CYMT is excited about its newest endeavor, Theology Together. Theology Together educates both teenagers and youth workers as they engage in theological reflection, spiritual practice, vital service, and vocational discernment. The Theology Together process produces reflective action that is embedded in the fabric of youth ministry in all of its contexts. We believe strongly that youth are theologians and belong at the center of challenging, life-changing dialogue around faith, relationships, and life. We place teenagers in the driver seat alongside their youth pastors and leaders, equipping each individual to think differently about youth ministry, to provoke a sense of awe and wonder: a Wow moment.
Theology begins when an experience prompts us to awe and wonder and creates a sense of disorientation. Whether the blinding experience of Saul on the road to Damascus or the experience of a sixth-grader encountering poverty in their own city. When our experiences upend our expectations or normal ways of seeing the world, we find ourselves in a place of awe. It’s not uncommon to name them—around the campfire, at the altar, or in celebration on the last night of a mission trip. To guide a new wave of theological reflections led by youth, we use a 5-step process known as the Wow Theological Method. The steps are:
Are you interested in learning more? We invite you to join our community on social media or visit our website, where you will find resources and suggestions on how to use the Theology Together platform to enhance your church or organization’s youth ministry through the leadership of the youth themselves. We will also host forums and conversations to aid your efforts in building long-lasting youth ministries led by youth.
Olivia Keffer and Makenzie Knowlden have been friends since the beginning of their CYMT graduate residence journey, and this friendship has turned out to be one of the things that helped them make it to graduation day. Their story is one of affirming fellowship between two women who, despite living in different cities, helped each other answer their call to youth ministry.
Meet Hannah Cooley. Hannah Cooley is a 2nd-year Graduate Resident at CYMT who serves at University Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, TX. Hannah recently took her […]
A Deep Dive Into a God View on the Wow The fourth step in the Theology Together’s Wow Theological Reflection Method is “God.” After exposing youth […]