Online Youth Ministry Training Begins New Year

The Institute for Discipleship and Youth Ministry Institute are partnering to offer an all-online Certification in Youth Ministry that is designed to equip lay people who work with youth in local churches – both paid staff and volunteer.

Four six-week courses and one 12-week practicum provide solid instruction and best practice in topics ranging from teaching the Bible to understanding adolescent development, with youth ministry veterans providing all-online content and coaching from start to finish. Two of the sessions are written by Dan Dick, Assistant to the Bishop of the Wisconsin Conference.


Working with youth can sometimes create a feeling of isolation among those who serve them. Past studies have noted that up to 80% of youth pastors have reported feeling unqualified and frequently discouraged. A recent Certification student noted that, “I really liked the interaction with the other students in my courses - it made me feel not so alone in the journey.” Each of the IFD/YMI courses includes regular interaction with peers and instructors, as well as topical video conversations that allow students across the country to connect and support each other.

Each 6-week course costs just $125, and the 12-week practicum with personal coaching is $325 – the entire program can be completed in just 18 months. Part-time and full-time youth workers, youth sponsors, and dedicated volunteers will benefit from this learning experience – classes begin January 18, 2021. For more information or to enroll today, visit