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DEEPER - Jesus First Ministry Conference:​


 We invite you to send us a request for future event announcements.

Please contact us if you have any questions.


Empower the Ministry. This is one of the four mission pillars on which Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch stands upon. After the book Hope Rising was published, the ranch received a great deal of correspondence from like-hearted individuals who wished to learn how to create a similar program. In 2005 the ranch responded to this need by establishing our first Information Clinic. These Clinics have been held every year since and continue to be highly attended. Today, over 200 new similar ministries have been shouldered into existence around the world.

Continuing our desire to strengthen and support the relationship with these ministries, in 2012 Crystal Peaks held its inaugural Leadership Conference. Directors, selected core teams of staff and volunteers from participating ranches were all encouraged to attend.

As we continue to refine the purpose of this event, beginning in 2016 it became the DEEPER - Jesus First Ministry Conference.

This event is set apart for leaders desiring to grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Some of the topics addressed include: ministry leadership development, resistance-free horsemanship, program horse selection, creative ideas for sessions, in-depth instruction regarding volunteers, funding principles, encouragement through trials, and, most importantly, the emphasis on keeping Jesus Christ as the focus of all.

Registration Information:

Registration for this conference is reserved for ranches that are actively serving their community and have completed the CPYR Similar Ministry Application process and are current with their required Annual Update.

Ideally, those who participate have already attended one of our previous Information Clinics. Conference size is intentionally limited to create an environment that fosters greater opportunity for relational depth among participants. Click here for a sample schedule.

Future event registration announcements will be made through our ​active similar ministry list, newsletter, and social media services.  Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The cost of the ​event includes all meals ​throughout the duration of the event (Wednesday evening through Saturday morning). Payment is required in full to reserve your spot. The price of the 2018 ​conference was $375 per person.

Registrations received after the 30 day threshold will be charged a $50 late fee to cover the extra administrative work required to process registrations, and adjust event supplies so close to the event.  Finally, all opportunities for registration will close two weeks prior to the event.

Refund Policy: 

Please understand before registering: $100 of the registration fee per participant is non-refundable once your reservation has been confirmed. For example, if you register 3 people and call to cancel, $300 is non-refundable. 

*Note: 30 days prior to the event​ the full amount is non-refundable.*

The conference has a minimum age requirement of 18. Rare exceptions may be made at the sole discretion of the Similar Ministries Manager. 

Lodging & Transportation Information:

We have compiled a list of popular accommodations and travel information in the Bend/Redmond/Sisters area. Click here to view.

*Please do not place airline, car rental or hotel reservations until you have completed the registration and a registration confirmation email has been received. These costs are not included in the ​Ministry Conference registration fee and will need to be covered by each participant separately.*


If you have further questions or would like to apply to shoulder with CPYR as a similar ministry, please contact our team at (541) 330-0123 or similarministries@cpyr.org


You may also enjoy connecting with others in this network of interest through the public Facebook group: Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch - Empowering the Ministry