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CERTIFICATE OF YOUTH AND THEOLOGY

Welcome to C:YT + HYBRID – the Certificate of Youth and Theology – powered by Princeton Theological Seminary and the Institute for Youth MinistryC:YT + HYBRID is designed for people actively ministering to youth in churches and ministry organizations who want to dig deeper into theology and explore its intersections with ministry to young people. The program includes:


  • A cohort of peer-to-peer learning
  • Participation in two Forums on Youth Ministry held at Princeton Theological Seminary* 
  • An on-campus Certificate Retreat* immediately following the first Forum
  • Personalized, yearlong coaching from Ministry Architects
  • Book discussions, case studies, and a contextual final project
  • Youth ministry courses in the online platform created by X:PTS + ONLINE

*On-campus program requirement—10 days over two visits.


C:YT + HYBRID is a 12-month program, combining the in-person training of the IYM’s events with rich peer-to-peer online learning. Total cost is $2,000 with payment plans available.

 

THINKING THEOLOGICALLY ABOUT YOUTH MINISTRY AND MORE.

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2019-2020 COHORT. 

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What does C:YT + HYBRID include?

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your ONLINE COURSEWORK

C:YT + HYBRID progresses through a robust online curriculum of specialized classes, book studies, case studies, and a context-based project. Continuing to develop a rich cohort community, participants engage in online group discussions while learning from world-renowned scholars at Princeton Theological Seminary, including Kermit Moss, Shane Berg, and Kenda Creasy Dean. With a blend of self-paced coursework and associated assignments, participants are able to balance the demands of their ministries with the workload of the program.

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THE CERTIFICATE RETREAT

Immediately following the first Forum on Youth Ministry, the new cohort extends its on-campus experience with a weekend retreat at Princeton Theological Seminary’s Erdman Center. During this rejuvenating time of fellowship and formation, each cohort spends time reflecting on their calling and theological understanding of youth ministry. This retreat lays the groundwork for deep vocational friendship that strengthens throughout the program and beyond.

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THE FORUM ON YOUTH MINISTRY

The IYM’s Forum on Youth Ministry, held annually on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary, is what anchors the C:YT + HYBRID, as one cohort meets and launches and another cohort reunites and ends. This four-day conference is organized around a different theme each year, engaging leading scholars and practitioners in youth ministry and the theological academy. Cohort members attend the conference twice in its entirety, with additional exclusive course offerings tailored to their program. The second Forum provides an opportunity to showcase final projects to a wider audience in conjunction with a Capstone Seminar. 

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personalized COACHING

Throughout the 12-month program, participants are connected with a professional coach from Ministry Architects. Coaches may be pastors, professors, denominational leaders, or ministry consultants and are selected in light of the participant’s needs, interests, gifts, and tradition. Coaches support the participant’s imagination, design, and implementation of a final project that is concurrently applied to the participant’s ministry context. 

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THE INSTITUTE FOR YOUTH MINISTRY

For more than 20 years, the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary has pioneered the field of theological education for youth ministers. Its certificate program has connected youth ministers from around the world, fostering lifelong friendships and pivotal learning. Each cohort of certificate alumni is comprised of ministry professionals who devote themselves to the theological task of working with young people in the Church and the world.

Newly reimagined as C:YT + HYBRID, this program brings the research and resources of the IYM into the ministry contexts of youth workers. The online education and on-campus events are an extension of the IYM’s mission and vision at Princeton Theological Seminary. The C:YT + HYBRID courses are designed and taught by Princeton Theological Seminary faculty and friends and are moderated by doctoral students in practical theology. We’re opening our doors at the IYM and inviting Christian leaders to join us on this journey of education, formation, and friendship.

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“IT’S REALLY A RELATIONAL MINISTRY WITH A THEOLOGICAL DEPTH THAT I THINK ONLY THE PEOPLE AT THE PRINCETON INSTITUTE FOR YOUTH MINISTRY ARE ABLE TO CREATE.” 

- C:YT ALUMNUS

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2019-2020 COHORT.

COST & FINANCIAL AID

The cost of the 12-month C:YT + HYBRID program is $2,000, which includes online coursework, books, and registration for two Forums on Youth Ministry and the Certificate Retreat. Two payment options are available.

Payment Option 1:

  • Pay-in-full and receive 10% discount
  • Total $1,800 due with initial registration

Payment Option 2:

  • Four payments distributed over 12 months:
    • $550 due with initial registration
    • $550 due June 15, 2019
    • $550 due October 15, 2019
    • $350 due February 1, 2020

Limited financial aid is available on a case-by-case basis.

Please note: Program fees do not include the cost of travel or lodging for on-campus events. Meals and snacks are included, and FREE shuttle service is provided to/from campus and recommended hotels throughout the Forum. Participants are required to stay in the Erdman Center on Princeton Theological Seminary's campus for the Certificate Retreat.  

Are you ready?

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1: DECIDE IF IT'S RIGHT FOR YOU

Is C:YT + HYBRID right for you? This 12-month program is designed for people actively ministering to youth in church and ministry organizations who want to dig deeper into theology and explore its intersection with ministry to young people. If you are looking for a rich theological education, professional development in youth ministry, and a cohort of peer learning and friendship—C:YT + HYBRID is right for you. 


2: submit AN APPLICATION

C:YT + HYBRID requires a complete online application, a ministry supervisor reference, an additional professional reference, and a 30-minute phone interview. Complete your application today, and your phone interview will be scheduled within 1-2 weeks. 


3: confirm enrollment

Letters of admission are emailed within 1-2 weeks of your phone interview. Once you’ve received your letter of admission, you must submit your payment (either in full or the first $550) in order to confirm your enrollment and hold your place in your C:YT + HYBRID cohort. Detailed instructions are provided in your letter of admission.

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ARE YOU READY?

CONGRATULATIONS ON CHOOSING THE MOST DYNAMIC CERTIFICATE PROGRAM AVAILABLE TO YOUTH WORKERS TODAY.

Apply now using the application button below. When you apply, be sure to use an email address you check often so that we can communicate efficiently about the status of your application.

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2019-2020 COHORT.