Goals of the Course:
1. To introduce students to some of the relevant issues in
ministry to teenagers in the 21st century.
2. To encourage the students to study and seek innovative
responses to adolescent spiritual needs through effective teen ministry
3. To enable students to seek critical ways of addressing the
realities of post-modern adolescence through an institutional structure.
1. Students will become familiar with a variety of resources and
perspectives in the adolescent ministry field.
2. Students will recognize the importance of adaptability and
innovation in youth ministry.
3. Students will be able to design a workable, theologically
grounded program aimed at addressing and building upon the spiritual quest of
1. A one-page reaction/reflection paper based on each of the
individual reading handouts.
2. A paper, not to exceed fifteen pages, that offers an
adaptable design, grounded in scripture and theology, for a weekend retreat for
3. A class presentation based on the weekend retreat design.
4. Full participation in classroom discussion.
of Faith by James W.
Youth Ministry by Tony Jones
the above works will be referred to during the course.
Portions of the former will be of particular use during the first two
class sessions; the latter in the design of the course project.]
to be supplied by the instructor, on various contemporary topics relevant to
bibliography with further reading will also be supplied.
Tocsin: Course Introduction and Youth Typology
It is recommended that Stages of Faith, at least through section three,
be read by this week.
Lobster Quadrille: The Quest Culture and Teenage Concepts of God
Biblical Foundations for Postmodern Ministry [handout]
Method: Postmodern Realities
Information and Discussion
Postmodern Communities and Hormonal Theology [handouts]
and Buddhapalians: The Uses [and Abuses] of Ecumenical Engagement
Multi-Cultural Youth Ministry [handout]
Buffy Do? The Reality and Uses of Pop Culture
Something to Believe In [handout]
Mule Train Air-Conditioned? The Paradox of the TechnoTeens
Technological Devices or Engagement [handout]
of Jordan Taz: Teenage Perspectives on Mortality
The Uses of Disruption [handout]
Throw the Smoke, Too? Creating Roles in Common Worship
Pattern: Engaging Parents as Evangelists [and other radical notions]
Implications of Youth Ministry [handout]
Presentations and Course Review