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, 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.
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.