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December Newsletter

What’s Happening at the Center for Continuing Education Now Available – Women in the Bible Study YMI now has an 8-session youth Bible study on Women in the Bible. Each session focuses on a particular woman’s story and provides a discussion outline and activities designed to help youth engage and reflect on the scripture in new and…

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An OASIS Multi-Church Reflection: Soil & Fishermen

“An OASIS Multi-Church Reflection: Soil & Fishermen” Lately, as I’ve been trying to figure out what pandemic era youth ministry looks like, I’ve found myself struggling with this fundamental question: are we Soil or are we Fishermen? Here’s what it looks like to be Fishermen: In normal times, sustainable youth ministry requires a bit of…

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Asking Good Questions

“The truth is that all adults are youth. What’s the difference? We adults just have more wrinkles.” The first time I heard those words was about fifteen years ago, in seminary. I was a dual MDiv/M.A. student, and at the time, I was trying to answer a question: what makes youth ministry distinctive from other…

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Planning for Holidays During the Pandemic

It is certain that the holidays will look different for all of us this year. Is it safe for families to travel, to gather, to observe long-honored traditions? If you are looking for resources to help children and youth manage stress and disappointment this holiday season, The Child Mind Institute has suggestions. Find their article,…

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November Newsletter

What’s Happening at the Center for Continuing Education Now Available – YMI Genesis Bible Study for Youth YMI now has a free, 8-week study on The Book of Genesis for youth based on the Yale Bible Study series. Use with youth in person or online! Start with Lesson 1: Genesis 1 and 2, where youth learn…

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Advent and Christmas 2020

The season of Advent will be upon us soon. Is your church gathering indoors? How are you thinking about Advent traditions? Does your church typically host an Advent wreath making event for your children and families? Whether you are planning to continue these traditions in person or you are thinking about how to help families…

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Is It Safe to Gather?

Are you wrestling with decisions around whether or not it’s safe to gather your youth or your congregation? You’re not alone! We are all struggling with pandemic fatigue and long for things to be “normal”. To connect and to share in fun and fellowship together. The Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health has developed a FREE…

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October Newsletter

What’s Happening at the Center for Continuing Education! Just Breathe: Resilience Strategies for Today’s Youth & Youth Workers with Dr. Jannah Scott Zoom | October 14 | 12 – 1:30 pm EST Today’s children and youth have lived through so many soul-provoking experiences in 2020. With the advent of COVID-19 illness and death, quarantines, graphic…

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Dismantling Racism

In addition to the existing library of YMI resources, the Rev. Dr. Christopher Carter and Dr. Seth Schoen, University of San Diego faculty and founders of Racial Resilience, have been working with us for the past few months to create new resources on anti-racism. On July 30, they delivered a lecture on Racial Resilience: Anti-Racism…

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September Newsletter

What’s Happening in September? Not Your Mother’s Youth Group: Ministry to Youth in 2020 Lunch & Lecture Series Please join us for the YMI 2020-2021 Lunch & Lecture series, Not Your Mother’s Youth Group: Ministry to Youth in 2020. Our presenters will address the changing nature of youth ministry, the impact of COVID-19 on our youth and how…

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August Newsletter

What’s Happening in August? Not Your Mother’s Youth Group: Ministry to Youth in 2020 Lunch & Lecture Series Please join us for the YMI 2020-2021 Lunch & Lecture series, Not Your Mother’s Youth Group: Ministry to Youth in 2020. Our presenters will address the changing nature of youth ministry, the impact of COVID-19 on our youth and…

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July Newsletter

What’s Happening in July? We continue to expand the resources and materials on our YMI website. Read more to find out what’s new and how they can support your ministry during this time. Lectionary Great News! We now have available another resource for preachers – the Revised Common Lectionary calendar on our YBS website. Each…

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Spiritual Starters

During this difficult time, we have a series called “Spiritual Starters”. It’s a great way to connect with other spiritual leaders through discussion questions and videos, prayers, or poetry. Your participation will help leaders looking for advice in ministering to youth. Check them out at Spiritual Starters. You can click through our forum to find more.…

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June Newsletter

What’s Happening in June? We continue to expand the resources and materials on our YMI website. Read more to find out what’s new and how they can support your ministry during this time. Faculty Panel on Dismantling Racism This Thursday at 5:30 pm EDT, join Dean Greg Sterling and a panel of YDS faculty members for…

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May Newsletter

What’s Happening in May? We continue to expand the resources and materials on our YMI website. Read more to find out what’s new and how they can support your ministry during this time. Join a Forum The Yale Youth Ministry Institute website now has forum functionality! In our discussion forum, you can publicly participate in any of our…

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New Resources And Guide For Online Youth Ministry

  Looking for resources to help adolescents experience joy and flourish in the midst of adversity? The challenges faced by our churches and struggling young are daunting, but no Christian would (or should) concede that we lack the resources to respond. YMI is tackling these issues through The YMI Flourishing Life Project, where we are providing…

