The Graduate Residency in Youth Ministry is unique to the Center for Youth Ministry Training. CYMT creates a whole-person learning environment by nurturing residents academically in the classroom, vocationally in the local church, and emotionally through personal coaching and peer interaction.
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Graduate residents gain experience in a 3-year supervised practicum by being placed in a local church while earning a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry through one of our partner seminaries. CYMT offers regional campuses in Tennessee and Texas through partnerships with Memphis Theological Seminary and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Partner churches are from multiple denominations within a four-hour radius of Memphis, TN and Austin, TX.
Acceptance to the program is competitive, as the cohort spots are limited in each region. The cost to the resident is only $1,500 for the 3-year program
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Full scholarship for tuition, books, and housing
$1,000 per month stipend
Master of Arts in Youth Ministry from accredited seminary
A job as a youth minister in a local church
Together, these core components create a holistic approach to increase retention within youth ministry after residents graduate from CYMT.
Residents are part of a dynamic, group-learning community that provides encouragement and support as they walk through ministry together.
Residents and churches receive one-on-one coaching from a youth ministry veteran to help master and apply critical skills.
Residents will be challenged to think theologically about ministry and empowered to create ministry programs that evoke deep, life-changing Christian faith. Residents will receive their Master of Arts in Youth Ministry through a retreat-style classroom format.
Residents get hands-on experience in a local church where they serve 25 hours weekly as the youth minister.
Residents receive pastoral care and encouragement, empowering them to seek wholeness in their life.
CYMT is a debt-free program. Residents are given a full-tuition scholarship to one of our partner seminaries.
On top of receiving a full scholarship, residents are given a $1,000/month stipend. Resident’s housing, utilities, books, and retreat costs are also covered by their partner church.
CYMT cares about graduate residents and wants them to be healthy in mind, body, soul, and spirit. We teach residents how to care for themselves through a lifetime of ministry.
A community of peer support and relationships are essential to youth director sustainability. CYMT provides a community unlike any other training program by placing residents in a cohort of peers to walk through their journey of ministry together.
Most youth directors burnout in just a few years, but CYMT’s training and coaching teach graduate residents how to sustain and thrive as a youth minister.
There is a direct correlation between youth minister tenure and the health of a youth ministry. CYMT helps residents and their church build a healthy youth ministry. 70% of CYMT residents have continued to serve their churches after graduating.
Only around 17% of paid youth workers have theological training, but CYMT graduate residents are prepared both theologically and practically, making them stand out among the rest.
CYMT provides each resident with one-on-one coaching. Coaches hold both residents and partner churches accountable to develop the best youth ministry they can together.
The only resident cost for the entire 3-year program is $1,500. The resident’s partner church covers the full cost of tuition, housing, utilities, and books.
Residents are matched with a partner church based on an extensive interview process. Partner churches are within a 4-hour radius of either Austin, TX or Memphis, TN, and they provide housing for their resident. Most residents live in an apartment, and some live in houses owned by their church.
CYMT graduate residents are enrolled as full-time Master of Arts in Youth Ministry degree students at either Memphis Theological Seminary or Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. The classes are taught through a unique retreat-based format. There are four retreats each semester where students meet at their appointed seminary to cover the coursework for core, elective, and youth ministry courses. On the weeks between retreats, residents meet with their discussion groups to process classes and prepare for the next retreat.
Curriculum for the Master of Arts in Youth Ministry focuses on three broad areas: Theology, Practice, and Personal development. Vist our MA in Youth Ministry page to read course descriptions and credit requirements.
CYMT operates a rolling admissions process that begins on September 1 each year. There are three phases to the process that evaluate the theological fit, clarity of call, academic ability, and practical readiness of all presenting candidates for our residency program. Candidates who complete Phase 1 by March 15 receive priority. Candidates applying after March 1 will be considered for admission as space allows.
Phase 1 is comprised of an online application and questionnaire that gives CYMT insights into your theological fit, the clarity of your call, and your practical experience. The online application takes 30 – 45 minutes to complete. A $50 application fee (or submission of a referral code) is required with your application. After submission of the Phase 1 requirements, CYMT will contact you within three business days with a decision about advancement to Phase 2.
Phase 2 requirements include answering several short answer questions; writing an academic essay; supplying three references; and submitting your unofficial undergraduate transcripts. After completing Phase 2, CYMT will contact you within ten days about whether or not you will advance to Phase 3.
Phase 3 is a one-hour interview with some of our leadership staff. After the meeting, CYMT will be in touch within 10 business days about your acceptance to the program.
Once you are accepted to the program, CYMT will work diligently to find a partner church that is a match for the gifts, personal traits, and theology that we have come to know of you during the application process.
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