YLT Cohorts

A new training avenue to serve the Church by developing youth ministry leaders and strengthening ministries. 

  • Participants will be mentored in practical ministry skills as well as important “soft skills” necessary for leading healthy and sustainable ministries. 
  • They will deepen their understanding of a biblically/theologically rich philosophy of ministry.
  • They will grow in their walk with Jesus and experience real time encouragement and accountability from a cohort of fellow youth leaders.  

YLT Cohorts are designed for...

  • Anyone seeking to develop as a youth ministry leader and strengthen their church's ministry to youth, regardless of experience
  • Anyone who is new to youth ministry or serving in a new position/at a new church
  • Churches wanting to offer training and additional mentoring to their youth ministry interns


Program Details

  • A nine month study program (Sept-May) with content in three focus areas: 
    • Bible/Theology
    • Ministry Practice 
    • Growth in Grace/Soul Care
  • Each cohort is led by a mentor who has significant experience in youth ministry
  • Participation in RYM's annual Youth Leader Training event along with leaders from across the country
  • Two cohort meetings per month on Zoom (90 minutes each)
    • One for discussion of study program material
    • One for topical ministry discussion, sharing life and ministry, struggles, prayer, etc.
  • A 1:1 meeting each month with the Cohort Mentor (50 minutes each) 
    • Ministry consultation
    • Pastoral care and prayer
  • Regular meetings between the Cohort Mentor and local church oversight (Pastor, Asst Pastor, Youth Pastor, Elder, Lay Leader, etc.) …genearally every other month from September to May
  • Access to the Cohort Mentor between monthly meetings 
  • Priority access to RYM Director of Training
  • 50% discount for the leader or a chaperone to one RYM summer conference 
  • Tuition discounts at Covenant Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary (upon completion of two years of YLT Cohorts)

Program length: While the program is designed for two years of participation, a one year commitment is allowable.  Cohorts will meet from September to May each year.

Cost: $3000 per program year. Installment plans are welcome. Full balance is due May 15.  

Registration: Registration for the 2023/2024 program year is now open!  The deadline is May 1, 2023.