The Center for Youth Ministry has completed another year and God continues to do amazing work in and through our ministry. We continue to be blessed as we seek to develop theologically informed and practically effective youth ministries. Before we look forward to next year, I want to highlight the accomplishments from 2013-14:
This year has truly been a wonderful year in many ways. The most significant thing that continues to happen through our ministry is that youth experience the love and grace of Jesus Christ. May we never forget the reason we do these things. We look forward to 2014-15 with great anticipation. Here are some of the goals we are excited about for next year:
We are well on our way to achieving this goal next year. We will have 36 graduate residents this fall and our incoming class has 14 partner churches and graduate residents.
We are looking at innovative ways that would allow us to expand into other regions. We are in conversation with leaders in Charlotte, Houston, and Indianapolis. We also added our first church in the Knoxville area and are already talking with other churches there about next year.
As we seek to faithfully live into the vision God has for CYMT, we will need to continue to raise support for our mission. We are currently evaluating our capacity to hire a Development Director to join our staff and hope to identify someone in the coming months. The successful hire of a Development Director will help us begin the process of securing funding to support CYMT into the future. We hope to raise funds to endow our Youth Ministry Professorship and church grants for rural and urban congregations.
We are hosting The Summit November 7-8, 2014 in partnership with The Youth Cartel. We are excited about the unique nature of the youth ministry training that takes place at The Summit. Eighteen leaders in youth ministry and related fields will be here to share thought provoking Ted-type talks as well as create space for practical and theological reflection. We hope you will make plans to join us.
We do not have any major changes that we are making to our curriculum or program this year, but we continue to take your advice and make subtle improvements to a variety of areas. This year, we are paying particular attention to the teaching and outreach components of our training.
We cannot wait to see what God does this year! To God be the Glory!
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.