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Youth Ministry 1

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Youth Ministry 1

  • Union Module Code: YM1
  • Queens Module Code: THE2057


Year 2




This module will introduce you to contemporary Youth Ministry. You will be encouraged to reflect theologically on a variety of aspects of current youth ministry and to develop a deeper understanding of the practice of youth work that will enable you to offer appropriate ministry to adolescents both formally and informally. The course begins with an over-view of the relationship between the disciplines of practical theology and youth ministry. Students will be introduced to action-reflective models of youth ministry. Subsequently, students will be introduced to the culture in which young people live. After an examination of thoughtful Christian approaches to culture, we will examine the nature of postmodern culture and the demographics of the Millennial Generation. This is followed by a review of developmental theories of adolescence before finishing the module with an examination of contemporary models of youth ministry. Students will be encouraged in the light of this to develop their own philosophy of youth ministry and to discern how they might implement it in their current practice.

Tutorials provide opportunities to explore further topics that have been raised in lectures. In particular, they will allow students to ask questions that they may not have had the opportunity to ask during lectures.


 The course is assessed by journal (40%), book review (20%) and essay (40%).

Certificate in Youth Ministry Students taking this module are invited to enrol for Union College’s Certificate in Youth Ministry, which is also recognised for QUB’s Degree Plus programme.

Learning Outcomes

Students should acquire an understanding of the nature and practice of youth ministry, and of contemporary adolescent culture. Students should be equipped to both reflect upon and offer youth ministry.

Students should acquire skills in producing and presenting well-argued, reflective written work. They will also improve their oral communication skills and skills of reflective journaling. They should develop their ability to assess and reflect on youth ministry from their own experience, the practice of others and relevant literature.

LECTURE DAY & TIME: L1 Fri 9am; L2 Fri 10am.

TUTORIAL DAYS & TIMES: T1 Thurs 12 noon.

NOTE: This module runs in the Autumn Semester.