First Third from Luther Seminary: Cultivating Faith in the First Third of Life

Luther Seminary.

First Third is a web resource based on a national congregational study entitled "Exemplary Youth Ministry (EYM)", completed in 2003, which explores the question, "what are the marks of effective congregational ministries that establish faith as a vital factor in the lives of young people?"


twenty free and downloadable “application tools” ; blogposts; video resources

Best For

clergy and lay leaders



Suggested Uses

  • Equip your congregation's ministry leaders to foster exemplary youth ministry.
  • Better train yourself and ministry leaders after completing the EYM study which includes a discussion and ministry-assessment guide.

About the Contributor

Marie Fleming

Marie Fleming was a contract resource consultant for the Center for Congregations. Her consulting practice includes congregation-based Permaculture Design and equipping congregations for creation care.

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