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Adults in Youth Ministry-NEW

Vital youth ministry and resilient Unitarian Universalist youth begin with healthy, spiritually mature adults. Companioning youth on their spiritual journey is an important ministry, one that adults might not know what they’re getting into when they sign up. Adults aged 25 and older who are part of their congregation’s ministry to and with youth may be religious educators, Sunday school teachersyouth program coordinators, youth group advisorsOur Whole Lives teachers, Coming of Age mentors, Bridging mentorsconference sponsors, service trip leaders or committee or ministry team members. Congregational leaders have a responsibility to ensure those working with youth are competent companions for youth.

Youth ministry is everyone’s ministry. Adolescence is a time of increasing complexity, and youth construct their identities based on their experiences. Meaningful engagement with adults who are living authentically nurtures appreciation of our inherent human diversity. Being a strong role model who acts with integrity supports youth in their racial and gender identity development, serves as multigenerational pastoral care and helps them articulate their own belief system and live their lives as Unitarian Universalists. We are grateful for your willingness and excitement to companion our youth on their spiritual journey. Reviewing the Competencies for Ministry To/With Youth is a great way to start your journey.

Competencies

Class Photo from Ministry with Youth Renaissance Module, May 2016 in Newton, MA

No matter your level - entry, basic or advanced - you can assess and grow skills, get trained, and ace youth ministry!

Advisors

With heaps of produce in the foreground, a line of youth distribute food from boxes at the Haley House, in Boston.

Youth advising can be one of the most rewarding, if sometimes demanding, roles you can fill as a religious leader. Get the basics, further your knowledge, and explore.

Youth Safety

Youth stand in line and jump for joy at Interfaith Training.

Growing, healthy teens depend on adults to maintain a safe environment. When we know better, we do better. Learn about current best practices.

Reach Out

Five people stand in a group, all looking at their own smartphones.

Ask questions, share stories, and network with other adults doing youth ministry.

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For more information contact youth@uua.org.