This ministry is unique; it offers much more than a one-time hit of the weekend conference or book on youth ministry. Instead, Called to Youth Ministry is designed and organized to disciple youth ministers, first of all in their spiritual growth as Christians and then over a period of in-depth training and growth.
Called to Youth Ministry is an exciting and innovative program that offers excellent training, resources, personal support, and biblically-grounded insights to those committed to ministering for Christ. This ministry is unique; it offers much more than a one-time hit of the weekend conference or book on youth ministry. Instead, Called to Youth Ministry is designed and organized to disciple youth ministers, first of all in their spiritual growth as Christians and then over a period of in-depth training and growth. Each participant learns how to plan and organize his or her ministry in a visionary, goal-oriented manner. He gains practical expertise, learning from up-to-date and relevant videos, readings, and interactive discussions how to approach the serious responsibilities and issues faced in youth work. Each participant joins a like-minded community of other youth ministers and experienced experts, and is assigned a personal coach who supports him throughout. Upon completion, a certificate is awarded, but the real value of this ministry is the life-changing impact it will have on youth ministers and the encouragement and confidence they will gain as Christian leaders.
Nathaniel Dame, the founder and organizer, brings the expertise, enthusiasm, and committed leadership needed to insure that Called to Youth Ministry will deliver the goods. The coaches and trainers and the network of spiritual and financial supporters share his sense of calling to this endeavor, for the glory of God. Christ has given Nathaniel a heart for equipping youth ministers and called him to apply his gifts and knowledge in this ministry.
J. Thomas Whetstone, D.Phil.
Chair, Organizational Leadership
Called to Youth Ministry is what just about every youth leader or pastor needs. I love how they provide personal attention and coaching to youth ministry leaders.
In the sometimes overwhelming rush of the 'information age,' Called to Youth Ministry goes way beyond being just another resource for youth ministry leaders. We've all seen the magazines, blogs, websites, books, conferences, etc., and they're great. Called to Youth Ministry is more than another great resource, though. They're partners, mentors, trench-mates, if you will.
Called to Youth Ministry goes beyond offering information and tips to help youth ministry leaders actually apply all the trends, stats and studies. They recognize that every leader is different, every youth ministry is different, and they want to get involved so ministry gets done well. I love how Called to Youth Ministry provides personal attention and coaching to youth ministry leaders.
At the very simplest, what makes Called to Youth Ministry so valuable, and so unique, is their focus on the ministry. Their heart is for teenagers. They're not pushing a youth ministry model or trying to sell their latest strategy. They're not even trying to make flashy youth ministries that grow up quickly but have no root. They're partnering with youth ministry leaders for the spiritual growth of teenagers. That's it.
Nathaniel and Christa Dame are youth ministry apostles. I've met few people with as much passion to see the fullness of God in teenagers than them, and I love that they've been obedient to God's promptings in launching Called to Youth Ministry. They've met their passion with their talents to have the greatest impact they can on a generation, and God is moving through their faithfulness!
Student Ministry Leader, Redefined Student Ministry
Church in the Word, Elgin, IL
Nathaniel Dame and his team literally live the Gospel and exist to empower, encourage and equip those serving our Savior.
It is with great pleasure that I share my full endorsement of Called to Youth Ministry. Nathaniel Dame and his team literally live the Gospel and exist to empower, encourage and equip those serving our Savior. They realize that encouragers need encouragement and they desire daily to minister to ministers, encourage the encouragers and strengthen those serving in the Lord's Army.
As former VP of National Christian Youth Speakers Network, an ordained minister, youth pastor at three churches, Minister of Evangelism, senior pastor and now evangelist, I know firsthand the challenges that youth leaders and clergy face. Ministry is one of the hardest things I have ever been part of, but hands down it is the most rewarding.
I am humbled and honored to be linked with Called to Youth Ministry and my passion is to partner with those whom have answered the call of God to serve students, lead the lost to the Lord and make a mark. Nathaniel Dame has ministered to me on more than one occassion and I count it a blessing to serve alongside his staff who live "by faith" to build God's Kingdom. Some ministers are out to build a name, others are out to build a church, but the greats build God's Kingdom and exist only to make His Name great. In a world of cubic zirconias, Called To Youth Ministry is the genuine article.
Christ Follower & Christian Speaker
Called to Youth Ministry aims to provide the much needed 'on the job training,' experienced 'try this' coaching and a 'lets share what's working' community for Youth Leaders.
Called to Youth Ministry will prove to be a valuable resource for Youth Leaders that are ready to take their youth ministry to the next level. I once heard a Youth Leader say, 'About half of what I am doing is working. I just don't know which half.' How true! Most Youth Leaders don't suffer from a lack of programs, events, meetings and lists of things to do. But most are in desperate need of an eternal, manageable, sustainable, and measurable plan of action. Called to Youth Ministry aims to provide the much needed 'on the job training,' experienced 'try this' coaching and a 'lets share what's working' community for Youth Leaders. I am so pleased to know that these resources will be available!
Youth Pastor, Entrepeneur, Speaker
Nathaniel Dame's desire to come along side youth pastors across the US is a piece of the 'youth revolution' puzzle that I believe has been missing... Called to Youth Ministry will help leaders envision, plan, and put into practice God's heart for their very own region, and that to me is a very exciting development for the Body of Christ.
For years we have heard about a Christian Youth Revolution. And yet it seems like something inevitably falls through. The youth lose their zeal and the youth pastor gets discouraged. I remember how disappointed I always became. To be pumped up for revolution year after year and yet see nothing was disheartening.
More youth conferences are not the answer to this young generation's needs. Teens need more than a two-week high. They need leaders and a powerful LOCAL youth ministry. This is why I have a deep place in my heart for the vision of Called to Youth Ministry.
As a volunteer youth pastor, time and training are both difficult to come by. Even when I receive some training, it is often difficult to put into practice because of time constraints. From vision to getting the youth room vacuumed, it is no easy task. Nathaniel Dame's desire to come along side youth pastors across the US is a piece of the "youth revolution" puzzle that I believe has been missing.
Youth pastors don't just need another CD on "How to do More Effective Ministry." We do need help implementing the principles we already know into our own local churches, cities, and students. That is the heart of Called to Youth Ministry: to take the principles of God's Word and student ministry, and work with youth pastors to apply them to specific situations, with specific leaders and students. Called to Youth Ministry will help leaders envision, plan, and put into practice God's heart for their very own region, and that to me is a very exciting development for the Body of Christ.
Faith Church, Edmond, OK
Called to Youth Ministry is what the body of Christ needs. For too long, youth pastors and workers have not had the resources and mentorship needed to be successful.
Wow! Where do I start? I have known Nathaniel Dame for many years and I have seen firsthand his passion and desire to train, equip, and mentor youth workers, leaders, and pastors. He strives to unite and build up the body of Christ by equipping leaders to be successful in all they do. His insight into youth ministry is timely and cutting edge. God is using him to be a voice to the body of Christ and this nation.
Called to Youth Ministry is what the body of Christ needs. For too long, youth pastors and workers have not had the resources and mentorship needed to be successful. Called to Youth Ministry is helping to fill this void. I consider it a privilege to partner with Called to Youth Ministry and encourage you to get involved with them as well.
Youth Can Lead, Inc.
President / Founder