Children’s and Youth Mission (CYM)

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The programme in Children’s and Youth Mission is for people who want to explore the creative new ways of missionally engaging with children and young people in our contemporary culture, and reflect upon the Biblical and theological foundations and implications for Children’s/Youth ministries. This programme is designed for lay or ordained persons, from all traditions, who are interested in examining, assessing and leading such initiatives in mission through the discipline of postgraduate level study and personal research. It is ideal not only for children’s workers and youth workers but also for pastors and overseers who want to train leaders and cast vision for Children’s and Youth ministry within their church or organisation more effectively.

Course Details

There are two main units of study which cover a range of themes:

    • CYM1: Children’s & Youth Mission 1
      – Main themes include:

      • Biblical worldview for Children & Youth
      • Faith development
      • Contemporary missiology and apologetics
      • Catechesis, worship, and discipleship
      • Faith in a secular age
      • Analysing Children’s & Youth worker’s roles


    • CYM2: Children’s & Youth Mission 2
      – Main themes include:

      • Theology for Children & Youth ministry
      • Biblical literacy and digital technology
      • Children, Youth, and holiness
      • Pastoral care in Children & Youth
      • Missional youthgroups
      • Intergenerational ministry


These units are assessed by a 5-6,000 word assignment.

The units specific to the Children’s & Youth Mission pathway (CYM1 & CYM2) are usually delivered in mid-October in alternating years (see MA Teaching Blocks for updated info).

It is not possible to complete the CYM Pathway full-time within one year. However, full-time students may take one of the CYM units as part of a general MA Mission / Diploma / Certificate, or as one of their optional units on a different Pathway.

What CYM students say:

“Fantastic – in terms of personal stories, theory and knowledge.”

“Very helpful for reflecting on practice and key issues of ministry.”

“A great opportunity to discuss a wide range of issues with other children’s and youth workers.”

“Great balance between the deeper theological themes and the practical. Great balance of lecturers.”

“Lots of high level thinking about current issues in youth and children’s ministry, giving with practical application.”

“Relevant and accessible style of teaching.”

“Very inspirational.”


For more information or to book on this course, please contact: / 01246 584216

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