- In July 1996, two Korean American missionaries embarked on a journey to China with the hopes of sharing the Gospel with the Chinese people. They started their mission journey at Fudan University, Shanghai, where they evangelized, conducted Bible studies, and gathered in prayers groups.
- On October 14, 2002, Young Disciples International was officially founded and dedicated in Beijing, China. It was dedicated together with many international chapters.
- As the first international Christian fellowship founded by mainland Chinese in China, Young Disciples International evangelized and conducted bible studies at the major universities throughout China and Asia. With the rapid growth in numbers, the fellowship aimed for global expansion.
- In 2003, Young Disciples established mission centers in all 30 provinces of China, and it also established centers in Hong Kong SAR and Macau.
- In 2005-2006, the fellowship opened mission centers in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, United States, and Sydney, Australia.
- In 2008, Young Disciples International joined the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) as an affiliate member.
- The fellowship continued its work of scattering the seeds of the Gospel throughout China and its chapters from around the world.
In 2020, the leadership of the mission fellowship agreed to establish their world headquarters in Colorado, United States.
In the same year, Young Disciples chapters were established in United Kingdom, Russia, and Kazakhstan.