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Bible Study Forum & OT At Home

  With school closed and so many things cancelled, finding ways to keep your mind and brain active has become difficult and different. We have lots of NEW and exciting resources and opportunities to help you through this difficult time and so you can “gather” with your fellow cohorts while at home. Join a Bible…

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YMI Flourishing Life Program And Quest Program

  With school closed and so many things cancelled, finding ways to keep your mind and brain active has become difficult and different. We have lots of NEW and exciting resources and opportunities to help you through this difficult time and so you can “gather” with your fellow cohorts while at home. New Resources We…

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Flourishing Life And Other Resources

  In a time when we find ourselves needing to minister and gather remotely, the Center for Continuing Education at Yale Divinity School has resources to help: Yale Youth Ministry Institute We are please to announce The YMI Flourishing Life Project – your resource for curriculum, program templates, essays, and other tools designed to help foster joy…

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Ideas For Gathering Youth Remotely

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have cancelled the YMI 2020 Summer Symposium and the YDS Summer Study 2020. We know that these cancellations are disappointing. We were so looking forward to the time that we could spend with you while learning new ideas and insights. We hope to reschedule these presentations at…

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“We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing…”

Adrianus Valerius’ Christian hymn, We Gather Together, is often sung at Thanksgiving. While times are challenging, we do have much to be thankful for today. At YMI, we’re thankful for all of you working in ministry with youth, and we know you are trying to find ways to continue to gather your youth group when…

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COVID-19 Precautions and YMI Event Updates

As you may have heard, Yale University has decided to move classes online for the remainder of the semester and cancel or postpone events through April 5th. As a result, Angela Gorrell’s lecture on Social Media and Working with Youth that was scheduled for April 1st is postponed. We will let you know when the event is…

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April Newsletter

What’s Happening in April? We are excited to share information about our upcoming YMI Summer Symposium 2020 and YDS Summer Study 2020, which are open for registration; our Lunch and Lecture Series this April; news from OASIS; and new resources on the YMI website! YMI Summer Symposium 2020 Doing a New Thing: Innovative Ministry for the Youth of…

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February Newsletter

New Courses Are Available Online! We’ve designed a program of courses to support developing youth ministries. Two new courses are now live:  Offering Effective Pastoral Care, and Promulgating and Implementing Church Safety Guidelines. To see all of our courses, visit the Courses section of the website.  Each offering is designed to help you and your team…

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January Newsletter

New Courses Are Available Online! We’ve designed a program of courses to support developing youth ministries.  There are currently 10 courses available on topics like: Envisioning, Building and Sustaining Thriving Youth Ministries; Recruiting, Training and Supervising Youth Workers and Volunteers; Cultivating Student Leadership; Studying the Bible with Youth; Tending to the Mental Health of Adolescents; and more. …

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December Newsletter

Merry Christmas from all of us here at the Yale Youth Ministry Institute!  We’re excited to announce that we now have several courses available on our website as resources for your youth ministries. The courses are designed to help you “Prepare, Engage and Reflect” on a variety of topics, including: Creating a Vision for Youth Ministry; Recruiting, Training…

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November Newsletter 2

“Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.” [2 Corinthians 4:15] Happy Thanksgiving to all! In this season of gratitude, we are thankful for your commitment to the faith formation of our youth.  It is truly a blessing…

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November Newsletter 1

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever.” November is a time when we talk a lot about gratitude.  In this season of gratitude, we at YMI give thanks for all of those working to bring the love of God to our youth!  We are also grateful to all of…

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October Newsletter 2

It was great to see so many of you at Skip Masback’s lecture on Planning and Leading Retreats That Transform!  The video of Skip’s lecture, and additional resources provided at the lecture, will be available on our website shortly.  Did you know that YMI has over 800 videos of top experts in youth ministry talking…

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October Newsletter 1

October Newsletter 2019 It’s officially fall on the Quad at YDS and we are just a week away from the kick-off of our 2019-2020 Yale Youth Ministry Institute Lunch & Lecture Series!  Our first event is on Wednesday, October 9 where YMI Founder, Skip Masback will talk with us about Planning and Leading Retreats that…

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Summer Newsletter 2019

Dear Friends, Greetings from the Quad! September is nearly here and that means that students are returning to YDS and we are gearing up for the Yale Youth Ministry Institute 2019-2020 Lunch & Lecture Series! First, an update on what’s been happening at YMI and YDS. Rev. Skip Masback founded the Youth Ministry Institute in 2012…

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Spring Newsletter 2019

Blessings Friends, Happy Spring. It’s that time of the month, where the YMI Team is preparing to host you for our monthly gathering. We invite you to join us on Wednesday, April 3rd in the Old Refectory at Yale Divinity School. We have some adjustments this month. Unfortunately, our April Lunch & Lecture speaker is…

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