Youth ministry and pioneering have been allies for a long time.
In fact there’s a good case to be made that the current wave of pioneer ministry and fresh expressions finds its roots in youth ministry.
So we’re really pleased to be able to offer this new pathway in pioneer youth ministry that combines Church Mission Society’s experience of training in pioneering mission and ministry, CYM’s experience of training for youth ministry, and Frontier Youth Trust’s experience of working with young people on the margins.
The certificate in pioneer ministry consists of six modules which are outlined below.
These are taught over two years. Most students complete four in the first year and two in the second. Each module is generally taught over a series of seven days in Oxford. The days run from 10.30am to 4pm to give students time to travel. There are two weekends incorporated to visit and learn from mission practice.
The resulting award is a Certificate in Mission, Ministry and Theology through Durham University as part of the Common Awards.
The certificate comes endorsed by CYM.
- Mission and Evangelism
- Foundations for Theology and Reflective Practice
- Introduction to the Bible
- Informal Learning with Young People and Children
- Basic Youthwork Skills and Practice
- Introduction to Spirituality and Discipleship (half module)
- Values, Policy and Practice in Youthwork (half module)
Below is a short description of each module.
Mission and Evangelism
Introducing the mission of God, pioneering mission theory and practice. We look at current thinking in missiology through a series of frameworks for mission. We explore what part culture has to play and how to communicate cross culturally. And consider evangelism and meet practitioners to hear from their experience. The module includes a weekend where we go and learn from those doing pioneering mission.
Introduction to the Bible
A look at the grand sweep of the salvation story told in scripture from Genesis to Revelation. It also defines the different genres that are contained in the Bible and how the historical context affected the recording and interpretation of key events.
Foundations for Theology and Reflective Practice
An introduction to basic elements of the study of practical theology – its sources, methods and contextual nature. Students will learn the principles and methods of theological reflection and its central place in reflective professional practice, with application to contexts and issues relating to working with children and young people.
Informal Learning with Young People and Children
An exploration of key pedagogical and andragogical learning theories and applying these to practice with young people and children. Students will develop key skills in facilitating learning among young people and children. They will reflect theologically on learning and on being an educator in their professional and ministerial context.
Basic Youthwork Skills and Practice
Foundational understanding of the professional values, policy and disciplines of youth work. Students will demonstrate a range of professional skills and apply these in practice in their ministry setting. Students will develop as self-aware, collaborative, theologically-reflective practitioners.
Introduction to Spirituality and Discipleship [50%]
Students will explore and experience selected approaches to the Christian life of discipleship and prayer. They will reflect upon their personal life of prayer through self-awareness, practical activities and disciplines. They investigate the spirituality of children and young people and explore appropriate approaches to discipleship.
Values Policy and Practice in Youth Work [50%]
Foundational understanding of the professional values and policies of youth work. Students will explore the methodologies of working with young people in a range of contexts. They will reflect on the values and practices of youth work from the perspective of the Christian faith