YMCP & CMCP

online ministry certification: youth ministry certification program or children's ministry certification 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 a unique online certification program to help you grow as a leader.

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 partnering 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.

The ONLINE FORMAT of BOTH the Youth Ministry (YMCP) and Children’s Ministry (CMCP) Certification Programs allows participation from anywhere in the world while providing a relational connection with mentor(s) and cohort members. 

  • This format reaches more leaders in ministry and is MORE AFFORDABLE.
  • It keeps the same relational, practical learning environment Youth Leadership is famous for. Our learning cohort format is unlike any certificate program out there. 
  • The YMCP & CMCP are unique, holistic leadership development programs covering key areas of ministry.
  • While learning common core principles, each program has specialized mentors and cohorts as well as distinctive class content and targeted application.

Coming alongside you, we encourage your calling, sharpen your vision, and help you grow as a leader in your particular ministry context.

Youth Ministry (YMCP) & Children's Ministry (CMCP)
Certificate Programs Include:

  • Introductory retreat providing a relational environment to connect with mentor and cohort members while kicking off the certification program with the Establish class.
  • 8 online classes where you will interact and wrestle with the material, join in on discussion with your cohort and ask the Youth Leadership distinctive question,"Now what?" as you begin to apply lessons in your own setting.
  • At the end of each class, you will join in on a live discussion with your cohort facilitated by an online mentor for application issues.
  • A final capstone retreat with your mentor and cohort where you will have an opportunity for spiritual reflection and renewal. Each person will also be given space and time to clarify and complete a leadership action plan for your future calling. (Participant responsible for travel expenses.)
  • 10% discount on all Youth Leadership training during the time you are enrolled in the program

Details for the YMCP & CMCP 

When do the cohorts start?  

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

What do the programs cost?  

The total cost is $1650 for each participant. If you pay the full amount at the time of enrollment, you get a discount so the total cost is only $1500. If you choose to pay in 2 installments, the first $825 is due at the time of enrollment and the second installment is due 6 months later. Price includes both introductory and capstone retreats' lodging and food. Participant 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 info@youthleadership.org or give us a call at 651-484-9400. We would love to talk with you about how this program can develop you as a leader and impact your current ministry context. 

How do I enroll?  That's easy... select a date from the drop down menu for

YOUTH MINISTRY 

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PAYING BY CHECK / NEEDING INVOICE: We can mail an invoice and registration to your church / organization if you email Amy with the address, cohort start date and if you're planning on paying in one payment or want the two payment plan option.

How do I enroll?  That's easy... select a date from the drop down menu for

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY 

OR     Register now using Eventbrite.

PAYING BY CHECK / NEEDING INVOICE: We can mail an invoice and registration to your church / organization if you email Amy with the address, cohort start date and if you're planning on paying in one payment or want the two payment plan option.