Join us in Montreat for the Youth Ministry Academy conference January 24-26, 2019!
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YMIM is hosting a national conference, and you're invited!
All youth workers, including volunteers, staff, pastors, and youth ministers are invited to Montreat, North Carolina, for our fifth annual Youth Ministry Academy. The dates are January 24–26, 2019, and the theme is "WHOLE." Come relax, learn, and share in fellowship with others in youth ministry as we seek wholeness together.

Our keynote speaker will be Rev. Michelle Thomas-Bush, Pastor of Youth Ministry from Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC. Our preacher will be Rev. Corey Jones, Executive Pastor from St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Orlando, FL. 

Interested in teaching a workshop? Submit an idea on our online application!

Other workshops will be taught by YMI faculty, experienced youth ministers and pastors, and PYWA youth ministry professionals.

Registration information is available on the Youth Ministry Academy website, and the cost is $159. Our conference partner, Montreat, is offering affordable meal and lodging options.
Our local cohort is growing!

We had a wonderful foundational retreat a few weeks ago, and seven newcomers attended (shown in picture). Those who enroll will join our cohort of six returning youth ministers, helping our Cohort Learning program grow! Contact me if your church would like more information.

– Matt Vaughan
text or call: 913/972.2530
Need a recap? What does YMIM do???

I lead in this way: Youth Ministry Institute Midwest – YMIM – was formed to help youth ministers/workers and local churches beat the odds in youth ministry.
  • Only 17% of youth ministers/workers have any formal training for their ministry.
  • Only 30% of youth staff stay in their job for more than two years.
YMIM provides support for local churches and youth ministers / leaders that results in substantially longer staff tenures and growth in ministry. Every client in our Cohort Learning program saw strong growth in youth ministry attendance the last two years.

Our Cohort Learning program deadline coincides with our next retreat on October 22-23. New students are invited to try out our program! Our cohort is enrolled from Nebraska and Kansas, with a strong list of others in the region who are interested in the program.
  • 80% of youth ministers/workers who complete our cohort learning program stay in their jobs for five years or more
  • Nearly all youth ministers/workers who complete our cohort learning program double the size of their youth group... and some triple their groups!
We also provide a full consulting and coaching services to help grow your youth group and develop excellence in leadership. Satisfaction is high with rates that are half of the competing for-profit groups. We'll help make your job easier and more effective!

Contact me for more information! I will visit any church in Kansas, Missouri, or Nebraska at no cost to share our ministry as a benefit provided by our partners.

And, please let me know if you have a suggestion of a church, pastor, or youth leader whom I should meet. Thank you!  – Matt Vaughan
YMI is a nonprofit organization offering discounted training, coaching, and consulting services for churches, youth ministers, and clergy.

Donations and grants help our ministry grow! Consider supporting YMIM on our website.
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