Certificate in Youth and Theology
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can apply to the
Anyone actively engaged in youth ministry, whether as
pastor, youth pastor, youth ministry staff or volunteer. Some have advanced degrees from a seminary,
while others serve as youth directors or volunteers dedicated to youth ministry
with varying educational backgrounds.
How many people are
in each cohort?
A cohort is a peer group of individuals in the certificate
program who begin at the same time. The
group typically consists of 20-25 people.
How long is the
20 months. Some
participants take longer due to extenuating circumstances, but it is typically
completed in 20 months. It must be
completed within five years.
Can I finish the
program in less than 20 months?
No. Because the
program is designed to develop ongoing relationships and encourage reflection
while one works in youth ministry, it is important that the program be
completed as designed.
How does the online
You will use an online classroom to reflect theologically
and practically on books read and case studies facilitated by a staff
member. This is especially effective
because you have already met others in your cohort at the forums and retreats.
How does mentoring
After the forum and opening retreat, considering strengths
and weaknesses from your formal assessment, IYM staff will work with you to
find a mentor. This relationship will
last for 10 months, normally beginning with the second Forum where you will
have the chance to meet your mentor.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 609-497-7914. Chanon Ross or Dayle
Rounds will be glad to talk with you.