YBL Student Leadership Training – Asbury University
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New For Youth Groups!

Asbury University’s Youth Becoming Leaders: High School Christian Leadership and Global Transformation Institute (YBL) is excited to offer a Student Leadership Training program that local church youth groups can run with their high school student leaders.  

Are you a youth minister desiring to take your student leadership team deeper into their God-given gifts, dreams, and calling? This Student Leadership Training will help you take the next step in your own leadership and your group take the next step in their ministry.  

This two-day student leadership training will provide high school student leaders and adult leaders tools to read and deeply engage Scripture, discern God’s calling, grow in their faith, and start taking steps together to implement God’s calling right now.  

After this Student Leadership Training your students will…

  • Recognize that God has called them to join in His redemptive work through the Church right now 
  • Be able to talk about their own gifts, dreams, and calling 
  • Recognize that God loves all cultures and people and is actively inviting the Church to join Him 
  • Have training in specific methods to better engage Scripture for understanding and application 
  • Have tools to see their “neighbors” and engage them in ministry as an individual and as a group 

What It Is

YBL Student Leadership Training is a curriculum of 7 general video sessions and coinciding small group workshop curriculum designed to help each of your high school student leaders to take the next step into leadership, as individuals and as a group. This training can be conducted in a two-day workshop or used as an 8-week small group curriculum that will:

  • Affirm youth as capable of leadership in God’s Kingdom and Church right now 
  • Empower each person to examine God’s call on their life 
  • Invite groups into the question “Who is my Neighbor?” through Scripture and cultural engagement tools 
  • Equip participants with tools to read and engage Scripture in deeper ways 
  • Engage groups with God’s loving activity in their lives and their communities 
  • Train individuals and groups to develop an action plan for next steps in ministry to their community 

What It Looks Like

Youth leaders will gather their high school-aged student leaders for a 2-day workshop training or for 8 weeks of small group sessions* (potential suggested schedules are below). The Student Leadership Training provides three types of sessions that the group will engage in together: 

  • Video teaching sessions – led by ministry leaders and scholars, these seven teaching sessions will give students information, training, and tools to help them engage the workshop curriculum. 
  • Workshop Curriculum – students will work through questions, prompts, and discussion starters to help them immediately apply the content they encountered in the teaching sessions. There are seven of these sessions each to be completed immediately after watching the video session. 
  • Shared Idea Sharing – students and adult leaders will share together the ideas, creative solutions, and potential ministry projects they are formulating and wrestling with based on content they encounter and their own experiences. Questions are provided to stimulate these discussion times.  

*Please follow the guidance of local, state, and federal officials regarding the safest type of gathering environment for your group. We believe the best scenario for this material to be most effective is in small group gatherings at safe distance where they can watch the videos and engage the curriculum together in-person. We also recognize that this might not be possible for everyone and have arranged this curriculum to be done in a completely virtual online setting through internet video connectivity.  

How Much Does It Cost?

Churches will pay $50 for the seven video sessions, seven workshop curriculum sessions, and four shared insights guidance questions. Contact ybl@asbury.edu to purchase your Student Leadership Training curriculum today.

YBL Training Speakers

Youth Becoming Leaders has gathered ministry leaders and scholars from around the country to prepare students for taking the next step in their Christian leadership journey.

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, blogger (fulleryouthinstitute.org), and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and the series Can I Ask That?: 8 Hard Questions about God and Faith. Brad and his family live in Southern California.


Aqueelah Ligonde

Rev. Aqueelah Ligonde, an ordained PCUSA clergywoman, is an enthusiastic speaker and leader with a passion for today’s generation of youth, women, and leaders. She has worked with organizations such as Princeton Seminary Institute For Youth Ministry and Youth Specialties. She has served on the Executive Board of GenOn Ministries, an organization dedicated to intergenerational relationships and on the Board of Holmes Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center. Aqueelah holds a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary, in Chicago, IL. Currently, she is a Staff Consultant with Ministry Architects, a coach with Ministry Incubators, and Transitional Pastor at Far Rockaway Presbyterian Church. She is also pursuing a Doctor of Ministry from Louisville Theological Seminary. For over a decade, Aqueelah served as the Associate Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, Queens, NY. She and her husband live in Long Island, NY.


Chris BoundsChris Bounds came to Asbury after teaching for more than a decade in the School of Theology and Ministry at Indiana Wesleyan University. He is an Ordained Elder in The Arkansas Conference of The United Methodist Church, where he served as an associate and senior pastor for eight years. He received his B. A. degree in Bible and Greek from Asbury University in 1988, and an M. Div. degree in 1991 from Asbury Theological Seminary with an emphasis in theological studies. He was awarded his M. Phil. in 1994 and Ph. D. in 1997 from Drew University with a focus in systematic theology.

He and his wife Tamara have been married for over twenty years. They have two children, Maris and Morgan. Chris loves Arkansas Razorback basketball, Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football, and Ben and Jerry’s Heath Bar Crunch Ice Cream.


