Fulfill your call to youth ministry

If you are looking for practical training and theological education in youth ministry in a format that allows you to stay at your church, then CYMT’s Training Only Program is perfect for you.




Already have a church
but need training?


Graduate residents in the Training Church Program can receive practical training and earn a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry through one of our partner seminaries while they work at their church. CYMT offers regional campuses in Tennessee and Texas through partnerships with Memphis Theological Seminary and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Training churches are from multiple denominations within a four-hour radius of Memphis, TN and Austin, TX.

Acceptance to the program is competitive, as the cohort spots are limited. The training church pays tuition for their youth minister to receive the same benefits of a graduate resident.





Training church residents will receive



Personalized coaching for
resident and the church’s
youth ministry leadership


Practical on-the-job


Masters degree from
accredited seminary


Support from a
community of youth

Core Components

Together, these core components create a more holistic approach to increase retention within youth ministry after residents graduate from CYMT.




Residents are part of a dynamic, group learning community that provides encouragement and support as they walk through ministry together.




Residents receive one-on-one coaching from a youth ministry veteran to help master and apply critical skills.




In retreat-style, four times per semester, residents will be challenged to think theologically about ministry and empowered to create ministry programs that evoke deep, life-changing Christian faith.



Residents get hands-on experience in a local church where they serve 25 hours weekly as the youth minister.





Residents receive pastoral care and encouragement, empowering them to seek wholeness in their life.





Already have 5+ years of youth ministry


Veteran youth ministers (5 years of experience) can earn their Master of Arts in Youth Ministry through CYMT’s partnerships with Memphis Theological Seminary and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Veteran Youth Ministers do not receive coaching, but receive all the benefits of the CYMT community.





CYMT Application Phases & Rolling Admission Process


CYMT operates a rolling admissions process that begins on September 1 each year. There are three phases to the process that evaluate the theological fit, clarity of call, academic ability, and practical readiness of all presenting candidates for our residency program. Candidates who complete Phase 1 by May 15 receive priority. Candidates applying after May 15 will be considered for admission as space allows.



Phase 1 is comprised of an online application and questionnaire that gives CYMT insights into your theological fit, the clarity of your call, and your practical experience. The online application takes 30 – 45 minutes to complete. A $50 application fee (or submission of a referral code) is required with your application. After submission of the Phase 1 requirements, CYMT will contact you within three business days with a decision about advancement to Phase 2.


Phase 2 requirements include answering several short answer questions; writing an academic essay; supplying three references; and submitting your unofficial undergraduate transcripts. After completing Phase 2, CYMT will contact you within ten days about whether or not you will advance to Phase 3.  


Phase 3 is a one-hour interview with some of our leadership staff. After the meeting, CYMT will be in touch within 10 business days about your acceptance to the program.

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