Essential Topics

For Youth Ministry

6 sessions


About this Series

Ministry with youth is better when we grapple with key issues, including family life, communications, relationships, and key social issues. This course digs into these and other areas essential for strengthing your ministry. It also includes insights on avoiding potential dangers as you minister.

Essentials for Youth Ministry is a non-credit, 6 session course (with introduction) that includes both live Zoom sessions as well as recorded videos and other content. The series is great for anyone working with youth in a congregational setting.

Starting Session


Tuesday, April 13, 7 pm EST – Live Zoom meeting 

This is a shorter session to introduce everyone to the course, discuss expectations, ask questions, and generally get acquainted with the leaders and the technology.

PLEASE WATCH the video BEFORE the Zoom meeting.

Week One

Family Life

Tuesday, April 20, 7 pm EST – Live Zoom meeting 

PLEASE WATCH the video BEFORE the Zoom meeting.

Week Two

Church (Employment, Theology, Staff Issues, and More!)

Tuesday, April 27, 7 pm EST – Live Zoom meeting.

Week Five

Social Issues (Advocacy, Politics, Creation Care, Neighbor Care)

Tuesday, May 18, 7 pm EST – Live Zoom Meeting.

Week Six

Other Topics (Potential Dangers, Emotional Pain, and More.)

Tuesday, May 25, 7 pm EST – Live Zoom Meeting.

Sara Clarke Turpin


Rev. Sara Clarke Turpin is Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Buechel Park Baptist Church in Louisville, KY, where she has served since 2013. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from BSK: Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, along with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown College with majors in Religion and Business Administration: Management and minors in Church Music and Psychology. She has been both a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) Scholar and Fellow and served on the CBF Kentucky Coordinating Council and Execitive Committee.

Andrew Noe


Andrew Noe serves at East Leonard CRC in Grand Rapids, Michigian as the Pastor of Faith Formation. He is a proud graduate of the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, is passionate about bringing creativity to ministry, and enjoys working with teenagers. He is married to the wonderful Hannah, and they have two spectacular kids – Gwen and Benjamin. His side passions are comic books, lego and video games.

Justin Sizemore


Justin Sizemore is the Minister to Youth at Calvary Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky. He is a graduate of the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University and a proud Georgetown College Tiger! He has been involved in Youth Ministry as a volunteer, assistant, chaperone, and now minister for over 14 years. Youth Ministry is his passion and calling.

Justin is married to Abby Sizemore (The FABULOUS Director of Admissions for the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky!!!) and they have two wonderful daughters, Ann-Thomas and their most recent addition, Edith (Edie).

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