Exploratory Weekend

Experience a glimpse of what life would be like
as a CYMT Graduate Resident.

TEXAS: October 11-12, 2019

NASHVILLE: January 24-25, 2020




Explore Your Calling with CYMT

Exploratory Weekend offers you the experience of getting a glimpse of what life would be like as a CYMT Graduate Resident. We cater this event to be apart of a regular retreat/intensive at our seminaries, so you have a chance to ask questions of current residents and live the life of one. You’ll attend class, hear about life through a CYMT alumni (fellows) perspective, learn our values and rhythm, and close in a worship service all together. It’s a time to discern God’s calling for you to pursue  youth ministry and if CYMT is the place where you will thrive.

We’re excited for the chance for you to be apart of our community for the weekend!

Any questions, please email Dea here.




Tentative Schedules


Exploratory Weekends are intentionally scheduled to happen during CYMT academic retreats (also known as “intensives”) so that you get the optimal experience of what it is like being a CYMT graduate resident. 

A “retreat” (or “intensive”) is the time in which CYMT graduate residents meet at their appointed seminary to cover the coursework for core, elective, and youth ministry courses. Residents are enrolled as full-time Master of Arts in Youth Ministry students at either Memphis Theological Seminary or Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Retreats happen 4 times each semester; and on the weeks between retreats, residents meet with their discussion groups to process classes and prepare for the next retreat. Click here to view the current graduate resident retreat schedule.


Texas Schedule

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary: 100 E 27th St, Austin, TX

October 11, 2019

12:00 pm Arrive and Lunch with 3rd-year residents
12:45  Worship
1:15 Welcome/ 5 C’s of CYMT / Application Process
3:00 Break
3:30 Youth Ministry Practicum (sit-in class)
6:00 Break
6:30 Dinner with 2nd-year residents

October 12

7:30 am Breakfast
8:00 Old Testament (sit-in class)
10:00 Break
10:30 Alumni and Q&A
12:00 Lunch
12:45 Worship and Communion
1:00 Communicating the Gospel (sit-in class)
2:30 Depart

Nashville Schedule

Brentwood United Methodist Church: 309 Franklin Rd, Brentwood, TN 37027

January 24, 2020

8:45AM – 11:00 AM Last Conversation Session of our conversation conference, Cultivate! Explorers are welcome to come to this!

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Arrival & Lunch
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM Workshop Session 3 at Cultivate (You choose!)
  1. More Insights from Generation Z – Andrew Zirschky – A291
  2. Theology Together:  Embedding the WOW Theological Method into Teens Lives – Deech Kirk & Alden Procopio – A292
  3. Creating a Culture for Innovation – Kate Unruh, Chris Cummings, and Samantha Hassell – A390
  4. Keeping Your Balance in Innovation – Matt Overton – A391
  5. Naming Implicit Bias:  Becoming a Culturally Competent Youth Ministry – William Parker, Keri Cress – A393
1:30PM – 1:45 PM Break
1:45PM – 2:30 PM Worship
2:30PM- 3:00 PM Break
3:00PM – 5:00PM  Welcome, 5 Cs, & Application Process
5:00PM – 6:00PM  Dinner
6:00PM – 8:00 PM Alumni & Questions

January 25, 2020

8:00 AM – 11:00AM Sitting in class- Innovation Elective

11:00AM – 11:45AM Lunch with 3rd year Residents

11:45AM – 1:45 PM Sitting in class – Joy/Human Flourishing Elective


**These schedules are subject to change. Exact schedules will be given to participants ahead of time.

*Please note that you are responsible for your own travel to and from CYMT Exploratory Weekend.