I’m a Lutheran.
I’m a Methodist.
We are a large, diverse, beautiful mess of God’s people.
We do not think in the same way; our opinions differ, and we may disagree. But we are followers, disciples of the God of the universe.
It turns out that this world is also a large, diverse, beautiful mess of God’s people. Life is messy and the issues we face in youth ministry are complicated and difficult, oftentimes without a one-size-fits-all solution.
We’re going to disagree, and that’s OK. I’m pretty sure that happened occasionally with believers in the Bible too (rumor has it).
We’re progressive. We’re conservative. And that’s OK. Cultivate isn’t only for a few people. It’s for anyone who wants to dive into the messiness that is ministering to teenagers.
At Cultivate, we believe in discourse and wrestling with the tough issues in youth ministry. We’re not into quick fixes, and we believe healthy discussion (even disagreements!) is good for our faith and ministries.
Come to listen. Come to talk. Come to grow.
Come to Cultivate.
MAIN SESSION CONVERSATIONS
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.