Frequently asked questions


what is the awake conference?

AWAKE is a local church student conference that is founded on the belief that our faith is not meant to be idle, hidden, or contained but instead lived out AWAKE in Christ! We want to see this generation empowered by Jesus, equipped to make a difference, and living out their faith every day! In 2013, God laid a vision on the heart of our student ministry team to bring local church youth groups together from all over the midwest for a 24-hour experience. The vision for the weekend would simply be this: worship, prayer, and focused teaching on one thing- this generation becoming AWAKE. AWAKE is now in its seventh year as a conference and God is doing amazing things! It is our prayer that students and youth leaders leave the conference refreshed, equipped, and inspired to live AWAKE at home, in the local church, in their cities, and around the world.

Where is Awake Conference?

Bridge View Center
102 Church St
Ottumwa, IA 52501

Who can attend the Awake Conference?

AWAKE is designed for junior high (6th-8th grade) and high school (9th-12th grade) students. Although we allow incoming sixth graders, we ask you to determine whether or not the individual student can handle the length of sessions and intensity of the conference. Adult student ministry leaders are encouraged to attend with the students they lead. We also allow groups of Youth Leaders to register without bringing their students if they’d like to attend with a leadership/team building focus.

When does the event begin and end?

The first session of the conference will not take place until 7:30 p.m. We open registration and check-in early to help accommodate those that are traveling from out-of-town. The conference will conclude on Saturday, February 20 at 5:30 p.m.


What is the cost of Awake?

Pricing for AWAKE varies depending on when you register. Please note that there is an early bird price break leading up to conference, so the sooner you register, the more you save! Click on register on the top of the page to register!

What does the registration fee cover?

The registration fee covers your admission to both days of the conference, the materials needed for the event, and all meals provided onsite. It does not include transportation or lodging.

Will there be any extra fees?

Your registration fee covers your conference admission and meals only. Please visit the food page for more information about meals and snacks, and the lodging page for more information about local accommodations. You may want to bring additional money to purchase AWAKE merchandise.

Can registrations be cancelled or transferred?

Thank you for understanding that registrations for AWAKE 2021 are both non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Do I have to register now, or can I do it at the door?

Although there may be an opportunity to register at the door, we encourage you to register as soon as possible so that we can plan accordingly for your experience. In the likely event that AWAKE sells out, we cannot guarantee availability at the door

Are there day or session passes available?

Day and session passes are not available. We recommend that you reserve your place now by registering in full for the conference.

If I register as a Youth Leader, am I still able to attend all the sessions?

Yes! Every registration gives you access to all sessions, community groups, etc. of AWAKE Conference.

When will I receive my ticket / wristband / lanyard?

You may pick up your wristband and lanyard between 6:00pm and 7:30pm on February 19, 2021 at the Bridge View Center. Your lanyard will serve as your admission for AWAKE, don’t lose it!


How do I eat during the conference?

With your hands, preferably... We recommend that you stay on site for meals when possible. Eating a meal offsite will not work conveniently with the conference schedule. For your convenience we will have  meals provided during breakfast and lunch.

I have a student with a food allergy, what should I do?

Please contact Darik at 641-629-0595 or to arrange alternate food accommodations.



Please note: The AWAKE Conference will not be provided free lodging this year.

We recommend reserving hotel blocks at any of these three local locations:


Hampton Inn

Holiday Inn Express


Early Bird (until October 31st, 2020)
Second Tier (November 1 - January 31, 2020)
Regular Price

To give you the best experience, please tell us more about yourself!

I attend the Bridge/Awake


I attend another church and I want to register individually


I am leading a group from another church


I want to sponsor a student