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Online Certification & Courses

What is it?

Prepare to be Transformed

Group U offers online courses and certification to equip you to do one thing really, really, really well: transform lives through Jesus.

At Group U, you’ll become part of a vibrant learning community with others who have the same passion, while receiving practical training to make your ministry highly effective.

You are surrounded by a community of like-minded, heart-for-Jesus people. Online does not mean alone!

Who is it for?

Group U is all about YOU

Group U IS

Practical — Not just theory but valuable tools you can use right away

Relevant — Designed to use in your ministry setting—immediately

Affordable — No need to travel or move into a dorm

Time-friendly — Access from anywhere and at any time on any device

Relational — Skills to use with people of all ages in your ministry

Self-paced — Works around your life and busy schedule

Adaptable — Open to any experience level to help you take the next step

Effective — Everything really works...it’s all tried and true so you learn from our mistakes

Community — You’ll find support from peers and Groupies who really care about you

Jesus-Centered — Biblical foundations using Jesus as our model leader

Access your courses anytime on multiple devices. Group U offers flexibility with the power of online learning!

How it Works

You are In the Driver's Seat

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Explore certification and individual courses

Children's and Youth Ministry Certification available. Individual courses on topics like Understanding Kids Today, Empowering Volunteers, and Leadership Development can all be found at Group U. Each course is created to be manageable with your busy schedule and can be completed within a month.

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Register and pay

Select your course. Enter all the information plus a credit card number, and you can immediately access the course.

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Start immediately

In just a few minutes you could be learning and building effective and practical ministry skills. And our learning platform supports a ton of devices (computers, smartphones, tablets).

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Take a course, and you are on your way to certification!

Certification from Group U in Children’s or Youth Ministry is different from other online training providers. We don’t believe you should have to pay large amounts of money for a certification program that you might not even like or that doesn't fit your personality. At Group U, you take a course... if you like it, you take another one. If you complete 3 core leadership courses and 3 electives in either Children's or Youth Ministry, you will receive your Group U certification. And some special suprises are included with certification from Group U! But enough about that now. Take a course, enjoy a course, and you are on your way to certification. SIMPLE.

Group U courses are built by experts who don't just talk about ministry. They are doing it every day! They work with kids, teens, and adults. We call that walking the talk!

Courses

Build Your Ministry Skills

All Courses
Leadership
Children's Ministry
Youth Ministry
  • Available Now

    Leadership

    THE R.E.A.L. APPROACH TO SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION

    Understand the unique and innovative R.E.A.L. approach to spiritual transformation in ministry.

    $198
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  • Available Now

    Leadership

    The L.I.F.E. Strategy for Recruiting and Equipping Volunteers

    Understand an effective process for equipping today’s volunteers to serve in ministry.

    $198
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  • Coming December 2018

    Leadership

    The Power of Relational Ministry Leadership

    Understand a relational approach to leadership that empowers others and increases ministry impact and effectiveness.

    $198
  • Coming January 2019

    Children's Ministry

    Cultivating Courage in Kids

    Design a fearless environment for children’s ministry where kids can cultivate courage with Jesus by their side.

    $198
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  • Coming March 2019

    Children's Ministry

    Classroom Management: From Control to Cooperation

    Develop classroom management skills that build friendship with kids in your care.

    $198
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  • Coming May 2019

    Children's Ministry

    Partnering With Parents to Build Faith in Families

    Understand and respond to families in your church so, together, you can grow friendship with Jesus.

    $198
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  • Coming July 2019

    Children's Ministry

    Age Level Insights for Spiritual Development

    Understand how kids grow friendship with Jesus at every age and stage of life.

    $198
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  • Coming September 2019

    Children's Ministry

    How Kids Learn

    Recognize how kids’ and leaders’ learning styles impact and inspire ministry to children.

    $198
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  • Coming November 2019

    Children's Ministry

    Helping Hurting Kids

    Better understand hardships and challenges kids and families are facing today, and gain practical approaches to meeting them where they are with Jesus’ steadfast love.

    $198
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  • Coming February 2019

    Youth Ministry

    Growing Spiritual Grit in Teenagers

    Create a ministry environment that helps teenagers build a stronger connection to the heart of Jesus, then helps them grow in their “core spiritual strength.”

    $198
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  • Coming April 2019

    Youth Ministry

    Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry

    Learn practices that will help young people deepen their attachment to Jesus.

    $198
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  • Coming June 2019

    Youth Ministry

    Making Parents Your Allies in Youth Ministry

    Discover how to equip parents to grow the faith of their teenagers organically, naturally, and effectively.

    $198
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  • Coming August 2019

    Youth Ministry

    Outreach Strategies for Youth Ministry

    Understand how to call teenagers to evangelism and activism as they pursue a Jesus-centered missional identity.

    $198
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  • Coming october 2019

    Youth Ministry

    Engaging Youth Culture

    Understand how to create a youth ministry that is powerfully relevant and gives kids the tools they need to discover, discern, and decide how they will consume their culture.

    $198
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  • Coming December 2019

    Youth Ministry

    Helping Hurting Teenagers

    Discover how to represent Jesus to teenagers and build a ministry that reflects how he approached, honored, and cared for those he longed to redeem.

    $198
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Certification in Children's and Youth Ministry is more than just a piece of paper. It is a quiet confidence that you can handle what is ahead.

Certification

Children’s and Youth Ministry Certification Without the Loans

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Certification from Group U isn’t about passing a test or answering a bunch of questions; it's about improving your effectiveness in ministry today. Take a total of 6 courses (3 core leadership and 3 electives in either Children’s or Youth Ministry), and you can know that you are ready to be more effective right now. Yes, you’ll get a certificate, but you will also get peace of mind that you are taking advantage of every ministry opportunity that God places in front of you. At Group U, we don’t believe that paying a lot of money upfront really helps you improve your ministry skills. Simply take a course, enjoy a course, and you are on your way to certification. No loans needed — just a desire to grow your skills. And there are some special surprises that come with Group U certification! We’ll let you know what those are once you take your first course.

Great ministry leaders are not born. They are created and honed over time. Group U allows God space for true development to happen. Going past training to personal growth and development.

Online Community

Become Part Of a passionate learning community

We believe that you learn better by being in relationship with others. That is why we are very intentional about building a vibrant learning community within Group U. We know that learning online can be a little lonely. Our goal is for you to feel supported and encouraged so that you can fulfill the purpose that God has called you to. Here are specific examples of how we build a great community within Group U.

Connecting Weekly

You will be able to connect weekly with others around course topics and assignments. This is a safe place where you can share your experiences and results. You will find encouragement and positive feedback that will help you continue to grow. These events are moderated so we will keep people on track and make good use of your time.

Private Online Community

When you signup to take a Group U course, you’ll be invited to join our private Facebook community. Only people taking courses will be allowed to participate. This community will be a place where ministry leaders can ask questions and learn from each other. It will also be moderated by ministry practitioners who have years of leadership experience and will assist with questions, prayer requests, and feedback.

U Connect

Each month you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a virtual classroom on a current ministry topic. This topic will be general and relevant to everyone in ministry. People in various ministry roles and in different courses will get together to talk about issues and topics that really matter and impact today’s leader.

So what are you waiting for? Group U is ready to transform you into the best ministry leader you can be.