Youth Theological Initiative

Welcome to Candler's Youth Theological Initiative. Since 1993 YTI has been a center for research and the theological education of youth and youth ministers. Our work is focused around a vision of theologically-grounded, socially-conscious ministries with youth and young adults, ministries that help young people and the older ones working with them to Explore Questions that Shape Us. We welcome your participation with us in this important contribution to ministry in the church and the world.

YTI partners with Candler's Religious Education Program to offer a certificate in ministries with youth for MDiv and MTS students. Many students from Candler and Emory's Graduate Division of Religion work with us on our research, which explores the theological perspectives and practices of youth and young adults. Others work with our annual Summer Academy, an intensive, residential program of justice-seeking theological education for high school students. We accept applications for summer staff positions each fall, so contact us at if you would like more information. In addition to our efforts to provide outstanding opportunities in youth ministry education at Candler, we support the work of denominations, regional judicatories, and congregations through our Youth Ministry Education programs, working to enhance the practices of youth ministry in local congregations. For more information contact Beth Corrie, Director, at or Brenda Bennefield, Program Coordinator at or 404.712-9160.