Culture and Context for Youth Ministry

This unit seeks to enable an understanding of young people and the Australian culture, while equipping to provide care to youth and their families. It provides an in-depth review of the research on the current generation of youth in their cultural context and on the deep issues that affect them. It addresses the subjects of the gospel and youth, strategies and models for counselling, basic skills for counselling and caring for youth, intervention for youth in crisis and the hazards and limitations in counselling, youth development, cultural formation and internal and external youth issues.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Pastoral Theology

Credit Points




Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Gain a understanding of cultural formation and how culture shapes identity, values and behaviours
  2. Understand the different facets of culture, individualistic and collectivist cultures and subcultures
  3. Have a greater awareness of the importance of gospel culture and how it can be paralleled to youth culture today in its presentation
  4. Assess priorities and strategies for caring for young people and their families.
  5. Be able to apply the aspects of culture to their youth ministry to gain a greater perspective on how to minister to youth.
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