Culture and Context for Youth Ministry

This unit enables 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. Outline a basic definition of culture and subculture  and describeindividualistic cultures, collectivist cultures
  2. Explain the relationship between culture and youth identity, values and behaviour
  3. Develop basic strategies for a church to identify youth subcultures and to engage with these youth in culturally appropriate ways.
  4. Identify issues that affect youth and their families
  5. Provide basic care for youth and their families in culturally appropriate ways.
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