During my time at CYMT I learned more about who I am–what my gifts are and how to use them effectively in ministry. My gifts are compassion and helping youth be seen and heard. I also learned that my call is not about me. My call is about God and walking alongside youth as they engage with God.
The most radical thing I saw in my time with CYMT is youth rallying around each other and creating space to wrestle with God. It wasn’t always clean and tidy–it was messy. But it meant so much for these youth to have the space and the people to walk with them in their journey of faith.
God continues to humble me and remind me that my call is something to learn and grow from. Youth have much to offer, and we should always be open to the ways many youth are sparked in their faith. We can encourage those sparks toward vocations by naming and nurturing them in those moments when they share their lives with us.
CYMT is proud to announce the expansion of our original initiative into Theology Together 2.0. CYMT aims to develop a curriculum to be used in local congregations and ministries. Taking what we have learned about engaging youth in deep theological reflection during missional experiences and embedding those processes into congregational youth ministries.
"I hope students come away from my courses with the ability to think more deeply, richly and theologically about their youth ministry practice. I think a lot of what happens in youth ministry happens unreflectively and can be deforming to young people, and my courses are intended to give students a theological framework for evaluating and reforming their youth ministry practice."
Of course, I want students to drink deeply from the academic readings, lectures and discussions, and I want them to be informed by the academics. But more than that, I want them to see that youth ministry is a calling of God, an important part of God’s mission in the world, one that should give them pride and evoke humility at the same time.