|Youth Ministry Centers,
Programs, and Organizations
for Youth Ministry (Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton,
An international center
dedicated to strengthening the theological task of ministry with young
people. Established in 1995, the Institute collaborates with seminaries,
church leaders, congregations, communities, and adolescents to promote
the strategic importance and practice of youth ministry; initiates and
integrates research related to the church's mission with young people;
offers degree and non-degree theological education, including doctoral
and master's level study; and develops leaders in their ministry with youth
through continuing education, curriculum resources, and networks with colleagues.
Center for Youth Studies (South Hamilton, MA)
CYS is a global network
of youth ministry professionals committed to developing a comprehensive
resource for youth work that is current, relevant, and geared for grassroots
application. The Center for Youth Studies creates the Encyclopedia of Youth
Studies (also known as the Youthworker’s Encyclopedia), an innovative educational
and ministerial resource. The Encyclopedia is a file cabinet of information
and resources for busy people who work with kids. Youth pastors, ministers,
social workers, civic youth leaders, teachers, principals, and parents
may all find the Encyclopedia helpful for understanding and reaching youth.
Programs for High School Youth (The Fund for Theological Education,
A program to engage young
people in substantive theological inquiry and education and to recruit
talented young adults into the ministry through the coordination of youth
initiatives at twenty-four accredited seminaries in the United States and
for Congregations and Family Ministries (Louisville Presbyterian
Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY)
Seeks to strengthen the
church's ability to support families and their capacity to nurture the
life of faith, through continuing educational opportunities, workshop training,
a professional journal, networking, consultation, and publicizing research
Network of Youth Ministries
Links youth workers for
encouragement, spiritual growth, and sharing resources in order to expose
teenagers to the Christian gospel, establish those who respond in a local
church, and disciple them to help reach others. Is a common ground for
youth workers from many backgrounds and ministry styles.
for Youth in Formation (Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN)
A project developing resources
for Christian youth, including a forthcoming book on Christian practices
for youth, titled A Way of Life in the World.
Jewish Institute for Youth and Family
Its mission is to develop
programs and materials teaching Jewish values to youth, devoted specifically
to developing programs for families with children at the crucial stage
of adolescence and young adulthood, when youths form their adult identities.
Leadership Center for Youth and Family Ministries (Bethel and Lutheran
Seminaries, St. Paul, MN)
An interdenominational youth
ministry training organization that serves youth workers, parents, professionals,
volunteers and churches of a wide variety of denominations. Does not run
direct programs for teenagers, but instead educates men and women for the
task of youth and family ministry. Is Christ-centered and evangelical with
a focus on motivating and training adults to do evangelism, nurture and
discipleship with young people.
Theological Initiative (Candler School of Theology, Emory University,
A program based at the Candler
School of Theology, Emory University, whose goal is to reconceive the way
youth are viewed within society and within the church. The centerpiece
of YTI is a four week summer academy for rising seniors in high school
which explores Christian theology and public issues. The primary mission
of the summer academy is to provide an innovative program in Christian
theological education for seventeen-year-olds. The goal is to create a
cadre of public theologians for the church and society and to ignite the
vocational imagination of young people to contribute to the up?building
of society for the common good. The hope is that participants will fall
in love with theology as a life long pursuit.
Discipleship Project (Claremont, CA)
Offers three contexts for
exploring alternate approaches to youth ministry: First, Youth discipleship
Community—youth and adults live together for a month, as they practice
and nurture Christian discipleship. Second, Church Partnerships—year
long partnerships established with churches and agencies in which youth
leaders work together to identify and develop significant approaches for
ministry with youth, exploring pedagogical experiments and resources appropriate
to their particular contexts. Third, a Research Team—scholarly reflection
on the textures of contemporary adolescent life, analyzing current
directions in youth ministry, and generating creative approaches.
Alban Institute (Bethesda, MD)
Gathers, generates, and
provides practical knowledge for church congregations across denominational
lines through publications and services, some of which relate to youth
ministry in congregations.
and Family Institute (Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN)
Studies and conducts research
about American culture, children, youth, and their families; interprets
the research to Christian congregations; shares and designs conceptual
models of effective ministry to and with youth and families; provides consultation
to congregations; and creates resources based on research.
Association for Women in Youth Ministry
(122 W. Franklin Ave., Suite 510, Minneapolis, MN 55454; E-mail [email protected])
A professional network to
support women in youth ministry through networking, resource development
and distribution, speaker’s bureau, bimonthly newsletter, discounts to
selected conferences and events, and free advertising in its newsletter.
Institute for Youth (Huntington College, Huntington, IN)
Huntington College’s institute
dedicated to training Christian youth ministers.
Center for Youth Ministry Development
Offers resources and short-tem
or sustained training opportunities in Catholic youth ministry development,
offered regionally, usually through a diocesan office.
For Youth Studies (Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton,
A source for youth culture
resources, including the Encyclopedia of Youth Studies (available on CD-Rom).
Located at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, CYS networks information
about youth and culture around the world as well as in the U.S.
(formerly known as the National Institute of Youth Ministry) (San
YouthBuilders is a non-profit,
non-denominational Christian organization focused on training youth workers,
educating parents, and guiding youth.
Nyack College Institute of Urban Youth
Ministry Studies (Nyack, NY)
offering specialized training in urban youth ministry. Its theological
base is Christian and Missionary Alliance.
to One (Philadelphia, PA)
Offers training and resources
for developing youth mentoring programs in churches, especially in urban
School of Theology Youth Ministry Institute (Dallas, TX)
Offers annual week-long,
university-style training events in January, at the Perkins School of Theology.
Includes in-depth training for local church youth ministers for both youth
ministry beginners and veteran professionals. Other opportunities include
one-day workshops, summer seminar in youth ministry, on-site youth ministry
coaching, and leadership training for human sexuality education.
the World YouthMission Alliance (Ambridge, PA)
Dedicated to evangelism,
discipleship, and leadership development among youth. Includes direct youth
ministries with students training for adults working with young people
and training with college students. Its theological base is Anglican.
Youth Ministry and Spirituality Project (San Francisco Theological
Based at San Francisco Theological
Seminary, works with congregations to develop youth ministries that are
integrated into the practices of congregational life. Conducts congregation-based
research on youth ministry.
Ministry Educators Forum (Deerfield, IL)
A meeting for professors
of youth ministry at the evangelical North American Professors in Christian
Education conference each fall.
Ministries (Elburn, IL)
Partners with the Moody
Bible Institute to train students and youth workers.
Specialties, Inc. (El Cajon, CA)
Youth Specialties has been
the pioneer entrepreneurial youth ministry organization in the U.S., responsible
for training youth leaders in more than 70,000 organizations worldwide.
Offers skills-based resources and training and media resources, available
both regionally and nationally.
Unlimited (Grand Rapids, MI)
Youth Unlimited partners
with local churches to support early teen and senior high youth ministries.
Serving churches throughout North America for more than seven decades,
it provides assistance in leadership training, resources, and spiritual
growth experiences proven to help teens in their faith. A membership-based
ministry whose programs and services are available to any church desiring
to benefit from their resources.
Publications (Grand Rapids, MI)
CRC Publications is the
official denominational publishing house for the Christian Reformed Church,
producing materials in the Presbyterian and Reformed tradition which serve
more than fifty different denominations, churches, and organizations. Publishes
church school curricula, worship resources, periodicals, devotional books,
and materials for studying the Bible and current issues. Also offers regional
consultants to help train teachers and ministry leaders.