Wrestling with Rest in a COVID World Sabbath Rest Events It’s been another hard year, which makes it more crucial than ever to take time for yourself. Why not take our Sabbath Rest course? It’s important for you to rest and renew yourself. Read more YDS, Yale Youth Ministry Institute Summer Symposium 2022 Summer Symposium Events Did you miss Summer Symposium? You can now watch “Why Ministries Innovate and How to Start: Knee Deep in Flotsam” with Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean and the Rev. Matt Overton including interview clips. Read more YDS, Yale Youth Ministry Institute September Newsletter 2020 Don't Miss Out! Resources Did you know that we send out a monthly newsletter? It is full of upcoming events, lectures, YMI resources, and so much more. Sign up today so you don’t miss August's Newsletter.  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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July Newsletter

“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”  -Isaiah 43:19 Last month, I wrote in this space about the event that the Youth Ministry Institute hosted about innovation. The Rev. Dr. Kenda…


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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