Mission Statement

Mission

The Master of Arts in Youth and Young Adult Ministries is designed to equip women and men to engage in quality Christian ministry to persons aged 12-25 in congregational and para-church settings

Learning Objectives

The educational goals and objectives for the MA in Youth and Young Adult Ministries are:

  1. To enable students to understand youth and youth cultures in contemporary North America.

    1. Students will understand the unique cultural issues and trends prevalent with various ministry contexts in North America.
    2. Students will understand and explain the phenomena of adolescence and young adulthood in contemporary North American as it manifests itself in a variety of cultural settings.
    3. Students will understand and explain the biological, cognitive, social, and spiritual-moral aspects of adolescent and young adult development, including significant gender differences.
    4. Students will describe the sexual development, attitudes, and practices of North American adolescents and young adults.
    5. Students will articulate psychological and sociological issues affecting youth, young adults, and their families.
    6. Students will understand and describe the role different technologies play in particular youth cultures.
  2. To enable students to reflect theologically in the course of responding to the needs of youth and young adults.

    1. Students will identify and reflect upon biblical and theological concepts that inform their ministerial callings.
    2. Students will demonstrate a basic grasp of the content and structure of the Bible.
    3. Students will identify the major literary genres in the Bible and discuss the principles necessary for their appropriate interpretation.
    4. Students will read the Bible as an ancient text with contemporary relevance.
    5. Students will learn to utilize theological vocabulary, identify the categories of systematic theology, and state objectively various theological points of view.
    6. Students will state their personal theological perspectives in an informed manner, incorporating the appropriate sources of theology.
    7. Students will articulate key theological considerations in developing a comprehensive youth and/or young adult ministry emphasis.
    8. Students will think biblically and theologically about issues relative to youth and young adult ministries.
    9. Students will develop biblical and theological methodologies for responding to issues in youth and young adult ministries.
    10. Students will understand biblical and theological foundations for valuing human diversity.
    11. Students reflect on theories of adolescent and young adult development in conversation with Christian theological commitments.
  3. To introduce students to the best scholarship, both theory and practice, in the discipline of youth and young adult ministries.

    1. Students will access and assess information in the area of youth and young adult ministries.
    2. Students will test theories of adolescent faith development in light of their own ministry context and experience.
    3. Students will articulate basic knowledge about youth and young adult ministry processes, practices, and programs.
    4. Students will understand and develop a team approach to ministry with particular attention given to recruitment, training, team building, team assessment, and deployment.
    5. Students will identify and define risk management issues specifically related to youth and young adult ministry.
    6. Students will discuss research, current issues, and future trends of youth and young adult counseling.
    7. Students will think coherently about ethical and legal issues related to the use of electronic technologies.
    8. Students will explore scholarly resources that address problems and/or challenges in a chosen ministry context, and produce a 30-page research paper that addresses this challenge and poses a contextually specific solution.
  4. To provide mentoring to students as they develop skills in the area of youth and young adult ministries.

    1. Students will establish a vision, mission, and missional strategies for holistic youth and young adult ministry within a particular context.
    2. Students will demonstrate skills in practicing reconciliation in the context of Christian ministry.
    3. Students will effectively practice intervention strategies used in counseling youth, young adults, and their families.
    4. Students will identify, understand, and use electronic applications used for social interaction.
    5. Students will become familiar with presentation software for use in teaching and worship settings and create a simple webpage for a church or para-church ministry.
    6. Students will develop engaging, relevant, and biblically rooted curricula with sensitivity to diverse learning styles and teaching contexts.
    7. Students will develop and deliver lessons within an identified context.
    8. Students will demonstrate skills in critiquing commercial curriculum for youth and young adult settings.
  5. To assist students in their own spiritual formation, particularly as it relates to their ministry vocation.

    1. Students will articulate their sense of call to ministry.
    2. Students will recognize threats that can hinder one’s ministry.
    3. Students will understand how spiritual disciplines can contribute to the minister’s personal well-being and professional work.
    4. Students will formulate and execute an action plan involving one or more spiritual disciplines.
    5. Students will state their personal theology in an informed manner, incorporating the appropriate sources of theology.
    6. Student will reflect on their own areas of strength and weakness as they pertain to a career in ministry.