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What’s the Youth Ministry Collective?

The Youth Ministry Collective is a gathering of people who love Jesus and youth and have been successful enough to know all the best mistakes. We want to be your partner in ministry, wherever you are, by letting you steal the best and worst ideas from our years of experience.

We not only want to help you have a lot of fun with your next icebreaker, we want to help you live into the richness and depth of Wesleyan theology as a youth minister. We want to give you the tools to think theologically about youth ministry and help you dig a deeper well for the long haul.

Who’s it for?

Youth ministers, youth volunteers, youth small group leaders, and anyone who loves and wants to better engage the youth in their lives.

Recent Articles


This week we are joined by special guest Sam Halverson to talk about the process of hiring a youth minister and the best first steps to take in this process.

Looking for free small group lessons? Scott Meier shares a discussion lesson for the Advent season.

In our fast-paced culture, it is extremely difficult to live in the present moment and experience the fullness of what is happening in the now. Jeremy Steele shares wisdom about how Advent can help us live in the now this Christmas, and experience everything God has for us this year.

What are emerging adults and how can we think through a strategic discipling approach for this group of people? Read more from campus minister Stephen Rankin as he shares from his experience.

Are your kids having a hard time waiting for Christmas to come? Scott Meier shares a small group lesson on God's perfect timing.

How do you get people to sign up early for trips and events? Caroline Hare shares some helpful tips.

The collective sits down this week to give you some gift ideas for the teenager and the youth worker in your life.

We have all felt so much turmoil this week, and much of it is due to the American presidential election. Should you broach the subject with your youth? Pierce Drake shares some thoughts.

Have you ever found yourself wandering around in a state of confusion? Michael LeBlanc shares a free small group lesson on Galatians.

Join Jeremy Steele as he sits down with the collective to talk about ways to juggle the schedule of the advent season and the chaos of finals for teenagers.

How do you feel about bacon? Michael LeBlanc shares a free small group lesson about Peter and God's command to break the kosher dietary laws.

What do you do when you're just not feeling it? Mike Rollins shares how you lead when your heart isn't necessarily in it.

Join Jeremy Steele as he sits down with the collective to find out what tips and tricks they use to recruit volunteers.

Scott Meier shares a new free youth small group lesson on Paul and Barnabas.