The Center for Youth Ministry Training

This open Youth Minister position is a part of the Center for Youth Ministry Training’s (CYMT) Graduate Residency program. CYMT has open positions across Texas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, and Kentucky.

The Graduate Residency in Youth Ministry is unique to the Center for Youth Ministry Training. The residency program creates a whole-person learning environment by nurturing residents academically in the classroom, vocationally in the local church and through personal coaching, as well as emotionally and socially through peer interaction in a cohort of fellow graduate residents.
Graduate residents in the program gain experience in a 3-year supervised practicum as a youth director in a local church while earning a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry through one of our seminary partners. Acceptance to the residency program is competitive and is limited to a cohort of 12 graduate residents per year.

Graduate residents are matched up with partner churches following acceptance to the CYMT. Several factors determine which partner church is a good match for each graduate resident, including denominational background, theology, personality, and experience. Graduate Residents do not choose the partner church, but they do have the opportunity to participate in an informal interview with the church to make sure it is a good fit prior to starting the CYMT program. Partner churches apply to the CYMT program as well. We are looking for churches that have a heart for youth ministry. We expect our partner churches to meet certain expectations as well as agree to be a part of the CYMT coaching process.

CYMT graduate residency in Youth Ministry includes:
All-inclusive scholarship covering tuition, books, and retreat costs
48 credit hour Master of Arts in Youth Ministry degree earned over the 3-year program
Job serving as a youth director in a local church
$1,000 per month stipend
Housing and utilities

Regional Locations
The CYMT works with a variety of denominations. Our Nashville Regional Campus seeks to partner with churches within a 4-hour radius of Memphis where our partner seminary is located. Our Texas Regional Campus seeks to partner with churches within a 3-hour radius of Austin.

Four Components of CYMT
Cohort – You’ll be part of cohort of 12 peers. Together, you’ll learn about youth ministry and theology. Your cohort is part of a dynamic caring community of 40+ youth workers. You will develop life-long relationships that encourage and support you in your ministry.
Coaching – Receive regular coaching from a youth ministry veteran to help apply what you’ve learned and master ministry skills. Your coach will also help your church staff and congregation develop a healthy understanding of the role of youth ministry in the life of the church.
Classroom – 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.
Church – Gain in-the-trenches youth ministry experience by serving 25 hours per week in a local church. Working part-time as a youth pastor 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. The CYMT partners with local congregations.

Has felt a call to Ministry and is ready to answer that call
Must be at least 22 years of age
Be able to make a 35 month commitment to CYMT
Given that this position requires candidates to enroll in a Master’s program, a bachelor’s degree is required by the start of the program (July 2017).

Application Process
The final deadline is March 1, 2017. For more information, please visit Interested candidates MUST apply thorough to be considered.