James K. Hampton is the professor of youth ministry and practical theology at Asbury Theological Seminary. A veteran of youth ministry for over 25 years, he co-founded Barefoot Ministries, a publishing company in the Wesleyan tradition and served as the coordinator of Youth Ministries (USA/Canada) for the Church of the Nazarene from 1999 to 2001. In addition, he spent nine years on ministerial staff in churches in Ohio and Kansas. He is a well-respected writer, having written numerous articles and chapters for youth and youth workers, including serving as the author and/or editor of seven books, including Worship-Centered Teaching, Everyday Saint, and his most recent book, Sacred Space: Living in the Presence of God. Jim and his wife, Carolyn, have two children.


Dr. Ruth Anne Reese is the Beeson Chair of Biblical Studies and Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. Dr. Reese has written several books, including 2 Peter and Jude (Two Horizons Commentary, Eerdmans, 2007), and has expertise in issues of wealth and poverty in the Bible, hermeneutics, literary criticism, and narrative approaches to Scripture. She is involved as a layperson at Apostle’s Anglican Church in Lexington, Ky. She teaches, serves as Chalice Bearer, prayer team member, Lector and coordinates the church’s ongoing relationship with its diocese in Uganda. Dr. Reese is married to Alfred Haase and they have one son.


Alison Hawanchak is a PhD Candidate at Asbury Theological Seminary with an emphasis in Old Testament Studies. For the past two years she has been teaching Hebrew at Asbury Theological Seminary as an Adjunct Professer. She received her M.Div from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2014. A 5 year veteran in youth ministry, Alison loves seeing youth grow in their faith and understanding of God’s word. She and her husband live in Lexington, KY with their two small children Leona and Tristan.


Brian HullBrian Hull is the program director and is a professor of Youth Ministry at Asbury University. Brian has over 20 years of youth ministry experience and has been the director of the CALL Conference, a weekend experience for High School students who are called to ministry, since 2009.


Jeannie Banter serves as Assistant Chaplain of Asbury University, a position she has held for six years. She is an ’06 graduate of Asbury University, where she studied Missions. Jeannie also holds a MA in Counseling Psychology from Trevecca Nazarene University. Before becoming Assistant Chaplain Jeannie served in positions in community life and counseling services at two other higher education institutions.

She loves helping students discover the heart of their loving Father, live in their true identity as a new creation in Christ, and walk in the way of love being filled with the Spirit. Jeannie has a heart for missions and enjoys taking students on mission trips to partner with how God is already at work, moving around the world. She also serves on the Board of Directors of World Gospel Mission. Jeannie enjoys decorating cakes, lazer tag, long car rides with the windows down and music loud, as well as any activity in the water.

Suggested Schedules:

We recommend following one of the two below suggested schedules for your time together. Both schedules are grounded in intentionality and educational research and theory. However, we totally trust you as a youth leader to know your group and what work best for them and your setting.  

8-Week Model

This option may work best for groups who wish to conduct their training during the school year.  

Week 1
6:30 p.m. Welcome & introduction to goals
7 p.m. Prayer & worship
7:30 p.m. Watch Video Session 1
8 p.m. Workshop 1 Small group Questions
8:30 p.m. Closing & Benediction
Week 2
6:30 p.m. Prayer & Worship
7 p.m. Watch Video Session 2
7:30 p.m. Workshop 2 Small Group Questions
8 p.m. Closing & Benediction
Weeks 3-7: Same as Week 2
Week 8
6:30 p.m. Prayer & Worship
7 p.m. Final Workshop Questions
7:45 p.m. Shared insights/ recap 8 weeks
8 p.m. Closing & Benediction

Suggested Schedule B

This schedule covers an evening and full-day option and does not have times for shared insights.  

Day 1
7 p.m. Welcome and Introduction to the Goals of Training
7:30 p.m. Watch Video Session 1
8 p.m. Workshop 1: small group questions
8:30 p.m. Break
8:45 p.m. Watch Video Session 2
9:15 p.m. Workshop 2: small group questions
9:45 p.m. Wrap-up and Closing Benediction**
10 p.m. Conclude for Day
Day 2
9 a.m. Welcome, Worship, and Morning Prayer**
9:30 a.m. Watch video session 3 
10 a.m. Workshop 3: small group questions 
10:30 a.m. Break 
10:45 a.m. Watch video session 4 
11:30 a.m. Workshop 4: small group questions 
Noon Noon Prayer**
12:20 p.m. Lunch Break
1:30 p.m. Welcome back and recap morning 
1:45 p.m. Watch video session 5 
2:15 p.m. Workshop 5: small group questions 
2:45 p.m. Break
3 p.m. Watch video session 6 
3:30 p.m. Workshop 6: small group questions 
4 p.m. Watch video session 7 
4:30 p.m. Workshop 7A: my next steps 
5 p.m. Workshop 7B: our next steps 
5:30 p.m. Day Wrap-up and Closing Benediction** 

**We will offer each group some options for embracing a Kingdom rhythm together through pausing to pray each morning, noon, and end of day.