Discover the ABSOLUTE MUSTS of youth ministry
and stop the guessing game.


Maybe you just graduated from seminary or are starting your second career. Maybe you’re a passionate volunteer.

And you were just handed the keys to a youth ministry. Congratulations.

Beginning as a new youth minister is exciting! You are filled with wonder at what God is going to do through your life and ministry.

At the same time, you are apprehensive. What if you say something wrong?

What if a student asks a question you don’t know? What if the group hates your game or sermon?

You may also be wondering what a STRONG youth ministry ACTUALLY INVOLVES.

Once you’ve planned the games and the lesson for the week, what else should you be doing?

You can be an INCREDIBLE youth minister.

Like your students, you just need to learn more.


Youth ministry is more than just messy games, pizza, and sermons.

Youth ministry is creating an intentionally designed movement.

It is helping students and families see God’s activity in their lives.

Learn the INDISPENSABLE, TRIED AND TRUE FORMULA of youth ministry with this introductory course. 

The Five Elements of Youth Ministry is an affordable, online, go-at-your-own-pace course that will give you the INSIDER INFORMATION about the ESSENTIALS of youth ministry.

With this introductory course, you get…

Five modules packed with valuable information about the five elements of youth ministry. Learn intentional action steps surrounding each element, and embrace new practices that engage all five elements.

“Deeper Learning” resources designed to explore the topic of theology more in-depth and in your context. 

The ability to choose a learning partner who will help you process what you are learning from this thorough course. 

Reflective Application Questions that will help you internalize the course material.

An exclusive and interactive discussion board.

A course designed to be completed at your own pace and schedule.

Instant access to the entire course content.

Website support – should an issue arise, we are here to help!

Lifetime access to this course. Once you make a purchase, it is yours forever.

Exclusive inside offers that we only give to YMI Online students.

30-day money-back guarantee. We’ve seen this material work in the lives of countless youth ministers. We believe in it! But if you are unsatisfied, send us an email, and we’ll give you your money back. 

About The Five Elements of Youth Ministry

Ministry is the sum of five elements. Evangelism, Recreation/Fellowship, Discipleship, Worship and Ministry/Mission, in equal parts, comprise the necessary parts of a successful ministry.

In this course you will learn the basic practice of each element. There aren’t any tricks or short cuts. You will find that you are already equipped to apply each element in your ministry.

Only effort and intention stand between you and a successful youth ministry.

Your Guide

Steve is a 27 year veteran of youth ministry serving downtown churches in Kansas and Florida. He is currently the Executive Director of YMI, an adjunct professor at Florida Southern College and on staff at a large church in Orlando, Florida.

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate your use of each of the five elements in your ministry
  • Identify current intentional actions surrounding each element
  • Apply best practices engaging each element in your ministry
  • Embrace at least two new practices in regards to each element

Are you ready to discover the ABSOLUTE MUSTS of youth ministry?
You can lead a healthy and growing youth ministry – this is the first step. 
Offer your students, families, volunteers, and church your best by learning the core elements of youth ministry.
Enroll in The Five Elements of Youth Ministry today! 


“YMI helped me think beyond the week to week figuring-it-out of  youth ministry, to developing a long-range plan for developing disciples and leaders within youth ministry.”

-Denvil Farley

“After being part of the YMI family, I realized I wasn’t alone in my freshman struggles of ministry leadership. Even after 8 years of Youth Ministry at my church, I still remember and apply the lessons I learned with YMI years ago.”

-Corey Markle

“Nothing could have prepared me more for youth ministry than YMI. I am so thankful I had all the resources and information available to me as I started out as a new Youth Director. I never would have survived otherwise Thank you YMI!”

-Kelly Rains