Session 2


You and your youth will be interacting with not just a ministry of teenagers, but with the entire church. Staff, volunteers, and more! In this section we explore things like communication, working together even in disagreement, and difficult issues such as being fired or serving at a church with no head pastor.  

Session Video Lectures

What is the Church?

Suggested Resources

Who Is the Church? An Ecclesiology for the Twenty-First Century by Cheryl M. Peterson (Book)

Where Two or Three Are Gathered: Liturgy and the Moral Life by Harmon L. Smith (Book)

The Worshiping Body: The Art of Leading Worship by Kimberly Bracken Long (Book)

Book, Bath, Table, and Time: Christian Worship as Source and Resource for Youth Ministry by Fred P. Edie (Book)

Staff Issues

Suggested Resources

7 Healthy Ways to Resolve Conflict at Church or Work

Doug Fields, Your First 2 Years in Youth Ministry (Book)

​Pat Lencioni, Silos, Politics and Turf Wars (Book)

Bonem & Patterson, ​Leading from the Second Chair (Book)

Getting Fired

Theological Differences

Pastoring “Plus”

Suggested Resources

When the Minister Leaves

Pastor – William H. Willimon (Book)

Canoeing the Mountain – Tod Bolsinger (Book)

Dare to Lead – Brene Brown (Book)

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. Before coming to Buechel Park, Sara served as the Youth Minister at Melbourne Heights Baptist Church in Louisville for four years.

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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