If you are looking for practical training and theological education in youth ministry in an format that allows you to stay at your church, then CYMT’s Training Only Program is perfect for you.
Graduate residents in the Training Church Program can receive practical training and earn a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry through one of our partner seminaries while they work at their church. CYMT offers regional campuses in Tennessee and Texas through partnerships with Memphis Theological Seminary and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Training churches are from multiple denominations within a four-hour radius of Memphis, TN and Austin, TX.
Acceptance to the program is competitive, as the cohort spots are limited. The training church pays tuition for their youth minister to receive the same benefits of a graduate resident.
Personalized coaching for
resident and the church’s
youth ministry leadership
Masters degree from
Support from a
community of youth
Together, these core components create a more holistic approach to increase retention within youth ministry after residents graduate from CYMT.
Residents are part of a dynamic, group learning community that provides encouragement and support as they walk through ministry together.
Residents receive one-on-one coaching from a youth ministry veteran to help master and apply critical skills.
In retreat-style, four times per semester, residents will be challenged to think theologically about ministry and empowered to create ministry programs that evoke deep, life-changing Christian faith.
Residents get hands-on experience in a local church where they serve 25 hours weekly as the youth minister.
Residents receive pastoral care and encouragement, empowering them to seek wholeness in their life.
Veteran youth ministers (5 years of experience) can earn their Master of Arts in Youth Ministry through CYMT’s partnerships with Memphis Theological Seminary and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Veteran Youth Ministers do not receive coaching, but receive all the benefits of the CYMT community.
The application process is competitive, as there are a limited number of graduate residency positions available per region each year. Applicants must be at least 22 years old, have an undergraduate degree*, and be willing and able to commit to the 3-year program.
The application tool allows you to save your application and come back to it. Must include photo and transcript.
From a pastor, youth minister, or someone who has observed you working with youth and a professor.
The fee is $50. You may submit your application fee online or mail it in to the CYMT office
Applicant must submit a signed background check and motor vehicle record check via mail or email.
Applicant must provide proof of health and auto insurance. Submit a copy via email or mail.
Early application submission means early consideration; why wait?
|IF APPLICATION IS COMPLETED BY:||THEN TOP APPLICANT INTERVIEW DATES WILL BE:||AND YOUR ADMISSION DECISION WILL BE MAILED:|
|EARLY APPLICATION||NOVEMBER 15||2ND WEEK OF DECEMBER||FEBRUARY 1|
|FINAL DEADLINE||MARCH 15||LAST WEEK OF MARCH||APRIL 15|
|TRAINING ONLY APPLICANTS|
|FINAL DEADLINE||JUNE 15||JULY 1|
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