When was CYMT founded?
CYMT was founded in 2006. The inaugural class graduated in 2008. The Texas Regional Campus’ first cohort will begin in the Fall of 2016.
Where have residents come from?
Residents have come from 24 states and 3 countries.
- Alabama (14)
- California (2)
- Colorado (1)
- Florida (6)
- Georgia (6)
- Indiana (3)
- Iowa (1)
- Kentucky (4)
- Louisiana (2)
- Michigan (7)
- Minnesota (2)
- Mississippi (4)
- Missouri (2)
- New Mexico (1)
- New Jersey (1)
- New York (2)
- North Carolina (1)
- Oklahoma (3)
- Pennsylvania (2)
- Virginia (4)
- Tennessee (32)
- Texas (5)
- West Virginia (1)
- Washington (1)
- Ireland (1)
- Northern Ireland (5)
What denominational backgrounds have CYMT residents come from?
The denominations our residents have come from include Baptist, Catholic, Christian Church, Church of God, Church of Christ, Church of God in Christ, Cumberland Presbyterian, Disciples of Christ, Episcopal, Lutheran, Nazarene, Non-Denominational, Reformed, Presbyterian (USA), Presbyterian (ECO), Wesleyan, and United Methodist.
What denominations have partner churches represented?
The denominations of churches that have partnered with CYMT thus far are Cooperative Baptist, Cumberland Presbyterian, Lutheran, Episcopal, Presbyterian (USA), and United Methodist.
How many residents have completed the program?
How many residents are currently enrolled in the Graduate Residency and Master of Arts Religion program?
What is the average age of the CYMT residents?
What percentage of the students are male or female?
Percentage of Male Residents: 51%
Percentage of Female Residents: 49%
What is the difference between the "Resident Placement Program" and a "Training Only Resident"?
The Resident Placement Program applicants are applying to be placed as the youth minister at a CYMT Partner church. Training Only Residents already have a job as a youth minister at a church. Participation in the program is exactly the same.
What are the graduate resident expectations?
When can I start?
The CYMT academic program begins in August. All graduate residents will begin their appointments before August 1. We seek to start appointments on the second Sunday in July if at all possible. A graduate resident may start his or her appointment earlier if mutually agreed upon by the church, graduate resident, and CYMT. If you begin your appointment early, you will be compensated for the extra time. There is no guarantee that your church will want you to start early.
What is the CYMT statement of faith?
Click here to read our statement of faith.
What degree will I earn? Can I earn an MDiv?
As a CYMT graduate resident, you are a seminary student at one of our partner seminaries. Most seminaries provide no youth ministry specific training; therefore, we provide theological, Biblical, and practical training applicable to youth ministry. CYMT graduate residents will be equipped with the tools and knowledge necessary to be effective youth ministers when they complete the program. Our seminary partners and their Master of Arts in Youth Ministry degrees provide a laser-like focus for our graduate residents. The MA can meet the requirements for ordination in some denominations. Graduate residents who would like to complete a Masters of Divinity degree can do so at our partner seminaries or can transfer the credits earned to another seminary. Some seminaries limit the number of credits that you can transfer.
How often are we in class?
In the CYMT’s unique retreat format, three or four intensive retreats make up the majority of each semester’s classroom time. In addition to the retreats, you will meet weekly with a discussion group that will focus on the readings for the classes and provide a place for peer support in your common journey.
What is the semester class schedule?
Click here to see this year’s calendar.
What are the summer and winter schedules?
From the end of May through August 1, there is no course work associated with the graduate residency. You will continue to serve your church and receive coaching.
From mid-December through until the first of January, there is a winter break from course work, and you will continue to work at your church and receive coaching.
Where are the retreats?
Except for national conventions and some elective travel courses, Nashville Campus retreats will take place on the Memphis Theological Seminary campus. Texas Regional Campus retreats will take place on the campus of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary expect for some elective travel courses.
Where do the discussion groups meet?
CYMT has discussion groups in its regional locations. We currently have discussion groups in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Nashville, Birmingham, and Memphis. An online discussion group is available for residents outside these areas.
Is there an online discussion group that I could participate in?
Yes – our online discussion group is for graduate residents serving at churches in our program that are too far away to come to our Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Birmingham, Nashville and Memphis discussion groups, but who can still participate in retreats.
Are scholarships available?
Yes and no. CYMT residents receive a full tuition scholarship for the MA in YM degree. CYMT also covers costs associated with books and retreats. CYMT does not provide scholarships to cover the resident fee. However, you may be eligible for a scholarship from your home congregation and/or your denomination. You will be eligible for financial aid through our partner seminaries.
EcumenicalCYMT is an ecumenical program. CYMT has partnered with churches from the following denominations: Baptist, Cumberland Presbyterian, Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian (USA), and United Methodist.
RegionsOur Nashville Campus works with churches in the following regions: West Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, Eastern Arkansas, North Mississippi, and North Alabama. Our Texas Regional Campus works with churches in the greater Austin, Houston, and San Antonio areas.
A CYMT Story
The graduate residency is comprised of four components designed to help you achieve academic success while gaining valuable ministry experience:
Residents are a part of a group of 12 peers. Together, you will learn about youth ministry and theology. You will experience community and create relationships that encourage you and become those where “iron sharpens iron.” A new cohort forms each year and joins two other cohorts already in years two and three of their residency to create a community of 36 residents.
The coursework is designed to help you understand more than just what to do in youth ministry. You’ll learn to think theologically about the ministry you lead and have the knowledge to design ministry programs that help students develop a deep, life-changing Christian faith. Courses are taught in a retreat format every 6 weeks, and there are weekly discussion groups and assignments.
Residents gain in-the-trenches youth ministry experience by serving 25 hours per week in a local church. Working part-time as a youth minister during your education allows you to put all the pieces together – everything you learn from the peers in your cohort, the professors in the classroom, and from your coach.
Residents receive regular one-on-one coaching from a youth ministry veteran to help you master critical ministry skills and apply what you’ve learned. Coaches also work directly with the local church to help the staff and congregation develop a healthy understanding of youth ministry and how to best integrate it into the life of the congregation.