Equipping youth ministers,
Cultivating youth ministry
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.
CYMT partners with congregations and individuals representing the theological views and diversity of mainline Protestant Christianity. We partner with mainline Protestant denominations including the United Methodist Church, Presbyterian (PCUSA), Cumberland Presbyterian, Lutheran (ECLA), Episcopal, Disciples of Christ, American Baptist, and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary is our theological partner.
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, grouplearning
community that provides encouragement and
support as they walk through ministry
Residents and churches 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 a youth minister.
Residents receive pastoral care and encouragement, empowering them to seek wholeness in their life.
CYMT partners with ministries within a four-hour radius of Nashville, TN and Austin, TX. Southeast residents courses are generally offered through Austin Seminary‘s Nashville MAYM extension. Texas residents courses are offered at Austin Seminary’s main campus.
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.”
Our current partner ministries span across the southeast and Texas, covering 9 US states.