FORGED – Asbury University
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The Salvation Army/Asbury University
Forging Youth Ministry Leaders

FORGED is a selective two-year training experience for youth leaders, designed to teach practical strategies and spiritual disciplines that increase the longevity and effectiveness of Salvation Army youth ministry leaders

Ideal for:

    • Soldiers and volunteers
    • Paid Youth Employees
    • Corps Program Employees
    • DHQ and THQ Youth Staff
    • Commissioned Officers
    • Envoys
    • Volunteers

Forged Leadership

FORGED participants will enjoy relevant teaching and applicable assignments every other month, facilitated by one of our lead instructors. Through online sessions and retreats, these experienced ministry teachers will help participants strategically build a healthy enduring youth ministry, as well as their own walk with the Lord.

Dr. Brian Hull

Brian has been involved in local church youth ministry for over 25 years, and works as an associate professor of Youth Ministry at Asbury University, studying youth ministry best practices and leadership from many sides. Brian has created many training opportunities for youth and youth leaders at local, regional, national, and international levels as well as helping to coordinate youth ministry networks, currently as president for the Association of Youth Ministry Educators.

Tony Akers

Tony graduated with an MA in Christian Education from Asbury Seminary in 1994. Since that time, he has served multiple churches and environments, primarily in the areas of youth ministry and discipleship. In 2004 Tony began consulting churches and coaching youth pastors alongside his work in the local church. Tony is committed to seeing young people know and grow in Jesus by supporting the ministry staff and volunteers who lead them.

What Can I Expect from FORGED?

Small-Group Training: Forged participants meet (virtually) every quarter with their Cohort and Leaders for teaching and discussion on topics such as:

  • Spiritual Formation and Personal Discipleship
  • Building and Growing Relational Youth Ministries
  • Replicating Leadership, Empowering a Team
  • Managing Crisis and Conflict

Personal Coaching: Participants will connect (virtually) every other month for one-on-one accountability and the development of an individual growth plan.

Retreats: Youth Leaders participate in three, weekend retreats at Asbury University.

September, Year 1 – September, Year 2 – May, Year 2


For more information contact:

Captain Matt Satterlee – National Headquarters
Kristi Boss – Director of Salvation Army Programs, Asbury University | 859-475-6102

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” Proverbs 27:17 NIV