youth worker

a unique youth ministry coaching experience designed to make you better



Leaders are learners. Period. If you’re leading, you’re always learning. So why not learn from the best and have them personally invest in you becoming the best you can be.


Youth Worker Community Cohorts are designed to feed your soul and mind, and create intentional space for you to dream again about what what God has in store for you.


We were never meant to do life or ministry alone. And yet, we know ministry can be incredibly lonely. You’ll gain a community of people who are doing what you do, passionate about what you’re passionate about and committed to growing with you. What could be better?



With monthly cohort gatherings and access to a library of incredible resources, you will be given focused training equipping you for success in your ministry.


With personalized coaching and contextualized learning you’ll learn how to expand your leadership and impact.


With the gift of healthy, committed community you’ll not only hear new ideas and ways of leading, your heart and mind will be inspired with your own.


Sid Koop
Sid Koop

Youth Worker Community

Ben Woodman
Ben Woodman

Alpha Canada

Jeremy MacDonald

Jeremy MacDonald

Youth Worker Community

Lisette Fraser

Lisette Fraser

Pastor, Coach, Consultant


Jason Ballard

Jason Ballard

Alpha Canada

Crystal Kirgiss

Crystal Kirgiss

Young Life

Chris Curtis
Chris Curtis


Angela Lee
Angela Lee

Fellowship Church, Los Angeles

Dave Rahn
Dave Rahn

Youth for Christ

Mark Colwell
Mark Colwell

Christian Life Assembly Church

Marv Penner

Marv Penner

Coalition for Youth Ministry Excellence

Brad Griffin

Brad Griffin

Fuller Youth Institute

Vince Parker

Vince Parker


Paula Danielle

Paula Danielle

Purpose Over Rules



Through the Youth Worker Community Coaching Cohort, the Youth Worker Community team will journey with you and you focus on what’s most essential in helping develop a healthy, impactful youth ministry. Our advanced training model brings together leaders that are committed to growing and learning for 9 months through: 

Youth ministry assessment which will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses as well as help your coach strategize with you for personalized growth.

Monthly digital meet-ups that dive into essential skills and topics, and help you create a plan to implement new strategies in your ministry. You’ll hear directly from leading scholars and practitioners.

Interactive peer learning from other leaders desiring to grow and make greater impact in their sphere of influence. We’ve seen that community with like-minded leaders is very impactful. 

9 months of personalized coaching from experienced leaders and practitioners that are committed to your growth and ministry success. 

Access to leaders and experts from various professional spaces. Youth Worker Community has built an incredible network of leaders throughout North America in order to give Cohort members holistic learning. 

And more … because as we learn the unique needs of the leaders coming into each Coaching Cohort we work hard to address those specific needs and bring the resources and expertise needed.




A $99 deposit holds your spot.

Remaining installments of $500 are due
Oct 30, 2020, Jan 31, 2021 & March 30, 2021. 

Limited scholarships are available.
Contact us for more details.

*Regular Coaching Cohorts
will be $2000 for the 9 months.
Due to covid we’re offering
this Cohort for $1599.


Oct 21, 2020

Deadline Extended!!   

Digital Meet-ups:   

Oct 21 – 2:00-4:00pm EST
Nov 18 – 2:00-4:00pm EST
Dec 16 – 2:00-4:00pm EST
2021 dates TDB.     

What if you miss a meet-up?

Don’t worry! Everything will be recorded and you’ll be able to access it after. 


There are a lot of ways to develop and grow as a leader/pastor from conferences to education. Coaching Cohorts really are a type of middle ground that are proven to have lasting impact. Cohort members receive regular content from some of the best in the field while also having personal coaching that develops them to be the leader they need to be for where God has planted them. With the Cohorts lasting 9 months, there’s significant time for learning and building new skills. 

62.4% smarter goal-setting

60.5% more balanced life

57.1% lower stress levels

52.4% more self-confidence

43.3% improvement in the quality of life

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) surveyed 210 coaching clients about the value and use of coaching.


Whether you’ve been in youth ministry for 20 years or just a year we believe the Cohorts are for you. No matter your context or experience, the Cohort model is designed to meet you where you’re at and move you forward from there. So if you’re newer to ministry and want to develop your skills, great. If you’ve been in ministry for a long time and feel stuck or in a rut, great. If you’ve got a desire to learn and grow, this is for you! 


We know you have someone you report to that will have to give you the time and money to do this! We’ve been there too! We’ve created a simple ‘Fact Sheet’ that you can share with whoever you need to. If you’re having trouble convincing someone you need to do this, let us know & we’d love to help however we can!


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Mark is married to Jenni, has spent over 25 years in Youth Ministry, 14 years as a student ministries pastor and 12 as a denominational youth ministry coach in Ontario. He currently pastors at Christian Life Assembly in Maple Ridge BC and continues to intentionally mentor and disciple Next Gen leaders. Building pathways of discipleship and leadership development remain core passions as does seeing young leaders excel in ministry and life.

