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.

Donations made to our year end giving support YMI’s General Fund.

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

A Global church great commission movement

We believe the Great Commission, in order to be fulfilled in the 21st Century, must become a youth movement. 

YMI Family Updates

“The highlight of my third quarter was meeting with 15 high quality Mexican youth leaders who want to reach their country’s youth.”
– Jon Barr

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!