Welcome to the new Center for Youth Ministry Training Investor Update!
God is doing so many amazing things in and through the CYMT that they simply will not all fit in our two bi-annual newsletters, so we decided that we would create an Investor Update that will allow you to see the fruits of your investment.
Each Investor Update will include stories from our partner churches and graduate residents, insights into how CYMT is impacting the church, and a note from our executive director. Investor Updates will be emailed every six weeks. You will still receive your bi-annual newsletter in the mail, but we hope these updates enhance your knowledge and understanding of CYMT.
In 2009, we partnered with Memphis Theological Seminary to make it possible for our graduate residents to earn a Masters degree while participating in our program. In May, the first class graduated from MTS. Pictured right on the top row are from left to right: Dietrich Kirk (Executive Director), Jason Smith, Adam Jones, Chris Cummings, and Andrew Zirschky (Academic Director). On the front row are Courtney Blacksten, Lindsay Brooks, Stephanie Dodge, Joanna Cummings, and Emma Loane. Graduation felt like the culmination of the vision God had given me years ago. I am so excited about what this means for our program and graduate residents.
This fall we welcome a new class of 13 graduate residents and partner churches to the program. You can read about the graduate residents and churches in the article below. We currently have 32 residents working in and serving 29 partner churches.
Finally, please note the upcoming CYMT fundraiser on Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m. at Brentwood United Methodist Church. You will be hearing more about the fundraiser over the next couple of weeks. Thank you for investing in youth ministry and the lives of young people!
Dietrich “Deech” Kirk, Executive Director
CYMT is proud to announce the expansion of our original initiative into Theology Together 2.0. CYMT aims to develop a curriculum to be used in local congregations and ministries. Taking what we have learned about engaging youth in deep theological reflection during missional experiences and embedding those processes into congregational youth ministries.
"I hope students come away from my courses with the ability to think more deeply, richly and theologically about their youth ministry practice. I think a lot of what happens in youth ministry happens unreflectively and can be deforming to young people, and my courses are intended to give students a theological framework for evaluating and reforming their youth ministry practice."
Of course, I want students to drink deeply from the academic readings, lectures and discussions, and I want them to be informed by the academics. But more than that, I want them to see that youth ministry is a calling of God, an important part of God’s mission in the world, one that should give them pride and evoke humility at the same time.