Press Release: The Center For Youth Ministry Excellence Partners With The Richard And Julia Wilke Institute For Discipleship






The Center for Youth Ministry Excellence is moving the National Office from McKendree UMC at 523 Church Street, Nashville, Tennessee to Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas to partner with the Richard and Julia Wilke Institute for Discipleship (IFD).  CYMX will continue to have support offices in Nashville, Atlanta, Dallas, and Shreveport.

On October 7th, 2011 Charles Harrison, CEO of the Center for Youth Ministry Excellence (CYMX) will meet with the Southwestern College Board of Trustees to officially launch the partnership.


CYMX 1While many mutually beneficial opportunities are being explored for the partnership, a few immediate advantages include; providing the CYMX with a physical identity at: IFD– Southwestern College, 100 College Street, Winfield, Kansas; co-hosting Youth Disciple Online; providing online workshops to youth workers; and leading workshops to strengthen local youth ministries in the region.

Events the first week of October to help launch the partnership include; a workshop for area youth workers on the Southwestern College campus, providing leadership for Re-Think Connection, a national gathering of United Methodist conference youth staff in Kansas City and a workshop for United Methodist area youth directors in Wichita, Kansas.

Steve Wilke, Executive Director of the IFD “This partnership helps us make a major step forward in supporting the educational needs of persons in ministry with youth.”

Dick Merriman, President of Southwestern College “The college has a strong tradition of supporting area youth ministries and helping to educate students for careers in youth ministry, this partnership will strengthen our commitment to helping to equip the Church with effective youth ministry leadership”

Charles Harrison, CEO of CYMX “The Center has an extensive network of 4,500 members of The Youthworker Movement around the country and this partnership provides us the opportunity to better meet the educational needs of our members”.

Erin Jackson, National Director – Community & Care of CYMX “This new partnership is an excellent opportunity to provide even more relevant, low-cost, state-of-the-art training for our network of youthworkers.  We are excited about creating new ways to equip the hearts and souls of people who minister to youth.”

Micheal Selleck, Chair- Board of Directors CYMX “CYMX continues to adapt to the ever changing needs of United Methodist congregations and, as a true movement does, morph to the fluid landscapes of opportunity and possibility as we do so.  This move is another exciting step forward in remaining relevant and rooted in local church realities, town to town, city to city, and state to state, throughout the country.”

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