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Youth Ministry Resources for Healthy, Present, Safe Adults
CER Youth Ministry Resources for Healthy, Present, Safe Adults
High School-Aged Youth Faith Development
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Adults serving in youth ministry serve a critical role of both mentor and companion to youth. Youth crave authentic relationships with adults where they are known and loved. And they want to know and love adults. At the same time, the potential vulnerability of youth means that the adults who serve in youth ministry must be able to be authentic and present in ways that prioritize the youth needs, not adult needs.

Safe Adults

Present Adults

  • Adults need to be able to be present and part of the group even when not “in charge”
  • Adults must be able to share genuinely, without oversharing from their past or present
  • Know which conversations and physical activities to step into and which to step out of
  • Be able to be in youth-adult partnership

Healthy Adults

  • Take care of their own needs
  • Grounded in their UU identity and their theology
  • Fill their spiritual wells and are able to articulate their spiritual practices to the youth


About the Authors

  • Evin serves the Central East Region in the areas of Youth Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, and Intercultural Competency work and as Primary Contact for congregations in upstate and central New York. Evin holds a Masters of Divinity from Earlham School of Religion and Bachelor of...
  • Shannon Harper has been serving the Central East Region as the Youth and Young Adult Coordinator since the Fall of 2016. Before coming to the UUA, Shannon served the Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Dayton, OH for five years as their Director of Religious...

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