Youth Ministry International

Our MISSION is to EVANGELIZE and DISCIPLE the world’s youth through the LOCAL CHURCH by “Training the Trainers” of INDIGENOUS Youth Leaders.

Ukraine relief fund expansion

Due to the ongoing war with Russia in Ukraine, we are now expanding the scope of our Ukrainian Relief Fund. Our priority remains to meet the personal safety and relief-work needs of our national youth workers who remain in Ukraine. However, we are now expanding that support to assist our Romanian youth workers as they meet needs and minister to Ukrainian refugees who are going to or through Romania and other bordering countries.

Please pray for them and if you are able, please consider giving to meet these critical needs in Ukraine and bordering countries.

Why We Exist

Over 90% of the world’s formally trained youth leaders are in the USA, ministering to only 2% of the world’s youth. YMI is dedicated to changing this statistic. 

Our Guiding Principles

We want to be a part of a world wide movement committed to reaching the today’s youth for Christ by training youth leaders globally. 

Our History

YMI was founded as God’s response to a pressing need recognized by Dr. Randy Smith as he ministered to youth workers in East Africa in 1988. 

Ministry Spotlights

As YMI grows and develops we are moving more nationals into leadership roles

Despite an international pandemic, YMI continues to see growth in all of our programs

We did some rethinking and innovation that should serve YMI well for years to come.

Meet Our Team

Our Latest News

eye of the storm

The Eye of the Storm!

The EYE of the STORM! A story of catastrophic disease and war!

YMI Family Updates

“We are helping start a Ukrainian church service on Saturday nights for Ukrainian refugees.” – The Hughes Family

YMI Updates

Please Support Our Historic New
International Center for Youth Ministry! Opens July 1, 2022 at the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary

Our Global Impact

As a result of our training programs in countries around the world YMI youth leaders, serving in more than 11,500 churches, have seen over 450,000 young people come to faith in Christ.

Serving with YMI

YMI provides opportunities for service including International Trainers, Internships and Short-Term Mission Trips.

Consider joining us to help reach the more than 50% of the world that is under the age of 22.


Your financial and prayer support is vital in helping accomplish the vision God has given us to help impact the billions of young people around the world who have yet to hear of Jesus Christ. Thank You!