Grief, we all feel it, but do you know what to do with it? Grief, we all feel it, but do you know what to do with it? Events Save the date: October 6. Explore the impacts of grief & loss on adolescents, concrete ways to process one’s grief, how to continue to connect with our loved ones, & learn ways to healthily manage this inevitable part of our lives together. Read more YDS, Yale Youth Ministry Institute Suicide Prevention Month Suicide Prevention Month Resources We offer a wealth of resources for youth leaders, parents and others to support the young people in their lives who may be suffering and at risk. You can train your team on how to support the mental health of youth. Read more YDS, Yale Youth Ministry Institute Quest for the Spirit Quest for the Spirit Resources This program introduces youth (and adults!) to the ancient spiritual disciplines that have offered a hundred generations of the faithful gateways to the experience of God. A great resource for young people struggling with unprecedented levels of anxiety and depression. Read more YDS, Yale Youth Ministry Institute Emotional Intelligence in Youth Ministry The Emotional Intelligence Factor: How to Apply EI to Youth Ministry Events Did you miss our session on Emotional Intelligence and how to apply it to youth ministry? You can now watch the video. Read more YDS, Yale Youth Ministry Institute

The Youth Ministry Mission

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

Youth Ministry Scholarship

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.

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Resources for Youth Leaders

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.

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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.

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New to Working With Youth? See Our “Crash Course” for Beginners!

Whether you are clergy, staff or a volunteer jumping into youth ministry because you feel a call – or because your minister or a friend asked you to help – jumping into working with youth can feel overwhelming. Why is youth ministry important? When our Christian communities provide our young with the nurture and formation…


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.

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Meet Our Presenters


Discussion Forums are a great way to join a community of individuals and groups who are involved in scholarship and study of the bible. Join today as a study leader and form a group or as an individual to expand your knowledge of your biblical studies.

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