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Supporting and developing the professionalisation of youth ministry around the world

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The International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry is a network of  people from all over the world involved in professional  youth ministry research. To further the academic study and research of youth ministry IASYM organizes conferences (both regional and international) and publishes The Journal of Youth and Theology (JYT).

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The International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry

Join the conversation on Youth Ministry research across the globe and different Christian denominations.


The International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry is focused on furthering the academic study and research of youth and youth ministry, the formal teaching and training of youth ministry (at universities, seminaries, denominations, para-church organisations, local ministries, or wherever else it may occur), and on the growth and development of youth ministry as a recognised profession.

Our goal is to raise the profile of youth ministry as a calling, career and/or professional enterprise, and to encourage the reflection on youth ministry as an academic discipline that will support youth ministry at this level.

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Latest issue of Journal of Youth and Theology

Full IASYM members can read the journal online. JYT is published in May and November.

Volume 20, Issue 2, 2021


David F. White


Exploring the Theology of Expectation in Relation to Young People and Youth Ministry

Author: František Štěch

Cultivating Nonidolatrous Self-Esteem with Youth

Christological Considerations for Peacebuilding Youth Ministry

Author: Elizabeth W. Corrie

“And the Word was made flesh?” – Exploring young people’s situated learning in leadership and spirituality in a secular context

Author: Katarina Westerlund

Personal Bible Reading and the Faith Formation of Teenagers in a Digital Age

Authors: Judith Hildebrandt, Jack Barentsen, and Jos de Kock

Religious Identity Exploration in the Life Stories of Strictly Reformed-Raised Emerging Adults in the Netherlands

Authors: Anne-Marije de Bruin-Wassinkmaat, Jos de Kock, Elsbeth Visser-Vogel, Cok Bakker, and Marcel Barnard

The History of Protestant Youth Ministry; a Review

Author: Ruth Lukabyo

‘On a mission’: Christian Youth Workers in Australia in the 1960s–1970s

Author: David Fagg

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