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Most young youth ministers are plugged in to the culture of their youth when they begin their profession. Youth culture shifts quickly, however. What once was important is no longer important. A youth minister will need to be more aware of the underlying shifts causing the change in fads, style and music. These shifts may be symptomatic of other issues in the lives of teenagers of which a youth minister needs to be aware. People who interact with middle school youth will learn important skills in anthropology. How do you observe the culture in which you live? How do you view it from the mind of a teenager? What does research say about these trends and how the church might respond in positive ways? In addition, participants in this course will learn how to best respond to young people when talking about these cultural influences. You will walk away from this two-week course with newly formed observational and analytical skills, as well as responsive strategies.
About YMI Two-Week Courses – The Youth Ministry Institute values relationships. Our goal is to create a relationship between you and the instructor and the other participants in the course. It is our experience that this network of colleagues continues to influence one another in positive ways. Expect to experience three 30 minute recorded class sessions, two live video sessions, an active discussion board and two applicable projects to assess your understanding and application of the material. There are no tests – only practical application of best practices so that youth might grow in their faith.
About the Instructor
Rick Bartlett is the Director of Theological Education and Assistant Professor of Ministry at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. He has a Doctorate of Ministry from George Fox Evangelical Seminary and a Masters of Divinity from Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary and a Bachelors from Fresno Pacific University. He has been a youth pastor, camp director, short-term mission coordinator and senior pastor before coming to Tabor College. Rick is the co-author of Consuming Youth: Leading Teens Through Consumer Culture.