The Center for Youth Ministry Training has been awarded a $219,000 grant from the Texas Methodist Foundation to create a second cohort of the Youth Ministry Innovation Laboratory. The 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 5 United Methodist youth directors in Texas as “Lead Innovators,” which means spending 18 months walking through our Theological Innovation Process. During your time in the Lab, you will prototype 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 Theological 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 United Methodist Church in Texas is eligible to apply on behalf of their congregation. 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. The deadline for application to Stage 1 is April 15, 2019. Once stage 1 is complete, you will receive instructions for stage 2.
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