National YFM Training

The National YFM Training Has Changed!

This is no longer an onsite week of courses rather is now online!

The National Youth & Family Ministry Trainings are for Unity youth ministry teachers, leaders, sponsors, and directors. It is a study that explores who are young people are today and how their spiritual journeys can be empowered by Unity teachings and our Unity communities. How is the power of story able to unlock the potential within each child? What questions live within the learner? How do we use our facility, staffing, and programming to create dynamic ministry for young people? 

The program is made up of multi-week trainings using Blackboard & Collaborate, webinars using Collaborate, and self-directed microlearnings. The trainings & webinars are offered throughout the year. 

Online Trainings

Leading & Guiding a YFM Program (3-Session Training)
This resource-rich course will focus on how to create and sustain a thriving and engaging youth ministry program. Whether the program is onsite, online, or a combination of both, learners will gain insights into the tools and components needed to build a program, develop effective leaders, and honor the learning and developmental needs of all.

The Sunday Morning Experience (3-Session Training)
Our Sunday morning youth ministry programs are designed using Unity’s A Living Curriculum philosophy, which seeks to draw the lesson from the learner through experiences, stories and creative expression. During this time of social distancing and virtual meetings, we have many new experiences to draw from. This training will explore how to create lessons that engage those attending an onsite and/or an online YFM program.

Help Us Soar: Teen Ministry in Action (3-Session Training)
This training will offer insight into teen spiritual development, community, program structure, and how to empower our teens as they continue their spiritual growth and develop and express their identity as spiritual beings. Each session will provide practical tools for creating and sustaining your teen ministry program.

Family Ministry: A Paradigm Shift (3-Session Training)
Our world is rapidly changing with more stress and more demands being made on both children and parents. This creates a need and an opportunity to expand what we offer in our Youth and Family Ministry programs. This training will explore the idea of a YFM program that includes the congregation and the family partnering together to meet the different challenges and issues that face today's families. We will look at the impact that Conscious Parenting classes provide to equip parents with practical and spiritual tools they can use at home with their children. We will look at how to introduce small group gatherings for families dealing with various life issues like illness, disability, or divorce. We will also discuss how to reach out into the community and connect with organizations that support families, creating community support and connection opportunities. 

Supporting Special Needs (1-Session Webinar)
This webinar will focus on different aspects of special needs. The primary focus will be on how teachers with little training in this area can help this population be successful in our classrooms.

Elective (1-Session Webinar)
We will offer a variety of topics from which to choose from.


Self-Directed MicroLearning

Brain-Based Learning
This self-paced mini-training is an interactive exploration on how to recognize the three structures or states of the triune brain and to develop simple strategies that will assist in creating a healthy brain-based classroom environment for children and teens. 

Creating an Opening Circle

Multiple Intelligence

It Begins with a Vision age groups

Prayer & Meditation for Children & Teens


Announcements will be made in The Path e-newsletter. (Sign up at



Registrations for the trainings will occur throughout the year, beginning in January 2021 and can be found here.

For more information please contact Diane Venzera or 816-434-6837.