Partnerships

Working together “to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.” [Ephesians 4:12, NLT]

 

CYMT is proud to be partnered with Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary through our Graduate Residency in Youth Ministry Program. We also partner with City Service Mission through our Theology Together initiative. Read more about these incredible partners below.

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary 

Since 2016, CYMT has partnered with Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary to provide theological education for our Graduate Residency in Youth Ministry program. Throughout the 3-year residency, youth ministers attend APTS (Austin, TX campus or the extension campus in Nashville, TN) where they earn their Master of Arts in Youth Ministry degree.

Of the partnership, Dr. David H. Jensen, Academic Dean of Austin Seminary, said “The last four years have been spent in productive, intentional collaboration in offering what I believe is the best master’s degree program for youth ministry in the country.” 

Both organizations share similar missions of educating students both theologically and practically. Established in 1904, Austin Seminary is a seminary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) and is an approved seminary of the United Methodist Senate. 
“CYMT is a hub for innovation and critical thinking about best practices in youth ministry,” said Dr. Jensen.  “The organization recognizes that many people called to youth ministry have not received much formal theological education.”

 

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City Service Mission 

Through our Theology Together initiative, CYMT partners with City Service Mission (CSM) to provide practical urban ministry experiences that transform lives, influence churches and communities, and honor Christ by sending Christian teens to urban centers on short-term ministry trips.

CYMT Executive Director, Deech Kirk shares, “CYMT modeled much of our original Theology Together program after the work of CSM. We feel God’s hand upon this partnership as we enhance each other’s work. CYMT’s partnership with CSM will exponentially expand CYMT’s capacity to engage youth in deep theological reflection.”

Through CYMT’s partnership with CSM, we aim to engage 2,400-4,500 youth and adults every summer. CSM will utilize the “Theology Together 2.0” curriculum developed by CYMT, incorporating a strong foundation of theology discussion, exploration, and training in all their trips. Through this partnership, we will continue to not only push the limits of theological exploration, but create an atmosphere for relevant conversations with youth.

Kevin McKinney, CSM Senior Director of Operations, says of the partnership: “We are excited to move forward in this strong partnership with CYMT. Together we believe that both ministries will grow, as we equip churches, support communities, transform lives, and honor Christ.”

 

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