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.”
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.”