The mission of the Yale Youth Ministry Institute is to promote adolescent faith and flourishing in a diverse and changing world by conducting scholarship, equipping leaders, and resourcing youth ministries in and beyond Christian churches.
What We Do
We Conduct Scholarship
Our scholarship includes conducting, funding and publishing original research into the theory and practice of youth ministry, and convening meetings of scholars and practitioners in the fields of theology, Bible study, religious education, psychology, social work, and sociology.Find out more
We Resource Youth Ministries
Our resources include curricular materials, program modules, communication templates, “best practices” exemplars and guides for developing youth ministry mission statements, schedules, and programs, sample sermons, and consultative services.Find out more
We Equip Leaders
Our training programs include free monthly lectures, summer symposia, web courses, Bible study for leaders, interdisciplinary resources, and a curated online library of over 700 video lectures and interviews, all featuring renowned scholars from Yale and other leading institutions.Find out more
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The Flourishing Life Project
The Yale Youth Ministry Institute is delighted to introduce the YMI Flourishing Life Project. Inspired by a deep concern for the “twin calamities” befalling our churches and our youth, over 100 leading practical theologians and youth workers from around the world have labored together for over seven years to conduct foundational research, publish academic monographs and articles, host a six-year, monthly lecture series and five national summer symposia at Yale Divinity School, and develop three sets of curricular modules and supporting resources.