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Youth Ministry Institute

Director, Dr. David Odom

Youth Ministry Institute (YMI) is about training the next generation of youth leaders. YMI exists to extend the mission of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary through leadership in quality training, advanced research, and practical resources for those who work with youth. YMI strives to serve students, leaders, ministers, and volunteers in all things youth ministry. The Institute offers classes for Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctoral level students as well as training for all current youth ministers, lay leaders, volunteers, or those aspiring to understand what youth ministry is all about.

Youth Ministry classes are offered during the regular semester sessions (spring and fall) in the following delivery options: traditional on-campus, online, and intensive format. Classes offered annually during the regular semester sessions include: Leading Youth Ministry, Understanding Contemporary Adolescents, Youth Culture, and Disciple Making with Youth and Families.

YMI conducts an annual Youth Ministry Leadership Conference and also provides a youth ministry track as part of the Apologetics conference in January. These conferences can be taken for academic credit, as a module in the Youth Ministry Institute Certificate, or for personal ministry enrichment. For more information on the Youth Ministry Institute, check out the website at