Earn your MA in Youth Ministry

 

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Gain theological training beyond the classroom

 

CYMT Graduate Residents earn a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry degree from one of our seminary partners, Memphis Theological Seminary (Memphis, TN) or Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Austin, TX). The courses rotate each year allowing a student to complete the degree over six semesters (three years) in the program.

CYMT and our seminary partners have developed a retreat-based model that provides the best education and training available by allowing students to take classes through intensive retreats while working in local congregations. The program calls for four retreats each semester, where one youth ministry course and one core seminary course will be completed.

Between retreats, graduate residents meet in regionally based discussion groups to process the course material. They meet for two hours every week except during weeks when there is a retreat. Discussion groups bridge the conversation and learning from one retreat to the next.

The MAYM requirements at both seminaries are very similar. Both require 18 hours of core seminary course work, 6 hours of practicum, and 12 hours of advanced youth ministry course work. The MAYM requirements can meet ordination requirements for a deacon in the United Methodist Church. Students can also role credits into a Master of Divinity degree.

Theology + Practice

 

 

The CYMT curriculum is specifically designed to develop theologically informed and practically effective youth ministries. Each student will develop his or her own “practical ecclesiology” by doing ministry out of an intentional community and learning the skills to prevent the isolation that can occur in long-term youth ministry.

 

The CYMT curriculum will combine intensive traditional classroom learning, peer learning, one-on-one coaching, and action/reflection processes that integrate students’ academic growth with the real-life situations of the churches they serve.

CURRICULUM FOCUS ON THREE BROAD AREAS:

THEOLOGY

Bible content and interpretation, basic systematic theology, and processes for thinking theologically about youth ministry

PRACTICE

Understanding youth ministry, strategies for sustainable youth ministry

PERSONAL

Leadership and spiritual development

 

 

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Youth Ministry Course Descriptions

 

 

YOUTH MINISTER AS PASTOR AND LEADER

  • Understanding the role of the youth minister in the life of the church, youth, and families
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling Teenagers
  • The role of relational youth ministry

TEACHING THE GOSPEL TO ADOLESCENTS

  • Learn how to develop solid biblical and theological lessons using a variety of techniques and settings
  • Develop a basic understanding of male and female adolescent development
  • Understand how to program and work with Junior High youth

THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR YOUTH MINISTRY

  • Understand the history of youth ministry
  • Study effective, cross-denominational models of youth ministry in the church and parachurch
  • Learn to think theologically about youth ministry programming
  • Develop a theological model for ministry within a specific context

ADVANCED STUDIES ON YOUTH, CULTURE, & THE CHURCH

  • Examine youth ministry through the lens of postmodern culture
  • Examine the modern church and how it is shaping and being shaped by culture
  • Explore the latest studies in youth, culture, and religion

 

 

The Master of Arts in Youth Ministry degree at Memphis Theological Seminary and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary are very similar.
Click below to view specific course and degree requirements for each seminary.

Class Retreat Dates

 SOUTHEAST RETREAT DATES 2017-18TEXAS RETREAT DATES 2017-18
MARCH 22-24, 2018APRIL 5-7, 2018
APRIL 26-28, 2018MAY 10-12, 2018
SOUTHEAST RETREAT DATES 2018-19TEXAS RETREAT DATES 2018-19
AUGUST 2-4, 2018AUGUST 6-7, 2018
SEPTEMBER 6-8, 2018 SEPTEMBER 27-29, 2018
OCTOBER 18-20, 2018 NOVEMBER 1-3, 2018
NOVEMBER 29-DEC 1, 2018 DECEMBER 6-8, 2018
JANUARY 23-26, 2019 JANUARY 24-26, 2019
FEBRUARY 21-23, 2019 FEBRUARY 21-23, 2019
MARCH 21-23, 2019 MARCH 28-30, 2019
APRIL 25-27, 2019 MAY 2-4, 2019
SOUTHEAST RETREAT DATES 2019-20TEXAS RETREAT DATES 2019-20
AUGUST 1-3, 2019TBD
SEPTEMBER 5-7, 2019SEPTEMBER 12-14, 2019
OCTOBER 17-19, 2019OCTOBER 17-19, 2019
NOVEMBER 21-23, 2019NOVEMBER 21-23, 2019
JANUARY 22-25, 2020JANUARY 23-25, 2020
FEBRUARY 20-22, 2020FEBRUARY 20-22, 2020
MARCH 19-21, 2020APRIL 2-4, 2020
APRIL 23-25, 2020MARCH 7-9, 2019
TENTATIVE SOUTHEAST DATESTENTATIVE TEXAS DATES
AUGUST 5-8, 2020TBD
SEPTEMBER 10-12, 2020TBD
OCTOBER 15-17, 2020TBD
NOVEMBER 19-21, 2020TBD
JANUARY 19-23, 2021TBD
FEBRUARY 18-20, 2021TBD
MARCH 25-27, 2021TBD
APRIL 29-MAY 1, 2021TBD