Welcome to C:YT + ONLINE – the Certificate of Youth and Theology – powered by Princeton Theological Seminary and the Institute for Youth Ministry. C:YT + ONLINE 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:
*You are required to make two trips to the PTS campus during the 12-month program.
C:YT + ONLINE 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.
C:YT + ONLINE progresses through a robust online curriculum of book studies, case studies, project updates, and specialized classes. Continuing to develop their cohort community, participants engage in online group discussions while learning from world-renowned professors at Princeton Theological Seminary. With a blend of self-paced coursework and required assignments, participants are able to balance the demands of their ministries with the workload of the program.
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, a cohort spends time reflecting on their calling and theological understanding of youth ministry.
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 + ONLINE, 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 specialized Capstone Seminar.
Throughout the 12-month program, participants are connected with a professional coach from Ministry Architects. Coaches may be pastors, professors, denominational leaders, or youth ministry consultants and are selected in light of the participant’s needs, interests, gifts, and tradition. Coaches support the participant’s design and implementation of a final project that is applied to the participant’s ministry context.
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 + ONLINE, 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 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.
The fee for the 12-month C:YT + ONLINE program is $2,000, which includes classes, books, two Forums on Youth Ministry, and a Certificate Retreat. Your first payment of $200 will be due within 30 days of acceptance in order to confirm your place in the cohort. Limited financial aid is available on a case-by-case basis, and multiple payment structures are available.
Learn to think theologically about youth ministry with Princeton Theological Seminary’s dynamic certificate, powered by the Institute for Youth Ministry. You will experience:
Is C:YT 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 + ONLINE is designed for you.
C:YT requires an online application, your 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.
Letters of admission are sent within 1-2 weeks of your phone interview. Once you’ve received your letter of admission, you must submit your first payment of $200 within 30 days of acceptance.
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