Youth workers invest many hours in the spiritual development of teenagers, and a solid understanding of theological concepts is essential to this effort. If you want to help youth understand and talk about their faith, this course is for you.
Through study and reflection of key concepts ranging from sin to redemption, learners will grow in their own understanding and ability to teach these topics in relevant and relatable ways. This course includes reading, video teaching, and interactive discussion with other course participants.
**There will be an optional opportunity to meet with classmates to discuss topics relevant to this course.
Students are required to have the following books for this class:
- Starting Right: Thinking Theologically About Youth Ministry, edited by Kenda Creasy Dean, Chap Clark, & Dave Rahn
- The Theological Turn In Youth Ministry, by Andrew Root and Kenda Creasy Dean
This course is eligible for 3.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Lori Richey serves as the Youth and Young Adult Coordinator for the Timothy Circle at the Institute for Discipleship. She connects ministry organizations to the Timothy Circle in an effort to fully support young people as they hear and follow God’s call in their lives. She is also the Lead Coordinator for the IFD/YMI Professional Certification in Youth Ministry and teaches three of the four required courses.
Lori received her Youth Ministry certification from Perkins School of Theology in 2015 and served in local church youth ministry for ten years at Calvary UMC in Wichita, KS. She and her husband, Steve, have three adult children and are on a mission to visit all 62 US National Parks in their lifetime. Her favorite quote by John Muir, known as the Father of the National Parks, is “Oh, these vast, calm, measureless mountain days, days in whose light everything seems equally divine, opening a thousand windows to show us God.”