Our Mission

We are building and advancing the kingdom of God by developing youth and youth leaders who have great commandment hearts and live great commission lifestyles.

About Us

We are a non-denominational student missions and discipleship organization. We are headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Fueled by 30 years of unbridled enthusiasm for both teenagers and the local church we have discipled youth and trained youth workers to minister in their local church and abroad. We passionately believe such disciples will be tomorrow’s history makers for Christ. Reign Ministries was formed 30 years ago by Louis Inks. While our international headquarters is located Minneapolis, one third of our full-time staff are located in metropolitan areas across the USA, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Our Core Values:

  • Our belief in students—God is using youth to reach the world for Jesus Christ.
  • Power that comes from Christ not ourselves—a growing Christ-centered ministry that knows Him and makes Him known to the nations.
  • The pursuit of excellence with integrity and seasoned with grace.
  • Serving and supporting the local church—impact by building relationships with youth leaders making resources available to assist them in making disciples who make disciples.

Our Vision is to:

  • Expose them to the world’s burning need for a Savior.
  • Equip them to meet that need through discipleship.
  • Ignite in them a passion to serve.
  • Send them home to be actively involved in ministry and impact their world for Christ.

Our History

In 1980 Louie Inks, the founder of Reign Ministries, was the youth pastor at Wooddale church in Minneapolis. He had been in youth ministry for 25 years, and he wanted his youth group to experience an overseas mission trip for the summer. However at the time there were no youth mission organizations that emphasized discipleship and evangelism as Louie envisioned it. So he organized and led the trip himself.

Louie found that his eight-week overseas mission experience had a profound impact in students’ lives. It could not be paralleled in the traditional format of four years of church and youth group. The reasons were simple: continuous intensive focus in an environment where everything about the student’s life had changed—food, friends, bed, and activity.

The challenge was that church was a community designed to provide an essential but fundamentally different environment and method of influence in students’ lives. It is not practical for Christians to live like they are on a trip or like they can live for 8 weeks.

Louie also had a conviction that teens can effectively share their faith with people that have a harder time receiving from adults. And they have an important role in the fulfillment of the Great Commission.

These realities led Louie to form Reign Ministries in 1981. Out of a basement office in Louie’s home Reign Ministries sent the first official Royal Servants mission trip overseas in 1982. The team was comprised of 44 students and staff. Amazingly over half of the members of that first team later became involved in full-time vocational ministry.

Today, we reflect back on our 30+ years of ministry and rejoice in the 200+ mission trips that we've been a part of to more than 60 nations on six continents. It's remarkable to think that we've been a part of that, and more than where we've gone, has been the over 8,000 students that we've been able to disciple as a part of that process.