CERTIFICATE IN YOUTH MINISTRY

 

The CERTIFICATE IN YOUTH MINISTRY is aimed at those key volunteer leaders who want to do systematic, in depth practical training without having to attend a Bible College.

 


 

Have you got a passion for young people and want to understand them better? Are you a volunteer youth leader and not sure where this youth ministry thing is taking you in the future? Are you wanting to develop your youth leadership skills and be more effective in your ministry to young people? The Certificate in Youth Ministry is a correspondence course which offers an opportunity for volunteer leaders to gain valuable youth leadership skills without the pressure of semesters, due dates and long essay assignments. It is entirely flexible, allowing students to work at their own pace and balance study with ministry and family responsibilities. There are eight papers in the course and student can do just one or all eight.
 

COST: Cost is NZ$75 per paper. The full cost of all eight units is NZ$600 but this reduced by one third if all eight are paid for at once making the total for all eight papers just NZ$400. Postage is free within New Zealand and $7.50 per paper for overseas enrolments. Alternatively, you can forgo this cost if we email you the material.

The eight paper titles are as follows:

 

INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP

Christian Leadership can be tough at times, but hugely rewarding. This paper looks at what being a Christian leader is all about, including the characteristics, call, motivation, requirements, responsibilities, skills, style and trials of the effective Christian Leader.

 Content outline:

  • Characteristics of Christian Leadership
  • The Call to Christian Leadership
  • The Motivation for Christian Leadership
  • The Requirements for Christian Leadership
  • The Dynamics of Christian Leadership
  • The Inward Responsibilities of Christian Leadership
  • The Outward Responsibilities of Christian Leadership
  • Christian Leadership and Team Ministry
  • The Trials of Christian Leadership
  • Reproducing Christian Leaders

 

PERSONAL AND PEOPLE MANAGEMENT SKILLS FOR YOUTH MINISTRY

Management can become a real pitfall to a ministry if not done well. This paper looks at the dynamics and requirements of management in ministry and covers time and financial management, marketing, planning, delegation, motivation, decision making, conflict resolution, change management and discipline.

Content outline:

  • Time Management
  • Financial Management
  • Planning
  • Delegation
  • Motivation
  • Marketing
  • Decision Making
  • Change Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Discipline

 

GUIDELINES FOR DEVELOPING A BALANCED AND EFFECTIVE YOUTH MINISTRY

What is at the heart of a youth ministry? Why do we do what we do? The Designing paper answers these questions and more. Look at the aspects of a Biblical and appropriate youth ministry design including philosophy, purpose, models of ministry, implementation, and integration with the wider church.

Content outline:

  • A Biblical Philosophy of Ministry in the Local Church
  • A Biblical Philosophy of Youth Ministry
  • The Elements of Youth Ministry Design
  • Models of Youth Ministry 1.
  • Models of Youth Ministry 2.
  • A Balanced Design
  • Designing a Procedure
  • Group Size and Youth Ministry Design
  • Design Considerations
  • Design Application

 

IDEAS FOR EFFECTIVE PROGRAMMING

Ever felt you lacked ideas to develop your own youth programme? Here’s your chance to learn some! In this paper, you will discover some of the principles and practices of the most effective youth programme elements such as Bible study, prayer, worship, camping, evangelism, mission, and recreation.

Content outline:

  • Designing a Youth Ministry Programme
  • Bible Study
  • Prayer
  • Worship
  • Evangelism
  • Service and Mission
  • Recreation
  • Camping
  • Creative Ministry
  • Family Ministry



 

UNDERSTANDING ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT, NEEDS AND DYNAMICS

Adolescence is full of ups and downs — reflect on your own experiences as you learn the developmental characteristics of adolescence such as physical, sexual, emotional, social, intellectual, moral and spiritual. Understand the impact of factors affecting behaviour such as personality, environment and the family.

  • Content outline:Physical and Sexual Development
  • Emotional Development
  • Social Development
  • Cognitive and Moral Development
  • Faith Development
  • The Dynamics of Adolescence
  • Adolescent Personality
  • Adolescent Adjustment
  • Principles for Healthy Families
  • Family Dynamics

 

PASTORAL CARE SKILLS FOR HELPING ADOLESCENTS

There are many ways we can be there for the young people we lead.  Learn various principles and practices of pastoral care to adolescents including personal qualities, listening skills, building helping relationships, common pastoral care issues, handling crises, confidentiality and referral.

  • Content outline: Introduction to Adolescent Pastoral Care
  • The Requirements of Effective Pastoral Care
  • The Skills of Effective Pastoral Care
  • Strategies for Effective Pastoral Care
  • Principles of Biblical Counselling
  • The Process of Helping People: Stage Ia
  • The Process of Helping People: Stage Ib
  • The Process of Helping People: Stage II
  • The Process of Helping People: Stage III
  • Dealing With Common Adolescent Issues

 

UNDERSTANDING YOUTH CULTURE AND IMPLICATIONS FOR MINISTRY

Explore the world of youth culture and all the various worldviews impacting young people today.  Look at the cultural characteristics and trends including historical trends,  environment, worldview, behaviour,  implications and responses.

  • Content outline:Understanding Culture
  • Examining Christian Culture
  • Postmodernism
  • Secularism
  • Spirituality
  • Self-ism
  • Youth Culture
  • Mission to Young People
  • Trends in Youth Culture
  • Culture in Aotearoa New Zealand

 

COMMUNICATION PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES

Communication is essential to everything we do,  learn principles and practices of effective communication through preaching, training and small group leadership.  Gain an understanding  of the principles of teaching, learning, preparation, presentation, group dynamics and learning styles.

 Content outline:

  • The Law of the Spirit
  • The Law of the Speaker
  • The Law of the Student
  • The Law of the Subject
  • The Law of Style
  • The Law of Structure
  • The Law of Substance
  • The Law of Stickability
  • The Law of Setting
  • The Law of Speech


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