Introducing YS Search!

By Youth Specialties on May 27 2014


This post is written by Brian Aaby, our newest YS team member that we announced last week.

Introducing YS Search!

At YS, nothing gets us more excited than new opportunities to partner with churches in student ministry. That’s why we are thrilled to announce the launch of YS Search. It’s another unique YS resource that pulls in all of our experience working with youth pastors, understanding healthy youth ministries, and assisting our church partnerships that are in the middle of a leadership transition.

I have operated on both sides of the Youth Ministry search equation; as a youth pastor searching for a healthy church and as a part of youth pastor search teams. I know from experience that it’s not an easy transition and I know how much I wish the resources of YS Search had been available to me.

So here’s how it works…

YS Search partners with churches in transition to provide a health assessment, a strategic plan for necessary adjustments that need to be made before new leadership comes into play, and a recruitment team that vets all the best candidates according to the church’s needs.

YS Search partners with youth pastors that are looking for a transition of their own by utilizing all of our church partnerships and championing you and your abilities.

Our goal is for YS Search to be the outside help, perspective, and leadership for both our church partners and our youth pastors so that we can continue to see healthy youth ministries engage students for Christ.

Here’s an excerpt highlighting the recent experience of Two Rivers Church, one of our first YS Search church partners:

Our experience with YS Search was first rate… Working with YS instilled the confidence that they understood our church and culture, and that we were going to find the right person.  On their site trip they spent the time necessary to gather a profile that fit us, rather than coming in with preconceived ideas of their own, and the candidates YS Search brought to us demonstrated a thorough grasp of that... YS Search was able to tap us into resources all over the country and beyond our reach, giving us a wider range of exposure for our position and the potential of folks to fill it... We experienced an ongoing personal investment in our process, and even some hand holding along the way… Grateful for the process, and grateful for a new hire!

If you have questions or would like more information, fill out the form below so that I’ll know more about your needs and how best to help. I’m excited to show you how YS Search can help you as a church that is searching or as a youth pastor looking for your next position!


Brian Aaby is the director of YS Search & YS Coaching, assisting churches with personnel placement and provides coaching guidance for youth leaders. Brian served 17 years as a youth pastor and then founded and led Youthmark since 2008. Brian speaks nationally at churches, camps, conference, and events. He and his wife, Elisabeth, have three children and reside near Seattle. 



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