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The Institute for Youth Ministry, through the Office of Continuing Education at Princeton Theological Seminary, offers non-degree programs, events, and resources for people engaged in ministry with young people. You can find more information about how to get involved with our programs here. Some of our offerings require applications, but many of our events are simply open to the public with advance registration. We are also thrilled to connect you directly with the Office of Admissions, who can help you discern if a graduate degree program at Princeton Seminary is right for you.

The invite you to complete this form with the details pertaining to your job posting, which will then be visible to current PTS students and alumni. This is the best way to reach members of the wideer PTS community who are seeking placements. 

Over the past 25 years, the IYM has created many different programs and resources for people who minister with young people, and we have tried to make as many of these resources as widely accessible as possible. While we do not currently have a retail arm of our work, the IYM has collaborated on several book projects that are available through their publishers, including: The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul Tending in Youth Ministry by Kenda Creasy Dean and Ron Foster, with Megan DeWald (Revised 2023); Delighted: What Teenagers Are Teaching the Church About Joy by Kenda Creasy Dean, Wesley W. Ellis, Justin Forbes, and Abigail Visco Rusert (2020); Wrestling With Rest: Inviting Youth to Discover the Gift of Sabbath by Nathan Stucky (2019); and OMG: A Youth Ministry Handbook, edited by Kenda Creasy Dean (2010).

You can contact us with your request. We will need your full name (including any previous names you had during your participation), current email address, name of the program and year of your participation or completion, and the name and contact information of the person or program requesting the letter (if different from your own). Please also include any other pertinent information that would be helpful in crafting the letter. You can expect a response within two weeks, unless otherwise notified.

The IYM does not currently have a grant-making arm. In 2020, 12 churches did receive $15,000 grants through the IYM as part of the pilot program of Log College Project, a research initiative funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. We now offer a regular program for congregations, and you can find out more about that program here. Please also sign up for the IYM Newsletter for the latest news and announcements about any future grant-making and programmatic initiatives.

The IYM is occasionally able to offer discounts and scholarships on a case-by-case basis for our non-degree programs and events. If you are alumni/ae of Princeton Theological Seminary or are currently serving as a CPE or Field Education Supervisor, please click here for information about your 15% event discount. Otherwise, please complete this form, which will be directed to the appropriate program or event coordinator.

If you are inquiring about financial aid for degree programs at Princeton Seminary, please click here for more information.

For information about event cancellation, please click here.

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The IYM, through the Office of Continuing Education at Princeton Theological Seminary offers non-degree programs, events, and resources for people engaged in ministry with young people. You can find more information about how to get involved with our programs here [link to programs pages]. Some of our offerings require applications, but many of our events are simply open to the public with advanced registration. While you cannot officially “apply to the IYM, we are thrilled to connect you directly with the Office of Admissions, who can help you discern if a graduate degree program at Princeton Theological Seminary is right for you. 

The IYM does not post open positions, nor do we have a formal process for connecting current or recent seminary graduates with hiring committeesWe invite you instead to connect with Princeton Seminary’s Graduate Placement process through the Office of Student Life. However, if you are a congregational leader discerning how to develop a new form of youth ministry in your context, we would love to talk with you about how our XXXX program [link to the Log College Project] can help your congregation reimagine its approach to youth ministry. Contact us here [link to contact form] to schedule a conversation. 

Over the past 25 years, the IYM has created many different programs and resources for people who minister with young people, and we have tried to make as many of these resources as free and accessible as possible. You can check out our current programs here [link to programs] and resources here [link to resources]. We are not a publishing house and do not have a retail arm of our work. However, the IYM has collaborated on several book projects that are available through their publishers, including: Delighted: What Teenagers are Teaching the Church About Joy by Kenda Creasy Dean, Wesley W. Ellis, Justin Forbes, and Abigail Visco Rusert (2020)Wrestling With Rest: Inviting Youth to Discover the Gift of Sabbath by Nathan Stucky (2019); and OMG: A Youth Ministry Handbook, edited by Kenda Creasy Dean (2010). 

You can contact the IYM Associate Director with your request. She will need your full name (including any previous names you had during your participation), current email address, name of the program and year of your participation or completion, and the name and contact information of the person or program requesting the letter (if different from your own). Please also include any other pertinent information that would be helpful in crafting the letter. You can expect a response within two weeks, unless otherwise notified. 

The IYM does not have a grant-making arm. In 2020, 12 churches did receive $15,000 grants through the IYM as part of the Log College Project [link to LCP page], a research initiative funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. You can find out more about that initiative here [link to LCP page], and you can sign up for the IYM Newsletter [link to newsletter sign-up] for the latest news and announcements about any future grant-making and programmatic initiatives. 

The IYM is occasionally able to offer discounts and scholarships on a case-by-case basis for our non-degree programs and events. If you are alumni/ae of Princeton Theological Seminary or are currently serving as a CPE or Field Education Supervisor, please click here for information about your 15% event discount. Otherwise, please complete this form, which will be directed to the appropriate program or event coordinator. 

If you are inquiring about financial aid for degree programs at Princeton Theological Seminary, please click here for more information.  

If you cancel your registration up to 1 week (7 days) prior to the event start date, your fees will be refunded, minus a $15 processing fee. There is no refund for any cancellations (including no-shows) made within 1 week (6 days or fewer). For more information, click here.