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Earn your Professional
Youth Ministry Certification
You love Jesus and feel called to serve students. Now get the practical training and individualized coaching that seasoned pros wish they received.
Only 1 in 4 Youth Ministers have formal training.
Learn the skills you need to lead a dynamic, growing, and meaningful youth ministry!
The Professional Youth Ministry Certification Program is a two-year, comprehensive certification that combines practical training, personalized coaching, spiritual growth, and leadership development.
In the Youth Ministry Professional Certification program you get...

...375 hours of personalized training, coaching, and instruction.
....PRACTICAL ideas and concepts that you can implement immediately.
...a mentoring relationship with a seasoned youth minister.
...a program that you can complete no matter where you live. (No moving required!)
...a comprehensive assessment designed to highlight your strengths, gifts, and growing edges.
...the confidence you need to stay in youth ministry, grow a ministry, and lead students to Jesus.


Through this challenging program you will gain the skills necessary to be the youth ministry "pro" you've always dreamed of being!

80% of YMI graduates stay in their churches for 5 or more years
Praise From Past YMI Students
"These two years have changed and challenged me in ways I both could not have imagined and in ways I knew were deeply needed...through YMI I have found more support than I ever thought existed. And in that respect, YMI has been God's very visible hand and mostly audible voice in my life."
- Britt Holdren
"YMI saved my life...One of the greatest lessons I have learned is how to be open, honest, and vulnerable with those who are ready to love and care for me...They have continuously showered me with love, encouragement, laughter, but have also not been afraid to speak truth...into my life."
- Laura Gehman
A community of youth ministers that understand and support you!
Often in youth ministry you can feel isolated or alone as if no one understands your unique life. You may feel as though no one knows who you really are. 

Through YMI you will have a coach and a cohort of people who will know you well. They will grow to understand you, what drives you, the challenges you face, and where you hope to go.

The community you develop with YMI will become a life-long community of support.

Your newly learned skills and community of people who "get you," will help you stay in your ministry for many years to come!

YMI graduates see on average a 131% increase in youth ministry attendance.
Trusted By Pastors
"For many years now YMI has been our "go-to" consulting and training partner for youth ministry...in every case the persons we sent (to YMI) were better equipped both theologically and pragmatically to serve with success...each youth leader in which we have invested with YMI says the same thing: 'Best experience ever. I learned so much. I think every youth director should go through YMI"
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- Rev. Dr. Bill Barnes
"Our youth minister didn't know what to do first to help the program become healthy. YMI was the answer! Through YMI, our youth director became educated, competent, and confident. He learned to see the big picture. He learned how to attend to relationships. He learned educational methodology and organizational skills...Thank you YMI!"
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- Rev. Pam Easterday
Benefits of Professional Youth Ministry Certification Program
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A program designed by highly educated and experienced ministry professionals. What you learn is PRACTICAL and PROVEN.
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Your unique context will be incorporated into your cohort, training, and coaching.
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Gain a community of peers and mentors that will help you grow professionally, personally, and sprititually.
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Costs a fraction of the price that you would pay for seminary or other ministry degrees.
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Complete Your Certification In Your Context
The Professional Youth Ministry Certification Program is designed to be completed in your context. No matter where you are located!
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PAYMENT PLANS
We space out payments for the program over multiple budget years making our certification even more affordable.

Professional Youth Ministry Certification Packages
Youth Ministry
Certification
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Youth Ministry Certification PLUS
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Youth Ministry Certification PRO
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Youth Ministry Professional Certification
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Youth Minister Core Competencies Assessment
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Youth Minister Developmental Profile
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Customized Monthly Coaching
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Unlimited Phone Coaching
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Monthly Cohort
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40 Practical Training Workshops
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Four Conferences / Retreats
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Supervisor Consultations
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Final Consultation
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Comprehensive Strategic Plan 
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Professional Ministry Endorsement
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Four Theological Intensive Courses
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Theological Certification
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Even More Praise From Past YMI Students
"I am a different person than I was two years ago...It's exciting and encouraging to see the ripple effect the Youth Ministry Institute is already having on the Kingdom through my life"
- Taylor Toothman
"It radically altered who I am inside...spiritually, as a person and a Christian. The strategies and theories I have learned...have really changed how I do things and how I live."
- David Schmidt
Start Your Professional Youth Ministry Certification Journey Today
This is your opportunity to grow as a leader!
Don't miss this year's start date!
Ready to start your certification journey?
Please complete the information below and we will contact with you more information including a list of courses and booklet to share with your pastor or other leadership.
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