Youth Discipleship Certification

This program is designed for ministerial staff and lay leaders of the Youth Ministry of a church who have a passion for ministry, but have no formal education on the basics of ministry.

These certification courses equip the ministry leader to meet the needs of teenagers, teachers and parents through events, training events and outreach opportunities.

Led by Cory Liebrum.

Details and Requirements

  • Our 2023-24 cohort will be limited to 15 students.

  • Cost is $500 for the year or 2 payments of $250 (August & January).

  • Monthly meetings from August - May.

  • Texts and readings will be required throughout the course.

Registration for the 2023-2024 certification is closed.

If you would like to be added to a waiting list to receive information for the 2024-2025 certification cohort, please click below.

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Dates

Unless otherwise noted, all classes will take place at the Texas Baptists Offices in Dallas from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
We will not meet the month of March 2024.
For each class, a Zoom option will be available.

  • August 17, 2023
  • September 14, 2023
  • October 2-3, 2023–at Conclave NextGen (included in price)
  • November 2, 2023
  • November 30, 2023
  • January 18, 2024
  • February 22, 2024
  • April 4, 2024
  • May 2, 2024

Sessions

  • Philosophy of Youth Ministry
    Why do churches invest in youth ministry? What is the best way to start in youth ministry? We’ll answer these questions and many more as we take a closer look at discovering your personal philosophy of youth ministry.
    Book Requirements:
    1.
    Fields, Doug. (2002). Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry: a personal and practical guide to starting right. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan/Youth Specialties.
    2.
    Scazzero, Peter. (2015). The Emotionally Healthy Leader: How Transforming your inner life will deeply transform your church, team and the world. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Reflective.
  • Leading Volunteer Leaders
    Recruiting, training and empowering adults is a vital skill in leading youth ministry. We will discuss some proven techniques to build a framework that will help volunteer leaders onboard into your ministry.
    Book Requirement: Blevins, Nick. (2023). The Volunteer Playbook :A proven framework to help your church recruit, train and empower more volunteers. Volunteerplaybook.com
  • Teaching Teenagers the Bible through Small Groups
    Teaching students starts with the right Bible study leader who is called to lead teenagers. There are various learning styles you can implement to help create a more effective environment. We will discuss various options to optimize learning during a small group Bible study.
    Book Requirement: Blanks, Andy. (2012). The 7 Best Practices for Teaching Teenagers the Bible. Birmingham, AL: youthministry360.com.
  • Family/Parent Ministry
    Family Ministry isn’t just an ‘add-on’ to youth ministry. The work of reaching & serving parents should be woven through everything happening in a church’s youth ministry. This session will address the different models of family ministry so you can implement the best method in your church context.
    Book Requirement: Earley, Justin Whitmel. (2021). Habits of the Household: Practicing the Story of God in Everyday Family Rhythms. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan
  • Communication and Navigating Relationships in Youth Ministry
    Leading youth ministry in the local church can feel isolating but it doesn’t have to be. Youth leaders have more influence than they realize when it comes to building relationships with other individuals and ministries in the church. The youth ministry should exist to serve the church and not as a parachurch organization looking from the outside in.
    Book Requirement: Scroggins, Clay. (2017). How to Lead When You're Not in Charge: Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
  • Event Planning 101
    Camp, D-Now, Retreats, and Mission Trips are just a few of the events that happen in the course of a calendar year for a youth ministry. There are some tools that can help any church leader navigate these events to help you work smarter and not harder. How you protect students, youth leaders and your church is also an important part that we will consider.
    Book Requirement: Dean, Jody and Jackson, Allen. (2019). Protect: A Youth Worker’s Guide to Navigating Risk. Birmingham, AL: youthministry360.com.
  • The Youth Leader’s Health and Family
    Youth ministry is a calling. For some that is for a lifetime and for others it’s a season. However long you serve in youth ministry, you need to make sure you are taking care of yourself and your family.
    Book Requirement: Trent, Chris. (2022). Youth Ministry for the Longer Haul: A Field Guide for Longevity. Birmingham, AL: youthministry360.com.
  • Student Leadership & Calling out the Called
    Youth ministry has the unique opportunity to enlist teenagers to help serve in their own ministry. There are some effective ways to help empower these students as they begin their leadership journey. Some of these students will be our future church leaders, ministers and pastors. We will discuss how to encourage those sensing God’s call to ministry and how to pursue that calling.
    Book Requirements:
    1. Franklin, Doug. (2010). Student Leaders Start Here; Assessments & Tolls to Help You Grow as a Leader. Carol Stream, IL: LeaderTreks.
    2. Byrd, Grant & Wheelington, Rusty. (2022). Following Your Call to Ministry: Recognizing and Responding to God’s Call. Dallas, TX: GC2 Press.

Textbooks & Resources (included in registration cost)

  • 1-Year MyYouthMin.com Subscription
  • Blanks, Andy. (2012). The 7 Best Practices for Teaching Teenagers the Bible. Birmingham, AL: youthministry360.com.
  • Blevins, Nick. (2023). The Volunteer Playbook :A proven framework to help your church recruit, train and empower more volunteers. Volunteerplaybook.com
  • Byrd, Grant & Wheelington, Rusty. (2022). Following Your Call to Ministry: Recognizing and Responding to God’s Call. Dallas, TX: GC2 Press.
  • Dean, Jody and Jackson, Allen. (2019). Protect: A Youth Worker’s Guide to Navigating Risk. Birmingham, AL: youthministry360.com.
  • Earley, Justin Whitmel. (2021). Habits of the Household: Practicing the Story of God in Everyday Family Rhythms. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan
  • Fields, Doug. (2002). Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry: a personal and practical guide to starting right. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan/Youth Specialties.
  • Franklin, Doug. (2010). Student Leaders Start Here; Assessments & Tolls to Help You Grow as a Leader. Carol Stream, IL: LeaderTreks.
  • Scazzero, Peter. (2015). The Emotionally Healthy Leader: How Transforming your inner life will deeply transform your church, team and the world. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Reflective.
  • Scroggins, Clay. (2017). How to Lead When You're Not in Charge: Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
  • Trent, Chris. (2022). Youth Ministry for the Longer Haul: A Field Guide for Longevity. Birmingham, AL: youthministry360.com.