Our Work

Thoughtful. Just. Creative.

Our work is thoughtful: We think that the best youth ministry takes theological questions like “Who is God?” seriously. We invite diverse Christian traditions to engage in theological reflection.

Our work is just: We believe that the ministry of Jesus calls young and old to love our neighbors without exception. We equip intergenerational communities to follow Jesus’ example of solidarity with the marginalized and oppressed.

Our work is creative: We know that Christian leaders and young people are following the Holy Spirit’s creative lead. We accompany organizations and congregations through practices of renewal.

Our Process

We are community builders. Through our events and programs we foster authentic intergenerational relationships by building bridges between the academy, churches, and young people. The Institute for Youth Ministry accompanies communities and leaders in theological reflection, sparking experimentation with what they have learned and encouraging recovery in the midst of failed experiments. In and throughout this work, we unearth new incarnations of ministry with and for young people.

We partner with thought leaders, scholars, and youth workers to design our programs and research.

We build bridges between the Church and the academy, facilitating connection and learning across difference.
We support leaders to foster change in their context.
We empower communities to imagine, experiment, fail, and try again.
We listen and re-design through the insights and expertise of collaborators.
Collaborative Design

We partner with thought leaders, scholars, and youth workers to design our programs and research.

Bridge Building

We build bridges between churches and the academy, facilitating connection and learning across difference.

Mobilization

We support leaders to foster change in their context.

Disruption

We empower communities to imagine, experiment, fail, and try again.

Recovery

We listen and re-design through the insights and expertise of collaborators,

Our Impact

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