When: Thursday, April 8 from 10:00-2:30 via Zoom.
Speaker: Mike Crain, Lead Consultant, Ministry Architects

Youth ministry is difficult in normal times and the pandemic has made it even harder. The Youth Ministry: What’s Now & What’s Next event will offer encouragement, ideas, and strategies for engaging teenagers in faith right now as the pandemic continues as well as in the return to more familiar times. This event is for those who work in youth ministry full-time, part-time, or on a volunteer basis.

We were unable to bring in a live speaker for the youth ministry track at Bi-District Training Day this year due to the format changes, so we’ve asked Ministry Architects to prepare a training event to help encourage and inspire area youth leaders. This training will be in three parts beginning with the April 8 workshop. After the workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in two additional follow-up conversations with the facilitator to ask additional questions, reflect on any ideas or changes that may have been implemented, and to be together (via Zoom) with other youth leaders to share and learn from one another. These workshops will be recorded for those who are unable to attend live.

$5 for Arlington, Alexandria, & Winchester District participants
$10 for out-of-district attendees

Registration is required. Register here.


Mike Crain

Our facilitator for these workshops is Mike Crain.
Mike began serving in children’s and youth ministries in 2001. He has worked at Kanakuk Kamps and has served with various para-church organizations. From 2008–2014, Mike was the children’s and youth pastor at the Van Buren, AR campus of Community Bible Church. Most recently, Mike served on staff at Church at the Red Door as the Next Gen Pastor.

Mike graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Bachelors Degree in Youth and Family Ministry and continued his education with a Masters of Divinity from Bethel Seminary. Mike and his family live in the Coachella Valley in Southern Califonia. Mike enjoys sports, history, interesting documentaries, and grilling.