Comprehensive training for the modern youth minister.
How It Works
Gain the biblical and theological expertise you need to design and engage in ministry programs that help young people develop a deep, life-changing Christian faith. Unlike traditional degree formats, classroom learning for the MAYM degree takes place over Intensives where students travel to the Austin Seminary campus or Nashville extension a few times a semester.
Join a group of fellow residents from the same area and move through the program together. Your fellow classmates will support and walk alongside you during your 3 years at CYMT and beyond. Gain a richness and depth to your learning as you experience the multiple, diverse perspectives of your peers.
Receive consistent, personalized coaching from a CYMT-trained, veteran minister. Your coach will help you develop your ministry skills, challenge you to grow, and hold you accountable while supporting you. They will help you manage the day-to-day challenges of ministry like how to disciple difficult kids, how to balance ministry, school, and life, and how to best lead your volunteer team.
Communities of Faith
When we say communities of faith, we mean parts of the Church universal. CYMT partners with the communities of faith who are a part of the Body of Christ, to place residents to serve as a youth minister. CYMT Residents serve the Church through a variety of ministry settings, ranging from camp ministries to nonprofits, to traditional church settings. Regardless of the ministry setting, it will be an avenue for teenagers to experience the love of Jesus Christ, be formed in faith, and serve God.
CareReceive the spiritual and pastoral support you need to live and lead effectively. Learn how to fill your tank so that you are not serving on empty. CYMT knows that ministry is hard so we want to teach you self-care so that you can stay in ministry for the long haul.
Grow into the youth minister God called you to be.
Innovative, practical and theologically-grounded, the Graduate Residency in Youth Ministry will help you grow. Be equipped to innovate new ways to minister with youth. Study and learn so you can engage youth in deep, theological reflection about God. Practice youth ministry so God can use you to invite youth on a journey of faith.
Why Youth Ministry?
Youth ministry is an investment in the lives of young people. It is an avenue for teenagers to experience the love of Jesus Christ, be formed in faith, and serve God. Youth Ministry creates Christian community, safe-spaces, and an environment for spiritual growth and development.
What is a Youth Minister?
CYMT believes that a youth minister is anyone who actively engages and invests in the lives of young people. Our mission is to develop professional Youth Ministers whose vocation is to serve youth in all sorts of ministry contexts: traditional church congregations, non-profits, camps, and community centers.
Theological Education + Practical Training
All CYMT residents earn their Master of Arts in Youth Ministry (MAYM) through Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (APTS). All residents, regardless of their placement, attend Austin seminary through our hybrid classroom model. Through this model, residents are not confined to being in a classroom every day like traditional seminary, but instead, attend Intensives. More about Intensives below.
The Master of Arts in Youth Ministry degree provides foundational studies in Biblical Studies, Theology, Ethics, Pastoral Care, and Missions & Evangelism. In your first year, you will participate in Practicum I and II where you will learn 24 skills that every youth minister must have. In your second and third years, you will dive deeply into practical theology through your graduate-level youth ministry courses. Additionally, the degree has room to choose from among many elective options including denominational coursework for those interested in pursuing ordination.
*The degree requires completion of 88 APTS credits (equivalent to 44 standard Carnegie credit hours). Each required class is worth 6 APTS credits. Each elective is worth 4 APTS credits. You will take a total of 12 required classes (2 per semester), and 4 elective classes.
What are Intensives?
Instead of traditional seminary weekly classes, the MAYM degree at Austin Seminary is offered in a hybrid, intensive format. Each semester residents participate in 3 multi-day Intensives and weekly discussion groups each semester. A fourth optional intensive is offered each semester for elective coursework.
Intensives take place in both Austin at Austin Seminary campus and at the Nashville extension. Once each semester all residents travel to Austin Seminary for an Intensive together. The location you attend is determined by the region where you work.
Applications for the Graduate Residency in Youth Ministry are always open. Our team reviews applications as part of our rolling admission. There are three phases to the process that evaluate the theological fit, clarity of call, academic ability, and practical readiness of all candidates.
Phase 1: RegisterPhase 1 is comprised of a short registration process that will allow our Admissions Team to be in touch with you. Registration takes less than 5 minutes to complete.
Phase 2: ApplicationDuring Phase 2, you will upload your resume, complete our theological survey, submit your references, upload your transcript, and complete short essay response questions. You will also read excerpts of a book and write a short theological reflection to demonstrate your writing ability. A $50 application fee (or submission of a referral code) is required with your application. After submission of all Phase 2 requirements, CYMT will contact you within 10 business days with a decision about advancement to Phase 3.
Phase 3: Interview
Phase 3 is a one-hour interview with some of our leadership staff. After the interview, CYMT will be in touch within 10 business days about your acceptance to the program.
Application Deadlines Dates
Job Placement Track Applicants:
Deadline for January Start* = October 1
Early applicants receive a discount on their residency fees:
- Apply by June 1st for $500 off residency fees.
- Apply by August 1st for $250 off your residency fees.
Phase 2 of the application process must be completed by October 1st for consideration for a January placement and academic start.
Deadlines for Summer/Fall Start* = March 15
Early applicants receive a discount on their residency fees:
- Apply by November 15 for $500 off residency fees.
- Apply by January 15 for $250 off your residency fees.
Phase 2 of the application process must be completed by March 15 for consideration for a summer placement and fall academic start.
*You must be 21 years of age and have completed your undergrad degree before you begin the program.
Professional Education Track Applicants:
Deadline for January Start = October 1Phase 2 of the application process must be completed by October 1st for consideration for January admission.
Deadlines for Summer/Fall Start = March 15Phase 2 of the application process must be completed by March 15 for consideration for Fall admission. Professional Education Residents must apply AS WELL AS their church, camp, nonprofit, or ministry.
EXPLORE CYMT – Connect with Current Residents, Alumni, & Staff
Engage in the various connection points provided so that you can ask questions, meet current residents and alumni, and learn if CYMT is the next step in your professional youth ministry journey.
Explore Announcements, Events, & Resources
Check out other ways to connect through social media where we share resident highlights and special announcements. You can also receive youth ministry resources like downloadable tools and guides through our email sign-up! Additionally, use the Remind App to get direct notifications sent to your phone for reminders of important dates like application deadlines or virtual visits you’re attending
Join us for Exploratory Weekend!
Our CYMT ‘Exploratory Weekends’ are exciting opportunities for interested individuals to learn more about CYMT by experiencing the residency in real-time during one of our academic intensives. These weekends help individuals discern whether CYMT is the right next step in their journey and to connect with current residents, professors, and alumni. Click below to explore the upcoming dates, schedules, and to register!