The Bridges Project
The Bridges Project was designed to research life-giving practices of youth ministry, to address the burnout rate common to the first years of youth ministry, and to discover approaches to youth ministry that cause leaders and young people to thrive. The Bridges Project, sponsored by the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary and funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc, concluded its work in January 2004.
The Building Bridges Project
The Building Bridges Project is a 3-year research project of the Institute for Youth Ministry and Lilly Endowment Inc. Building Bridges is designed to provide continuing education, community, and professional support for 18 pastors serving in congregational youth/young adult ministry. In consultation with the congregations that the 18 pastors serve, the Building Bridges Project will explore the ways congregations support ministry with youth and young adults.
The Confirmation Project
The Confirmation Project seeks to learn the extent to which confirmation and equivalent practices (CEP) in five Protestant denominations in the United States are effective for strengthening discipleship in youth. Strengthening discipleship includes nurturing faith in Jesus Christ and facilitating youth encounters with Christian traditions (Scripture, creeds, confessions, and practices) to support lifelong Christian vocation.
The five denominations in this project include: the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the United Methodist Church. This project is funded by the Lilly Foundation, Inc. and seeks to provide ministry leaders within the Christian church examples of strategies and practices that are effective in helping young Christians grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Faithful Practices Project
The Faithful Practices Project is a 28- month research project sponsored by Princeton Theological Seminary and funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc. The main purpose of this project is to construct a new way to understand faith formation and discipleship, one that builds on the concept of congregational practices and empowers the church to deepen and broaden its witness in the world. These new understandings will not only inform how congregations do ministry, they also have implications for how theological education is done as well.
The Joe R. Engle Institute of Preaching
The Engle Institute is a weeklong continuing education event that was envisioned and made possible by the dream and generosity of Joe R. Engle, a member of the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. The institute is designed to nurture and strengthen the craft of those who preach, whether weekly or occasionally, whether in city, suburb, small town, rural community, or other specialized ministries. Engle Fellows and faculty gather for the week to participate together in the hospitality of the seminar room, the dinner table, and the chapel pew. Engle Fellows reconnect vocationally with friends as they practice the craft of preaching in the company of colleagues.
Institute for Youth Ministry
Princeton Theological Seminary established the Institute for Youth Ministry in 1995 as an international center offering theological education and specialized training in youth ministry for church leaders. Princeton Theological Seminary carries out the mission of the Institute for Youth Ministry by initiating and integrating research related to the church's ministry with young people, offering doctoral and master's degree programs, and offering an extensive program of leadership development.