Youth Worker Seminars














Ohio Conference is offering a series of free online seminars for youth workers during March, April and May. “Jesus as Model: Youth Ministry Reimagined” is the theme of this series, which will feature a variety of presenters.

In addition to hearing from presenters, seminar participants will be able to connect with other youth workers from around the Conference to share stories of their successes and challenges.

Workshops will be offered from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on seven Tuesdays: March 22, April 12, 19 and 26, and May 10, 17 and 24. Youth workers can choose to attend just a few individual seminars, or they can attend the entire series.

2022 Youth Worker Seminars

March 22Program vs. Discipleship: Jesus NowJared Chase
April 12Cross-Generational Discipleship/MentoringChris Cox
April 19Leadership DevelopmentDick Barrett
April 26How do we stay in tune to the Spirit with God's Word and Spiritual Practices?
Alex Dye
May 10Authentic/Intentional Relationships: Agreeing to disagree; unity; dialogue celebrating diversityKeith Lyndaker Schlabach
May 17Jesus Meeting Us Where We're AtRenee Wilson
May 24Go ─ Obedience to the Father and Our Calling: Matthew 28Jacob Dodson

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Youth Worker Seminar Recordings

If you would like to view a recording of any of the youth worker seminars, please contact Coordinator of Volunteers Alysa Short at

The Gathering Place


The Gathering Place is an interactive website for Anabaptist youth leaders to find connection, resourcing, networking, mentoring, and spiritual formation.


Youth Bible Study Resources

Mennonite Church USA Youth Bible Studies

A collection of 117 Bible studies written by college students for use by high school youth groups is one of several new features of Mennonite Church USA’s revamped youth leaders  Web page. Between 2004 and 2009, Michele Hershberger, a Bible and Ministry faculty member at Hesston (Kan.) College, engaged students in her Christian Education and Intro to Youth Ministry classes in writing the Bible studies. Hershberger, colleague Carol Duerksen, and students from LCC International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania, where Hershberger taught in 2009, also contributed to the collection. Users of the site can also submit their own Bible studies for consideration for the collection via a link on the Bible studies page.

Other features of the revamped web page include information about peace curriculum resources for youth groups; lists of conference youth ministry websites, Mennonite colleges and service opportunities; Scriptures/resources pertaining to selected social justice issues; a blog; and a link to a Facebook group for those who work with youth.

Youth Ministry Resource Person – Randy Keeler

During the 2014-15 academic year Dr. Randy Keeler, associate professor of religion at Bluffton University, spent his sabbatical serving as a youth ministry resource to the Ohio Conference. He has written several articles detailing different aspects of his work with the Conference which are available for download.

The Practice of Baptism in the Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA

Report on Joint Youth Groups


Anabaptist Youth Ministry Revisited

Congregations interested in working with Randy Keeler may contact him at, (419) 302-4666 (cell) or (419) 358-1932 (home).

Randy Keeler has developed an annotated bibliography of youth ministry resources for leaders of Mennonite churches. If you are interested in this bibliography, please contact him at the above email address or phone numbers.