Jeremy has served as a Youth Pastor in a large context reaching hundreds of students, a small context reaching dozens, and most recently at a multisite church running six separate youth groups. Now as part of the Canadian Youth Worker Community staff team, Jeremy oversees the operations of various projects that equip and encourage thousands of youth workers each year. He is married with three children and lives in Moncton, NB.

Vince serves as the Central Ministry Leader for Switch, the student ministry at Life.Church. With more than 10 years on the Life.Church team, he uses his pastoral experience and eye for excellence to lead a team of more than 30 youth pastors across 10 states. Prior to his current role, Vince served as a youth pastor and as the Life.Church Broadway and Britton Pastor. Vince and his wife, Melissa, live in Oklahoma City with their daughter.

Chris is a youth worker based in Luton in the UK. He's part of Youthscape, a national Christian ministry who are focused on helping to renew the UK church's engagement with young people. They publish research, create resources and offer training, and try to model youth ministry with local young people. Chris speaks and writes a lot about youth work, but he also is a bit of a mac geek and a member of the The Magic Circle in London.

Paula Dannielle is from Phoenix, Arizona. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Arizona State and Emory University, respectively. While working in Next Gen ministry for over 20 years, Paula established Purpose Over Rules, a ministry development firm that helps churches create thriving Next Gen ministries. Paula serves with a congregation in Charlotte, is a national speaker, and works with several racial reconciliation organizations. Paula is the proud mother of three gorgeous daughters: Chayil Destiny, Charity Joy, and Cherish Faith.

Brad Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents (see A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is also the coauthor of over a dozen books including Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, Sticky Faith, and Can I Ask That? Twitter: @bgriffinfyi

Crystal Kirgiss teaches writing at Purdue University and is the author or co-author of more than ten books, including What's Up With Boys?, Sex Has A Pricetag, Girls, Guys, and A Teenager's Daily Prayer Book. She's been married to Mark, a Young Life area director, for 25 years and they have three college-aged sons. Crystal also writes the monthly "Guys" and "Girls" columns for YouthWalk magazine.

Dave Rahn (PhD) began working with Youth for Christ in 1972 before joining Huntington University faculty in 1985, where he taught for 30 years. Publishing more than 100 articles, essays and books, Dave has studied adolescent influence, urban youth ministry indigenous leaders, and teen evangelism effectiveness. Most recently he co-authored Disrupting Teens with Joy (2020). Retiring in June 2020 as Youth for Christ USA’s Senior Ministry Advisor, Dave – married for 44 years – enjoys life as a grandparent of five.

Angela Lee is a wife, mom/bonus mom, and pastor in her tenth year of ministry. Starting in middle school ministry, Angela has a deep love and passion for the discipleship of the next generation. Angela also spent years working in non-profit management and volunteer coordination. Angela believes deeply that the local church and the gospel is the hope of the world. Hope for salvation, hope for racial reconciliation, and that hope fuels her work.

Marv Penner is a veteran youth worker with more than 45 years of working in the field. An author, speaker, professor, and youth ministry consultant to denominations, schools, churches and organizations, he travels North America and the world, equipping, encouraging and empowering leaders. As a registered clinical counsellor he has specialized in helping adolescents and their families through tough times. Marv is also the Executive Director at the Coalition for Youth Ministry Excellence, a two-year experientially integrated vocational education program. Marv Penner is the founder and president of All About Youth, Canada and an associate staff member of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding. His greatest joy is equipping, encouraging and empowering front-line youth workers. Marv and his wife Lois live in Lake Country, BC. They have three awesome adult kids … and grandchildren.

After more than two decades in full-time ministry, Lisette knows there’s nothing else she’d rather do! Starting in Canada and now in the US, it’s been an awesome adventure. Whether it has been serving the local church, speaking at camps and conferences, ministry coaching, teaching courses or writing curriculum, Lisette does it with passion and joy. Lisette loves the journey Jesus invites us into and knows it’s only made better because she gets to live it with her husband, kids and community.

Jason is a church planter in Vancouver, Canada. He is the host of the Alpha Youth Series and part of the team at Alpha that creates resources for local churches around the world. Jason and his wife Rachael have three kids, Hudson, Mary and Millie.

Ben and his wife Melissa live in Vancouver, Canada where, before joining the team at Alpha, he was a youth pastor for 10 years. He is a huge fan of Bear Grylls, Sid Koop, and Bob Goff. One of the themes of his life and teaching is how God loves to use ordinary, imperfect people to do extraordinary things. Find him on Instagram @benwoodman

From camp speaker to local youth pastor to youth ministry professor, Sid draws from a deep well of experience over a couple decades. He is the Executive Director of Youth Worker Community where he and his team are dedicated to filling in the gaps for youth workers by equipping, empowering, and supporting youth workers to help the next generation know Jesus.

Sid has a Masters in Youth and Family Ministries and is currently working on his Doctor of Ministry in Emerging Generations at Gordon-Conwell Seminary.