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We exist to extend the mission of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary through leadership in quality training, advanced research, and practical resources for those who work with youth.

Quality Training

YMI offers training in three ways: on campus, online, and workshop format.

Advanced Research

From its inception, YMI has focused on research that impacts youth ministry in the local church. Research topics include a competency-based approach to youth ministry training, media influences on teenagers, Generation Z, and Youth Ministry Arenas.

Practical Resources

YMI is here for you! We provide youth leaders with a variety of resources to help reach and disciple today's teenagers.

Youth Ministry courses are available at both the graduate and doctoral levels. Youth Ministry courses can be taken as an elective in any degree plan.

Our Staff
Dr. David Odom

Dr. David Odom serves as the new Director of the Youth Ministry Institute. He is Professor of Student Ministry at NOBTS. He holds a B.A. from Liberty University along with an MARE and Ph.D. from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before joining faculty, Dr. Odom served as Youth Minister in churches in Texas and Alabama.


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