Education for Effective Youth Ministry (EEYM)

God Is CallingEducation for Effective Youth Ministry (EEYM) is a bi-annual 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.


 (Next program offering will be 2020)



2018 EEYM sessions included:

Theological Foundations for Youth Ministry 

Instructors:  Rev. Sheri Ingalls Anderson, Church of Christ Congregational, Millis, MA
and Rev. Joe Mayher, Interim Pastor, Mittineague Congregational Church, West Springfield, MA

Youth Ministry Resources, Social Media & Safe Church Practices 

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

Mission and Service  

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

Youth Bible Study and Worship  

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




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.


Where? When?

Four Saturdays between January and May;  9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Edwards Retreat Center

1 Badger Rd., Framingham, MA


What is the cost?



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.