Training & Networking


There are a variety of training opportunities available for adults who work with children and youth:

Practice Discipleship

Check out the Practice Discipleship page for online webinars, curriculum and opportunities for face-to-face training.

Certification Schools

Several places offer Certification Schools and other in-depth trainings for people involved in youth ministry. Click on the links below to learn more.

ELCA Seminary Programs

Seminaries of the ELCA offer coursework and other resources on youth ministry that people can take part in who aren’t officially enrolled at the seminary. Check out their websites for more information.

Safeguarding God's Children

A resolution was passed at the 2011 Nebraska Synod Assembly that encourages congregations to train adults who work with young people on guidelines for Safeguarding God’s Children. It also provides that the Synod shall continue to provide such training to ministry leaders.

What do members of your mission center know about sexual abuse of young people? Would you like to offer high-quality training for them on this topic? Click here for more information.


As they say, “Two heads are better than one.” Better yet, Jesus said, “Where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”

To come together with others working with youth ministry, please check out the networks below:

Lincoln Area Youth Ministry Network

Adults working with youth ministry in the Lincoln area are welcome to be a part of the Lincoln Area Youth Ministry Network. This group meets on the second Thursday every month at 11 a.m. at Scooters on 84th and Van Dorn Streets in Lincoln. Enjoy sharing ideas, questions and events. For more information, e-mail Katie Bencken. Check them out on Facebook.

Omaha Area Youth Ministry Network

Youth ministry adult leaders who are in Omaha and the surrounding area are invited to be a part of the Omaha Area Youth Ministry Network. This group meets on the second Thursday every month from noon to 2 p.m. at various locations in and around Omaha. Check them out on Facebook. Come and share your events, ideas and questions. And bring your lunch. For more information, e-mail Amy Woods.

ELCA Youth Ministry Network

The ELCA Youth Ministry Network exists to strengthen and empower adult youth ministry leaders in service to Christ as a part of God's mission. Click here to learn more.

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