Do we get to interview the potential residents?

After evaluating all of our applicants, CYMT will recommend one to be your church’s resident during the three years of the program.  We seek to make the church’s needs, theology, and personality with one of our applicants.  Your church will have the opportunity to interview them prior to their placement.


What is a Partner Church’s financial obligations?

  • $81,000 total cost
    • $2,250 initial payment due March 15
    • $2,250 due beginning of each month for 35 months (Begins July)
  • 35-month contract
  • Provide housing and utilities for resident (and family)
  • Mileage:  If a partner church is more than 40 miles from the residents CYMT discussion group meeting location, a church will incur the following additional monthly mileage expenses:  # of miles to meeting location – 40 miles x 2 (roundtrip) x $.25 x 4 trips a month =


What is the difference between a Partner Church and a Training Church?

Partner Churches are seeking a graduate resident to serve at their church as their youth director. Training Churches already have a youth director who will go through the graduate residency program. Residents receive the same training, coaching, and support at either type of church partnership.


What is a Training Church’s financial cost?

Training Churches pay $35,000 ($1,000 a month) for their youth director to go through the CYMT graduate residency which covers their tuition, fees, coaching, travel expenses, and room & board on retreats.


What churches have you worked with before?

View a map of all CYMT Partner Churches here.


What are the partner church expectations?

Texas Partner Church Requirements
Southeast Partner Church Requirements

Texas Training Church Requirements

Southeast Training Church Requirements


When do residents begin their placements?

The CYMT academic program begins in August.  We try to have all residents begin their appointments by the 2nd Sunday in July.  A resident may start their appointment earlier if mutually agreed upon by the church, resident, and CYMT.


What happens at the end of the agreement years?

Our hope is that churches will hire their resident full-time.  The church and resident will each discern whether that is the right next step during the final semester of the program.


How many residents stay at their churches after the program?

Almost 70% of our residents are hired by their church at the end of the program.

What are the graduate resident expectations?

Resident Expectations

Is there a minimum GPA?

CYMT expects applicants to exhibit the capacity to do masters level theological education, therefore we require a 2.8 undergraduate gpa.  Anyone applying with less than a 3.0 gpa will be expected to submit an explanation for how they intend to succeed at the masters level.

What are the denominations CYMT works with?

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. Our partner seminary is Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.


What is the CYMT statement of faith?

Visit our About us page.


Why choose CYMT instead of just going to seminary?

Most seminaries provide no youth ministry specific training; therefore, we provide theological and practical training applicable specifically to youth ministry. Residents will be equipped with the tools and knowledge necessary to be effective youth ministers for the long-haul.

Of course, CYMT residents do go to seminary.  All residents earn a MA in Youth Ministry through our partnership with Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Does the MAYM meet the requirements for ordination as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church?

The MAYM meets most of the requirements for Deacon in the UMC.  If you use your electives to take the UM courses, you should be able to graduate with almost all of the required courses for graduation.  Please consult your conference for specific course requirements. Half of our UM residents are pursuing ordination as a Deacon.


What if I want to earn a Master of Divinity (M. Div.) degree?  

Residents who during their residency decide they want to pursue a Master of Divinity can do so by informing the seminary that they would like to switch degree programs.  Some of your MAYM credits can be applied to the M. Div. degree. Additional study will be required to meet the M. Div. requirements.  Residents wanting to complete an M. Div. at another seminary can transfer the credits earned at APTS to that seminary.  CYMT residents have earned M. Div. degrees at Princeton Theological Seminary, Memphis Theological Seminary, and Union Theological Seminary.


What are the summer and winter schedules?

From the middle of May through August 1, there is no coursework associated with the Master of Arts in Youth Ministry. You will continue to serve your church as the youth director and receive coaching.

From mid-December through until the first week of January, there is a winter break from coursework although you will continue to work at your church and receive coaching.


Where are the intensive retreats?

Except for the national conventions and conferences that we will attend, retreats will take place on the Austin Seminary main campus or at their Nashville extension campus.

Where do the discussion groups meet?

Discussion groups are located regionally based on the location of our residents each year.  We have discussion groups that meet in Nashville, North Alabama, Birmingham, Memphis, West Tennessee, Austin, Houston, Dallas, etc. We also have discussion groups that meet via video conferencing.


