YS Collaborative

Youth ministry coaching that leads to long-term success

The YS 101 Collaborative is a resource designed to encourage and challenge you in your ministry. The Collaborative was created specifically for new youth pastors, those in new roles, students preparing to head into ministry for the first time and anyone wanting a refresher on youth ministry basics. You’ll engage in active coaching sessions with experienced youth workers and learn alongside peers who can relate to your ministry needs.


We’ll cover a spectrum of youth ministry topics and issues, including sessions on how to:

  • Develop talks and series for youth
  • Create a strategic plan and yearly calendar
  • Recruit, train and maintain solid volunteers
  • Communicate to and partner with parents
  • Navigate conflict and crisis management


The cost of $1,999 includes:

  • Two YS 101 Coaching Collaborative retreats where you’ll receive focused, intentional coaching. Books and materials are provided.*
    The Collaborative launches with the first retreat, April 24-25, 2017 in Dallas. It concludes with the second retreat, at NYWC, Nov. 15-16, 2017, in Memphis.
  • Seven one-on-one sessions with your YS Coach, during which you’ll receive help and advice about the specific issues you are facing in ministry
  • Five online Peer Partner Sessions where you can discuss key applications with and lend mutual support to others in the Collaborative
  • One registration for the 2017 National Youth Workers Convention
  • One MCore assessment, including analysis and discussion that will lead you to discover your core motivations, and how they uniquely influence how you use your gifts, strengths and skills
  • A monthly coaching newsletter full of practical tips and advice
  • Access to a private Facebook page for Collaborative participants, so you can keep the discussion going in between meetings

*Travel, room and board not included

Join the YS 101 Collaborative

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Gain the wisdom of experienced youth professionals and the support and encouragement of your peers. Join the YS 101 Collaborative today!

Meet the YS 101 Collaborative Coaches

Brian Aaby

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

Dr. David Fraze

David Fraze is special assistant to the president of Lubbock Christian University and manager of Dallas-Ft. Worth character coaches for Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He received his Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary and has been a student minister for more than 25 years. Fraze is a popular speaker and writer who has contributed articles to youthspecialties.com, ENGAGE, Youth Worker Journal and the Fuller Youth Institute, among others. He and his wife, Lisa, have two children.

Summer Sipes

Summer Sipes is a student ministry director in Frisco, Texas. There, she lives out her passion to train, disciple and walk alongside staff, parents, students and volunteers. She has a master’s degree with a youth emphasis and has served in church ministry for more than a decade. She and her husband, Andy, have been blessed with three very active boys.