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.
CYMT’s new partnership with CSM, City Service Mission, opens doors to impact more students across the country, and this is only the beginning. Continuing to believe that we are better together, CYMT has partnered with CSM to bring a “Collide-like” experience to cities across the nation. This partnership allows CYMT to live into our gifts of developing a theologically rich curriculum that enables students to reflect using the WOW Theological Method, ultimately creating a mission trip experience that is much more than a week of community service.
Feet are dirty, and so is youth ministry… Now that you’re confused, you’ll have to finish reading! I write this past midnight after a very busy […]
Meet Hannah Cooley. Hannah Cooley is a 2nd-year Graduate Resident at CYMT who serves at University Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, TX. Hannah recently took her […]