Developing a Faithful Generation Events YDS Professor Almeda Wright is leading a class on Developing a Faithful Generation: On Faith Development with Youth at YDS Summer Study. Sign up today. Space is limited. Read more YDS, Yale Youth Ministry Institute Bible Study Gospel of Mark Resources YMI has a new Bible study for youth on the Gospel of Mark. This 7-week Bible study is one you want to do with your youth. Read more YDS, Yale Youth Ministry Institute Summer Study YDS Summer Study Events Registration for YDS Summer Study 2021 is now open! It will take place June 7-11 in an online format. Space is limited. Read more YDS, Yale Youth Ministry Institute Empowering Parents to Practice Faith at Home Empowering Parents to Practice Faith at Home Events Save the date: May 5th, join Rev. Traci Smith as she presents the fundamentals of developing faithful family practices and outlines the role that ministry leaders play in encouraging and supporting families. Read more YDS, Yale Youth Ministry Institute Adventures in Space-Making Adventures in Space-Making with the Rev. Phiwa Langeni Events Did you miss Adventures in Space-Making with the Rev. Phiwa Langeni? You can now watch the video. Read more YDS, Yale Youth Ministry Institute


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.

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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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Vacation Bible School Top Picks

Buildingfaith, a ministry of Virginia Theological Seminary, has compiled a list of the top Vacation Bible School picks for 2021. They have been reviewing VBS curriculum for over 15 years and have selected resources that align with various theologies – some are familiar favorites and some are new. If you are trying to decide if…


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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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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