The Connections Project
Funded by a grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc.
No one knows the importance of community and mentoring
better than youth ministers. Having a place to belong, a listening ear, and the
patient voice of a youth minister can make a significant impact on a young
life. But who does this for youth leaders? Where are the places of community,
support, and guidance that help them help youth?
The Connections Project was born from the conviction that
youth leaders need supportive communities as they work to give these gifts to
young people. Youth leaders also need access to theological and ministerial
training that focuses on their particular experiences of ministry. The
Connections Project meets these needs in two ways. First, we partner with youth
leaders to cultivate supportive communities who share together in the joys and
challenges of youth ministry and cultivate vocational friendships. We call these
communities ‘Regional Networks.’ Second, we coordinate personal mentoring for
participants in the Certificate in Youth and Theology program.
Join or Create a Regional Network in Your Area:
Regional networks are small groups of 8-10 individuals from
local congregations in a particular geographic are who are working in youth
ministry. The include youth directors, associate pastors, and lay youth
leaders. We are currently looking to create regional networks in particular
areas throughout the country including rural, suburban, and urban areas. There
is no cost to join or create a Regional Networks in your area. Participants in
funding for 8-10 participants to purchase books and other resources to
youth leaders from your area to meet together and explore richer, more
effective, and more faithful youth ministry practices.
in free web-seminars through the Institute for Youth Ministry and other
connected to youth ministry experts and other youth leaders around the
shape a national study of the Lilly Endowment on creating stronger
communities of youth ministers.