CER Youth Ministry Resources for Healthy, Present, Safe Adults

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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 Carvill Ziemer

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 Arts from Carleton...

Shannon Harper

Shannon Harper joined the Lifespan Faith Engagement Office as Co-Director in the summer of 2022. Previously, Shannon worked with the Central East Region since the Fall of 2016.

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Evin Carvill-Ziemer and Shannon Harper

Resources Curated by Rev. Evin Carvill-Ziemer (left), CER Program Manager for Youth Ministry and Shannon Harper (right), CER Youth and Young Adult Coordinator

A clip from the Youth Ministry Webinar on Safety in Youth Ministry.

A clip from the Youth Ministry Webinar on Safety in Youth Ministry.