HUMAN eX Ventures assesses youth ministers on thirteen core competencies identified as necessary for excellence in youth ministry. Youth ministers enrolled in the two-year YMI program, will write about an event where he or she has utilized or not utilized each core competency. Utilizing a small cohort of youth ministers and a facilitator who meet together monthly to review what each has written, attention is given to intentionally developing and improving behaviors associated with each competency. The Core Competency Assessment is used to differentiate candidates interviewing for youth ministry positions through YMI’s pre-hiring service. Other organizations contract with YMI to conduct assessments and developmental profiles for other youth ministers.
The Florida United Methodist Youth Ministry encompasses over 600 United Methodist churches in Florida (minus the panhandle). YMI provides consulting services to these local churches focusing on youth minister transition and training. Bishop Carter of the Florida Conferecence made reference to the innovation of the Youth Ministry Institute in an article on the Faith and Leadership web site.
Nearly 90 churches comprise the Diocese of Central Florida, the largest geographic Episcopal diocese in Florida. YMI is the youth ministry consultant to these churches providing counsel for the effective development of local church youth ministries.
Ministry Leadership Initiative is part of the YMI Network, utilizing core YMI teaching and assessment tools. It operates in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa and extends multiple services to churches.
The Synod of Mid-America (Presbyterian) includes six Presbyteries in Kansas, Missouri and some of Illinois. YMI will be an additional resource to the Synod in youth ministry development in the local church.
The Discipleship Ministries (formerly GBOD) of the United Methodist Church helps local church, district, and conference leaders fulfill the shared dream of making world-changing disciples. The Discipleship Ministries helped fund YMI Midwest’s start up costs and other similar initiatives.