This course is for those working with young people as they head in to and out of adolescence and young adulthood. It covers: the issues young people face both physically and culturally; theological approaches to young people and what their spirituality and faith might look like; an introduction to mission to and with young people; and management of self, team and leadership skills.
Unit 1 Study skills
This unit provides students with the necessary tools for studying effectively at HE Levels 4-6.
Unit 2 Leadership, team and self
This unit introduces students to leadership and team building skills and the ability to manage one-self professionally.
Unit 3 Applied practice
This unit offers students the opportunity to focus on mission and ministry practice through observation, reflection and action in their own and another context. Students will be taught reflective skills and encouraged to use them in starting to analyse their own practice, and that of others in order to better understand why what works well, works well, and how to improve what doesn’t.
Unit 4 Spirituality and faith
This unit introduces key theories relating to spirituality and faith development.
Unit 5 Issues facing young people
This unit introduces students to the key issues facing adolescents and young adults in 21st-century Britain.
Unit 6 Introduction to practical theology and young people
This unit introduces students to some of the key doctrines and theological frameworks of the Christian faith. It will enable students to start to critique and evaluate these doctrines and relate them to the context and cultures of young people, and their mission and ministry practice with them.
Unit 7 Introduction to mission to and with young people
This unit introduces students to biblical, historical and contemporary concepts of mission, and relates it to their practice amongst young people.
Mission and Young People
2-6 Oct 2017
Spirituality and Faith
19-23 Feb 2018
Leadership, Team and Self/Applied Practice
14-18 May 2018
Intro to Practical Theology
15-19 Oct 2018
Issues Facing Adolescents
18-22 Feb 2019
“The week has really opened me up to new delivering ideas of theological aspects to youth groups and has enabled me to feel more confident in my theological understanding so as I am not afraid to speak to my young people about theological perspectives and questions.”
“It has given me head space to develop new approaches to ministry and added to my current level of creativity.”
Students completing this course could be employed by churches in a voluntary or paid capacity to work as part of their youth mission and ministry team. Students’ natural affinity with young people and creative communication methods will have been enhanced with Biblical and theological understanding, and this will give them the confidence to lead sessions as part of the youth ministry in the church or youth work in local schools and the community.
Students can also use this course as a foundation for employment with and further training from youth work agencies or education providers.