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Sticky Faith

How do we build lasting faith in the teenagers we love and serve? Find practical resources for youth ministry and parenting here.

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Growing Young

How can you unlock your church’s potential? Discover 6 research-based strategies for integrating young people to create a thriving church.


Urban Ministry

How do we help today’s young people thrive in urban contexts? We are creating the most comprehensive resource for urban youth workers today.



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Why do you approach youth ministry research and training this way?

Every day in the United States and around the world, dedicated youth and family workers minister to hurting kids and their families. Currently, most of their work tends to be shaped by either past habits or anecdotal evidence. For the sake of the kingdom of God as well as wise stewardship of the gospel, these youth workers need innovative models and practices that reflect current research on the ever-changing landscape of youth, families, and culture.

At FYI we take these needs seriously, translating research into practical resources that youth workers in local churches and parachurch ministries can use in their ministry contexts. Led by Dr. Kara Powell, Executive Director, FYI publishes books, articles, downloadable resources, and curriculum for youth workers. In addition, we have created a unique Certificate in Urban Youth Ministry program—the first of its kind in the nation—that trains urban youth workers while allowing them to remain in their place of ministry. Our College Transition Project research led to the groundbreaking Sticky Faith line of training and resources.

How does FYI decide what to study?

Usually by finding the intersection between the needs of leaders and the expertise of faculty members. Unique values that permeate every project include:

  • Interdisciplinary collaboration among Fuller’s Schools of Theology, Psychology, and Intercultural Studies faculty and students.
  • Reciprocal learning that allows the academic world to learn from the ministry world, and vice versa.
  • Strategic partnerships with key ministry leaders and organizations to maximize both learning and the final dissemination. Existing partners include World Vision, Young Life, Orange, Youth for Christ, Urban Youth Workers Institute, Youth Specialties, YouthWorks, Compassion International, Search Institute, and the Christian Community Development Association.

Each FYI project is designed so that researchers, leaders, and frontline youth ministry practitioners learn together. In every step, the needs and experience of leaders shape the focus and methods of the research.

What is the relationship between FYI and Fuller Seminary?

Fuller Theological Seminary is the largest and most diverse theological seminary in North America, with nearly 5,000 students representing 100 denominations and 70 countries. Fuller’s president, provost and deans are all enthusiastic in their support for FYI. Fuller has three schools: the School of Intercultural Studies, the School of Psychology, and the School of Theology. Dr. Kara Powell also teaches in the Youth, Family, and Culture programs in the School of Theology, alongside our FYI partner Dr. Chap Clark. For more information about Fuller Theological Seminary, please visit www.fuller.edu.

How are Fuller students involved?

Much of the research of FYI is conducted by Research Assistants, Interns, and Research Fellows, all of whom are Fuller students. These positions tend to be part-time and are geared to complement students’ own research interests.

How is FYI funded?

FYI is funded through foundation grants and individual donors. While FYI has several committed donors, we seek to build new relationships and explore further opportunities for ministry partnerships. Learn more about giving here.

What academic programs in youth ministry are available through FYI and Fuller Seminary?

Currently, our Certificate in Urban Youth Ministry program is our first for-credit academic program operated by the Fuller Youth Institute. However, Fuller also offers a Certificate in Youth Ministry (non-urban), a Master of Arts in Youth, Family, and Culture, a Master of Divinity with a Youth, Family, and Culture concentration, and both PhD and DMin programs in Youth, Family, and Culture. Please visit the Fuller Admissions site for further details about these other academic programs.