We are collaboratively shaping the future of youth ministry
[with a two-year experientially integrated vocational education program].

Earn your MA or complete a BA with us. You’ll learn and grow through experiential learning, spiritual formation, academic excellence and intentional community, all while you stay in your ministry context. Join a cohort today!

STUDENT INFORMATION

FACULTY + LEADERSHIP

DEGREES + PARTNERSHIPS

COHORTS + LOCATIONS

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STUDENT INFORMATION

As a student in the Coalition you’ll experience a dynamic way of learning that fits your life and ministry. This releases you to learn right where you are (in your current ministry context) and in the way you learn best.

Your Coalition experience will reflect the DNA of the Coalition focusing on building both your character AND competence.

In addition to your studies you’ll gain a network of like-minded practitioners, world-class instructors and “boots on the ground” coaches and mentors.

THE EXPERIENCE

8 weeklong class experiences over 2 years (4 weeks per year)

These are informative and collaborative sessions that leverage a balance of in-person and virtual experience.

Assignments focus on real ministry skills and have direct application to your ministry context. These are not just “make work projects” rather, assignments focus on personal exploration, theological reflection and real resource creation that will propel your ministry forward (rather than simply check boxes).

Mentored Life

Your experience will be guided by ministry coaches, mentors and spiritual directors. The process focuses on developing rhythms that are dynamic and catalyze  your own personal growth.

Learning Cohorts

You will learn in the context of a learning cohort; a group of vocational youth workers in a region you select. The genius of this experience is that you will learn in an intimate setting (groups of 5-20) where you will come away with more than knowledge, you will also gain people!

The Cost

Our goal is that the Coalition experience provides both educational excellence AND economic accessibility. We recognize that you are called to be a wise steward of the resources God has entrusted to you and we’re committed to making this experience as attainable as possible.

Coalition fees: $10,000 ($5000/year)

Additional costs include:

  • Accrediting fees to whichever institution you choose. Depending on your level of study and the school you work with these fees range from $100 to $5000 for the entire program. We can help you choose an option that fits your goals.
  • Travel (if applicable) to in-person meetings. You can choose from a growing number of cohort locations.
  • Accommodations for in-person classes

THE SCHEDULE

The Coalition tracks with your real-time ministry experience. Learning happens as you live it every moment of the day. That said, classes happen for 1 week 4 times a year. Check out the tentative calendar of classes below.

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CLASS OF 2022-2024

Sept 26 – 30, 2022 – Personal and Spiritual Formation in Ministry – Dr Marv Penner

Jan 9 – 13, 2023 – Youth Ministry Management – Ginny Olson

April 17 – 21, 2023 – Thinking Theologically About Youth Ministry – Dr Chap Clark

June 5 – 9, 2023 – Worldviews and Conversational Apologetics – Dr. Randal Rauser

Sept 25 – 29, 2023 –  Understanding Today’s Youth Culture – Dr. Walt Mueller

Jan 8 – 12, 2024 – Understanding Adolescents and Their Families – Dr Marv Penner

April 8 – 12, 2024 – Communication Skills for Effective Youth Ministry – Lisette Fraser

June 3 – 7, 2024 – Issues in Adolescent Faith Formation – Dr Andrew Evans/Sid Koop

CLASS OF 2021-2023

Sept 27 – Oct 1, 2021 – Personal and Spiritual Formation in Ministry – Dr. Cal Macfarlane & Dr. Marv Penner

January 10 – 14, 2022 – Youth Ministry Management – Ginny Olson

April 4 – 8, 2022 – Thinking Theologically About Youth Ministry – Dr. Chap Clark

June 6 – 10, 2022 – Worldviews and Conversational Apologetics – Dr Randal Rauser

Sept 26 – 30, 2022-  Understanding Today’s Youth Culture – Dr. Walt Mueller

Jan 9-13, 2023 – Counselling Adolescents and Their Families – Dr. Marv Penner

April 17 – 21, 2023 –  Communication Skills for Effective Youth Ministry – Lisette Fraser

June 5 – 9, 2023 – Issues in Adolescent Faith Formation – Dr Andrew Evans/Sid Koop

CLASS OF 2020-2022

Sept 28 – Oct 2, 2020 – Personal & Spiritual Formation in Ministry – Dr Cal Macfarlane & Dr. Marv Penner

January 4 – 8, 2021 – Youth Ministry Management – Ginny Olson

April 12 – 16, 2021 – Thinking Theologically about Youth Ministry – Dr. Chap Clark

June 7 – 11, 2021 – World Views and Conversational Apologetics – Dr. Randal Rauser

Sept 27 – Oct 1, 2021 – Understanding Today’s Youth Culture – Dr Walt Mueller

January 10 – 14, 2022 – Counselling Adolescents and their Families – Dr Marv Penner

April 4 – 8, 2022 – Communication Skills for Effective Ministry – Dr Duffy Robbins

June 6 – 10, 2022 – Issues in Adolescent Faith Formation – Dr Andrew Evans/Sid Koop

