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Youth Ministry Courses

 

Youth Ministry Emphasis/Certification Requirements (15 credit hours):

Course ID Course Name When Offered
SMIN 530 Theology of Youth Ministry 2017 Fall 3; 2018 Fall 3
SMIN 531 Ethical Issues in Youth Ministry 2018 Spring 1
SMIN 532 Faith and Formation in Developing Adults 2017 Spring 2
SMIN 533 Program Design and Development in the Local Church 2017 Summer 1; 2018 Spring 1
LEAD 570 Leadership for the Future 2017 Spring 2; 2018 Spring 2

Remaining Core MASM Requirements (21 credit hours):

Course ID Course Name When Offered
SMIN 501 Introduction to Ministry 2017 Spring 3; 2017 Fall 1
SMIN 503 Studies of the Old Testament 2017 Fall 2
SMIN 505 Studies of the New Testament 2017 Fall 3
SMIN 507 Theology 2017 Fall 1; 2018 Fall 1
SMIN 509 Survey of Church History 2017 Fall 2; 2018 Fall 2
SMIN 596 Practicum in Specialized Ministry Part I 2017 Summer 1; 2017 Summer 2; 2018 Summer 1; 2018 Summer 2
SMIN 597 Practicum in Specialized Ministry Part II 2017 Summer 1; 2017 Summer 2; 2018 Summer 1; 2018 Summer 2

View the Academic Calendar for begin and end dates for academic sessions.


Course Descriptions


SMIN 501 Introduction to Ministry. This course will explore several themes that are foundational to ministry including the notions of call, conversion, prayer, and leadership in the church. Students should be prepared to engage the practical dimensions of spiritual formation and to apply them to a variety of social scenarios. Credit 3 hours.

SMIN 503 Studies of the Old Testament. An introduction to the literature and history of ancient Israel with special attention given to thirty six books of the Hebrew Bible. Ancient and Near-Eastern texts will be considered in light of the context that they provide for understanding early Judaism. Attention will be given to how to utilize Old Testament scriptures in youth ministry. Credit 3 hours.

SMIN 505 Studies of the New Testament. An introduction to 27 books that constitute the New Testament. This course will take into account the Jewish and Greco-Roman milieu in which the New Testament developed. Attention will be given to how to utilize New Testament scriptures in youth ministry. Credit 3 hours.

SMIN 507 Theology. In this course, students learn to link scriptural, historical, and theological sources in order to both create and understand theological constructs for youth ministry. It gives attention to how context (race, class, gender, other) shapes theological convictions. Credit 3 hours.

SMIN 509 Survey of Church History. A survey of the social, institutional, and intellectual history of Christianity. Topics will investigate how various church traditions give shape to ministry. Credit 3 hours.

SMIN 596 Practicum in Specialized Ministry Part I. The practicum involves real work experience in a ministerial setting. Established practicum settings include working at the United Methodist reporter and the campus ministries office on the main campus of Southwestern College. Practicum experiences can also take place in other ministry settings. Practicums occur toward the end of the learners’ program to foster integration of academic material in practical ministry settings. Practicums require approval forms which include descriptions of the work, evaluation criteria, and signatures of the off-campus supervisor and the supervising teacher.  Credit 3 hours.

SMIN 597 Practicum in Specialized Ministry Part II. This course is a continuation of the Practicum Part I and is required to be scheduled consecutively with SMIN 596. The practicum involves real work experience in a ministerial setting. Prerequisite SMIN596. Credit 3 hours

SMIN 530 Theology of Youth Ministry. A survey of root convictions regarding the action of God in the lives of young people. The course will follow the standard systematic categories in theology and challenge students to consider how content in each category gives shape to youth ministry. Credit 3 hours.

SMIN 531 Ethical Issues in Youth Ministry. A survey of legal and ethical concerns affecting youth leaders: boundary awareness, sexual ethics, counseling referral, rights to privacy, crisis response and management. This course will take a case study approach.This course will take a case studies approach.  It will cover basic developmental issues in adolescence and how that relates in practical terms to Youth Ministry in the local church.  Special attention will be given to presenting a survey of legal and ethical concerns including but not limited to: boundaries, sexual ethics, safe sanctuaries, pastoral care, counseling referrals, privacy rights, crisis issue, and family systems. Credit 3 hours.

SMIN 532 Faith and Formation in Developing Adults. A study of the relationship between psychological development and doctrines of the Christian life as they apply to youth and developing young adults. The course will cover topics such as entry into the Christian faith, the role of the church in spiritual formation, the role of theology in shaping discipleship and the importance of mentoring in faith formation in the years ranging from teen to young adult. This course will cover a survey of the Bible and teach basic Biblical studies skills for Youthworkers.  Special attention will be paid to developmental issues, personality types, Christian spirituality, helping youth to read the Bible for themselves, how to craft a spiritual message for youth, and how to develop Bible curriculum for youth.  A Wesleyan theological outlook will form the foundation of how to read Scripture for all it is worth. Credit 3 hours.

SMIN 533 Program Design and Development in the Local Church. An introduction to and practice in designing and developing a youth ministry in the local church. Attention will be paid to context (i.e. urban, rural, suburban and geographic or regional characteristics), theology of youth ministry, and practical challenges such as fundraising, budgeting and accounting procedures. This class will teach the basics of what is needed to design and implement a sustainable model for youth ministry in the local church using Wesleyan theological and praxis distinctives.  Development of a philosophy of youth ministry will be a primary goal.  Care will be taken to address different contexts and types of local churches.  All the basic 101 topics will be taught such as budgets, newsletters, Sunday school, UMYF, mission trips, events, retreats, staff relations, volunteers, and more. Credit 3 hours.

LEAD 570 Leadership for the Future. Participants will learn to identify trends, implement change initiatives, maximize resources, and develop a response to changing workforce dynamics. This course provides a thorough foundation in the methods used when leading project initiatives. The UMC has certain ways of doing things.  Attention will be paid to the leadership roles for youth ministry as prescribed by the Book of Discipline.  A Wesleyan model of leadership will be emphasized.  Methodist history will be briefly taught in order to help vision for youth ministry options for a visionary and creative future.  Attention will be paid to Wesley’s sermons and UMC Social Principles as a way to lead youth in a growing awareness of their roles in a challenging culture. Credit 3 hours.

 

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