Welcome to Youth Leader Training Cohorts, a program designed to serve the Church by developing capable and resilient leaders who will strengthen ministries that reach and equip youth for Christ.

Why Choose YLT Cohorts

The YLT Cohorts program goes beyond imparting practical ministry skills; we focus on nurturing essential "soft skills" necessary for leading healthy and sustainable ministries. As a participant, you will:
  • Deepen Your Understanding: Immerse yourself in a biblically and theologically rich philosophy of ministry that will guide and shape your approach to youth ministry leadership.
  • Grow Spiritually: Strengthen your walk with Jesus through real-time encouragement and accountability within a supportive cohort of fellow leaders.

Who Should Participate

Our cohorts are tailored for:
  • Newcomers to Youth Ministry: Whether you're new to youth ministry or serving in a new role altogether, our program is designed to meet you where you are.
  • Developing Leaders: Individuals seeking to develop as youth ministry leaders and enhance their church's ministry to youth, regardless of their level of experience.
  • Churches Investing in Youth Leaders: For churches aiming to offer comprehensive training and mentoring to their youth ministry staff, interns, or part-time workers.

Benefits of the Program

Guided Study

A nine-month study program with three focus areas: Bible and Theology, Ministry Practice, and Personal Growth in Grace.

Expert Guidance

Each cohort is led by a mentor with significant experience in youth ministry.

Exclusive Access

Cohort participants attend RYM's annual Youth Leader Training event, with the registration fee included in the Cohort package.

Interactive Sessions

Bi-weekly Zoom meetings for discussion of study program material, topical ministry discussions, sharing life and ministry experiences, struggles, and prayer.

Personalized Support

Monthly 1:1 meetings with the Cohort Mentor for ministry consultation, pastoral care, and prayer.

Ongoing Engagement

Bi-monthly meetings between the Cohort Mentor and local church oversight during the program.

Access to Resources

Participants have ongoing access to their Cohort Mentor and priority access to RYM's Director of Training.

Educational Opportunities

Tuition discounts at Covenant Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary.

Program Details

  • Length: While the program is designed for two years, a one-year commitment is allowable. Cohorts meet from September to May each year.
  • Cost: Invest in your leadership journey for $1,800 for the 2024-2025 program year, which includes registration for YLT Nashville – a $495 value. Installment plans are welcome, and the full balance is due by May 15 at the end of the program year.

Registration Information

Registration for 2024-2025 is now open and closes July 31, 2024.