Frequently Asked Questions
How do I enroll in the Certificate in Youth and Theology Program?
You must apply for the certificate program and be accepted. Once accepted, you may register for the certificate retreat. Click here to learn more and request an application.
Who may apply for the certificate program?
Pastors, associate pastors, youth ministry staff, and volunteers may apply. Participants must be serving in youth ministry (paid or volunteer) in order to be in the program.
Do I have to attend all three forums with my cohort group?
We encourage cohort groups to attend forums together whenever possible, but this is not required. You must attend the first forum with your cohort group.
How long does it take to complete the program?
The normal progression for the certificate program, takes just under 3 years (33 months). However, there is some flexibility in the program to allow for participants to take up to 5 years to complete it. The program may not be extended beyond five years nor completed faster than the 33 months.
When and how will I get my mentor?
After your initial retreat and Forum, IYM staff will work with you to identify a mentor. The mentor relationship will normally begin with the second Forum and continue for the subsequent 12 months.