This unit will address some of the challenges facing clergy and youth workers in the Church today in attempting to minister to adolescents who live in today’s youth culture. Students will examine the ever-changing adolescent world, which is in a continual state of flux, and look at the interaction of music, fashion, entertainment, media and peers, to name a few, with shaping the morals, values and ethics of today’s young people. The central question we will be asking is 'How do we make spirituality and Orthodox teachings relevant to the lives of youth in the 21st century?' Students will also develop methods for enhancing teen spirituality and critically evaluate approaches and strategies to youth ministry in light of modern scholarship and the Orthodox understanding of ministry.
Unit Code: DA8109A
Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational
Unit Discipline: Mission and Ministry
Delivery Mode: Online
Proposing College: St Athanasius CollegeShow when this Unit is running
Analyse at least three aspects of culture confronting young people today.
Evaluate the influence of “pop” (popular) culture on today’s youth and their world view.
Critically examine various models and approaches to youth ministry
Develop various methods for enhancing teen spirituality and creating an environment where Christian faith is relevant in the lives of youth.
Critique and evaluate strategies for ministering to adolescents based on both modern scholarship and Orthodox ministry approaches.
Twelve weekly sessions, comprising guided readings from the set texts, additional reading resources. Online classes will also have an online tutorial. Students will be expected to contribute to six discussions on a fortnightly basis.
Topic Essay (2500 words )
|Seminar or Tutorial||
Online Tutorial contribution (1500 words)
Ministry based assignment report (2000 words)
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017
Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-31 09:47:44 +1000