Talking with Teens about Sex, Tech, and Faith with Dr. Kate Ott Talking with Teens about Sex, Tech, and Faith with Dr. Kate Ott Events Digital innovation has rapidly changed the landscape of sexual experience in the twenty-first century. How do you address sex, tech, and faith with your youth? Join Dr. Kate Ott to learn more. Read more YDS, Yale Youth Ministry Institute Suicide Prevention & Youth Ministers 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 Mental Health Teaching your Youth to be Leaders Resources Are you looking for ways and ideas on how to train your youth to be leaders? Check out our  Fostering Youth Leadership resources. Read more YDS, Yale Youth Ministry Institute The Storm Isn’t Over: Ways to Support the Social Emotional Needs of Youth The Storm Isn’t Over: Ways to Support the Social Emotional Needs of Youth Events Did you miss our September event with Dr. Szu-Hui Lee, PhD, ABPP? 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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Reducing Suicide Risk with Safety Plans

A safety plan is something a therapist uses when a child or teen expresses thoughts of suicide, self-harm, or harming others. Since September is Suicide Awareness Month, we wanted to highlight the excellent resources that the Child Mind Institute offers for determining when a safety plan is needed, how to develop one, who’s part of…


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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