Who We Are

We see you.

We hear you.

We’re cheering you on.

Your passion for seeing the next generation of leaders thrive and serve God is the reason we exist. 


The high school years represent a pivotal point for young people as they discern what’s next for them. Where can they go to cultivate their intellectual curiosity, explore deeper questions about God and faith, and make sense of their place and purpose in an increasingly complex, global world?


The Youth Theology Network (YTN) is one place where young people can turn to explore questions about their faith, purpose and call to ministry in the world. YTN is a national network of colleges, universities, and theological schools funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. to identify, ignite and cultivate the gifts of a new generation of Christian leaders who will make an impact in the world. As a partner, the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) supports, resources and promotes this national network of theology programs for high school students.


  • Focused on vocational discernment leadership and resources. We are dedicated to supporting those who help high school students understand if God is calling them to ministry.

  • An ecumenical network where all Christian denominations are represented and valued. Our diversity gives every partner the ability to fully be themselves while contributing different perspectives to the whole group.

  • Comprised of over 100 public and private institutions across the United States. A wide variety of colleges, universities, seminaries and schools of theology make up our incredible list of partners.

  • A group of people committed to learning. YTN and our partners are invested in improvement so that we can offer better experiences for students. Creating life-giving spaces for students to wrestle with their purpose takes hard work and refinement.

  • A community of like-minded partners. Because this work is often very siloed to leaders on a campus, having peers to learn from, troubleshoot with, bounce ideas off of, be inspired by, and gain encouragement from is extremely important.


Do we sound like your kind of people?

If so, please get in touch to see how we might be able to help you.