CYMT Graduate Residents earn a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry degree from one of our seminary partners, Memphis Theological Seminary (Memphis, TN) or Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Austin, TX). The courses rotate each year allowing a student to complete the degree over six semesters (three years) in the program.
CYMT and our seminary partners have developed a retreat-based model that provides the best education and training available by allowing students to take classes through intensive retreats while working in local congregations. The program calls for four retreats each semester, where one youth ministry course and one core seminary course will be completed.
Between retreats, graduate residents meet in regionally based discussion groups to process the course material. They meet for two hours every week except during weeks when there is a retreat. Discussion groups bridge the conversation and learning from one retreat to the next.
The MAYM requirements at both seminaries are very similar. Both require 18 hours of core seminary course work, 6 hours of practicum, and 12 hours of advanced youth ministry course work. The MAYM requirements can meet ordination requirements for a deacon in the United Methodist Church. Students can also role credits into a Master of Divinity degree.
The CYMT curriculum is specifically designed to develop theologically informed and practically effective youth ministries. Each student will develop his or her own “practical ecclesiology” by doing ministry out of an intentional community and learning the skills to prevent the isolation that can occur in long-term youth ministry.
The CYMT curriculum will combine intensive traditional classroom learning, peer learning, one-on-one coaching, and action/reflection processes that integrate students’ academic growth with the real-life situations of the churches they serve.
Bible content and interpretation, basic systematic theology, and processes for thinking theologically about youth ministry
Understanding youth ministry, strategies for sustainable youth ministry
Leadership and spiritual development