CLASS OF 2019-2021

Sept 30 – Oct 4, 2019 – Spiritual Formation in Ministry – Dr. Cal Macfarlane

January 6 – 10, 2020 – Youth Ministry Management – Ginny Olsen

April 20 – 24, 2020 – Thinking Theologically about Youth Ministry – Dr. Chap Clark

Sept 28 – Oct 2, 2020 – Worldviews and Conversational Apologetics – Dr Randall Rauser

January 4 – 8, 2021 – Counselling Adolescents and their Families – Dr. Marv Penner

April 12 – 16, 2021 – Communication Skills for Effective Youth Ministry – Dr. Duffy Robbins

June 7 – 11, 2021 – Issues in Adolescent Faith Formation – Dr Andrew Evans/Sid Koop

Sept 27 – Oct 1, 2021 – Understanding Today’s Youth Culture – Dr. Walt Mueller

FACULTY + LEADERSHIP

We’ve gathered some of the best voices in Youth Ministry, Leadership & Theology to invest in you at The Coalition. Your Cohort will have the gift of interacting closely with some of these incredible leaders as well as many others!

Ginny Olson M.A.

Ginny Olson M.A.

Dr. Marv Penner

Dr. Marv Penner

Lisette Fraser M.A.

Lisette Fraser M.A.

Dr. Walt Mueller

Dr. Walt Mueller

Susie Gamez M.A.

Susie Gamez M.A.

Dr. Chap Clark

Dr. Chap Clark

Sid Koop

Sid Koop

Dr. Randal Rauser

Dr. Randal Rauser

Steve Zacharias

Steve Zacharias

Jeff Whye M.A.

Jeff Whye M.A.

Christine Kreisher M.A.

Christine Kreisher M.A.

Erik Francisco Medina M.F.A.

Erik Francisco Medina M.F.A.

DEGREES AND PARTNERSHIPS

We deeply value academic excellence. Each of the faculty who teach your eight courses have been carefully chosen for their expertise in the subject matter they deliver. Several colleges and seminaries have recognized the academic value of our program and have initiated partnerships with the Coalition that allow students to receive academic credit for their participation. Students may use their Coalition credits to account for a significant portion of an undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degree or may pursue a graduate (Master’s) degree.

BACHELOR’S DEGREE OPTIONS

Briercrest College

Briercrest College

Caronport, SK

Rocky Mountain College

Rocky Mountain College

Calgary, AB

Columbia Bible College

Columbia Bible College

Abbotsford, BC

MASTER’S DEGREE OPTIONS

Caronport, SK

Abbotsford, BC

Kairos Project

COURSES

Personal + Spiritual Formation in Ministry

Dr. Marv Penner

This course will explore the central place of spiritual intentionality and growing intimacy with Christ as the basis for effective life and ministry. We believe that it “takes a disciple to make a disciple.” Designed to be experienced early in the program, it will provide apprentices with a pathway toward spiritual refreshment, deeper commitment to the Gospel, a passionate love for Christ, and disciplined living in the messy reality of day to day ministry. The course will be a blend of guided classroom learning and practical experiences in the spiritual disciplines, culminating in a 24 hour personal spiritual retreat. It is not intended to be a time of learning about intimacy, commitment and spiritual discipline. Instead, it is meant to be a time of actual intimacy, reflection, prayer, worship, meditation, solitude and nurturing community. As such, the course is meant to be intensely experiential and personal. Small groups will be established early on, and maintained throughout the course. Students should be prepared to fully engage in the exercises that will be planned for the sake of their own walk with God. It is anticipated that having experienced some of these lessons together we will have learned some things about pointing others in similar directions.

Youth Ministry Management - Principles and Practices

Ginny Olson

Sound ministry philosophy ultimately expresses itself in effective ministry praxis. Successful youth ministry practitioners are required to manage on multiple levels. At the heart of managing a ministry is the management of multiple relationships – with the church staff and leadership; with parents; with a volunteer team; with their ministry colleagues in the community; with social agencies, school leaders, local police, etc.; and of course, with a constantly changing group of students. In addition, they are expected to manage budgets, facilities, events, service projects and trips, and the calendars that give structure to programs. Of course, one of their biggest responsibilities is to manage risk – spiritual, relational, physical, and emotional. And at a very personal level they are required to manage their own time and energy. For many “highly relational” youth workers these management responsibilities don’t always come naturally. They need to be learned, practiced, and sharpened in the day-to-day reality of ministry leadership. The apprenticeship environment is a perfect context for developing the management skills necessary to be successful in ministry. This course will provide each student with the opportunity to explore and identify their own management style and then discover ways to manage the multiple elements of the youth ministry in which they are serving. One of the practical outcomes of this course will be the development of a thorough “practices and policies” handbook which will serve as a guide to their ministry team and provide the structures that are necessary for safety, clarity, longevity, and meaningful ministry outcomes.

