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Association of Youth Ministry Educators

A Community of Christ-Centered Scholars


I was privileged to be one of the few wide-eyed scholars who came together more than 25 years ago to support one another as we served youth ministry in some pretty unique ways. Many of us were simply trying to survive fresh transitions from working directly with adolescents into the strange new terrain of higher education. Today, the slice of our membership with roles as professors from over 60 colleges, universities and theological seminaries is evidence that we’ve endured. Many leaders from national youth ministry organizations, denominations, and publishing companies have also found AYME to be hospitably helpful to them as youth ministry thought leaders.

But our goal has never, ultimately, been to persist as elite professionals. We do what we do – including collaboration together – so that young people might love, enjoy and glorify God. Our mission is multi-nested within the grand purposes of God for the Body of Christ. AYME is an organizational entity with a relatively short history and an incalculably far-reaching vision. In utmost humility, we confess how much we need one another’s aid to be faithful to the similar callings we each steward.

A member-rotating AYME board steers our modest resources toward being as supportive as possible. We’ve managed to publish the Journal of Youth Ministry twice yearly in order to advance research and scholarship for the field of youth ministry. This year we’ve activated an AYME Facebook page to make resource sharing even more accessible than it has been.

At the end of the day, our strength is in our membership. What can we possibly do together? Whatever we’ve got a mind to, as God’s grace enables us! Our prayer is that you will receive some of the benefit you need as a result of affiliating with AYME. That’s why we’re here!

With Christ…at your side…for young people,

Dave Rahn, Ph.D.
President, AYME.