The CYMT Story

The Center for Youth Ministry Training equips youth ministers and communities of faith to develop innovative, effective, and theologically informed ministries so youth may experience the love and grace of Jesus Christ.

God continues to expand the ministry and mission of CYMT. We have broadened our work to include campus ministers and camp staff. Our geographical footprint has expanded to 14 states. Most importantly, the number of young people we connect with continues to grow.

We are extremely proud of the passion our graduate residents are offering to their youth with their attention, guidance, and presence. That feeling of connection – big or small – is often what ignites a spark and creates the space for young people to deepen their relationship with Jesus.

The impact of your investment is more young people hearing the good news, connecting with their faith, and experiencing transformational love and grace through those God has called to serve them.

CYMT Values – Together, CYMT hopes to embody these core values:


The CYMT community has a responsibility to each other, our partner ministries, and our residents to ensure mutual respect, proper communication, and support for one another in all our actions and decisions.


Following where God leads, CYMT embodies the love of Christ in all our relationships as we equip others for sharing the Good News.


CYMT is committed to openness and humility in all of our ministry partnerships and community.


CYMT knows that diversity — in race, theology, and experiences — shapes communities of faith and creates unique contexts for ministry. Because CYMT recognizes the need to grow and adapt to serve these unique contexts, CYMT is committed to diversity in leadership, culturally competent support, and educational opportunities that reflect the diversity of the people and communities we serve.


CYMT cares for the emotional and spiritual health of our community.

Statement of faith: we believe in—

One God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

In Jesus Christ, God incarnate, whose death and resurrection make possible the reconciliation of God and humanity.

The Holy Spirit dwelling in every believer and in the church.

The Bible to be the inspired, authoritative Word of God.

Affirming the church is the most faithful expression of the body of Christ on earth and unity of all believers in Christ.

In the priesthood of believers, that all disciples of Jesus Christ are called to share in his ministry here on earth.

In ministry for and with youth, the church of today and tomorrow.

CYMT does not make doctrinal statements beyond our statement of faith instead choosing to openly balance the theological variances of mainline Protestant Christians by living out the widely-accepted Reformation statement, “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.”

Theological Scope

CYMT partners with ministries and individuals representing the theological views and diversity of mainline Protestant Christianity. We partner with mainline Protestant denominations including the United Methodist Church, Global Methodist Church, Presbyterian (PCUSA & PCA), Cumberland Presbyterian, Lutheran (ECLA), Episcopal, Disciples of Christ, American Baptist, and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Our partner seminary is Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.


Graduate Residents Graduate Resident Alumni Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary & Nashville Extension Site
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