teens & Young Adults

Young adult years are filled with making monumental choices about education, careers, marriage, financial management, as well as forming many habits that will affect physical, emotional and spiritual health perhaps for a lifetime. Church shouldn't be irrelevant or uninteresting during this formative time of life. Wellspring offers a community of people who are excited to make time for our young friends, encourage them, mentor them, work through their difficult questions, and welcome them to experience life’s journey together. Wellspring makes young adults a priority through a strong bond with the ministry of Young Life, our Summer Internship, and a commitment to keeping our services and ministries relevant to the young adults in our community. 

middle school

Our middle school ministry continues to grow and develop. Middle schoolers meet the 1st and 3rd Sundays each month during the sermon to discuss age appropriate topics relevant to the challenges they face. Please contact Kenzie Miller for more information!

high school

Our high school ministry desires to create meaningful experiences for our students to connect with Jesus and others. We love having fun events and hangouts!  We also encourage our Wellspring teenagers to attend and support area Young Life activities and invite their unchurched friends to Young Life's weekly meetings and Bible studies. Please contact Kenny Atkins for more information! 

Young Life, Wyldlife & Capernaum

Young Life is an organization that seeks out unchurched and disinterested young adults from middle school through college to tell them the good news of God’s love for them. This includes Young Life's Capernaum ministry, which reaches out to young adults with special needs. Young Life is a ministry based heavily on building relationships and earning the right to be heard through meaningful friendships and shared experiences of fun and adventure. Many people at Wellspring are dedicated Young Life, WyldLife and Capernaum leaders and spend countless hours at our middle schools, high schools and at Missouri Western. Over the years, these leaders have brought many of their young friends to Wellspring, where those friends have found a church home. Wellspring also invests in our local Young Life ministry financially, supporting the local staff and ministry expenses. 

For more information on St. Joseph Young Life, please visit our local website or contact Area Director Phil Zweerink

Young Life college

Missouri Western

Young Life College has been on the campus of Missouri Western since Fall of 2017. With weekly clubs, Bible studies, game nights, bon fires, lunch dates, coffee dates and lots of great conversations, our YL College leaders take the time to know these students deeply and love them well as they stand at the threshold of adulthood, making important life decisions and habits. We cheer them on at their games and meets, laugh and cry with them, and look for every opportunity to tell them about God’s love and wisdom for their lives. There are annual Fall Weekend and Spring Work Week trips at Young Life camps, as well as a mission trip to Ecuador planned for May of 2020.

For more information on Young Life College, please contact Karen Hinde

summer internship

Every summer, Wellspring offers a 9-week internship for individuals 18-25 years old to grow in their faith, develop leadership skills, build community and DO ministry. We also offer a Mission Track Internship in addition to the regular internship for young adults who desire to have a local mission experience partnering with The Guest House & Food for Kids. Please note there is a limit for the amount of Mission Track interns that will be accepted. Click the links below for more info! 

internship overview & application

internship reference form

If you have any questions, please contact Justin Amos!

summer internship 2.0

Summer Internship 2.0 is for returning interns and runs during the same time as the first year internship. This is an opportunity for second year interns to go even deeper in their faith and to be invested in more ministry experience in order that they would be better equipped to impact the world for Christ. We also offer a Mission Track 2.0 Internship for interns that have already completed the first year mission track and would like to gain more experience. Click the links below for more info! 

2.0 internship overview & application

financial support letter

(Support letters should be sent out by May 1st. The red font areas are for you to customize each letter. Feel free to personalize this letter while keeping the financial info the same! Also, remember that you will only be paid for the hours you work. Finally, it's strongly encouraged that you send thank you letters at the end of the summer to individuals that supported you!) 

If you have any questions, please contact Justin Amos!

Year-Long internship

Wellspring offers a year-long internship for young adults that commit to working 10 hours a week. This internship is full of hands on ministry work in different areas of the church depending on the gifts and passions of the interns. This is a great opportunity for young people who might feel a call from God to work in ministry and would like to have real work experience in a church setting. 


Internship Overview & Application

If you have any questions, please contact Justin Amos!