I’m so grateful you found Youth Leaders Academy! If you are serving in Christian youth ministry anywhere in the world, this site is for you—whether you’re on staff or a volunteer. There’s a ton of resources here on practical topics like small groups, leadership, pastoral care, and personal growth. The monthly Top Posts give you a good indication of what’s popular, aside from our two acclaimed series on Preaching for Youth and Youth Sermon Topics. Use the search function in the right side bar to find specific topics.

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About me

My name is Rachel Blom (the name Rachel means ‘female lamb’ or ‘ewe’ by the way and ever since I found out, I’ve had a thing for sheep; hence the design of my site!) and I am many things:

  • a child of God on a lifelong journey to follow Jesus
  • the loving wife of a godly husband named Rogier, a supersmart geek who keeps challenging me. We’ll be celebrating our 20th anniversary in 2015!
  • the proud mom of a kind, curious, happy, and supersmart 7 year old son named Elian
  • Dutch. I was born and raised in The Netherlands. From 2010 till 2013 we lived in the south of Germany and ever since, the Albany area of New York is our home
  • a youth ministry veteran. I’ve been involved in youth ministry in one way or another since 1999 and I still love it.
  • an author with several published (non-fiction) books, both traditionally published and through various ebook publishers. I’ve also magazine articles, youth ministry resources, and more. Check out my portfolio here.
  • a gifted speaker. Being Dutch, I’m always reluctant to list my accomplishments, talents, or gifts. It’s not something that sits well in our culture. But from all the feedback I’ve received over the years, it’s clear that God has blessed me with a gift for speaking/preaching and I’m passionate about this. I love communicating God’s Word to all audiences, but especially to students. And I love doing keynotes or talks at conferences, or teaching seminars and workshops. Topics include speaking/teaching, social media, communication in general and youth ministry management.
  • a blogger. I blog for various blogs, including of course this one, but also for ChurchMag, Download Youth Ministry, and others.
  • an aspiring fiction writer. I started writing stories and books when I was not even a teen and I haven’t stopped since. My dream is to get published in young adult fiction.
  • a reader. I don’t merely love books, I devour them. Stories captivate me and if a book has a great story, I cannot put it down. Follow me on Goodreads to find out how much and what I read (hint: it might shock you!)

Practical Stuff

Be sure to read my Disclosure policy so you know how this blog is financed, the Privacy policy so you know how we protect your privacy, and don’t forget to have a look at my Comments policy so we can keep a great conversation going in the comments without anyone getting offended.

The photo of the sheep in my header was taken in my home country Holland on one of our famous ‘dykes’ by Dutch photographer Miro Schaap and he holds all copyrights.

I accept guest posts for Youth Leaders Academy. Be sure to have a look around the site to see what kind of posts I usually post. Some general guidelines: 500-1000 words, ‘how-to’ type of posts preferred, topic has to be related to youth ministry, no games/ideas types of posts. Feel free to contact me if you’re interested!


I’d love to connect with you on social media (see social media icons on the top of the page). You can email me at rachel (at) youthleadersacademy.com