Thinking Theologically About Youth Ministry

Dr. Chap Clark

The need for sound theological thinking as a starting point for ministry structures and strategies has never been greater. Because many faith communities evaluate the effectiveness of their youth ministry primarily on the basis of attendance numbers it can be tempting to structure our ministries in a way that attracts the most young people. When we start with numerical outcomes in mind it is easy to forget about the crucial importance of theological foundation and framework for the work we do. This course will create a theological structure for understanding the Scripture, the church, the family, and the communities in which we serve and then ask the important “So What?” questions. A sound theology expresses itself in effective ministry. One of the key outcomes of this course will be that students will be trained to habitually ask theological questions first.

Worldviews and Conversational Apologetics

Dr. Randal Rauser

In a pluralistic global culture like ours it is more important than ever for Christians to be wise and well-grounded in our interactions with others. The Scripture exhorts us to “be prepared to always give an answer” (I Peter 3:15) and shows us a great example in Paul’s interactions in Athens. This course is structured to introduce students to the major worldviews and religious systems that exist in the 21st century and to equip them to interact with people who have a different philosophical or theological starting point than their own. The emphasis on conversational apologetics is intentional. For too long we have seen confrontational apologetics being used – often creating broken conversations that do not lead to positive Kingdom outcomes. Upon completion of this course students will be more confident in their understanding of the Gospel and empowered to engage others in a redemptive dialogue that will lead to deepened relationship and ongoing interaction.

Understanding Today's Youth Culture

Dr. Walt Mueller

With their unique language, music, values, and heroes, today’s adolescents live in a culture all their own. For effective ministry to occur, it is critical that we understand contemporary culture. This course explores the complex world of the adolescent. It is important for us to understand the role of the media as a window into the soul of today’s teenager. Because the media both shapes and reflects the culture, it is important for all who work with adolescents and their families to develop a familiarity with what is being communicated and the implications for ministry. Youth ministry is cross-cultural missionary work. Adults and teen- agers will often need to translate in order for effective ministry to take place. This course will teach adults the language of the next generation. It is important to keep one eye on the constantly changing world and the other eye on the unshakeable Word to help young people make sense out of the cultural “air they are breathing.” Special emphasis will be given to helping students navigate the complexities of their online world and the social media that connects them to it.

Counselling Adolescents and Their Families

Dr. Marv Penner

The landscape is all too familiar for those of us who work with teenagers…addictions, eating disorders, self-injury, destructive sexual choices, media saturation, sexual abuse, family breakdown, violence, bullying, gender disorientation, anxiety, depression and suicide – the dark realities that mark the lives of so many young people today. This course is designed to explore and address some of the most common contemporary behavioral, emotional, and relational issues faced by today’s adolescents. It is meant to prepare the apprentice for increased ministry effectiveness through a deeper awareness of underlying issues, behavioral choices and relational realities faced by students today. It is designed to result in a greater level of freedom to address and discuss these issues with both adolescents themselves and the adults who intersect with the adolescent world. The class will consist of a series of lectures, discussions and interactive exercises addressing a wide range of topics that place adolescents at risk. It is intentionally designed to deliver practical equipping to frontline ministry practitioners in both church and para-church ministries.

Communication Skills for Effective Ministry

Dr. Duffy Robbins

Vocational youth workers are communicators. Whether they are training a group of volunteers, leading a parent event, designing curriculum, facilitating a small group, or delivering a youth talk to a room full of teenagers, the need to be a skilled communicator is apparent. The course will explore basic principles of communication as a foundation for practicing the skills needed to communicate effectively in a wide variety of settings. It will offer students a chance to think about the three basic components of any message and to understand the “why” and “how” of effective communication. In addition to discussing the fine points of how to craft effective message content, we’ll look at the mechanics of effective speaking: everything from gestures to facial expressions to voice technique.

Adolescent Faith Formation

Dr.(candidate) Sid Koop

We believe that the most significant spiritual responsibility of any generation is the spiritual well-being of the generation that follows. This course explores all aspects of the adolescent spiritual journey. One of the identified characteristics of this generation is the spiritual hunger that seems to mark them. It appears that we have a unique opportunity to respond to this “craving” that exists in the hearts of young people today. How do we present the Gospel in a way that engages the soul of an adolescent? How do we best understand and facilitate a young person’s journey to faith in Christ? Once a young person has embraced faith how do we help them become deeply rooted disciples of Jesus? What does the journey of sanctification look like, and how do we position young people to make a Kingdom difference in their generation. This course will explore these and other questions that will equip students to accompany young people well on their journey of faith. It’s the most important thing we do!

Youth Ministry Practicum I, II, III, IV - Skills and Competence

Guided by a ministry mentor.

