YOUTH LEADERSHIP 3.0
In 2005, Luther Seminary decides to oversee the youth and family ministry program and ends the partnership with Youth Leadership. Along with a changing world at Bethel Seminary, this caused a major shift at Youth Leadership. What we began to call Youth Leadership 3.0.
Youth Leadership’s mission became educating, equipping, and encouraging leaders with practical, relational and theological training.
The logo was updated, and the non-academic focus of Youth Leadership was articulated. Bekah Bye and Mike Bernard worked with Tiger on these changes.
The YL office moved to 3490 Lexington Ave N near Shoreview, MN. Over the years the office moved inside the building from sub-leasing from Youth Encounter to it’s current spot in Suite 360.
Over 600 people were part of the two year graduate program in the seminaries which became the Youth Ministry Certification Program offered locally apart from the seminaries from 2006 to 2015. Using the core curriculum from the seminary program, Youth Leadership offered a unique eighteen month certification program made up of six classes that met for three days each. Over 100 men and women from the certificate program join the rosters of YL alumni. While alumni of YL chose a variety of ministry and career paths, each student left equipped to care for young people in the name of Jesus.