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Foundations for Youth Ministry

Foundational unit for postgraduates


This unit provides a general introduction to the practice of youth ministry. It offers a broad overview of the basic foundations of youth ministry and invites students to reflect strategically and theologically about ministry with the present generation of youth. The theory and practice of youth ministry will be explored through group work and theoretical input. Students will be introduced to a range of ideas and principles applicable to different contexts and given the tools to evaluate and implement these principles. The unit is suitable for those wishing to be better equipped for voluntary youth leadership as well as for those interested in youth ministry as a vocation. Although aimed primarily at preparing the student for youth ministry in the local church, this course will also provide a basis for exploring other forms of youth ministry.

Learning outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

Articulate a theological understanding of the nature and strategic place of youth ministry within the church.
Review and analyse different models of youth ministry and evaluate their effectiveness in establishing vision, identifying needs and engaging cultural groups of young people.
Identify Christian leadership principles for a local church youth ministry context.
Collect and compare strategies and resources to effectively engage in youth ministry.
Reflect and demonstrate integration of theological understanding with youth ministry praxis (second level and postgraduate).
Reflect critically on the self-identity of people in ministry with youth and articulate one or two aspects of ‘call’ to youth ministry (postgraduate).
Offered: in first semester 2017

Faculty: Andrew Menzies with Scott Mageean


For first level undergraduate and postgraduates – nil
At least 15 points in Field D for second level


(First level)
1 x Tutorial Paper 750 words (& presentation)  20%
1 x Document comparison 1250 words  40%
1 x Integrative Essay 2000 word               40%

(Second level)
1 x Tutorial Paper 1000 words (& presentation)                20%
1 x Document comparison 1500 words  40%
1 x Integrative Essay 2000 word               40%

1 x Tutorial Paper 1000 words (& presentation)                20%
1 x Reading report 2500 words 40%
1 x Integrative Essay 2500 word               40%

Recommended reading:

* = set texts recommended for purchase

Brierley, D, Joined Up. An Introduction to Youthwork and Ministry. Authentic Media, Cumbria UK 2003.
Clark, Chap, Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers. Baker Academic, Grand Rapids MI, 2011.
DeVries, Mark, Family Based Youth Ministry. IVP Books, 2004.
Farley, R, Strategy For Youth Leaders for the 21st Century. Scripture Union, Central Coast NSW, 2007
Fields, Doug, Your First Two Years In Ministry. Zondervan, 2002.
Hughes, Philip, Putting Life Together. Findings from Australian Youth Spirituality Research, Christian Research Association. Fairfield Press, Fairfield, 2007.
Mason M, Singleton A, Webber R, The Spirit of Generation Y. Young People’s Spirituality in a Changing Australia. John Garret Publishing, Mulgrave, 2007.
Root, Andrew, Revisiting relational youth ministry: from a strategy of influence to a theology of incarnation. IVP Books, Downers Grove, Illinois, 2007.
Root, Andrew and Kenda Creasy Dean, The theological turn in youth ministry, IVP Books, Downers Grove, Illinois, 2011.
Savage S, Collins-Mayo S, Mayo B, Making Sense of Generation Y. The World view of 15-25 year olds. Church House Publishing, London, 2006.
Senter, M. Four Views of Youth Ministry & The Church. Zondervan, 2001.
Sudworth, T, Mission-Shaped Youth. Rethinking young people and church. Church House Publishing, London, 2007.