Pictured above: Pam and John Padgett. John is the Chairman of CYMT’s Board of Directors.
The inaugural Jump Jive Dinner Dance, held on February 14, was a resounding success, raising nearly $12,000 for CYMT! T.W. Frierson Contractor, Inc. was the Presenting Sponsor for this year’s event held at the Martin Center in Brentwood. Guests were treated to the sounds of Nashville’s hottest swing band, the Gnarly Parkers, and to the tastes of the Daily Dish. Thanks to our other sponsors, Nashville Golf and Athletic Club, Gabriel Media, Arrington Vineyards, and Elements Massage, Franklin, and to local artist Pam Padgett, who donated a beautiful painting for auction, specially commissioned for the event.
Special thanks go to the planning committee of Pam and John Padgett, Vicki and Gino DeSalvatore, Beth O’Connell, and Karol Mangione who did a fantastic job with the party.
Plans are underway for next year’s event. We hope you can join us!
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.