Developing a Philosophy of Youth Ministry – YOUT 510

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

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.




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. Explain biblical principles to lead out in youth ministry.
  2. Discuss the importance of spiritual/servant leadership in reference to youth ministry.
  3. Discern the importance of personal godliness in reference to youth ministry.
  4. Analyze the contemporary culture in which youth ministry takes place.
  5. Evaluate one’s personal and corporate vision for youth ministry.
  6. Assess the basic principles of youth ministry as it relates to the local church.
  7. Illustrate how to share one’s faith effectively in both words and deeds through youth ministry.
  8. Explain how to develop volunteers and disciple youth to become future leaders.

Program Learning Outcomes for YOUT 510

YOUT 510 supports the academic programs of the Rawlings School of Divinity as a Theology elective.

The program learning outcomes for these programs are listed with the program in the 2019/20 Rawlings School of

Divinity Graduate Catalog. This course is related to at least one of the program learning outcomes listed for each of these programs and contributes to your success in acquiring the knowledge and skills that are described. Here is the link to the catalog page where this information can be found:

2019/20 Rawlings School of Divinity Graduate Catalog

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (8)

The student will complete 8 Discussion Board Forums 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/week. (MLO: A, C, D, E, G, H)

Book Critiques (2)

The student will complete 2 Book Critiques within this course. Each critique must be 4–5 pages (not including cover page and bibliography) and must be submitted through SafeAssign. (MLO: B, D, E, F, G, H)

Youth Ministry Interview Project

The student will complete 3 sets of interviews with 9 people/couples and a 4–5-page paper summarizing and drawing conclusions from those conversations. This must be submitted through SafeAssign. (MLO: B, D, E, F, G)

Philosophy of Youth Ministry Paper

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. It must be submitted through the SafeAssign link. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H)