Growing a Purpose Driven
Youth Ministry

Students aren’t the church of tomorrow – they’re already the church of today. Learn how to take transformational principles of Purpose Driven and apply them to build a healthy and growing ministry for youth from age 12-24. Discover practical tools and tips for bringing students into your youth ministry, building them to maturity in Christ, engaging them in ministry, and sending them out on mission. Hear transferable principles from Saddleback pastors leading hundreds of students each weekend.

Course curriculum

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    Youth Ministry

    • 3 Keys to Unlock Your Weekly Crowd Program

    • 10 Tips to create teaching moments to change lives

    • 5 Questions for your leaders

    • How to partner with parents

    • Life Groups

    • Spiritual Disciplines

    • College Ministry

Kurt Johnson

Next Gen Pastor
Saddleback Church

On staff at Saddleback since 1997, Kurt Johnston provides leadership and support to the NextGen teams (Birth - College) at all 18 campuses, and is convinced he has the greatest job in the history of mankind! When he isn't busy doing church stuff, Kurt likes to surf and sit around camp fires with his family and friends.



College Pastor, Saddleback Church

Mike Brook

Mike Brook has been the College Pastor at Saddleback Church for the last 6 years and loves seeing students take ownership of their faith and establish deep roots in the local church. He has 2 kids, has been married for 15 years, and loves the beach, video games, and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

High School Pastor, Saddleback Church

Jason Pogue

Jason Pogue is the High School Pastor at Saddleback Church Lake Forest campus and has been on staff for a total of 15 years. He finds great joy in helping students understand who God is, how much He loves them, and that He has a unique purpose and plan for their life. Jason loves his wife, all things San Diego (especially the Padres), and his three kids, Abby, Hunter, and Savannah – but not necessarily in that order!

Director of Student Ministries, Saddleback Church

Katie Edwards

Katie has been a part of the full-time youth ministry team at Saddleback Church for 23 years. She is currently the Director of our Student Ministries team and she pastors the Junior High ministry at the Lake Forest campus. She has a passion to help teenagers meet, love and follow Jesus. She also loves equipping & encouraging volunteer youth leaders in their role with teenagers. She loves her Kindle, chocolate, naps, Starbucks and movies. Katie lives Mission Viejo with her husband Ron and her 3 kids, Abby (19), Ella (16) & Cooper (8).