Center for Youth Ministry Studies

CYMS Upcoming Free Webinars

School is almost out, graduations are taking place and summer programs are about to begin.  This is an exciting time in the cycle of student ministry, and we’ve got some great presenters lined up for our Free Webinar series.  We hope you join us.

Continue Reading »

Recommended Reading

Looking for something to read this summer? Check out these must-read books recommended by the Center for Youth Ministry Studies.


Youth Ministry Management Tools
by Ginny Olson, Diane Elliot, Mike Work, Youth Specialties

Continue Reading »

Archived Webinars

Did you miss CYMS webinars in 2013? If so, I’m here to help you catch up!

Hip Hop Curriculum for Incarcerated Youth & Youth Coming Out of the System

June 18, 2013

Led by K-Rahn, youth advocate in Southern California
This webinar is led by veteran youth worker K-Rahn, who developed a successful hip hop curriculum for working with youth in and transitioning out of juvenile detention. Hear insights into engaging youth for Christ through hip hop.


Continue Reading »

Ministry Internship & Job Fair



Post a Comment » Written on October 30th, 2013     
Filed under: Camps, Center for Youth Ministry Studies, Events, YM Network
Tags: , ,

On October 4th, a group of High School students participated in a wonderful leadership experience known as Emerge!Print

Emerge is a High school leadership initiative developed by the Covenant for high school students and hosted by the Pacific Southwest Conference!

The Emerge leadership retreat is a weekend of experiential, engaging high school student leadership development. It combines practical teaching with hands-on learning experiences as well as individual reflection, peer-to-peer feedback and group worship.

Continue Reading »

Reminder: Sign up for School to prison

Continue Reading »

Get a Taste of NPU & Youth Ministry

Do you have high school students that are considering youth ministry as a major?

Tell them and their parents about North Park University and Center for Youth Ministry Studies Preview Days, coming on November 10-11, 2013.  This program is designed for students to spend the night with a current student, experience College Life service then attend a Monday full of experiences designed just for them.  They will get to attend a youth ministry class, take a campus tour, spend time with faculty/staff and dialogue with NPU youth ministry grads about the types of jobs that are available.  Visit for details and to sign up, or contact with questions.

Continue Reading »

School to Prison Pipeline Mini-Conference

The growing prison population of young, urban centered males is at epidemic levels. Moreover, the issues of urban education seem to be mounting at an exponential rate: drop out, inadequate classrooms, burned out teachers.  Higher test scores are only part of the solution. Jawanza Kunjufu in the epic book, Countering The Conspiracy To Destroy Black Boys, argues that 3rd and 4th grade are pivotal years for young boys-in particular-in that this is a time that if not educated well encouraged, aided in their development, the life before them is grim (1982, 8-13).

Continue Reading »

Ministry by Teenagers

Post a Comment » Written on September 18th, 2013     
Filed under: Center for Youth Ministry Studies, Resources
Tags: ,

9780310670773written by Jonathan McKee and David R Smith

What would happen if we gave teenagers opportunities to serve and use their gifts in ministry prior to high school graduation?

What if we poured into these young leaders, discipling them and doing ministry alongside of them, helping them grow spiritually, seeing and experiencing God working through them?

Continue Reading »

CYMS Upcoming Webinars

Hip Hop is a Voice for Mosaics and The Nones

September 24, 2013, at 2:00 pm CST

Featuring Daniel White Hodge, North Park University

The current young adult population (known as “Mosaics” or “The Nones”) can be difficult to navigate. Research suggests that Hip Hop can be used as a means of communicating that can’t be ignored by the church. Join Dr. Hodge as he shares his presentation from Association of Professors of Mission and American Society of Missiologists 2013 conference.


Continue Reading »