Certification Programs
Both Children's Ministry & Youth Ministry
Certification Programs include:
Youth Ministry & Children's Ministry Certification Program
Mentor-led Cohort

  • Learn alongside ministry peers who share your heart for children / teenagers.
  • Seasoned children’s ministry (CMCP) or youth ministry (YMCP) leaders facilitate online cohort discussions every six weeks.
  • Mentors give ongoing feedback via responses to homework helping you sharpen your vision and grow as a leader.

Youth Ministry & Children's Ministry Certification Program
Online Classes

  • For 35+ years, YL partnered with local seminaries to develop a core ministry curriculum. Now it’s online making it more affordable, and allowing you to participate from anywhere.
  • Learn from a variety of local, regional and national ministry experts teaching practical classes to assist you in applying key principles to your unique church context.

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Bookend Retreats

  • One-year holistic leadership development programs start and end with overnight retreats.
  • Introductory Retreat offers intentional opportunities to connect with cohort while taking Establish and starting Lead classes.
  • Capstone Retreat includes sharing your ministry action plan, finishing Counsel class, and a Commissioning Service.

CMCP & YMCP Details and FAQ

When do the cohorts start and end?  

Both programs potentially launch a new cohort the 2nd week of August and end of April. For a cohort to launch, we prefer a minimum of 5 people registered. Programs take one year to complete.

What are the nine classes?

ESTABLISH: principles of effective youth or children’s ministry
LEAD: leadership issues in ministry
FAMILY: dealing with parents and family
COMMUNICATE: teaching and speaking issues
COUNSEL: caring for those in crisis
UNDERSTAND: reflecting on the audience’s development
TEAM: building and leading a team of volunteers
DISCIPLE: re-thinking discipleship in a changing world
MANAGE: survival is in the details

Who are some of the class teachers?  

Teachers include Amanda Berger, Dr. G. David BoydKevin FarmerNate GustafsonJoelle Hassler, Kirsten Kelly, Amy Kippen, Amy McGrewJonathan McKee Tiger McLuenGinny Olson, Sara Sosa, Dawn RundmanBob Stromberg, Kara Stromberg.

What do the programs cost?  

The total cost is $1750 for each participant. If you pay the full amount at the time of enrollment, you receive a discount, so total cost is only $1600. If you choose to pay in 2 installments, the first $875 is due at the time of enrollment and the second installment is due 6 months into the program. This option can be helpful for churches who want to take the amount out of two different years’ budgets. Price includes both introductory and capstone retreats’ lodging and food as well as online class and cohort discussion access. Participants are responsible for retreat travel expenses as well as books for the program.

Are there scholarship funds available?

Yes! We believe money should never be the reason you aren’t educated, equipped and encouraged-so in memory of our friend Mike Yaconelli, Youth Leadership has a fund designed for those in ministry who take a look at their continuing education budget and think “there’s just no way.” Download Scholarship Form

Who do I talk to if I have questions?

Email Amy or call us at 651-484-9400. We would love to talk with you about how this program can strengthen and develop you as a leader as well as impact your current ministry context.

What’s the history and track record of the program?

Youth Leadership partnered with Luther Seminary and Bethel Seminary for over 35 years in preparing men and women for ministry leadership. We developed a core youth ministry curriculum, and have hundreds of alumni serving all over the country. We now offer this curriculum through this unique online certification program.

The newest update to Youth Leadership’s Certificate Program is its availability to those in Children’s & Family Ministry as well as Youth Ministry. We are partnered with key children’s ministry leaders in developing this Children’s Ministry Certification Program, which is the first of it’s kind in the nation. The first cohort launched August 2016.

Watch the video below for recent impact stories.

Enroll in a Program

August 2017 Cohorts just launched. Upcoming cohort registration opens in January.

CMCP: Children’s Ministry Certification ProgramRegister Now

YMCP: Youth Ministry Certification ProgramRegister Now