What about insurance? Do we have to provide our own?

Residents will be expected to provide their own health and auto insurance.


How much do we get paid?

Residents receive a $12,000 a year stipend in addition to housing.


What is my cost to be in the program?

You will pay a $50 application fee when you apply. You are responsible for a one-time $1500 residents fee due by June 15 of your first year. You can contact the CYMT office if you need to make special arrangements to pay your fee.


When will I know where I am going to work?

Our goal is for you to know which partner church you will be serving by May 1.  Later in May, you will be expected to come and meet the church where you will be serving. Your coach will work with you and the church to find an appropriate date for everyone.


When do I start? and move?

We will work with you and the partner church where you are being placed to set a start date that works for everyone. Our goal is for you to start at your church by the second Sunday in July.


Put me in coach

You will be assigned a coach when you receive your placement. He or she will attend your church visit with you, work with you and your partner church throughout your graduate residency, and meet with you weekly. Typically, CYMT coaches have more than a decade of youth ministry experience that they will use to help you develop as a youth minister.


Where am I going to live?

Partner churches are expected to provide housing for their graduate resident. Most residents live in apartments or houses owned or rented by the churches. The church will work to provide suitable housing for you during your residency. They will cover rent and utilities.

You will be responsible for cable, phone, or internet if you desire them.


Do I need to bring furniture?

We do not expect churches to provide furnished housing. However, if you have furniture needs, the church and CYMT will work with you to help locate basic needs. It is your responsibility to let the church and CYMT staff know if you need assistance securing furniture. The cost of moving your belongings to where you will be living is your responsibility.


What if I leave the program early?

Each Graduate Resident must sign a service agreement that outlines the conditions for receiving the full scholarship and the consequences for leaving the program early. Residents leaving the program early will be responsible for reimbursing CYMT for academic expenses paid on their behalf that have not been forgiven under the CYMT Service Agreement.


Can I defer my student loans?

Yes. You will be a full-time student at Austin Seminary, and, therefore, you can have your student loan payments deferred. You can contact your lender or go online to get the papers to request the deferment. They mail deferment papers the first week after the start of the semester.


Are scholarships available?

You receive a scholarship to Austin Seminary for being enrolled in CYMT’s graduate residency program. If you are eligible for additional scholarships through your denomination or local church, then you may be eligible to have your residency fees paid for you.  You can also contact Austin Seminary for additional financial aid if needed.

Please let the CYMT staff know if you are eligible for additional scholarships or need additional financial assistance.


Do I get vacation?

You will be given 10 days of vacation each year. CYMT’s calendar year runs from July 1 to June 30. Your CYMT coach and your partner church must approve vacation in advance. Vacation shall not include more than two Sundays that you have responsibilities.


What is seminary like?

As a CYMT graduate resident, you are enrolled as a full-time Master of Arts in Youth Ministry degree student. To learn more about Austin Seminary, visit their website at

During the three years of your graduate residency, you will earn the credits necessary to obtain a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry.

You can view the requirements for this degree and course descriptions at here.

When was CYMT founded?


The Inaugural Class graduated in 2008.

CYMT has 107 Fellows (alumni).

CYMT has worked with over 120 partner churches.


Where have residents come from?

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, Missouri, Oklahoma, Idaho, Oregon, California, Colorado, Mississippi, West Virginia, Michigan, Minnesota, Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, New Mexico, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Northern Ireland, Iowa, Cameron, Washington, Kansas, Bahamas.

Denominations our residents have come from Baptist, Church of God, Cumberland Presbyterian, Disciples of Christ, Episcopal, Lutheran, Nazarene, Non-Denominational, Presbyterian (USA), and United Methodist.

The denominations of churches that have partnered with CYMT thus far are Cumberland Presbyterian, Lutheran, Presbyterian (USA), Baptist, Episcopal, and United Methodist.

How many residents are currently enrolled? 53

What is the average age of the CYMT residents? 24

Percentage of Male Residents – 50%

Percentage of Female Residents – 50%

Percentage of Residents who are married = 20%