Education for Effective Youth Ministry (EEYM)

God Is Calling Education for Effective Youth Ministry (EEYM) is an interactive program for local church youth ministry leaders who are just beginning their work with youth, or who feel the need to obtain new skills. This program is designed for pastors, lay leaders, Christian education directors and youth ministry leaders who are interested in developing a comprehensive youth ministry in their local church.

EEYM classes are now available via video conferencing! Just select that option when you register. 

Participants will receive an EEYM Certificate of Completion upon completion of all four classes plus Racial Justice Training.

For questions, please contact Debbie Gline Allen, Christian Education and Youth Ministry Consultant at or call 508-603-6601.


 To register 

 To download the brochure 


2018 EEYM Sessions

Saturday, January 20, 2018, 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m., lunch included
Theological Foundations for Youth Ministry 

Instructors:  Rev. Sheri Ingalls Anderson, Church of Christ Congregational, Millis, MA


Rev. Joe Mayher, Interim Pastor, Mittineague Congregational Church, West Springfield, MA


Saturday, February 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m., lunch included
Youth Ministry Resources, Social Media & Safe Church Practices 

Instructor: Debbie Gline Allen, Christian Education & Youth Ministry Consultant for the MA Conference UCC


Saturday, March 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m., lunch included
Mission and Service  

Instructor: Rev. June Cooper, Executive Director, City Mission Boston


Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m., lunch included
Youth Bible Study and Worship  

Instructor: Rev. Maren Tirabassi, Pilgrim Press author, including books for youth ministry


*Racial Justice Training

    Available at various locations/dates throughout Massachusetts & Connecticut. Please see your conference communications and websites about specific opportunities.


Each participant will receive a copy of Youth Group Seeds: A Practical Guide to Growing a Youth Group by Rev. Terry Martinson.


Participants must attend all sessions to receive certification.



Edwards Retreat Center

1 Badger Rd., Framingham, MA


What is the cost?

    $75 per session ($275 for all four sessions) includes lunch and materials.


When is the registration deadline?

    There is no deadline; however, an early registration will ensure that you receive all of the advance notices in a timely manner.


Can I attend these courses via web conferencing?

    Yes! Just select that option when you register. However we strongly recommend that you attend the classes in person, if you are able, to gain the most from face to face contact with the instructors and students.


 To register