Thank you for your investment in the Center for Youth Ministry Training. God continues to do amazing things in and through our ministry. We just returned from our first spring retreat, during which our graduate residents shared some of the ways God has been moving in their lives and through their ministries. Here are a few God moments they shared:
This semester all of our residents are taking New Testament, and they are excited about being challenged and stretched as they deepen their biblical knowledge. Our first year students are continuing their youth ministry practicum and will be focusing on vision and curriculum development. Our second year students are taking a course called the Youth Minister as Pastor and Leader. Our third years are entering their final semester.
Our partnerships with local churches make a significant difference in the lives of the churches. For some of our churches, the visioning and strategic planning help to give the ministry traction to get moving in the right direction. For others, our coaches are their to help navigate transitions and change in the lives of the congregations. Some churches speak about the “safety net” of support that the CYMT program brings to their ministry. CYMT is privileged to feel like we are making a difference in the lives of our residents and our partner churches.
Every day CYMT graduate residents seek to faithfully share the Good News of Christ and minister to and with teenagers. They sometimes do this in big ways like fall retreats, but most often they do this in small ways as they walk with youth and their families through life.
Finally, I would like to ask your prayers for a family in Huntsville, Ala. whose son took his own life. I would specifically like to ask for you to pray for Epworth United Methodist Church and Erin Hicks, our graduate resident there, as they seek to minister to that family and community.
Dietrich “Deech” Kirk
CYMT’s new partnership with CSM, City Service Mission, opens doors to impact more students across the country, and this is only the beginning. Continuing to believe that we are better together, CYMT has partnered with CSM to bring a “Collide-like” experience to cities across the nation. This partnership allows CYMT to live into our gifts of developing a theologically rich curriculum that enables students to reflect using the WOW Theological Method, ultimately creating a mission trip experience that is much more than a week of community service.
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