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Webinars for Youth Ministry

Unitarian Universalists believe that ministering to and with youth is a vital role adults play in our movement. Adults ministering to and with youth can always be growing and building skills, and we're here to support you through online learning opportunities. Below is a listing of recorded and upcoming webinars for those who want training, refreshers, and ways to expand their knowledge base and skill set. Webinars are great ways to learn from home or with other people ministering to and with youth in your congregation. Please note that not all live webinars are archived, so don’t miss your opportunity to attend.

Youth Ministry Training Series!

Our UUA's Congregational Life Staff and Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries are excited to share a new initiative embodying inter-regional and national collaboration. The Youth Ministry Training webinar series is geared towards persons of all skills and abilities regarding ministry to and with youth, including ministers, religious professionals, and lay leaders. Primary materials draw from the Competencies for Ministry To/With Youth, as well as professional expertise, including DRE's and ministers, across our UUA. Each webinar is 75 minutes long.

September 15th Intro to Competencies for Ministry To/With Youth 

Presenters: Jennica Davis-Hockett (Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries) and Nancy Combs-Morgan (MidAmerica Region).

Slides (PDF) Video Resources (PDF) 

No matter where you live or your role in youth ministry, this is intended to serve volunteers and paid staff serving in youth ministry and religious professionals who support or supervise youth ministry staff and volunteers. This webinar is especially useful for adults new to youth ministry.

Upcoming Webinars

Follow Blue Boat for notices on webinars as they are scheduled. You may also want to your regional website for webinars they may offer.

  • Healthy Youth/Adult Relationships with Evin Carvill-Ziemer (Central East) and Eric Bliss (Pacific Western) October 11th at 1:00pm EDT and repeated on October 12th at 8:00pm EDT. Who is driving the youth ministry bus?  Is it the youth, the adult, a combination?  This webinar explores current healthy practices in youth and adult relations in congregational and other settings. Topics of emphasis include proper boundaries, adult roles and authority, sharing leadership, and mentoring: the challenges presented and tools to overcome them. Youth leaders will join UUA staff to share their experiences of good youth-adult partnership. This webinar will focus on these aspects of youth ministry through the lens of the Competencies for Ministry to/with Youth, focusing on competency #1:  Forming Healthy Relationships and Sharing Leadership with Youth.

  • Safety in Youth Ministry with Evin Carvill-Ziemer (Central East) and Kim Sweeney (New England) November 9th at 1:00pm EST and repeated November 10th at 8pm EST. This webinar is based on the second competency in the Competencies for Ministry To/With Youth: Creating a Safe(R) Youth Program.
  • Pastoral Care to/with Youth with Nancy Combs-Morgan (MidAmerica) and Jennica Davis-Hockett (Office of Youth and Young Adult MinistriesDecember 8th at 8:00pm EST and repeated December13th at 1:00pm EST. This webinar is based on the third competency in the Competencies for Ministry To/With Youth: Providing Appropriate Pastoral Care and Interventions.
  • Inclusive Youth Ministry in a Diverse World with Elizabeth Nguyen (Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries) in January. This webinar is based on the fourth competency in the Competencies for Ministry To/With Youth: Creating an Inclusive Youth Ministry.
  • Inclusive Group Dynamics with Eric Bliss (Pacific Western) in February. This webinar is based on the fourth competency in the Competencies for Ministry To/With Youth: Creating an Inclusive Youth Ministry.
  • Communication and Social Media with Bart Frost (Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries) in March. This webinar is based on the fifth competency in the Competencies for Ministry To/With Youth: Bringing Thoughtful, Skilled Communication to Planning, Leading, and Facilitating in a Youth Ministry Context.
  • Youth Inclusive Multigenerational Congregations with Kim Sweeney (New England) in April. This webinar is based on the sixth competency in the Competencies for Ministry To/With Youth: Understanding and Using Major Models and Contents of Youth Programming.
  • Models of Youth Ministry with Natalie Briscoe (Southern) in May. This webinar is based on the sixth competency in the Competencies for Ministry To/With Youth: Understanding and Using Major Models and Contents of Youth Programming.
  • Self-development and Presence because some skills are better learned and practiced in person, training for the seventh competency in the Competencies for Ministry To/With Youth: Developing Self-Knowledge and Presence will be offered as a workshop you can host in your congregation.
  • Working as a Team because some skills are better learned and practiced in person, training for the seventh competency in the Competencies for Ministry To/With Youth: Functioning on a Team will be offered as a workshop you can host in your congregation.

Archived Webinars

These webinars have been recorded and are available to view at any time. They may contain slides, video and/or audio from presenters and participants.

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For more information contact youth@uua.org.