Workshop Series Features

How it works and the benefits you will find.

  • How it Works

    This course provides a practical look into essential areas relating to effective youth ministry. As a non-credit course, there are no tests or grades, just a course project and some readings. Each session includes pre-recorded videos providing a wealth of insight, as well as additional content and links.

  • What's Included

    Ministry with youth is strengthened when we grapple with key issues, including family life, communications, relationships, and key social issues. This course digs into these and other areas essential for strengthening your ministry. It also includes insights on avoiding potential dangers as you minister. While we do not provide "the answers," and you might find yourself more in agreement with us at some times than at others, the conversations you encounter here should help you as you engage in such conversations among those with whom you work.

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    The series was developed from a live workshop designed and led by Sara Clarke Turpin ,Andrew Noe, and Justin Sizemore. Each of these persons brings years of experience in ministry with youth and their families. See their full bios below.

Course curriculum

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    • Other Topics

    • Potential Dangers – Drugs, Alcohol, and Violence

    • Emotional Pain

    • Church Communications

    • Social Media

    • Christian Identity and Teaching



Sara Clarke Turpin

Rev. Sara Clarke Turpin is Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Buechel Park Baptist Church in Louisville, KY, where she has served since 2013. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from BSK: Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, along with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown College with majors in Religion and Business Administration: Management and minors in Church Music and Psychology. She has been both a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) Scholar and Fellow and served on the CBF Kentucky Coordinating Council and Executive Committee. Before coming to Buechel Park, Sara served as the Youth Minister at Melbourne Heights Baptist Church in Louisville for four years.


Andrew Noe

Andrew Noe serves at East Leonard CRC in Grand Rapids, Michigan as the Pastor of Faith Formation. He is a proud graduate of the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, is passionate about bringing creativity to ministry, and enjoys working with teenagers. He is married to the wonderful Hannah, and they have two spectacular kids - Gwen and Benjamin. His side passions are comic books, LEGO and video games.


Justin Sizemore

Justin Sizemore is the Minister to Youth at Calvary Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky. He is a graduate of the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University and a proud Georgetown College Tiger! He has been involved in Youth Ministry as a volunteer, assistant, chaperone, and now minister for over 14 years. Youth Ministry is his passion and calling. Justin is married to Abby Sizemore (The FABULOUS Director of Admissions for the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky!!!) and they have two wonderful daughters, Ann-Thomas and their most recent addition, Edith (Edie).