Center for Youth Ministry Studies

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Fostering excellence in the study of youth & adolescent culture. The Center for Youth Ministry Studies is a unique partnership of North Park University, North Park Theological Seminary, and the Department of Christian Formation of the Evangelical Covenant Church.


The CYMS vision is to create a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-economical, diverse mindset, worldview, life ethos, and theology within the youth ministry major. In addition, we will strive to create and maintain progressive, radical, cutting edge, and contemporary-minded resources, scholarship, research, course work, and relationships with traditional and urban youth workers who work within a variety of settings that engage today’s youth and adolescent culture.

We will do this through:

  • Resources and Training in the form of workshops, audio downloads and other resources.
  • Consulting via technology or visit.
  • Networking and Connections through our partnerships throughout the United States.


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Youth Ministry Training Events

Dig deeply into current issues facing our youth and communities with in-person and online workshops and discussions. We also offer valuable networking opportunities and an annual internship and job fair.

reDEFINE: An Urban Youth Worker Training

Join us in St. Louis on Saturday, April 16, for reDEFINE: Ministry, a training event for urban youth workers.
Journal of Hip Hop Studies

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

Why study Hip Hop and Hip Hop culture? Dr. Daniel White Hodge and others are looking closely at the importance of this medium for youth and ministry today.
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Contact or Visit CYMS

Dr. Daniel White Hodge and Katrina Reid are excited to partner with ministries and individuals across the country and around the world to continue studying youth ministry and training the next generation of young leaders. Contact them to learn more.