Youth ministry certification courses begin Aug. 24


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

Four 6-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.

Working with youth can sometimes create a feeling of isolation among those who serve. 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 to connect and support each other.

Each 6-week course costs $125, and the 12-week practicum with personal coaching is $325 – the entire program can be completed in 18 months. Part-time and full-time youth workers, youth sponsors and dedicated volunteers will benefit from this learning experience.

Online classes begin Aug. 24. For more information or to enroll, visit