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Our Story. Our People. Our Annual Theme. Our Statement of Faith.

IYS History

Our Story.

Atop Philippine mountains, during a youth ministers’ summit (with leaders from across Asia), Mark prayed a simple prayer. It went something like this, “God, I love youth, cultures, and training leaders. I’ll do what you want me to do and go where you want me to go but I’d love to use all of my tools – education, experience, talents, and gifts – to impact youth around the world.” In his goodness, the Lord loaned Mark a prolific vision to encourage, equip, and empower global youth ministers. It was an epiphany that changed the course of his life

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Our People.

Great partners help us have great impact! Whether it be groups of youth working on a sewing project, friends assisting with event management, or professionals offering their specialized skills, we are blessed to have passionate co-laborers helping us fulfill our mission.

Our Team
Mark Andreson, founder of IYS
IYS Annual Theme 2022 Come Alive

Our Annual Theme – Forward Grace.

To impact 2 billion youth, we must better harness (steward) grace. By creating strategic resources, collaborating, and connecting youth ministry influencers we are able to impact countless youth around the globe. This year, we seek to forward grace by encouraging, equipping, and empowering 50+ youth ministry influencers in 18+ nations…

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Our Statement of Faith.

A ship at stormy sea is a fitting picture of the adolescent voyage. Our biblically rooted believes help us safely navigate the tumultuous cultural seas facing youth and youth ministers alike. These guiding truths illuminate the way ahead and assure us the Light is still shining in the darkness (John 1:5).

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IYS Statement of Faith - group of young people