Does your youth minister need theological education or practical training? Could your congregation use some support and coaching to help develop a sustainable structure for long-term effective youth ministry? The Center for Youth Ministry Training is here to help YOU do youth ministry. Each year CYMT partners with 12 churches to help them develop theologically informed and practically effective youth ministries. CYMT equips local churches with the tools necessary to develop sustainable youth ministries … because good youth ministry doesn’t just happen.
In today’s world, good youth ministry requires more than just games and guitars. For youth to experience a life-changing faith, they need an intentional community of teens and adults where they have a personal encounter with God, are encouraged to understand God’s purpose for their lives and find hope in the intersection of their story with God’s bigger story. For this kind of youth ministry to happen, both youth workers and churches need training.
Partner Churches gain a fantastic opportunity to invigorate and enhance any ministry the church already has to teens and their families. Specific benefits include:
Training Only Program church’s youth ministers participate fully in CYMT’s Graduate Residency in Youth Ministry which will allow them to earn a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry over three years. CYMT will provide a veteran youth minister to coach the church and youth minister over the three years in the development of a healthy, sustainable youth ministry program.
Youth Ministry: It is what we do! We believe we have the best youth ministry education model in the country. Most seminaries do not have a youth ministry class.
Burnout Rate: The burnout rate for youth ministry is 3.9 years. CYMT’s training and coaching teach graduate residents how to sustain and thrive as a youth minister.
Education matters: Only around 17% of paid youth workers have theological training, CYMT graduate residents are prepared both theologically and practically to develop strong youth ministries in your church.
Accountability: CYMT coaches hold both our residents and our partner churches accountable to developing the best youth ministry we can together. Open lines of communication allow for development and growth in the ministry.
Support: All CYMT coaches have over 12 years experience in a local church. Your coach and CYMT’s full time staff is there to ensure that youth ministry happens and to help when other “stuff” happens.
Community: A community of peer support and relationships are essential to youth director sustainability.
Note: Partner church expectations are subject to change by CYMT’s board of directors in August for the upcoming year.