At the heart of The Coalition’s training program is a thoughtfully structured, two-year mentored apprenticeship. Because pastoral ministry is a vocation that requires specific competencies, we believe that the most effective way to equip practitioners is to provide them with a real-life context in which to learn and practice ministry effectiveness.
Apprentices will serve in full-time ministry roles under experienced leaders who will guide them through a series of leadership development experiences and skill sharpening opportunities. The environments will vary depending on the specialty being pursued by the apprentice. Many will serve in the local church, but some will receive their training in the context of a community youth ministry organization (e.g. Young Life or Youth for Christ) while others could be trained on the staff of a camp or even in a Christian School environment, if that is where they feel called to serve. The apprenticeship path will be marked by carefully defined milestones, but the details of the apprenticeship will be left to the mentor and the apprentice to design and carry out.
Apprenticeships will not be approved unless a suitable mentor is available to provide the necessary guidance. The experiential component of this program is not a “tacked on” bonus but in fact represents the essence of what makes The Coalition different.

Soul Shaping I, II, III, IV - a Shared Spiritual Journey

Guided by a ministry mentor.

COHORTS AND LOCATIONS

One of the core values of The Coalition is intentional community and one of the ways we create that is by having you journey with a Cohort (aka an incredible group of fellow youth workers) through your 2 years. You’ll learn, grow, encourage, challenge and pray with each other making for a richer experience. 

We have multiple Cohorts, in multiple locations happening at any given time. Current and committed Cohorts include: Kelowna, BC, Moncton, MB, Toronto, ON & Atlanta, GA. 

When you apply to The Coalition, we help you connect to the Cohort that’s the best fit for you. We always have new Cohorts in new locations opening! 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What's the next step if I'm interested?

Book a call with the Lisette Fraser, Director of the Coalition 🎉

She’ll be able to answer any of your questions and walk you through the application process should you decide that you’d like to apply.

WHO IS THE PROGRAM FOR?

Youth workers.

Church youth workers. Camp youth workers. Christian school youth workers. Community youth workers. If you care about adolescent faith development then the Coalition is for you.

Some students take the program as a certificate simply to sharpen their leadership. Others use it to complete a Bachelor’s degree. And others still go through the Coalition because they are interested in getting their Master’s.

WHAT IF I'M NOT IN CHURCH YOUTH MINISTRY?

If you work with teenagers and want them to follow Jesus then you’ll love the Coalition. We have students who are involved in a wide range of youth ministry contexts and we are pretty convinced that the diversity is good for us all.

Also, some Coalition students are involved in ministry beyond just youth ministry. So if you are wondering if the Coalition fits you and your context the best thing to do is to book a call with Lisette Fraser (Director of the Coalition).



HOW MUCH DOES THE PROGRAM ACTUALLY COST?

Some of the expenses related to the program are fixed and identical for every student, but some costs vary depending on geographical location and desired program outcomes.

The basic tuition cost of the program is $10,000. $5000 each year for two years. This covers the cost of the eight classroom experiences and eight off-campus (experiential immersion) courses, which will be completed as part of your ministry apprenticeship.

Students taking the program for college or seminary credit may be required to pay additional fees to the school accrediting their courses. If you are interested in a breakdown of the various partners and their financial arrangements, please contact the Coalition office at [email protected].

Additional costs for textbooks, accommodation, and transportation will vary, depending on your personal circumstances. Students are responsible to find their own accommodation for any in person classes, but the Coalition team can help you find affordable options.

IS FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE?

If you are taking the program for credit through one of our academic partners you may be eligible to apply for student loans. More information is available through the registrar’s office at each of our partner schools. 

We also encourage each student’s employer to consider contributing or covering the cost of the program. If you’d like coaching on how to make that request please let us know! We have walked a number of our students through the process and would be happy to help.

WILL THE CLASS ASSIGNMENTS and ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS distract me from doing my current ministry?

The truth of the matter is that earning a degree will always be disruptive at some level. You don’t get the parchment for “just showing up.” A quality education will always require a degree of commitment and there will be a price to pay.

With that said, the class assignments are designed to take place in the regular routines of week-to-week ministry. This is not a program where you will be expected to spend hours in the library writing theoretical papers about ministry. You will be living out the assignments in the day-to-day realities of your ministry context and you’ll often discover that the assignments will be immediately utilized to help you in your work responsibilities. But you might have to skip rewatching The Office another time to focus on completing the program 😉.

I'm a rookie. How can I find a place to do an apprenticeship?

If you are not currently involved in a youth ministry that will allow you to do your apprenticeship, don’t lose heart. There are a number of churches, camps, campus ministry chapters, and other ministry contexts who have indicated a willingness to host an apprentice and provide supervision and support. We cannot guarantee an apprenticeship placement, as students will need to earn their placement by applying to the ministry that seems compatible with their sense of calling, but we will do everything in our power to help potential apprentices find a grace-filled learning community where they will be mentored, supported, and encouraged as they pursue their training.

Let us know your needs during the application process and we’ll start building some bridges for you.

Is the program accredited and can I transfer credits to another college or seminary?

The Coalition program is approved by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) which is the accrediting body for most seminaries around the world. It is also approved and recognized by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) which is the group that accredits Bible colleges across North America. This accreditation means that courses can be transferred into ATS and ABHE schools at the discretion of the registrar in each of those schools (assuming certain grade levels).

Can I audit a class without registering in the program?

