Ministry with Children, Youth and Families (Diploma)

Field: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies
Unit Code(s): DP0500T (Class based only)
Unit value: 18 points
Level: Diploma only
Delivery mode: Face-to-face
Prerequisites: None

This unit provides students with an understanding of children’s, youth and family ministry within Anglican and broader ecclesial contexts. It is designed to address the formation and engagement of young people (12–25 years old) in the Christian faith. The unit explores the theology of youth ministry and models of youth ministry that are drawn from this. It investigates the developmental needs of children from an early age, including the stages of faith formation. It examines social and cultural contexts, and the reasons why children and young people might be absent from faith communities. The unit explores the meaning of Christian community in today’s context with specific attention to the place and experience of children and young people within society, families, and the church’s ministry.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • explore the theology of ministry with specific attention to children, young people and families.
  • describe the social and cultural contexts of children, young people and families
  • investigate various models of ministry with children, young people and Families, and the theology that these models espouse.
  • explore ways that young people and children can be enabled to participate in the ecclesial setting.
  • Essay plan presented in class and written essay of 1,750 words (50%)
  • Group presentation in class and individual written presentation of 1,750 words (50%)
Recommended Reading:

* recommended for purchase

Beckwith, I. Postmodern Children’s Ministry: Ministry to Children in the 21st Century Church. Zondervan/Youth Specialties, 2004.

Berryman, J. The Complete Guide to Godly Play. Colorado: Moorehouse, 2002.

Bessant, J., J.R. Watts & H. Sercomb. Youth Studies: An Australian Perspective. South Melbourne: Longman, 1998.

Bunge, M.J. The Child in Christian Thought. Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 2001.

Burns, S. Worship in Context: Liturgical Theology, Children and the City. Peterborough: Epworth, 2006

Creasy Dean, K. A Youth Ministry Handbook. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2010.

Hughes, P.J. Putting Life Together: Findings from Australian Youth Spirituality Research. Fairfield: Fairfield Press, 2007.

Mason, M. The Spirit of Generation Y: Young People’s Spirituality in a Changing Australia. John Garrett, 2007.

Root, A. Taking Theology to Youth Ministry. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Yaconelli, M. Growing Souls: Experiments in Contemplative Youth Ministry. London: SPCK, 2007.

Senter, M., ed. Four Views of Youth Ministry: Inclusive Congregational, Preparatory, Missional, Strategic. Grand Rapids: Youth Specialties, 2001.

Tacey, D. The Spirituality Revolution: The Emergence of Contemporary Spirituality. Sydney: Harper Collins, 2003.