The CYMT graduate residents attended the National Youth Workers Convention (NYWC) in November in Nashville as a part of the CYMT curriculum. The convention is geared for people who work in ministry with teenagers and includes training, resources, inspiration, and encouragement for participants.
Derek Walker is a first year graduate resident at CYMT and shared his thoughts after attending NYWC:
Before going to NYWC I was a little apprehensive. Our schedule for the weekend was packed full, I was already exhausted, and I was thinking to myself that I could really use the time to prepare for our Christmas events that were coming up.
However, NYWC was a great experience for me and it totally exceeded my expectations. It was revitalizing and refreshing, and it provided me with many new ideas for the youth ministry at my church. It was nice to have some time for me. Time to step back a little, time to reflect, and time to recuperate. I left feeling more energized and even more excited for the ministry that God has called me to.
Big Room worship was a highlight of the weekend. I love contemporary worship and to be able to participate in that was a blessing. I also enjoyed listening to some anointed speakers who both spoke to my heart and also challenged my theology.
By attending NYWC we attained some credits for our contemporary issues class; this involved us attending various workshops and seminars around the theme of young people and technology. I found these seminars interesting and beneficial to my ministry. The seminars equipped me with some new ideas to try out and also alerted me of some of the dangers students face with technology.
It was a hugely beneficial weekend which I thoroughly enjoyed and I would recommend it to anyone involved in student ministry.
The Center for Youth Ministry Training (CYMT) recently received a $1.19MM grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., to fund the next phase of the Innovation Laboratory. The grant will enable CYMT to strengthen the Innovation Lab by building on what we learned from our original cohorts and tweaking our process and strategy for greater impact.
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