Center for Youth Ministry Training: Graduate Resident Youth or Children's Minister

Date Posted: 6/29/2023

Center for Youth Ministry Training, Brentwood, TN

Job Description

Fulfill your call to youth or children’s ministry through the Graduate Residency in Youth  Ministry at the Center for Youth Ministry Training (CYMT). The Graduate Resident Youth or  Children’s Minister is a unique professional ministry opportunity that provides you with a job at a  local ministry setting (church, camp, or nonprofit) while both training and coaching you as you  earn your Masters of Arts in Youth Ministry through CYMT’s partner seminary. CYMT partners with Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, TX and also has a Nashville Extension.  

Acceptance to the program is competitive, as the cohort spots are limited in each region. The cost  to the resident is only $2,000 for the 3-year program, with discounts for early application  acceptance. 

Graduate Residents (on the Placement Track) will receive: 

  • Full scholarship for tuition, books, and housing 
  • Masters degree from accredited seminary 
  • A job as a youth minister in a local church/camping ministry 
  • $1,000 per month stipend 
  • Veteran youth ministry coach 

Core Components: 

  • Cohort: Residents are part of a dynamic, group-learning community that provides  encouragement and support as they walk through ministry together. 
  • Coaching: Residents receive one-on-one coaching from a youth ministry veteran to help  master and apply critical skills. 
  • Classroom: In retreat-style, four times per semester, residents will be challenged to think  theologically about ministry and empowered to create ministry programs that evoke deep,  life-changing Christian faith. 
  • Church: Residents get hands-on experience in a local church where they serve 25 hours  weekly as youth minister. 
  • Care: Residents receive pastoral care and encouragement, empowering them to seek  wholeness in their life. 


  • Distinct call to youth or children’s ministry 
  • Ministry experience working with children or youth 
  • Undergraduate degree 


  • Oversee the youth or children’s ministry program, providing strategic leadership to all  weekly gatherings, monthly events, and regular trips. 
  • Recruit, train, and work with a volunteer Ministry Team to organize and implement the  work of the ministry. 
  • Call on and meet regularly with youth and parents to involve them in the ministry. 
  • Publicize all events to the larger community. Make a special effort to get youth/children’s  members and visitors involved in the ministry.  
  • Work closely with the staff, on calendaring and planning events to avoid scheduling  conflicts.  
  • Participate in the weekly Staff Meetings, Ministry Team Meetings, etc. 
  • Ensure that Child Protection policies are observed with all volunteers and staff. Train  volunteers annually on Child Protection policies.  
  • Develop the youth/children’s budget line items annually. Observe financial policies on  expense reporting. Keep informed as to budget and fundraising accounts.  
  • Other duties as needed and agreed upon with the supervisor. 
    • Assist in worship as scheduled.  
    • Develop service and mission opportunities.  
    • Create fellowship events for youth/children; retreats, off-campus events, parties,  etc...  

Theological Beliefs: 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 (ELCA), Episcopal, Disciples of Christ, American Baptist, and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Our partner seminary is Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. 

Application deadlines: 

  • January Term: Oct. 1 
    • January Term Early Application:  June 1
      •     Save $500 by applying early!
    • January Term Early Application:  Aug. 1
      •     Save $250 by applying early!
  • Fall Term Final: March 15
    • Fall Term Early Admission: Nov. 15
      • Save $500 by applying early! 
    • Fall Term Early Admission: Jan. 15 
      • Save $250 by applying early! 

How to Apply

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Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Phone: 615-823-7595


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