Fellows Program

Our Fellows program seeks to invest in new youth leaders through developing relationships and providing in-depth training over the course of two years. During this training process, Fellows are hired as full-time youth outreach workers at local ministries. Our hope is that Fellows continue serving the ministry even after completion of the training program.

Since 2014, we have had over 35 leaders to complete our training program, and while the average youth worker only completes 1.8 years of ministry, we have had over 75% of our Fellows exceed that time. Our goal is to provide excellent training and support in order to encourage longevity in outreach ministry for the sake of youth, families, and the community.

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Weekly Classes
Classes are designed to instruct SOUL Fellows in the elements of youth outreach ministry as well as to inspire and challenge them in the context of Christian community.
Some of the topics we cover in class include:

  • Strategies in contact work
  • Effective Communication of the Gospel to Young People
  • Program Creation and Program Management
  • Personal and Professional growth
  • Data and Assessment Tools
  • Education in Memphis

Individual Meetings
The purpose of individual meetings is to work with Fellows in completing objectives set by both SOUL and their particular ministries. In this way, we seek to challenge and encourage them as leaders in the community.

Site Observation Visits
The purpose of site visits is to get a glimpse of the Fellow’s work in real time. We desire to not only know, but to see the unique elements of each outreach position, so as to address specific needs of the Fellow according to their unique ministry environment.
To learn more, contact Ruth Abigail Smith at ruthabigail@soulmemphis.org.