Children's, Youth, and Family Ministry
In this course, we will look to the bible, to Christian theology, to historical trends and to social science research including child development and family systems theories to cast a robust, biblical, dynamic and evidence-based vision of nurturing children, youth and families in the Christian life.
We will examine a variety ministry models and practices in light of biblical teaching, and focus on 4 core biblical values: 1) children are vulnerable and in need of protection; 2) children are fully human, gifts, and created in the Image of God; 3) children are sinful beings, in need of guidance and instruction; and 4) children reveal God to the adult world. A wide range of literature will be explored, and students will have the opportunity to use their assignments to explore their own interests and ministry goals.
Our strategy will be to cast a wide theological vision, and then to consider practical application in three strands of ministry: children, youth and family. Indeed, these are not isolated ministries, and will be presented as a seamless whole, with age appropriate and context specific practical applications provided.
Drop deadline to avoid academic and financial penalty: 12pm May 7, 2019