Teenagers are growing up in a rapidly changing culture and experiencing isolation, loneliness, and overwhelming anxiety. And in the midst of this, more youth are finding faith irrelevant to their everyday life. Today’s teens need leaders and spiritual tools that help them in authentic faith-formation. Youth ministry is not just needed – it is essential so that youth feel supported in their growing relationship with a loving God.
A recent high school graduate who attended a CYMT Innovation Lab ministry, Memorial Drive UMC in Texas, shared, “During my senior year I struggled with mental health and friendships and I turned to my youth leaders to find a place to grow closer in my relationship with God because it is what I knew I needed. One of our youth leaders openly talks about her mental health journey and how she has been through it. I quickly started opening up to her and spending so much time with her that helped me with my mental health and the rest of my senior year of high school.
The Center for Youth Ministry Training (CYMT) recently received a $1.19MM grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., to fund the next phase of the Innovation Laboratory. The grant will enable CYMT to strengthen the Innovation Lab by building on what we learned from our original cohorts and tweaking our process and strategy for greater impact.
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