Developing a Philosophy of Youth Ministry – YOUT 510

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/11/2022

Course Description

An introductory course designed to develop a basic philosophy of the youth ministry through an analysis of contemporary and historical youth ministry models.

Prerequisites

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

The purpose of this course is to assist the student in building a basic ministry philosophy as related to the essential aspects of leading an effective student ministry.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze the contemporary culture in which youth ministry takes place.
  2. Evaluate one’s personal and corporate vision for youth ministry.
  3. Assess the basic principles of youth ministry as it relates to the local church.
  4. Illustrate how to share one’s faith effectively in both words and deeds through youth ministry.
  5. Explain how to develop volunteers and disciple youth to become future leaders.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, videos, websites, and online articles

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (8)

The student will complete 8 Discussions based on the textbook readings and presentations. The student must post a thread of at least 400 words and submit 2 replies of at least 200 words to classmates’ threads. Each thread and reply must include a reference to both the presentation and the reading for that module. (MLOs: A, B, C, D, E)

Book Critique Assignments (2)

The student will complete 2 Book Critiques within this course. Each critique must be 4 – 5 pages (not including cover page and bibliography). (MLOs: A, B, C, D, E)

Youth Ministry Interview Project Assignment

The student will complete 3 sets of interviews with 9 people or couples and a 4 – 5-page paper summarizing and drawing conclusions from those conversations. (MLOs: A, B, C)

Philosophy of Youth Ministry Paper Assignment

The student will complete a 5 – 6-page Philosophy of Youth Ministry Paper based upon the course material and student ministry interviews. The student will state his/her philosophy of youth ministry as impacted by this course. (MLOs: A, B, C, D, E)