Certificate

 

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“IMAGINE WHAT GOD CAN DO WITH YOU IN ONE INTENSE YEAR . . .”

Imagine what God can do in and through you mentoring, discipleship, and service. In the Youth Studies Certificate, practical classroom studies are combined with powerful ministry experiences and close friendships making an impact that will last a lifetime. You will get a biblical and theological foundation for life whether you go on to further studies or enter the work world. You will also be prepared to be an excellent youth ministry leader volunteering in a church or other youth agency. This certificate can also serve as the first year in the Youth Ministry Major.

EXPERIENCE

Retreats and Events - We believe that being part of a caring community is essential to health and growth as a disciple. We want you to make friends and feel accepted through all of our activities.

Trip to LA Dream Center - students will be able to travel to the LA Dream Center in the Winter semester to experience the amazing work that they do in the heart of LA.

Ministry Placement - In 6 hours of supervised ministry each week, you will develop your gifts serving in a youth ministry or youth agency.

One to One Mentoring - You will meet with one of our Youth Ministry program staff regularly for personalized care and encouragement.

EDUCATION

You will gain a foundation for serving in youth groups or other agencies by studying Church and Para-Church Youth Ministries. Foundations of Youth Ministry, provides you with an overview of every aspect of a relational, disciple-making youth ministry. You will also take courses for your personal and spiritual development like Gospels, Principles and Practices of Evangelism, and Hermeneutics (how to understand the Bible). You will know God better, understand your faith, and be able to share it with others.

Youth Studies Certificate

1 YEAR

  • Fall Courses
    GS101 3 hrs

    Interpersonal Communication is designed to increase an individual’s understanding and implementation of effective interpersonal communication behaviors and skills. This course will help the student as they begin to understand communication and to assist them into becoming an effective and creative communicator. Verbal and nonverbal concepts affecting the communication process between individuals in various interpersonal contexts will be examined.

    Various models, methods, theories and practices of communication will be examined, as well participation in written and verbal activities designed to develop and improve interpersonal skills. The goal of this course is to assist the student in using what is taught and applying it to the various settings that the student will find themselves in.

    Course Outcomes
    1) Clarify the importance of communication in daily life and ministry.
    2) To help evaluate interpersonal communication skills and develop competency in interpersonal communication.
    3) Examine how an individual’s personality, culture, family background, society and mass media affect how a person communicates.
    4) Explore the complexities and intricacies of verbal and nonverbal communication.

    PS102 3 hrs

    What happens when a leader grows intentionally? Dynamic growth happens internally. What happens when a leadership team functions optimally? Dynamic things happen organizationally. This foundational course on leadership will attempt to inform and prepare students for their future lives and leadership by delving into the theology and theory of leadership as encased in the Scriptures and as practiced best by healthy organizations. Students will glean from exemplary leaders what they do and how they do it, both individually and in teams. Through self-discovery of their own God-given strengths and gift mixes, students will be inspired and equipped to become dynamic Kingdom leaders who learn to dynamically lead alone and within dynamic teams.

    BT103 3 hrs

    This course introduces to the person and work of the Holy Spirit. We will look at the Holy Spirit’s work in salvation, water baptism, and communion as well as the baptism of the Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. Practical and experiential attention will be given to the nine fruit and gifts of the Spirit as lived out in our personal lives and corporate life of the church. A small group component is also a major part of the course.

    BT101 3 hrs

    This entry level course is designed to demonstrate the importance and relevancy of the whole Bible for today. For many, it is a mystery how the Old Testament is related to the New Testament. Some think the former is a source of unrelated devotional stories, laws and prophecies. In truth, the two testaments are the complete story of God’s progressive plan for his people. There can be no real understanding of the New Testament without a clear view of the overall message of the Old Testament. It is the purpose of this course to concisely trace the story of Scripture, and to help students build a central foundation with which they can understand, interpret and apply God’s word to their lives today.

     

    FE121 1 hrs

    This course is directly related to the student’s supervised ministry placement each week. The classroom component serves as preparation for and reflection upon weekly ministry. The emphasis is on personal preparation, ministry preparation, working as part of a team, and development of ministry gifts and abilities.

    BT102 3 hrs

    This course is designed to acquaint the student with the purpose and methods of responsible biblical interpretation. This course will look at both general hermeneutics, principles for interpreting Scripture as a whole, special hermeneutics, and the principles for understanding and interpreting the various genres and literary devices that are present in the Bible. A secondary, but essential, emphasis will be given to the role of the Spirit in interpreting the text of Scripture.

  • Winter Courses
    FE122 1 hrs

    This course is directly related to the student’s supervised ministry placement each week. The classroom component serves as preparation for and reflection upon weekly ministry. The emphasis is on personal preparation, ministry preparation, working as part of a team, and development of ministry gifts and abilities.

    PS121 3 hrs

    New Course for Winter 2020. Course Description TBD

    PS101 3 hrs

    This course will examine contemporary family life in and out of the church, and it’s biblical purpose. Students will study the idea of a holistic family ministry model as well as the importance of an intergenerational mindset for church ministry. This course will include current strategies for various ministries that involve the family.

    Learning Outcomes:
    1) Identify current societal issues that affect and influence families.
    2) Examine different models for family and intergenerational ministry.
    3) Understand various methods that church leadership can support parents in areas of spiritual development.
    4) To convey a biblical concept for family ministry that is adaptable to different ministry contexts.

    GS102 3 hrs

    An exploration of worldviews as intellectual, behavioural, and value systems in relation to culture. These powerful forces shape the lives of people often without clear reflection on the part of the holder. A person’s worldview has a huge influence on identity formation. Therefore, it is crucial to increase awareness and purposeful development of our worldview.

    BT105 3 hrs

    The purpose of this course is to examine the teaching of the Bible and develop a systematic theology that addresses four important themes: the Word of God, the doctrine of God, biblical anthropology, and the doctrine of sin. Efforts will be made to explain how these themes are developed through promise and fulfilment from Genesis to Revelation.

    BT104 3 hrs

    This course is an introduction to the Gospels. It will focus on the four canonical gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Issues relating to the synoptic problem will be explored, as well as the unique contribution of each gospel. The literary nature of the gospels will be examined, exploring the gospels as story, as well as their theological impact. As the title implies, this course will emphasize our response to the gospels: what it means to follow Jesus. The focal point the Gospels have within God’s progressive revelation will be emphasized, as well as the integral part they play in personal, relational, and ministerial contexts.

OUTCOMES

In this one intense year you should know God better and have a solid foundation for growing in your faith through practicing spiritual disciplines.

You should develop experience God in community with other committed Christian making new friends and deepening your relationship with Christ.

You should have a better understanding of what you believe and be more able to share it with others in personal and practical ways.

You should be able to be a great youth ministry volunteer understanding the dynamics of relational youth ministry.

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