Belonging Belonging with Dr. Margaret Clark Events Save the date: November 3. We all want to belong to a community and that sense of belonging is elemental to our well-being. Join for a conversation on young people and belonging. Read more YDS, Yale Youth Ministry Institute 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 Did you miss our session on Grief, we all feel it, but do you know what to do with it? You can now watch the video. Read more YDS, Yale Youth Ministry Institute New to Youth Ministry? Resources Are you new to youth ministry or working with youth? Looking for theological foundations on why youth ministry is important and tools for creating a vision for your group? See our “crash course”. 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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October Newsletter

Mark Your Calendar!  October offers several events including our upcoming YMI event on grief and loss, Center for Continuing Education events on topics like leading in a liminal season, contemplating a career of consequence, and welcoming the stranger: immigration and faith communities. Plus an upcoming Bible Study on the Dead Sea Scrolls this December that you…


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.

Resources for Youth Ministry

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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