Course Descriptions- Online BA in Youth Ministry

YMIN 101  Introduction to Youth Ministry 3
This course will be a study of the physical and emotional development of adolescents, and the development of a philosophy of ministry with adolescents, with guidelines and discussion relating to the implementation of a program of ministry within the framework of the local church as well as in various other contexts.

YMIN 102  The Gospel and Adolescent Culture 3
This course will survey various elements of the youth culture and the adolescent experience while considering ways that these elements of culture and experience are addressed by the Gospel of Christ. The course will feature discussion of traditional adolescent issues and a survey of curricula and materials that address these issues.

YMIN 202W  Youth Ministry and Evangelistic Strategy 3
The ministry of outreach and evangelism is a critical component of any effective youth ministry. This course will examine the biblical basis for evangelistic  ministry, the essential components of the evangelistic message, and will survey various modes and means of personal and group evangelism. This course will also focus on developing significant writing skills of students in the major.

YMIN 203  Youth Ministry in the Wilderness 3
This course will explore the value and rationale for youth ministry in the context of wilderness camping. Special emphasis will be placed on the logistics of group camping in the wilderness setting, and how to plan and execute such a trip. Course participants will learn ways of using the wilderness experience for group building, leadership development and personal spiritual growth. The course will climax with a one-week wilderness trip that will introduce backpacking, rock-climbing and whitewater rafting. Additional fees. May Residency.

YMIN 205  Youth Ministry and the Small Group Process 3
By learning and participating in a small group, students will gain the basic skills necessary for facilitating small groups in a youth ministry context. Through this experience, students will learn how to create an atmosphere where youth can meet together regularly and become committed to each other, to the group, and to growing together in their faith in Christ. Biblical principles such as humility, honesty, faith, love, reconciliation and forgiveness will be explored. Prerequisites: Minimum grades of C in YMIN 101, 102.

YMIN 207  Youth Ministry Programming Skills 3
This course is designed to train students in skills necessary for effective youth ministry. This phase of the skills curriculum will focus on creativity, learning styles, event planning, communication skills and techniques. The course will utilize a laboratory approach that begins with instruction and moves into hands-on participation. Offered in fall. Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in YMIN 101. May Residency.

YMIN 303 Youth Ministry in the Urban Setting 3
The objective of this course is to give students a vision for youth ministry in an urban environment. Students will not only have opportunity to see and experience various approaches to urban youth ministry, but will also be challenged to explore their attitudes toward cross-cultural ministry, racism and poverty. Prerequisites: Minimum grades of C in YMIN 101, 102. May Residency.

YMIN 305  Youth Ministry Administration 3
This course will focus on some of the “nuts-and-bolts” areas of everyday youth ministry in the parish and para-church setting. Topics examined will range from organizing and administering a youth program to counseling teenagers, the dynamics of team ministry and working with volunteers. Other practical concerns that will be given attention are finances and budgeting, church staff relationships and promotional skills. Offered every spring. Prerequisites: Minimum grades of C in YMIN 101, 102, 207.

YMIN 315  Field Placement I  2
Each youth ministry major is required to complete a total of 320 hours (4 semester credits) of field placement. This allows a student to practice and sharpen performance skills in the only setting where they finally count, in ministry with the youth themselves.  Opportunities range from working with Young Life or some other para-church ministry, to inner-city ministry, to ministry in a traditional church setting.  Prerequisite: Permission of the Youth Ministries program director.

YMIN 402  Discipling Youth 2
Beginning with a biblical definition of Christian discipleship, special attention is given to identifying what Christian discipleship looks like in the adolescent culture. Students review various components of a ministry of discipleship and examine strategies of discipling youth. The course uses lecture, classroom discussion, independent research and a three-to-five-day field trip to view various youth  discipleship programs. Students will be charged an additional fee to cover extra food and housing costs for the travel component of the course. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C in YMIN 101, 102. May Residency.

YMIN 404  Senior Seminar 2
Using a seminar format, special focus and attention will be given to questions that often emerge in youth ministry: At what point does parental responsibility override a confidential youth-youth minister relationship? How does one handle various problems of discipline? What is the relationship between para-church and local church youth programs? The course will utilize a case-study approach in exploring some of these issues.The Culminating Senior Experience (CSE) project will be part of this course. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C in YMIN 305.

YMIN 406  Youth Ministry Skills Clinic 2
This course will be designed to give students opportunities to exercise their skills in teaching the Bible to teenagers. We will focus on creative teaching methods, curriculum design and various approaches to Bible study (topical, textual, etc.). Class sessions will consist largely of student presentations and careful group critique of those presentations. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C completed YMIN 101, 102, 207 or who have permission of the instructor. May Residency.

YMIN 415  Field Placement    2
See description for YMIN 315.

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