We want to make this training available to as many front-line youth workers as possible. A limited number of seats will be available during each class week for people who are interested in taking a course as an auditor (This means a student just attends the classes, takes advantage of the learning experience, participates fully in the week the class is gathered, but has no expectation of completing the assignments or course requirements.) The cost for auditing a class is $750, and priority will be given to auditors who are coming to class with an apprentice who is registered in the program. (There may be times an apprentice would like to bring their supervisor, or one of the volunteers from their ministry to benefit from the classes)

Why are there multiple campuses?

One of the core values of The Coalition is intentional community and one of the ways we create that is by having you journey with a Cohort (aka an incredible group of fellow youth workers) through your 2 years. You’ll learn, grow, encourage, challenge, and pray with each other which makes the whole experience so much richer. 

We have multiple Cohorts, in multiple locations, happening at any given time. Current and committed Cohorts include: Kelowna, BC, Moncton, NB, Toronto, ON, and Atlanta, GA. There are new ones popping up all the time, so if you’d like one close to you just let us know when you book a call with Lisette Fraser, Director of the Coalition.

OUR DNA

The Coalition is a holistic, multifaceted vocational ministry equipping strategy.

Experiential Learning

We believe that the most effective way to equip practitioners is to provide them with a real-life context in which to learn and practice ministry effectiveness.

Your most significant learning will take place in the day-to-day messiness of real-life ministry For ministry rookies,  a skills and leadership coach will accompany you every step of the way as you practice and master the competencies necessary for effective ministry. For ministry veterans, you will be assigned to a small cohort of equally experienced youth workers and be mentored by a seasoned faculty member who will guide your group to new levels of effectiveness.

 

At the heart of The Coalition’s training program is a thoughtfully structured, two-year mentored apprenticeship. Because pastoral ministry is a vocation that requires specific competencies, we believe that the most effective way to equip practitioners is to provide them with a real-life context in which to learn and practice ministry effectiveness.

Apprentices will serve in full-time ministry roles under experienced leaders who will guide them through a series of leadership development experiences and skill sharpening opportunities. The environments will vary depending on the specialty being pursued by the apprentice. Many will serve in the local church, but some will receive their training in the context of a community youth ministry organization (e.g. Young Life or Youth for Christ) while others could be trained on the staff of a camp or even in a Christian School environment, if that is where they feel called to serve. The apprenticeship path will be marked by carefully defined milestones, but the details of the apprenticeship will be left to the mentor and the apprentice to design and carry out.

Apprenticeships will not be approved unless a suitable mentor is available to provide the necessary guidance. The experiential component of this program is not a “tacked on” bonus but in fact represents the essence of what makes The Coalition different.

Spiritual Formation

It takes a disciple to make a disciple!

A spiritual companion/director will help prepare your heart for life in vocational ministry with a challenging two-year shared journey of spiritual practices and disciplines. We deeply believe that spiritual health and vitality is key to long term ministry effectiveness, so this component of the program is far more than an obligatory nod to a regular quiet time.

One’s walk with God must be the highest priority when preparing for spiritual leadership and vocational ministry. Successful youth workers understand that because of the intensely relational nature of their work, their own lives will be their most significant instrument of ministry to a generation that “listens with its eyes.” It takes a disciple to make a disciple! The assumption that spiritual formation automatically occurs as a by-product of formal biblical or theological education cannot necessarily be made. What we are talking about here is a matter of the heart, so curricular strategies alone will not suffice. Spiritual disciplines that seem manageable in the relatively predictable rhythms of campus life often prove to be much more difficult to manage in the mess and stress of daily ministry. We simply cannot assume that a Christian campus is “spiritual formation utopia.” Plenty of college and seminary students report that their classroom years are some of their most dismal when it comes to their intimacy with Christ.

Developing sustainable spiritual formation practices in a community as part of a ministry team is more likely to lead to long-term consistency. Over the course of two years a carefully designed program of spiritual disciplines, Bible reading and study, intentional conversations and grace filled accountability will be used to help each apprentice develop spiritual rhythms that are compatible with the stresses of full-time ministry. This part of the curriculum will be guided by a “spiritual companion” who will accompany the apprentice on the journey of spiritual growth and development.

Intentional Community

We believe the most effective holistic learning takes place in an environment of “iron sharpening iron” community.

Throughout your two-year learning journey you will be part of a faith community that is mission only committed to developing leaders. Not only are they the community where you will learn to serve, but they will be the cheerleaders that want you to succeed. Regional cohorts of fellow students will round out your experience of community.

We were created for community. When the scripture describes healthy human interaction it uses metaphors like that of the body (I Corinthians 12) or of “living stones” together comprising a temple (I Peter 2:5) in which the Spirit of God may dwell. The picture of “family” suggests a deep relationship and a healthy interdependence. We believe the most effective holistic learning takes place in an environment of “iron sharpening iron” community.

Because vocational ministry usually occurs in community it is important that the shaping of those preparing for such ministry be done in community as well. There are two specific expressions of community that are essential to the success of apprentices in The Coalition’s program.

