Foundations for Youth Ministry

This postgraduate unit  is an introduction the practice of youth ministry. It encourages different ways about how best to minister to a post-modern generation. It introduces ideas and principles applicable to many different contexts and tools to evaluate and implement these principles. It studies the biblical foundations and definition, philosophy, models, and call to youth ministry. On a practical level it indicates how to get started, and the principles of strategic programming. The place of prayer, vision setting, and communication are addressed. School chaplaincy is also studied.

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. demonstrate advanced understanding of the nature and strategic task of youth ministry within the church
  2. interpret and compare the various philosophies and principals of youth ministry to the ministry of the local church
  3. assess and critique the theory and practice behind the various models for youth ministry & how to apply them to a local setting
  4. derive and formulate the process for analysing the current context of a group with a view to setting and communicating vision and goals for the ministry in order to move forward
  5. collect and compare new ideas to effectively reach and minister to the youth of the 21st century
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