CYMT is excited to announce the launch of our Texas Regional Campus in Austin, TX! CYMT has partnered with Bethany United Methodist Church and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary to bring our graduate residency program to Texas beginning in the Fall of 2016.
Teresa Kingsbury, the youth minister at Bethany UMC, will serve as the Regional Director of the Texas Region. Each person Teresa speaks with about CYMT has the same response,
“We need this in Texas!”
John Winn, National Board Member and John McGlothlin, will lead the fundraising and development charge in the Austin area. When John Winn was asked why he volunteers with CYMT, he quickly responded,
“The future of our churches will be determined by our youth of today. I believe CYMT creates a strong foundation for our youth and will make them spiritually stronger disciples of Jesus Christ.”
David Jensen, Academic Dean at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary says,
“Austin Seminary is thrilled to partner with CYMT on this innovative approach to theological education for youth ministry. Combining internship with study, this program allows students to be deeply immersed in the ministry of a particular church and the cutting-edge research of a leading theological seminary. A bright future for youth ministry begins today.”
Over the next three years, the Texas Region will help CYMT to expand its ministry from 36 graduate residents and partner churches to 72. This would not be possible without the support of donors like yourself.
We thank God for this opportunity and will continue to lean on the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we discern, plan, and implement our ministry in Texas. Please join us in praying for this endeavor.
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.