Rock Alliance Church, Belle Plaine, MN

11.13 Crown College Chapel 

12.3-12 Israel Collective

1.4 Recharge Conference, St. Paul, MN

1.11 Parenting Conference, Westwood Church, Chanhassen, MN

1.15 Crown College Spring Semester Begins

1.22 Wooddale HS Group, Eden Prairie, MN

1.24-26 Avalanche Weekend, Big Sandy Camp

1.29 Wooddale HS Group, Eden Prairie, MN

2.14-16 White Out Retreat, Beulah Beach, OH

2.17-18 C&MA Youth Retreat, Tampa Bay, FL

2.21-22 NEXT Ministry Conference, Orlando, FL

2.29 NEXT Ministry Conference, Princeton, NJ

3.7 NEXT Ministry Conference, Crown College, MN

3.13-14 Ignite-Youth Conference, Des Moines, IA

3.21 NEXT Ministry Conference, Columbia, SC

4.3-4 Ignite-Youth Conference, Chicago, IL

TBD Metro Retreat, Lake Champion YL Camp, 

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