The Practicum in Youth Ministry involves real work experience in a ministry setting. The student is expected to be involved in ministry with youth or young adults but is not required to be an employee of a church.
Students will be exposed to and participate in spiritual disciplines throughout the practicum in order to integrate personal spiritual development into practical experience. They will also apply what they have learned throughout the program to actual ministry situations by synthesizing theoretical knowledge (learned material) with practical realities (a ministry setting involving young people).
Students will engage in regular online discussion with their classmates and practicum instructor in both individual and group settings. Progress will be measured through two major projects – one due at the end of the 6th week and one in the last week of class.
**Students will meet at least bi-weekly with the instructor and/or fellow students as determined by the instructor once the course begins.
Students are required to have the following books for this class:
- Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us, by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun
This course is eligible for 4.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Matt Vaughan is the founding director of Ministry Leadership Initiative, a non-profit organization focusing on equipping church leaders to help, care for, and enrich the lives of young people with Christian witness. Matt’s vocational experience includes serving four churches as a youth minister over the span of 20 years; 18 of Matt’s former students responded to a call to ministry by going to seminary. He earned an MA in youth ministry from Southwestern College, an architectural degree from the University of Kansas, and a teaching certificate from the University of Missouri – Saint Louis. Matt and his wife, Amy, live in Prairie Village, Kansas with their two sons. When they are not at a basketball game or tennis match, they yearn to hike, camp, or ski in the great outdoors.