The Center for Youth Ministry Training has been awarded a $1.1 million grant to create an Innovation Laboratory for the faith formation of young people. Our lab is designed to develop new models for ministry that are both practical and theologically grounded and which seek to better intersect with the real lives of adolescents. We are seeking 10 “Lead Innovators” to participate, which means spending two-and-a-half years walking through our Theological Innovation Process and prototyping your ideas for youth ministry in your congregation with an innovation team that you assemble. As a Lead Innovator, you will be paired with a coach to help you navigate the innovation process. You will be in a cohort with the other innovating churches in the lab. And, you and your church will both receive funding: a stipend for you, and seed money for your congregation to implement your church’s ideas.
Anyone serving in a lead youth ministry role (youth pastor, youth director, student ministries pastor, etc.) in a protestant Christian church in the United States is eligible to apply on behalf of their congregation. However, preference will be given to applicants who (a) are graduates (alumni/fellows) of CYMT, (b) have served in their congregation for more than 30 months, (c) are serving in a former or current CYMT partner congregation, and (d) demonstrate aptitude in understanding and operating out of a practical theological framework.
The application process consists of four stages that you and your congregation must clear before being accepted to the Innovation Laboratory. Stage 1 applications open Janaury 19, 2018. The deadline for application to Stage 1 has been extended to April 6, 2018. Strong applicants will be notified within 30 days of application to move to Stage 2 of the application process.
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