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.
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.
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.
View a map of all CYMT Partner Churches here.
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.
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.
Almost 70% of our residents are hired by their church at the end of the program.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Residents will be expected to provide their own health and auto insurance.
Residents receive a $12,000 a year stipend in addition to housing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 www.austinseminary.edu.
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.
The Inaugural Class graduated in 2008.
CYMT has 107 Fellows (alumni).
CYMT has worked with over 120 partner churches.
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.
Percentage of Male Residents – 50%
Percentage of Female Residents – 50%
Percentage of Residents who are married = 20%