Earn your MA in Youth Ministry

 

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Gain theological training beyond the classroom

 

CYMT residents earn a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry degree from our seminary partner, 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 partner 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 and ministries. 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 requires 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.

Theology + Practice

 

 

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.

CURRICULUM FOCUS ON THREE BROAD AREAS:

THEOLOGY

Bible content and interpretation, basic systematic theology, and processes for thinking theologically about youth ministry

PRACTICE

Understanding youth ministry, strategies for sustainable youth ministry

PERSONAL

Leadership and spiritual development

 

 

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Youth Ministry Course Descriptions

 

 

YOUTH MINISTER AS PASTOR AND LEADER

  • Understanding the role of the youth minister in the life of the church, youth, and families
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling Teenagers
  • The role of relational youth ministry

TEACHING THE GOSPEL TO ADOLESCENTS

  • Learn how to develop solid biblical and theological lessons using a variety of techniques and settings
  • Develop a basic understanding of male and female adolescent development
  • Understand how to program and work with Junior High youth

THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR YOUTH MINISTRY

  • Understand the history of youth ministry
  • Study effective, cross-denominational models of youth ministry in the church and parachurch
  • Learn to think theologically about youth ministry programming
  • Develop a theological model for ministry within a specific context

ADVANCED STUDIES ON YOUTH, CULTURE, & THE CHURCH

  • Examine youth ministry through the lens of postmodern culture
  • Examine the modern church and how it is shaping and being shaped by culture
  • Explore the latest studies in youth, culture, and religion

 

 

Click below to view specific course and degree requirements from APTS .

Class Intensive Dates

Texas Dates

Fall 2020

September 14-18 at Austin Seminary (Core & YM Courses)

October 15-17 at Austin Seminary (Core & YM Course)

December 3-5 at Austin Seminary (Core & YM Course)

Spring 2021

January 21-23 at Austin Seminary (Elective Course)

February 8-12 at Austin Seminary (Core & YM Courses)

March 25-27 at Austin Seminary (Core & YM Course)

May 6-8 at Austin Seminary (Core & YM Course)

Fall 2021

September 13-17 at Austin Seminary (Core & YM Courses)

October 14-16 at Austin Seminary (Core & YM Course)

December 2-4 at Austin Seminary (Core & YM Course)

Spring 2022

January 19-22 at Austin Seminary (Elective Course)

February 7-11 at Austin Seminary (Core & YM Courses)

March 24-26 at Austin Seminary (Core & YM Course)

May 5-7 at Austin Seminary (Core & YM Course)

Southeast Dates

Fall 2020

August 6-8 at Nashville Extension Campus (Elective Course)

September 14-18 at Nashville Extension Campus (Core & YM Courses)

October 15-17 at Nashville Extension Campus (Core & YM Course)

December 3-5 at Nashville Extension Campus (Core & YM Course)

Spring 2021

February 8-12 at Nashville Extension Campus (Core & YM Courses)

March 25-27 at Nashville Extension Campus (Core & YM Course)

May 6-8 at Nashville Extension Campus (Core & YM Course)

Fall 2021

August 4-6 at Nashville Extension Campus (Elective Course)

September 13-17 at Nashville Extension Campus (Core & YM Courses)

October 14-16 at Nashville Extension Campus (Core & YM Course)

December 2-4 at Nashville Extension Campus (Core & YM Course)

Spring 2022

February 7-11 at Nashville Extension Campus (Core & YM Courses)

March 24-26 at Nashville Extension Campus (Core & YM Course)

May 5-7 at Nashville Extension Campus (Core & YM Course)