YM 191 Foundations of Youth Ministry (online only) (3)
This course encompasses a study of the contemporary youth culture and gives consideration to the following: developing a ministry philosophy, designing a communication strategy relevant to the context, and considering ministry philosophy and communication in both church and parachurch ministries. The course also includes an examination of recreation and programming as an effective vehicle for fellowship and evangelism. This course will examine the basic foundations of effective youth ministry. We will study relevant and helpful Biblical texts with the aim that our theology will influence our strategies and structures. We will explore together the development of an effective model of youth ministry. Finally, we will think practically: we will discuss the overall structure of a youth ministry program. While we will be focusing on local church youth ministry, the principles and ideas will be transferable to parachurch ministries as well.