OKYM Forum

Our Purpose

Forum is a two-day youth ministry training conference open to youth leaders serving in any role in their church.

Forum Provides


Receive encouragement for life and ministry through corporate worship and the teaching of the word of God.


Connect with others to pray, support, and equip



Receive practical helps for youth ministry


Exchange ideas to sharpen one another. We are each other’s best resource.

Who is Forum For?

Anyone serving in youth ministry in the local church! Forum provides general sessions and topical breakouts for full-time, bi-vocational, or volunteer youth ministers, youth ministers’ spouses, volunteer workers/interns, or youth worker teams.

The OKYMFourm is open to all youth workers, not just church staff.


November 18

9:30 am                       Doors Open // Registration
                                     (Jordan Welcome Center)
10:30 am                     Mega-breakout 1
11:15 am                     Break
11:30 am                     Mega-breakout 2
12:30 pm                     Lunch
1:30 pm                       Doors Open // Late Arrival Registration
                                     (Jordan Welcome Center)
2:30 pm                       Breakout 1
3:15 pm                       Break & Transition
4:00 pm                       Breakout 2
4:45 pm                       Break & Transition
5:00 pm                       Breakout 3
5:45 pm                       Dinner
7:30 pm                       Main Session 1 (No Exhibits Open)
9:00 pm                       Late night options available

November 19

7:15 am                       Forum 5K
7:30-8:45                    Breakfast
8:00 am                       Doors Open
9:30 am                       Collaboration
10:30 am                     Break
11:15 am                     Breakout 4
12:00 pm                     Lunch
1:00 pm                       Breakout 5
1:45 pm                       Break
2:00 pm                       Team Breakout (Debrief)
2:30 pm                       Final Main Session (No Exhibits Open)
3:30 pm                       Dismiss


Early Bird – July 20 – September 29

$110 Full time Attendee attending both days (Full Time or Part Time Lead Youth Pastor/Paid Youth Staffer/Pastor)

$65 Full time Attendee/Spouse attending both days (Spouse or Youth Volunteer)

Regular – September 30 – October 31

$120 Full time Attendee attending both days (Full Time or Part Time Lead Youth Pastor/Paid Youth Staffer/Pastor)

$75 Full time Attendee / Spouse attending both days (Spouse or Youth Volunteer)

Late – November 1 – November 18

$130 Full time Attendee attending both days (Full Time or Part Time Lead Youth Pastor/Paid Youth Staffer/Pastor)

$85 Full time Attendee / Spouse attending both days (Spouse or Youth Volunteer)

Lodging Options:

  1. $75 Hotel room at Falls Creek Conference Center
  2. Cabin at Falls Creek Conference Center (need to communicate rental agreements with cabin owners)
  3. Finding own hotel outside of Falls Creek Conference Center

If you decide to rent a cabin from another church, please contact cabin owner and Falls Creek Conference Centers for renters’ agreements.

*No Refunds*


Chad Poe

Chad Poe

Main Speaker

Chad Poe preaches God’s Word through storytelling, media, and visual experience. As a result, the Scripture is clearly presented in order for people of all ages to examine and apply Biblical truth to their everyday walks of life. As someone not simply called to speak, Chad believes in the importance of relationships and seeks to get to know people when he is away from the stage. Ultimately, Chad hopes to see people moved into a deeper relationship with Christ. In turn, they will live lives of action that impact their world.

Chad is originally from Chattanooga, TN. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he received a degree in Secondary Education. Following college, he attended Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, TX where he received a Masters of Divinity. After graduating seminary, God called Chad to serve in itinerant ministry.

Chad and his wife, Hope, now live in Lake Jackson, TX with their sons (Shepherd, Charlie, and Alder) and daughter (Magnolia Bea). He is an avid reader and infrequent visitor to the gym. He serves as the Teaching Pastor at Grace Bible Church in Clute, TX.

Doug Matlock

Doug Matlock

Worship Leader

Doug Matlock loves Jesus, his family, and serving others. He and his wife Courtney were married in 2003 and have three daughters. Doug serves as the Discipleship and Small Groups Ministry Partner for Oklahoma Baptists, serving Baptist churches across the state to help strengthen discipleship ministries. Prior to working for Oklahoma Baptists, Doug served in churches for over 18 years as youth pastor, college and media pastor, and discipleship and worship pastor. He first started leading worship for his youth group as student, mentored and encouraged by leaders in his local church. Doug also loves coffee, food, traveling with his family, hiking, sports, and great stories. His greatest passion is serving others to help them grow in their relationships with Christ.

Leading worship with Doug at FORUM:

Courtney Matlock – Vocals
Michael Butler – Lead guitar
Philip Sullivan – Bass
Alex Jones – Keys
Josh Gresham – Drums


For Practical Youth Ministry Training (No matter your role)

Reaching Every New Next Generation
Christ-centered Illustration in a Self-centered World
Developing a Relational Community
Discipling Adult Leaders
Invitations with Intent
Going the Distance in Youth Ministry
Using Small Groups to Develop Pathways
Effective Transitions from KidMin to Youth
Effective Transitions from Youth to College
The Art of Listening to Make Disciples
Discipleship Dashboard: Getting a Lock on What’s Important in Discipleship
Maximizing Special Events as a Part of My Pathway
Making Disciple-making Volunteers
Families as a Part of Disciple-Making Pathway
Developing a Preaching and Teaching Plan 
& more!