The first crucial community is that of the church, parachurch ministry, camp, or Christian School where the apprentice is being shaped and sharpened. These bodies or families will be the real-life, messy, imperfect, flawed, but grace-filled environment each student is aspiring to serve. This represents the best place to practice emotional intelligence, relational interaction, healthy communication, conflict resolution, political savvy, and personal maturity – all necessary skills for a young leader to embrace.

The second crucial community is that of the cohort. Apprentices will share this journey with other aspiring young leaders, each of whom will be in their own learning environment. A combination of face-to-face and digitally facilitated gathering times will ensure that students can speak into each other’s lives in meaningful ways. The coalition will organize regional sub- cohorts so students will have access to their peers on a regular basis, in addition to the eight classes that the cohort will share over the course of their two-year journey. It is hoped that these cohorts will spawn lifelong friendships between participants.

These classes will be framed, not simply as a one-week content-driven intensive, but as a three-month focus on the topic being offered. In the month prior to the classroom component, students will be expected to do pre-course reading, online collaboration, case study preparation, real world research, etc. After the week in class the subsequent two months will be used to apply the material in the trenches of ministry where class assignments will be completed. They should be seamlessly integrated into the daily ministry of the apprentice.

Academic Excellence

Quarterly classes will be offered in Kelowna, BC and will be facilitated by some of the most respected leaders/thinkers/teachers in the discipline of next generation ministry.

Four times each year, the entire learning will gather in Kelowna to learn directly from the most significant ministry thinkers, writers and shapers in the field of Next Generation ministry. These one week intensive courses are a key component of the program, and can be accredited toward undergraduate (bachelor’s) for graduate (Masters) degrees through our academic partners.

While experiential integration and spiritual formation are recognized as key elements in the development of a vocational leader, the task of shepherding the next generation has become complex and specialized. The Coalition will provide eight rigorous College/Seminary level courses covering the most important content for youth and young adult ministry specialists. Quarterly classes will be offered in Kelowna, BC and will be facilitated by some of the most respected leaders/thinkers/teachers in the discipline of next generation ministry. These classes will begin with a Sunday night welcome reception and will then meet from Monday morning to Friday afternoon. This schedule will allow most apprentices to participate in their local Sunday services before leaving for the week and most will be home Friday night. Accommodation in Kelowna will be the responsibility of each student, however an attempt will be made to provide affordable bed and breakfast billeting for those who need it, or camp style housing at Green Bay Bible Camp with shuttle services to the class location.

These classes will be framed, not simply as a one-week content-driven intensive, but as a three-month focus on the topic being offered. In the month prior to the classroom component, students will be expected to do pre-course reading, online collaboration, case study preparation, real world research, etc. After the week in class the subsequent two months will be used to apply the material in the trenches of ministry where class assignments will be completed. They should be seamlessly integrated into the daily ministry of the apprentice.

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Christine is the founder and CEO of Irresistible Teams where she serves alongside leaders from around the world to develop thriving staff and volunteer cultures through coaching, speaking and podcasting.
Christine’s passion for developing and empowering leaders to impact the next generation is what propelled her to write her book, “The Volunteer Project: Stop Recruiting. Start Retaining,” a practical guide to creating an irresistible volunteer culture. She has become known as an expert in the area of volunteer engagement and leadership development, making her a sought-after consultant and leadership coach.
Christine is a dynamic, authentic communicator who has been the featured speaker for numerous local, regional, and national conferences including The Orange Conference and SALT Nashville. Her diverse life and business experiences have allowed her to connect with audiences around the world, ranging from ministry leaders and volunteer teams to business owners and corporate executives. Christine also shares her vast expertise with Slingshot Group where she provides search and coaching services in the NextGen, Non-Profit and Senior Leadership space.

I LOVE MY FAMILY. I am so blessed to have the most amazing wife who is smart and gorgeous who loves life, loves her profession and always prioritizes our family and sharpens the heck out of me! My kids absolutely melt my heart and they bring me back to what's important.

When I am not hanging with them, I want to know who you are. I really do mean that. I love people and I want to know who they are and I care about where they are going. My goal is to help you do people know who they are and where they are going. Everything in me wants to know your gifts, strengths, calling and purpose in this world and for your life. If you are leading others, you could be better. If you are married, you could be a better spouse. If you are on a team, are you a great teammate who’s in the right position and operating within your strengths? If you are a college student, on a church staff, in business, a ministry leader or someone whose just trying to figure out WHERE you are going and WHO you are, I want to help you maximize your potential. I've been a university guest lecturer, adjunct professor, pastor, teacher, event coordinator, producer and staff developer and have spoken to all kinds of groups of small and large sizes. It is my life’s passion to speak in to your life. I care about you, your team, your community and the people around you so that you can live a life worth living and know how to do it while leading from your strengths....the way you were designed to lead. I inspire, lead, bridge and equip people because it's who God made me to be.

