YTN is here to help preserve the investment we have all made in our young people.
This multi-dimensional issue requires ministries to work together in an unprecedented manner. As a result, the National Network of Youth Ministries and Mission America became involved with the effort to decrease the loss of youth in 2005 forming the Youth Transition Network with the assets of Ministry Edge. The Youth Transition Network first created a coalition of ministries to work together to prepare and connect our high school graduates. The coalition built LiveAbove.com that has 4,700 ministries on 3,000 campuses and preparation events and resources for youth ministries.
In the process of developing videos to help motivate students YTN began interviewing students related to their transition. These interviews uncovered issues related to why students wanted to or had checked out on the church.
This lead to focus groups and video interviews of high school students related to the reasons they wanted to leave the church, the expectations they felt they could not live up to and their relationship with their parents. This qualitative research lead to the development of seminars and retreats designed to reboot the culture youth ministries and to help parents adjust from parenting to shepherding their teens.
Today YTN brings its research to senior pastors, youth pastors, parents and to youth groups through seminars, retreats, student videos and events designed to address the issues that are dampening our teens response to their parents and the truth we teach.
Jeff Schadt, Founder and President
The Board of Directors includes:
Chris Renzelman, Northwest Regional Director, National Network of Youth Ministers