Yellowstone Journeyman Program

A comprehensive introduction for the ministry student through rigorous academic study and a mentored, real-world experience

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In a dynamic, ever-changing culture, where Christianity is no longer accorded a place of prominence, effective ministry requires careful, in-depth preparation. YTI’s Yellowstone Journeyman program combines thorough training in Bible, theology, and ministry skills with practical internship experiences. Each student is guided by experienced mentors in a variety of ministry settings. Those who successfully complete the program will not merely have an internship under their belts, but will truly be equipped as journeymen with a wide range of expertise and experience in the craft of ministry, ready for further ventures in bringing God’s love to the world.

Program Details

  • ELIGIBILITY: For students ages 20-27 who have completed at least 3 years of college
  • WHAT YOU’LL DO: Students will work with a variety of ministries, as well as take the courses to earn a Diploma of Christian Ministry
  • FURTHER STUDIES: Students with a Bachelors degree who successfully complete their Journeyman experience (graduate from the program) may apply their academic credits to either the MATS or MDiv programs at YTI; these programs require either one or two extra years in Bozeman to complete
  • LOCATION: The program is based in Bozeman, Montana, a vibrant college town in the heart of the Northern Rockies just north of Yellowstone National Park
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 1 prior to program entry; acceptance is by application only, and a maximum of 20 students per year are accepted

2020-2021 Yellowstone Journeyman Schedule

Fall Term

September 8-November 13 – 10 Weeks (Including 1 Reading Week)

  • Old Testament Lectures
  • Theology & Culture Lectures
  • Practical Ministry & Personal Spirituality
Holiday Term

November 16-December 18 – 5 Weeks (Including Break for Thanksgiving Week)

  • The Morning Office
  • Worship & Liturgy: Word, Song, Act
  • Prayer: Theology & Practice
  • Discipleship & Cultivating Virtue
  • The Gift of Service
  • Evensong (Final 2 Weeks)
Winter Term

January 4-March 12 – 10 Weeks (Including 1 Reading Week)

  • New Testament Lectures
  • World Religion
  • Practical Ministry: Teaching & Preaching
Spring Term

March 15-May 21 – 10 Weeks (Including Break for Passion Week)

  • Biblical Exegesis
  • Cultural Interpretation
  • Spiritual Self-Care
  • World Mission
  • Theological Ethics for the Church Today
  • Ministering to Children, Youth, Young Adults, Families, Senior Adults
Summer Term

June 7-August 13 – 10 Weeks (Including 2-Week Summer Recess)

  • Dealing with Dysfunction
  • Art & Sports Ministries
  • Death
  • Learning to Walk with Jesus & Others
  • Diploma of Ministry Commencement (August 14)

A Day in the Life of a Yellowstone Journeyman


Bible Course


Theology Course


Ministry Course


Small Group (Monday, Wednesday)
Worship (Tuesday)
Guest Lecture (Thursday)
Free Time (Friday)




Ministry Internship or Work


Evensong (2 Weeks Holiday Term)

What Does It Cost?

  • TUITION: $5,000
  • FEES: $5,000 (Includes Parking; Recreation Passes & Equipment Rental; Materials: Software, Special Publications; Administration Fees; Graduation Fees)
  • HOUSING: $5,000
  • TOTAL: $15,000
  • PAYMENT PLAN: $3000 down, $1,000 per month over 12 months
  • SCHOLARSHIPS: At the discretion of the trustees, YTI may award up to five full tuition scholarships for the students who demonstrate both need, as well as academic excellence and ministry experience. YTI may award other various scholarships at their discretion.
  • Not included: food, insurance, fuel, daily transportation

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