Erik Francisco Medina (He/Him/ Él) es el Gerente de Comunicaciones de GALEO y GALEO Impact Fund. Erik es un escritor, cineasta y productor de Canóvanas, Puerto Rico. Aporta una nueva perspectiva muy necesaria a su trabajo, creando obras que invitan a la reflexión y exploran las experiencias de los jóvenes de color en América moderna. Erik no está en deuda con un solo medio, incorporando todo, desde la música y la cocina hasta la política para dar vida a sus visiones. Erik tiene una maestría en cine y televisión de Savanna College of Art and Design y una bachillerato en comunicación masiva de la Universidad del Turabo.

Luego de mudarse a Georgia para asistir a la escuela de posgrado, Erik ha desarrollado una pasión por amplificar las voces de los jóvenes latinx en el campo creativo y político. Ya sea apoyando su plataforma política o mostrando historias que resuenen con ellos, Erik cree que la clave para inspirar a los latinos a convertirse en una fuerza disruptiva en los Estados Unidos es fortalecerse mutuamente. Como dijo Rita Moreno, una de sus muchos héroes: “Es a través del arte que prevaleceremos y perduraremos. Vive después de nosotros y nos define cómo personas. “

Susie is Canadian by birth, Korean by heritage, Mexican by marriage and American by immigration. She is passionate about matters surrounding reconciliation, racial justice and the Gospel. Susie and her husband Marcos met at Fuller Theological Seminary while getting their M.A. in Intercultural Studies and now have 4 beautiful LatAsian kids. After serving as a youth pastor and church planter in South Central Los Angeles for 14 years, Susie now lives in Long Beach, CA.

Columbia Bible College, Abbotsford, BC

www.columbiabc.edu

Degree granted – Bachelor Arts in Practical Theology: Youth Work
Hours transferred through Coalition completion – 60 hours
Hours needed to complete degree in addition to Coalition – 66 hours (22 courses)
Cost of transferring Coalition courses – No Cost

Note: Students may also use their CYME transfer credits toward other Columbia programs including BA in Biblical Studies, BA in Practical Theology: Applied Leadership, Counselling, Intercultural Studies, or Worship Arts (The number of transfer credits granted for programs other that Youth Work may vary depending upon the specific requirements of that program).

For more information contact:
Columbia Admissions - [email protected]    1.800.283.0881

Rocky Mountain College, Calgary AB

www.rockymountaincollege.ca

Degree granted – Bachelor Arts - Leadership Development: Youth Ministry
Hours accredited through Coalition completion – 60 hours (20 courses)
Hours needed to complete degree in addition to Coalition – 60 hours (20 courses)
Cost of accrediting Coalition courses – $100 per year

Note: All additional Rocky courses  are available through Distance Learning

For more information contact:
Coalition Registrar - [email protected]
RMC Registrar – [email protected]  •  1.877.968.6762

Briercrest College, Caronport, SK

www.briercrest.ca

Degree granted – Master of Youth Ministry
Hours accredited through Coalition completion – 30 hours (10 courses)
Hours needed to complete degree in addition to Coalition – 18 hours (6 courses)
Cost of accrediting Coalition courses – $4300 ($430/transferred course)

Note: Degree completion courses are all available as one week intensives at Briercrest Seminary.

For more information contact:
Coalition Registrar - [email protected]
Briercrest Admissions – [email protected]  •  1.800.667.5199

Briercrest College, Caronport, SK

www.briercrest.ca

Degree granted – Bachelor of Youth Ministry
Hours accredited through Coalition completion – 30 hours (10 courses)
Hours needed to complete degree in addition to Coalition – 60 hours (20 courses)
Cost of accrediting Coalition courses – $3700 ($370/transferred course)

Note: Briercrest prefers that students take the 20 degree completion courses prior to enrolling in the Coalition.

For more information contact:
Coalition Registrar - [email protected]
Briercrest Admissions – [email protected]  •  1.800.667.5199

Summit Pacific College, Abbotsford, BC

www.summitpacific.ca

Degree granted – Master of Arts in Youth Ministry
Hours accredited through Coalition completion – 30 hours (10 courses)
Hours needed to complete degree in addition to Coalition – 18 hours (6 courses)
Cost of accrediting Coalition courses – approximately $2000 ($1000 per year).

Note: The courses taught at SPC may be taken according to the student's personal interests and whenever their schedule permits.

For more information contact:
Coalition Registrar - [email protected]
Summit Pacific Admissions – [email protected]

Sioux Falls Seminary – The Kairos Project

www.sfseminary.edu

Degree granted – Master of Arts
Hours accredited through Coalition completion – All necessary hours for degree completion
Hours needed to complete degree in addition to Coalition – No extra “post-Coalition” work needed
Cost of accrediting Coalition courses – approximately $4500 (USD)

Note: The Sioux Falls program is unique in the world of accredited theological/ministry training. It is a competence-based model that is less concerned with credit hours accumulated, and more concerned about Ministry competence being developed and demonstrated. To get a clear picture of what this apprenticeship-based, experiential immersion program looks like respond to the link below to set up a conversation.

