Online Youth Ministry Course

Making Parents Your Allies in Youth Ministry

Course Goal

Develop faith-shaping strategies that invite and equip parents and other adults to organically and effectively shape the spiritual maturity of teenagers.

Course Price
$198.00
Coming June 2019

Course Overview

Both research and experience confirm an undeniable truth: the parents of teenagers have a huge impact on teenagers’ spiritual growth and commitment to Jesus. Search Institute has found that the two primary predictors of a mature faith are “talking about faith with your mother” and “talking about faith with your father.”

Simply put, when the parents of your teenagers grow spiritually, so do the students you serve. It’s smart to invest in those parents—but how? What’s the best way to include and support parents? In this youth ministry training course you’ll gain a fresh perspective and valuable skills for promoting the parents of your teenagers from cooks, bottle washers, and taxi drivers to effective equippers of the faith.

Course Outcomes

U Discover

Exclusive research results from our “Tipping Point” survey of teenagers, revealing the key drivers that move kids from a fringe affinity for Jesus to a core commitment to Him.

In this youth leader training course, learn how to move past complaints and tension over parents’ involvement in your ministry to an “ally” mentality.

“Beeline practices” to immerse students in a more trusting, risk-taking, and consuming relationship with Jesus.

Why making parents your allies is the “meat and potatoes” of your ministry to teenagers, not the “gravy.”

Innovative and experiential ways to engage parents in discipling their own kids.

U Will

Develop faith-shaping strategies that invite and equip parents and other adults to organically and effectively shape the spiritual maturity of teenagers.

About the Instructor

Mark DeVries

Mark DeVries founded Ministry Architects back in 2002, a firm that works with youth and children’s ministries in transition. He served in youth ministry for nearly 30 years and has provided top-notch training throughout the United States, Canada, Russia, South Africa, Northern Ireland, and enough other places to pretty much max out his passport. Mark is an author, speaker, listener, advice-giver, and perpetually forward-thinking guy: He’s currently the Associate Pastor for New Projects at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He’s also co-authored The Indispensable Youth Pastor and Youth Leader Training on the Go.

Ministry Certification

If you complete three online Church Leadership courses and three Youth Ministry courses, you'll receive a Youth Ministry certification from Group U.

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