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Course 330 - Introduction to Urban Youth Ministry

SKU: CVC 330

Course 330 - Introduction to Urban Youth Ministry (3 credits)

Professor: Dr. Kevin Yoho

Course Description
This course will examine the urban context and the church's opportunity for successful and sustainable youth programs that earn the right to have a transformative impact on youth, their families, and social and community systems. Students will be introduced to the theory and practice of holistic youth development. By nurturing an excitement about meeting and building transformational relationships with young people, students will be equipped to develop indigenous, asset-based, student-led, programs and services for youth who call the city their home.

Course Objectives - At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Evaluate contemporary global urbanization and the city as a sacred place where youth and religious, social, political, economic, and cultural life converge.
  • Reflect upon their own personal and professional experiences in the urban youth context and integrate them into a narrative about their theology of urban ministry.
  • Examine youth culture and needs through the lens of technology, digital media, anthropology, sociology, psychology, theology.
  • Discuss the impact of major issues dominating the urban scene and the mission agenda of the church including social media, music and entertainment, justice, law enforcement, multiculturalism, poverty, immigration, and educational and employment inequity.
  • Evaluate successful and sustainable youth ministries and how they achieve effectiveness using case studies and programs proximate to the student’s context.
  • Develop an asset-based, student-led, contextually relevant, culturally engaging, transformational ministry with young people.
  • Explore the implications of digital media for youth development strategies.

Weekly Topics

  1. Foundations of Community Youth Development
  2. Empowering Authentic (Student-Led) Student Leadership
  3. Holistic Strategies: Introducing 40 Developmental Assets
  4. Sustainable Supports: Cultivating Community Assets
  5. Beyond Service: Restoring Justice to Youth Development
  6. Developing Leaders on your Team: Mentoring Matters
  7. Cultural Remix: Engaging the Hip Hop Generation
  8. The Generation Changing the World

Course Materials & Tuition

Required Textbooks:
Arzola, Fernando. Toward a Prophetic Youth Ministry: Theory and Praxis in Urban Context. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2008. Print. (ISBN-10: 0830828028 ISBN-13: 978-0830828029) $ 20.00
Yoho, Kevin. Crayons for the City: Reneighboring Communities of Faith to Rebuild Neighborhoods of Hope. Cascade Books, Wipf and Stock Publishers. Publication Q3, 2016(ISBN-10: 149823089X ISBN-13: 978-1498230896) ( Textbook materials provided as PDF in course.) PDF in course
Recommended Reading:
Linhart, Terry, and David Livermore A. Global Youth Ministry: Reaching Adolescents around the World. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, Youth Specialties, 2011. Kindle, Print.(ISBN-10: 0310670373 ISBN-13: 978-0310670377)
Borgman, Dean. Foundations for Youth Ministry: Theological Engagement with Teen Life and Culture. 2nd ed. N.p.: Baker Academic, 2013. Print, Kindle, iBooks. (ISBN-10: 0801049016 ISBN-13: 978-0801049019)
Fields, Doug. Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry: A Personal and Practical Guide to Starting Right. El Cajon, CA: Youth Specialties Published by Zondervan, Grand Rapids, MI, 2002. Print, Kindle. ISBN-10: 031024045X ISBN-13: 978-0310240457
Robbins, Duffy. This Way to Youth Ministry: An Introduction to the Adventure. El Cajon, CA: Youth Specialties Academic, 2004. Print, Kindle. ISBN-10: 0310255279 ISBN-13: 978-0310255277
Tuition: $700.00
Total Cost of Course: (Includes cost of textbooks)


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