Session 4

Planning and Administration

“If you do nothing else with your youth group, have a plan.” Like anyone else, youth want to know that things are happening according to some design and agenda. there’s a safety in knowing that someone intends to do something – not to mention that waiting for things to happen can get boring.

Another thing to understand about Youth Ministry is that it can be full of moving parts. Sometimes, it can be difficult to make everyone and everything work together. This session looks at the things you can do to ensure that your ministry is planned and well-run.

Session 4: Planning and Administration

Big Idea:  The logistics of overseeing a ministry area that involves many moving parts and many people.

Session Video Lectures

Why Planning Matters
Organizing a Leadership Team
Developing Youth Program Assets
Youth and Finances
How Not to Get Fired

After the Session: Research, Action, and Reflection

Below are suggestions for further research and activities to engage in as you look to start a project for you group. There are no grades! We want to encourage trying something new and learning from mistakes and successes. Let us know how it goes. Feel free to use the public question board to post your reflections or send a private note to the leaders.

Take time to reflect on your organizational habits. What should change?

Write letters to your leadership team thanking them for their time and energy. If you don’t have a leadership team, use the same time to think about how to form one and who you would want on it.

Review, tweak, and update your financial policy in regards to youth and money as you see fit

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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