#YOTNconf Ascend The Hill 2017


27-29 April 2017
Whanganui, NZ

We will ascend the hill. Register Online Now!


In Psalm 24, David declares the magnificences of the Father. ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.’ The revelation of who God is, is a call to worship for all believers. God is holy, wonderful and worthy of adoration. We see his greatness in the creation we inhabit. In the stars of the sky and incredible variety of life on the earth.

This psalm is a call for humanity to enter into God’s presence. ‘Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place?’ Those who honour the Lord with their lives are promised a blessing and restoration of relationship to the Father. Finally, this psalm also declares the coming of our saviour. ‘Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter.’

It has been our prayer through out the last year that Youth of the Nation Conference 2017 would be a space for you and your youth community to encounter the presence of our most wonderful God and in this space the Holy Spirit will lead and guide you with faith, hope and love.

We’d love to see you at conference this year, where we intentionally seek Father’s presence and purposes for His church.

God bless.

- Ps Ben & Jenna-marie Hoyle, Conference Directors

#YOTNconf 2017 - Ascend the HillPosted by Youth Of The Nation NZ on Friday, March 31, 2017

Registration Info



High school/college age & any Uni students with a valid Student ID.



Can’t make the full weekend?

You can purchase tickets for the night sessions online mid April. Day passes are subject to availability and available at the door each morning.

Ready to get registered? Register Online Now!



Hillsong Church, San Francisco, USA

Brenden is a dynamic preacher, who will inspire you through the word of God to realise that you can be all that God wants you to be. He & his wife Jacqui are Pastors at Hillsong Church Sydney West Campus and have also worked with the young adult's ministry at Hillsong for many years.

They are now about to embark on a journey across continents to be the lead Pastors of Hillsong Church San Francisco, USA.

Brenden got radically saved in his mid-twenties from a crazy lifestyle and is now used by God in preaching the Gospel to people of all ages. He is a relevant, passionate and challenging preacher, who is consumed with the mission of leading people to Jesus.


Revolution Church, Christchurch, NZ

Steve and Amy are the senior leaders of Revolution Church Christchurch. They love people and are always looking for ways to enjoy the journey with their three kids. Their passion is to help people connect with God and what He is up to on planet earth. They have been in youth ministry and pastoral leadership since 2000. In 2014 they launched Revolution Church with a dream in their heart to build a great Church that would impact this amazing city!


Equippers Church, Auckland, NZ

Byron leads the Revolution New Zealand. This is the youth movement of Equippers Church which includes The Revolution Tour, a national schools tour connecting with approximately 130,000 young people each year. Byron has a relentless passion for seeing young people coming to know Christ, mobilised on mission and living their purpose. He continues to lead a number of initiatives in and for New Zealand Schools that are ultimately about reaching young people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


Baptist Youth Ministries, Auckland, NZ

Gary is the National Team Leader for Baptist Youth Ministries NZ. Gary spent 20 years playing professional Golf in Asia and the Pacific before hearing God's call to pastor youth. He took on a role at Holy Trinity Anglican, then at Titirangi Baptist where he served for 15 years. Gary has a passion is to develop and train young leaders. You will often hear him saying, "Grow the ministry, grow leaders".

Gary also served as Transitions Director (the youth outreach program for Promise Keepers), and has been involved with parenting organisation Growing Families. He also has a real heart for missions, and this enabled the first leadership conference for youth leaders to be held in Fiji, called SEED.

Gary is married to Sarah and they have four boys.

+ Elective Speakers

Ps Chris McKenzie (St Andrew’s Church)
Ps Joshua Pound (Central Baptist Church)
Dave Mann (Hope Project New Zealand)
Christine Waitai (Faith City Church)
Ps Daniel Paikea (Paikea Ministries, Gold Coast, Australia)
Ps Kinyua Kathuri (Ingestre Street Bible Church)
Ps Andrew Bailey (Elim Worship Centre)

Are you a Youth Pastor/Leader? Contact our team for support!

Group info


YOTN will have a cafe onsite where you can purchase food and drinks. There are also a number of fast food restaurants and cafes within walking distance of the venue.


Our dedicated groups team will make sure your group is registered, and sorted for accomodation. We’ll also be on-site during conference to answer any questions you may have.

For accomodation assistance contact, sleep@yotn.net.nz.

Our cut off for accomodation assistance is 19th April 2017

Group Pricing

We offer special pricing for large group bookings, or groups from the South Island. Chat to our team and we'll make sure you get sorted!

We will ascend the hill. Register Online Now!


Thursday 27th April





3.30pm Check-in Open


7.00pm Session One / with Brenden Brown
Doors open 6:20pm

Friday 28th April

9.00am Session Two / with Steve Silcock

11.00am Elective #1

Noon Lunch Break

1.30pm Session Three / with Gary Grut

3.30pm Elective #2

4.30pm Dinner Break

7.00pm Session Four / with Brenden Brown
Doors open 6:30pm

Saturday 29th April

9.00am Session Five / with Byron Marchant

11.00am Elective #3

Noon Lunch Break

1.30pm Sports Tournament / Venue: Jubilee Stadium

3.30pm Dinner Break


7.00pm Session Six / with Steve Silcock
Doors open 6:30pm


Whanganui Central Baptist Church

285 Wicksteed St, Whanganui

NOTE: There will be limited parking during business hours, so please allow time extra time.

Other Info


YOTN will have a cafe onsite where you can purchase food and drinks. There are also a number of fast food restaurants and cafes within walking distance of the venue.


There will be offerings during Session Four on Friday night & Session Six on Saturday night.

Tribal Wars

At each night session our four tribes will compete for conference supremacy and national prestige! Your youth community will join others from your region to make up NORTH, SOUTH, EAST & WEST tribes. Your youth leader will be contacted in regard to your tribal group when they complete the group registration.

Sports Tournament

On the Saturday afternoon, there will be a sports tournament that your youth group can enter team/s of 7-10 people.
Venue: Jubilee Stadium,
Springvale Park,
Springvale, Whanganui

Only days & :: hours to go! Register Online Now!

Contact us via: info@yotn.net.nz

Terms & Conditions: Refund Policy: Any amendments and / or refunds must be notified in writing to the conference organisers. A fee of $15 NZD per registration applies to any form of cancellation. No refunds will be made after 9 April 2017. You may transfer your registration to another person providing it has been fully paid. Please inform us in writing before 16 April 2017 if you plan to do this and enclose the registration form of the delegate who is replacing you. There is a $10 administration fee for any transfers.

Parental Consent: I understand that the YOTN team will take due care with the programme provided, and that YOTN Trust accepts no responsibility for any injuries incurred during the course of the YOTN Conference.

Photography & Video Consent: During the conference we will be taking photos and filming various aspects of the conference including group images. Please note that we may use these shots to advertise future events. YOTN reserves the right to use this material for promotional purposes.

Privacy Act: In providing personal information you acknowledge that: 1. The information is being collected for the purpose of being able to contact you. 2. You have the rights to access and correct personal information held by the YOTN Trust, 127 Springvale Road, Wanganui. 3. From time to time we may contact you about upcoming events/initiatives. For further info, visit www.yotn.net.nz or phone 06 345 0265

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