Organizing Youth Ministries – YOUT 520

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

Course Description

This course is a careful analysis of methods, curriculum, staffing, promotion and facilities of the total youth program.


YOUT 510


The purpose of this course is to equip the student with a theological and administrative understanding of youth ministry. Knowledge and skills gained from this course can effect successful ministry to teenagers, families, and the church.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyze youth ministry methods, curriculum generation, staffing, education, facility maintenance, leadership development, and risk assessment.
  2. Integrate spiritual formation and servant leadership principles in the organization of youth ministry.
  3. Create a personal and corporate vision for youth ministry.
  4. Develop a curriculum calendar for youth ministry.
  5. Analyze several contemporary and historical models of youth ministry.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200 words. (Outcomes: A, B, C, D, E)

Pastoral Executive Summaries (2)

The student will write two 6–8-page Pastoral Executive Summaries. Each paper will include a summary, critique, and application based on a book that could be given to a senior pastor or immediate supervisor. This is a way to pass on the knowledge learned from the text to a pastor or immediate supervisor. (Outcomes: A and C)

Final Paper

These are three papers you would present to a church board (Christian education board) or leadership team explaining your philosophy of ministry, strategy for teaching to different spiritual levels, curriculum criteria, and a year’s calendar of curriculum topics (plan out your whole year, week by week, of teaching topics) and budget. The completed assignment will be 16–26 pages in length.

Paper 1, Part 1 (5–8 pages, not including title or bibliography)

Give an explanation of spiritual formation and the main way you will build disciples in your ministry, include a description of a teenage disciple. Define spiritual formation, explain the process (Fowlers stages). Apply spiritual formation to a teenage disciple (paint a picture of a growing teenager). Explain how you will be encouraging “sticky faith” in teenagers through strengthening the family and connection to the larger church. Explain your philosophy of engaging parents and the importance of other adults in a teenager’s life. Explain why parents need to be involved in the spiritual growth of their kids. Give a plan of engaging parents (optional ways for parents to be involved).

Paper 2, Part 2 (5–8 pages, not including title or bibliography)

Discuss your philosophy of teaching teenagers (pedagogy or andragogy). Discuss role of Scripture, teacher, creativity, excellence. Discuss how the setting, one-on-one, small groups, and large group guides your teaching. Include insights from Stanley’s textbook. Summarize the different spiritual levels as explained by the pyramid or Field’s Circles. Include biblical support.

Paper 3, Part 3 (6–10 pages, not including title or bibliography)

Explain how to use the funnel for programming and advantage or disadvantage of it. Discuss each spiritual level you are targeting (from the funnel or circles) and what programs you are using to reach that target. (2-3 sentences per program). Create a yearly calendar of teaching topics for a junior high/middle school and senior high group, both Sunday morning and Midweek. Create a budget that shows each program and estimate cost.

Each part should have an introduction and conclusion.