Partnership with Ministry Architects Announced

Guide Team Announces Youth Ministry Partnership with Ministry Architects

As a result of months-long conversations in conference youth ministry circles and with the conference Guide Team, we are pleased to announce a collaborative partnership with Ministry Architects of Nashville, TN. Ministry Architects will work with the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference over the next two years in transitioning to its new youth ministry, reflecting the conference’s deep interest in its work with young people.


Why Ministry Architects?

Ministry Architects believes there is a better way, a better way than one-size-fits-all training events and quick-fix searches for superstar staffers. It all starts with building intentionally. So like architects, they don’t tell churches and conferences what they want to build. They start by listening and then show a blueprint of exactly how their clients can move from where they are to where they want to be. And then Ministry Architects walks alongside them so as to make sure that they build the kind of infrastructure they will need to create the ministry they dream of having. Ministry Architects has made it their mission to help churches, conferences, districts, and the like to establish sustainable, deep-impact ministries, one church (or entity) at a time.


Who is Ministry Architects?

Nearly twenty years ago Ministry Architects began assisting the Church in building youth ministries that last. And now 950+ churches, 33 denominations, and seven countries later they are still at it. Founded by Mark DeVries in the early 2000s, Ministry Architects has emerged as one of the premier ministry consulting agencies in the country … and beyond … with over eighty highly trained, experienced consultants resourcing a variety of ministries from youth to children to young adults, from small churches to large conferences. While consultants are located all over the country, Ministry Architects’ home base is right here in Nashville, TN.


What is going to happen when Ministry Architects is here in Tennessee-Western Kentucky?

Ministry Architects will spend a two-year period assisting with the transition of the conference’s youth ministry. The initial part of their time will be spent listening to a variety of groups within the new conference through focused virtual listening groups in district pairings. Combining the resulting information with valuable preliminary work already done, the Ministry Architects team will then produce a report, sharing with the conference’s youth ministry leadership what they’ve heard about the youth programs — things to protect and keep as well as roadblocks that lie ahead — and where they hear that the conference wants to go in its youth ministry. The report will lay out a blueprint, including a month by month timeline, for how to move forward in visioning, systems building, and innovation to bring the conference youth ministry to its new place.


What’s Next?

Here is information about listening sessions that will occur in late April and early May, and about how to register. We hope that YOU will bring your voice to the table!

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.


  • Tuesday, April 20, 7 pm CT – Caney Fork River, Red River, and Metro Districts
  • Monday, April 26, 7 pm CT- Stones River, Purchase Districts
  • Monday, May 3, 7 pm CT – Harpeth River, Mississippi River Districts
  • Tuesday, May 4, 7 pm CT – Tennessee River, Cumberland River Districts

Use this link to register in advance for your meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If for some reason, you are unable to attend the session related to your district, feel free to register for another session.


Who is invited?

Youth ministry professionals, volunteers, youth who feel called into leadership, pastors and parents with a keen interest in youth ministry, laity with a dream for conference youth ministry, etc. The more voices at the table, the more thorough the expression of the conference’s dream for youth ministry.


What will the report look like?

The Discovery Process Report will start by reflecting back to the conference what the Ministry Architects team heard people saying about the youth ministry.  Consultants Sara Bailey and David Carroll will point out the assets of the programs – the things to protect and keep — and will also share the challenges that they see – the things that are roadblocks to the ministry moving strategically forward. They will then lay out a blueprint for how to strategically move the youth ministry from where it is now to where you want it to be. These recommendations include a detailed timeline laying out the process month by month.



If you have questions, please feel free to contact the conference team leaders for this project: Amanda Hartmann Westmoreland and Jordan Littrell