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Below, you'll find information about our new search for our next Executive Director and information about our latest Youth Ministry Innovation Co-Hort with Ministry Architect's Brian Kuhn.

2019-2020 Youth Ministry Innovation Cohort 

Presbyterian Youth Workers’ Association is partnering with Ministry Architects to connect, uphold, and inspire youth workers through an 18-month innovation cohort program. One of the challenges today in youth ministry (and in churches for that matter) is, “How do we bring faithful peace and understanding to a generation of anxiety?” This cohort will work together to tackle this challenge by engaging the factors that contribute to the problem, focusing on sustainable ministry systems, and creating and testing innovative solutions to the problem. The findings of the cohort will be presented to multiple conferences throughout the spring of 2021.

The work of the innovation cohort is intended to be an investment for congregations who are looking to rethink their approach to ministry with youth and who want to stay ahead of our changing culture. A maximum of 12 churches will be invited to begin the process in September 2019 in Jacksonville, FL. This 18-month cohort will include four face-to-face gatherings and 12 virtual gatherings, plus an opportunity to present the cohort’s finding at a conference. In addition to these gatherings, each church in the cohort will receive up to 18 hours of individualized, customized coaching from Ministry Architects.



  • First Gathering—September 2019, in Jacksonville, FL (exact dates to be released soon)

  • Second Gathering—November 2019, in Kansas City, MO (exact dates to be released soon)

  • Third and Fourth Gathering—TBD based on Cohort availability and geographic locations


Cohort Components

  • Inspiring Innovation: The cohort will work together to create and test innovative solutions to the identified challenge and then present their findings for other congregations to utilize. During this process, each cohort participant will receive monthly coaching from Ministry Architects. The coaching will focus on accountability for having a healthy climate and systems while implementing the innovation.

  • Sustainable Principles of Ministry: During the face-to-face gatherings, the cohort will participate in extended sessions led by Ministry Architects. These sessions will help youth workers learn key concepts in developing sustainable ministry and to create an implementation plan for each topic, especially regarding the problem with which they will be engaged.

  • Connecting Youth Workers: What better way to engage a seemingly universal challenge in youth ministry than to create deep relationships with people who share your passion? The cohort will emphasize the importance of relationships throughout the year. To do this, the group will engage together in Bible study, prayer, and spiritual practices and will read and discuss at least three books around the topics of sustainable youth ministry, innovation, and this emerging generation.

Financial Info 

Cost per person: $2290–$3220 (TBD once the number of churches is determined)

The cost of the cohort depends on the number of churches participating. The cost decreases as the number of participants increases. Cost includes education in innovative thinking, coaching, Sustainable Principles sessions, accountability and support throughout the process. Cost does not include books or travel expenses (airfare, lodging, meals, etc.) for gatherings.

For More Information and Application Contact Brian Kuhn (

PYWA Executive Director Search & Job Description

PYWA is currently searching for our next Executive Director. Please see the job description for more information. To submit your resumé or if you have any questions, please email the search committee ( Resumés will be accepted until the end of September 2019 and begin interviews in October 2019. 

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