Fostering Youth Leadership

Fostering Youth Leadership

Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. [1 Timothy 4:12] 

A wise person once said, “Youth are not the church of tomorrow. They are the church of today.” Development of youth leadership skills plays an important role in equipping youth for success, and also serves to teach adults about new and nimble ways of doing ministry. Encouraging their involvement recognizes their worth and value as people, and as full and active members of a faith community.

Training Modules

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Fostering Vocational Discernment
Fostering Vocational DiscernmentTheologians and ministry practitioners discuss the spiritual practice of discernment and the importance of encouraging …
Student Leadership
Cultivating Student LeadershipThis course explores the benefits and importance of providing leadership opportunities to students and empowering …

Curricular and Sample Materials

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God promises to show up. This lesson asks youth to focus on waiting.
Worth the WaitGod promises to show up. This lesson asks youth to focus on waiting.
This lesson will help youth to understand their purpose and how this can lead to lives of joy.
Joy On PurposeThis lesson will help youth to understand their purpose and how this can lead to lives of joy.
This lesson focuses on God's calling for our lives.
Vocation ExplorationThis lesson focuses on God's calling for our lives.

Articles and Readings

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Dr. Almeda Wright, Dr. Anne Wimberly, and Dr. Sarah Farmer
Narratives of the Soul: Memories of Joy in Black LifeAn essay by Anne Streaty Wimberly and Almeda M. Wright on memory and joy from the Joy and Adolescent Faith and Flourishing project.
Quest for Life
Fostering Vocational DiscernmentArticles and resources on the spiritual practice of discernment and the importance of encouraging a sense of vocation in adolescents.
Student Leadership
Student LeadershipArticles and resources on the benefits and importance of providing leadership opportunities to students and empowering young people to take ownership of their youth programs.
Pamela King
Purpose: Finding Joy in Life DirectionThis reading is a segment by Pamela King and Steven Argue from "Joy: A Guide for Youth Ministry".

Best Practice Videos

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Cultivating Student Leadership
Student LeadershipCultivating Student Leadership
Developing Trusted Relationships and Communities
Relationships and CommunityDeveloping Trusted Relationships and Communities
Fostering Vocational Discernment
Vocational DiscernmentFostering Vocational Discernment
Yale Youth Ministry Institute