Training Only Program

Does your youth minister need theological education or practical training? Could your congregation use some support and coaching to help develop a sustainable structure for long-term effective youth ministry? The Center for Youth Ministry Training is here to help YOU do youth ministry. Each year CYMT partners with 12 churches to help them develop theologically informed and practically effective youth ministries. CYMT equips local churches with the tools necessary to develop sustainable youth ministries … because good youth ministry doesn’t just happen.

In today’s world, good youth ministry requires more than just games and guitars. For youth to experience a life-changing faith, they need an intentional community of teens and adults where they have a personal encounter with God, are encouraged to understand God’s purpose for their lives and find hope in the intersection of their story with God’s bigger story. For this kind of youth ministry to happen, both youth workers and churches need training.

Partner Church – Training Only Program Benefits

Partner Churches gain a fantastic opportunity to invigorate and enhance any ministry the church already has to teens and their families. Specific benefits include:

  • Youth Minister earns an Masters of Arts in Youth Ministry and receives veteran coaching to hone their practical skills
  • Personalized veteran coaching for the church’s youth ministry team and staff including:
    • Development of a strategic three-year plan for your youth ministry
    • Curriculum and discipleship planning
    • Volunteer recruitment and training
    • Infrastructure to support a healthy, sustainable ministry to youth and their families

How it Works

Training Only Program church’s youth ministers participate fully in CYMT’s Graduate Residency in Youth Ministry which will allow them to earn a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry from one of our partner seminaries over three years. CYMT will provide a veteran youth minister to coach the church and youth minister over the three years in the development of a healthy, sustainable youth ministry program.

Service Agreement

The Center for Youth Ministry Training offers a program that combines all the elements necessary to develop your youth minister into a theologically informed and practically effective youth minister. Partnering with CYMT is a significant investment in them personally and in your ministry. One way for churches to protect and get the maximum return for this investment is to create a service agreement with your youth minister.

With a service agreement, the church would pay all or most of the CYMT program fees for its youth minister, which include all costs associated with the MAYM degree, books, coaching, and expenses. In return, the youth minister agrees to serve for an agreed period of time (for example, the three years of the program plus two additional years at your church). At the end of each year of service, the church forgives a portion of the debt.

The benefits of a service agreement is the security in knowing that your ministry will benefit from your investment in the education and training of your youth minister beyond the length of the program. The youth minister benefits from formal education and training and a measure of job security.

We have created a sample agreement as a starting place for crafting a service agreement with your youth minister.

Why partner with CYMT instead of simply sending them to seminary?

Youth Ministry: It is what we do! We believe we have the best youth ministry education model in the country. Most seminaries do not have a youth ministry class.

Burnout Rate: The burnout rate for youth ministry is 3.9 years. CYMT’s training and coaching teach graduate residents how to sustain and thrive as a youth minister.

Education matters: Only around 17% of paid youth workers have theological training, CYMT graduate residents are prepared both theologically and practically to develop strong youth ministries in your church.

Accountability: CYMT coaches hold both our residents and our partner churches accountable to developing the best youth ministry we can together. Open lines of communication allow for development and growth in the ministry.

Support: All CYMT coaches have over 12 years experience in a local church. Your coach and CYMT’s full time staff is there to ensure that youth ministry happens and to help when other “stuff” happens.

Community: A community of peer support and relationships are essential to youth director sustainability.

Note: Partner church expectations are subject to change by CYMT’s board of directors in August for the upcoming year.