Christianity would have died a long time ago if leadership development had not occurred. If the apostles had not trained others to take the reins of Christianity, it may never have made it past the first century. This principle holds true to the present day. New generations continue to need new leaders. Youth Ministry International believes that youth are capable not only of being trained to be leaders, and thereby replicate Jesus Christ in others, but that youth are actually the most important part of developing a new generation of Christian leaders in developing countries. This is perhaps most clearly seen in YMI’s desire to send International Youth Leadership Trainers, whose task it is to equip national youth workers with the vision and skills necessary to carry out the work of evangelism and discipleship in their own youth communities.