Ministry to LGBTQ+ Youth Ministering to LGBTQ+ youth Events Find tools to help youth leaders accompany, work with, and support LGBTQ+ young people. These resources include pastoral care approaches and programming tips for this particular subset of youth. Read more YDS, Yale Youth Ministry Institute Adventures in Space-Making June is National Pride Month Events Listen to the Rev. Phiwa Langeni, who spoke at the Adventures in Space-Making webinar, give insight and practical tips regarding language, pronouns, and other queer-related issues and so much more.  Read more YDS, Yale Youth Ministry Institute Empowering Parents to Practice Faith at Home Empowering Parents to Practice Faith at Home Events Did you miss Empowering Parents to Practice Faith at Home: A Ministry Leader Workshop with the Rev. Traci Smith? 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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June News from OASIS

ReGathering the Brood I’m guessing that like us, you’ve had a tough year in youth ministry. While we started out doing a mix of online and outdoor gatherings, the spike in cases around November made us fully online for the rest of this academic calendar. As we were contemplating our monthly blogpost reflection on multi-church…


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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