For more information contact:
Coalition Registrar - [email protected]

Dr. Chap Clark is currently the lead pastor at St Andrews Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, CA. For many years Chap has served as chair of Christian Discipleship department and professor of Practical Theology and Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Theological Semi- nary. He has been the senior editor of YouthWorker Journal, and is currently president of ParenTeenTM, a nonprofit organization helping adults understand and respond to the developmental and spiritual needs of adolescents and emerging adults. Chap is a speaker, trainer, consultant, as well as the author or co-author of 25 books. Before teaching, Chap was on Young Life staff for 15 years as an area and regional director; and for the last 27 years while a seminary professor, Chap has served in a variety of roles in the church. Chap and Dee, a LMFT (www.healingreins.com) have three grown children, two granddaughters and live in New- port Beach, CA and when they can get away in Gig Harbor, WA.

Sid has been involved in full-time youth ministry for over 19 years.  Following his time at Briercrest Seminary, Sid spent 4 years in Canmore as the youth pastor at Canmore Trinity Bible Church, 11 years at the Evangelical Free Church of Lethbridge as Director of Student Ministries, and the last 4 years in Kelowna British Columbia with Truth Matters Ministries. In 2001, Sid founded Truth Matters with the mission to help the next generation see and experience the truth of Jesus Christ.  Since 2013, Sid has put his full-time energy into Truth Matters Ministries as the Executive Director.  Currently, Truth Matters runs 7 youth worker training conferences across Canada each year under the title "Canadian Youth Workers Conference".  Sid also speaks to students, equips youth workers and informs parents at conferences, retreats, and events across the country.  He has a Masters in Youth and Family Ministries and is currently working on his Doctor of Ministry in Emerging Generations at Gordon-Conwell Seminary.  Sid lives with his wife Jen and two boys Cole and Payton at Green Bay Bible Camp in Kelowna British Columbia, where his wife is currently the Executive Director.

Dr. Walt Mueller is the founder and President of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, a non-profit organization serving schools, churches, and community organizations across the U.S, Canada, and worldwide in their efforts to strengthen families. Walt has been working with young people and families for 40 years. He is a student of youth culture and family issues, and has appeared on numerous media outlets internationally to discuss teenagers and their world. A regular seminar and conference speaker, he communicates effectively with adults and teenagers alike. He has written extensively on youth culture and family issues and is the author of over 8 books. He is also a regular contributor to a variety of publications. Walt and his wife Lisa live in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, have four adult children and five grandchildren.

Dr. Randal Rauser is Professor of Historical Theology at Taylor Seminary in Edmonton, Alberta, where he has taught since 2003. Randal is the author of many books including What's so Confusing About Grace? (Two Cup Press, 2017), The Swedish Atheist, the Scuba Diver, and Other Apologetic Rabbit Trails (InterVarsity, 2012) and Theology in Search of Foundations (Oxford University Press, 2009). Randal writes for The Christian Post and blogs regularly at randalrauser.com. Randal has a PhD from King's College, University of London (2003), an MCS from Regent College (1999) and a BA from Trinity Western University (1996).

Dr. Duffy Robbins, Professor of Youth Ministry at Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania, is a respected youth ministry veteran with over forty years of experience in the field. He speaks around the world to teenagers and people who care about teenagers. Duffy also serves as a Teaching Pastor at Faithbridge Church, Spring, Texas. Duffy is the author of numerous books including Ministry of Nurture, This Way to Youth Ministry: An Introduction to the Adventure, Speaking to Teenagers (co-authored with Doug Fields), Youth Ministry Nuts and Bolts, Enjoy the Silence (co-authored with the lovely Maggie Robbins), There’s a Teenager in My House (ed. Wayne Rice), and Building a Youth Ministry That Builds Disciples.

Marv Penner is a veteran youth worker with more than 45 years of working in the field. He is the Executive Director at the Coalition for Youth Ministry Excellence. An author, speaker professor, and youth ministry consultant to denominations, schools, churches and organizations, he travels North America and the world, equipping, encouraging and empowering young leaders. As a registered clinical counsellor he has specialized in helping adolescents and their families through tough times. Marv brings a lifetime of practical wisdom and experience to the classroom.

Ginny Olson has been involved in youth ministry for several decades on a variety of levels: youth pastor, youth ministry professor, speaker and writer. She is the author of Teenage Girls and the co-author of Youth Ministry Management Tools 2.0. Currently, she is the Director of Youth Ministry for the Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church, as well as an adjunct professor at North Park University’s School of Business and Nonprofit Management, where she teaches on church administration.

Lisette has overseen ministry in an executive role with Fellowship Church. Licensed with the International Coach Federation, Lisette is an exceptional combination of world class leadership and strategic thinking. She also has created resources and delivered content for some of the most well known youth ministry organizations around such as Fuller Youth Institute and Orange.

 

Steve’s passion is to be an encourager and catalyst for emerging leaders. His ministry adventure has spanned over a couple decades and has taken him around the globe, supporting leaders in camp and youth ministry on four continents. The teams he’s served with have pioneered dynamic ministries that reach hundreds of thousands every week. He deeply loves connecting with Jesus, people and good pizza.