Certificate in Youth & Theology


Welcome to the Certificate in Youth and Theology, newly reimagined as C:YT+ONLINE, powered by the Institute for Youth Ministry. This 12-month program is designed for people actively ministering to youth in church and ministry organizations who want to dig deeper into theology and explore its intersection with ministry to young people.

This program includes:

  • A cohort of peer learning and friendship.
  • Ten days of on-campus events, including two Forums on Youth Ministry and a Certificate Retreat.
  • Personalized, yearlong coaching from Ministry Architects.
  • Youth ministry classes powered by X:PTS+ONLINE.
  • Book discussions and case studies.
  • A comprehensive and contextual final project.


Youth workers from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom develop long-lasting vocational friendships across denominational, geographical, and cultural difference. Engaging in rich formation through on-campus events, classes, book discussions, and case studies, participants learn from one another and strengthen each other’s ministries.


Each cohort launches in the spring in conjunction with the Forum on Youth Ministry, immediately followed by the Certificate Retreat. The program continues for the next 12 months, concluding with a Capstone Seminar during the following year’s Forum. Participants spend a total of ten days on the beautiful campus of Princeton Theological Seminary.


Throughout the 12-month program, participants are connected with a professional coach from Ministry Architects. Coaches may be pastors, professors, denominational leaders, or youth ministry consultants and are selected in light of the participant’s needs, interests, gifts, and tradition. Coaches support the participant’s design and implementation of a Certificate Project that is presented during the Capstone Seminar.


Applications open August 1 and are reviewed on a rolling basis through March 1, with a new cohort launching each spring in conjunction with the annual Forum on Youth Ministry. Applicants are required to be actively engaged in ministry with youth, whether on a full-time, part-time, or volunteer basis.


The Institute for Youth Ministry is committed to providing the best youth ministry training at affordable costs to youth workers. Total program cost is $2,000 and includes classes, books, two Forums on Youth Ministry, and a Certificate Retreat.