Supporting and developing the professionalisation of youth ministry around the world

The IASYM is focussed 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.

The association produces the Journal of Youth and Theology, published two times a year by Brill publishers.

Membership in the association is open to individuals involved in the study, research or teaching of ministry and work with youth, in line with the purpose and core values of the organization. An annual membership fee provides print and electronic subscription to the Journal of Youth and Theology, electronic access to back issues of JYT, and discounted registration to international and regional conferences.

The Association is governed by a constitution, and its affairs run by an executive committee, elected by members at each international conference