This unit will explore the nature and role of teenage and youth ministry in the Orthodox Church. Students will reflect on the aims of teenage and youth ministry and develop a strong philosophy of teenage and youth ministry in 21st century Australia. The unit will also explore the key skills and leadership qualities needed for ministering to teenagers and youth.

Unit code: DA8110A

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Mission and Ministry

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Articulate their own philosophy of teenage and youth ministry


Discuss the implications of the Orthodox understanding of ministry on teenage and youth ministry today


Examine the generational profile of teenagers and youth today


Explore and evaluate ministry strategies appropriate to the needs of teenagers and youth


Formulate a range of initiatives for teenage and youth ministry


Blended mode, synchronous and asynchronous. Pre-recorded readings, weekly tutorials, group discussions, case studies, guided reading.

Indicative Bibliography

Barna, George Real Teens: A Contemporary Snapshot of Youth Culture. Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 2001.

Borgman, Dean. Foundations for Youth Ministry: Theological Engagement with Teen Life and Culture. Second Edition. ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013.

Burns, J. and M. DeVries. Uncommon Youth Ministry: your onramp to launching an extraordinary youth ministry. Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 2008.

Clark, Chap. Hurt 2.0 : Inside the World of Today's Teenagers. Youth, Family and Culture. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2011.

Howe, Neil and William Strauss. Millennials Rising: The Next Generation. New York: Vintage Books, 2000.

Hughes, Philip J. Putting Life Together: Findings from Australian Youth Spirituality Research. Fairfield, VIC: Fairfield Press, 2007.

Hughes, Philip J., and Lachlan Fraser. Life, Ethics and Faith in Australian Society: Facts and Figures. Nunawading, VIC: Christian Research Association, 2014.

Hughes, Philip. "Why Young People Are Leaving the Church". Pointers: Bulletin of the Christian Research Association. 25, no. 1 (2015): 1-8.

Kinnaman, D. and A. Hawkins, You lost me : Why young Christians are leaving church-- and rethinking faith, Grand Rapids, MI: BakerBooks. 2011.

Koch, K. Screens and teens: Connecting with our kids in a wireless world. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2015.

McCrindle, M. and E. Wolfinger. The ABC of XYZ: understanding the global generations, Sydney: UNSW Press, 2009.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Summative Reflection 2000 30.0
Essay 2000 30.0
Essay 3000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 14 Oct, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-10-14 15:22:12 +1100