Youthsphere Program

Youthsphere is an Online Youth Ministry Certificate program hosted by Dr. Jim Burns and Doug Fields. The program offers 12 courses designed to give students the valuable knowledge and experience they need to be successful ministry leaders in today's ever-changing world.

Each Course contains 6 unique video sessions related to youth ministry, totaling approximately one hour of instruction per course. All 12 courses include a course reflection guide and several downloadable resources to engage students more deeply with the material. Students are also encouraged to dig into the optional additional resources, which include articles and other tools for further learning and growth.

Enroll today to increase your knowledge base, build your resume and create new career opportunities!


Continuing Education


Upon completion of all 12 courses and reflection guides, a certificate will be issued to students as well as 2 CEUs (Continuing Education Units).

If you are not currently a PLNU student, you must use the following promotional code when enrolling in order to receive credit from PLNU: 

Promotional Code: plnuys

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Current PLNU Students


For PLNU students required to take one or more Youthsphere courses as part of another course's ciriculum, use the promotional code given to you by your instructor. 

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12 Comprehensive Courses for Youth Ministry Education

1. A Foundation of Youth Ministry

2. Culture and Youth Making

3. Helping Hurting Kids

4. The Family & Youth Ministry

5. Working With Volunteers

6. Discipleship & Youth Ministry

7. Theology and Youth Ministry

8. Service, Mission & Social Justice

9. Evangelism

10. Partnering With Parents

11. Speaking to Teenagers

12. Counseling Youth