Making change in youth ministry is easy, but making effective change that’s theologically grounded and practically effective is difficult. In the course Advanced Studies in Youth, Church and Culture, the Center for Youth Ministry Training’s (CYMT) graduate residents use cultural analysis and theological reflection to imagine revisions and changes to their youth ministries. As they follow a practical theological process students move from describing what is, to envisioning what should be. The final result is a practical “blueprint” that prescribes specific theologically guided changes while also taking account of the practical realities they’ll need to overcome to implement change. Each blueprint is crafted for a specific situation and context, but we hope your theological and pastoral imagination will be stimulated as you read these solutions written by other youth ministers.
Blueprint_PTM — urban ministry (remodeling mentoring program)
Blueprint_MM UMC — suburban church (remodeling Confirmation process)
Blueprint_CPC — rural church (remodeling mentoring program)
CYMT is excited about its newest endeavor, Theology Together. Theology Together educates both teenagers and youth workers as they engage in theological reflection, spiritual practice, vital service, and vocational discernment. The Theology Together process produces reflective action that is embedded in the fabric of youth ministry in all of its contexts. We believe strongly that youth are theologians and belong at the center of tough, life-changing dialogue around faith, relationships, and life. We place teenagers in the driver seat alongside their youth pastors and leaders, equipping each individual to think differently about youth ministry, to provoke a sense of awe and wonder: a WOW moment.
Youth theology is theology built upon the simple doctrinal principle of the priesthood of all believers, and takes that principle right down to its natural conclusion: that all believers, including youth, teens, adolescents, etc. are theologians. It is theology that values all youth as theologians. Here we will share with you how to engage with youth theology in your own ministry.
A few weeks ago, we shared the launch of Theology Together 2.0. Today, Dwight (the director of Theology Together) will be sharing with us one experience […]