Youth Ministry in Small Churches

October 19, 2013


Saturday, October 19, 2013
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

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Did you know that the average-size church in America is only 76 people? And the average-size youth group is 8 students? Bigger is not always better in youth ministry! This day-long seminar will provide theological insight and practical tips for overcoming the challenges of youth ministry in a smaller church (defined as 150 or less in weekly worship). In fact, we’ll discuss ways to maximize the benefits of a more intimate-size group. Topics will include reaching critical mass, volunteer/parent development, multi-generational ministry and “desperate-for-details” organization… all sized for use in smaller youth ministry settings.


 DeVries photo  Mark DeVries is pastor of youth and families at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has served for the past seventeen years.  In addition to authoring several books, including Family-Based Youth Ministry and True Love Waits, he is founder of Youth Ministry Architects (, a strategic-planning service for churches facing transitions in their youth ministries.


 SCaro picStephanie Caro has been involved in ministry to youth and youth workers in the local church for over 30 years. Her humorous, straightforward style keeps her busy presenting and coaching at conferences, training events, camps, mission trips, retreats, churches, around the country. Her latest books are, Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches and 99 Thoughts for the Smaller Church Youth Worker, published by Group/Simply Youth Ministry.  Stephanie is a contributing author to several youth ministry resources in addition to her regular column “Smaller Church Youth Ministry” in Group Magazine.  Stephanie is a lead consultant for Mark DeVries’ Youth Ministry Architects out of Nashville, TN.  Check out her Simply Youth Ministry Network blog at


To register, please click here.  

Cost: $50 per person, including tuition, lunch, refreshments, and materials. A group discount of $40 per person is available for groups of three or more. Groups may register by filling out the pdf form and making payment by check.

Affordable lodging is available in the Erdman Center at an additional cost. Please reserve a room at the time of registration.

Please read the Registration and Cancellation Policy before registering.


Princeton Theological Seminary
Erdman Center
20 Library Place
Princeton, NJ 08540

This event will take place in the Stuart Hall.


9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Registration
9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Prayer, Welcome, and Introduction
9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Plenary 1
10: 45 – 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.     Plenary 2
12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Plenary 3

If you have further questions, please call 609-497-7990 or e-mail [email protected].

Categories: Lifelong Learning  |  Seminars  |  Youth Ministry