General Info


The Center for Youth Ministry Training was founded in 2006 by Brentwood UMC, Brentwood, Tenn., and First Presbyterian Church, Nashville, Tenn..  CYMT is a non-profit 501(c)(3).


The Center for Youth Ministry Training equips youth ministers and churches to develop theologically informed and practically effective youth ministries.

Statement of Faith:

  1. We believe in one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  2. We believe in Jesus Christ, God incarnate, whose death and resurrection make possible the reconciliation of God and humanity.
  3. We believe in the Holy Spirit, God dwelling in every believer and in the church.
  4. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, authoritative Word of God.
  5. We affirm the church is the most faithful expression of the body of Christ on earth and unity of all believers in Christ.
  6. We believe in the priesthood of believers, that all disciples of Jesus Christ are called to share in his ministry here on earth.
  7. We believe in ministry for and with youth, the church of today and tomorrow.

CYMT partners with congregations and individuals representing the theological views and diversity of mainline Protestant Christianity.  We partner with mainline Protestant denominations including the United Methodist Church, Presbyterian (PCUSA), Cumberland Presbyterian, Lutheran (ECLA), Episcopal, Disciples of Christ, American Baptist, and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.  Our partner seminaries include Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary or Memphis Theological Seminary.


Founding Churches:

Brentwood United Methodist Church—Brentwood, Tenn.

First Presbyterian Church—Nashville, Tenn.

Texas Regional Campus Founding Church:

Bethany United Methodist Church –Austin, TX

Seminary Educational Partners:

Memphis Theological Seminary

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Ministry Partner:

Youth Ministry Architects


Princeton Theological Seminary

Duke Divinity School

Youth Ministry Institute