Certificate / Diploma in Youth Ministry                 

Union Theological College offers a Graduate Certificate in Youth Ministry programme to current undergraduate students (and to recent graduates who meet the requirements).

The programme seeks to build a bridge between the academic study of the degree syllabus and the practical and applied needs of those preparing for ministry, especially for ministry among young people.  

The aim of the programme is twofold:  to equip students to apply their theological training to “ministry” contexts in general and then to focus on “youth” contexts in particular.  

The Certificate is awarded by the Presbyterian Theological Faculty, Ireland, which is incorporated by Royal Charter.

The current requirements are as follows:

 

ACADEMIC

 

  • The Graduate Certificate will normally be taken over a period of one year, concurrently with an undergraduate degree programme at Union College.  Completion of the concurrent degree programme will be a prerequisite for the award of the Graduate Certificate.
  • The associated degree pathway should normally include at least one module in each of Old Testament, New Testament, Systematic Theology, and Practical Theology/Missiology. Should a student not meet one or more of these module requirements within his/her degree programme, then he/she may instead “audit” a relevant module, together with the submission of assignment work, normally totalling 1,500 words per module.

 

 GENERAL MINISTRY

 

  • Candidates will be required to attend and participate in four Ministry Tracks held across both semesters.
  • These Ministry Tracks will focus on the application of academic theology to the context of ministry from a faith perspective. There will be a 75% attendance requirement at each of the required Tracks. A class paper (or equivalent) of up to 1,000 words will be required for each Ministry Track.
  •  The Ministry Tracks will normally cover the following subject areas:
  • Biblical Studies;
    • Apologetics;
    • Homiletics;
    • Leadership.

 

YOUTH MINISTRY

  •  Candidates must take at least one of the undergraduate Youth Ministry modules as part of their degree programme (or audit the module, together with coursework totalling 1,500 words).
  •  Alternatively, candidates may take (or already hold) the PCI Council for Congregational Life and Witness evening-class Certificate in Youth Ministry.

 

 TWO-DAY RESIDENTIAL

Attendance at and participation in a two-day residential programme for training and reflection will be a requirement.  Topics for study and discussion at the residential will be drawn from the following:

  • Contemporary culture/context;
  • Pastoral care of young people;
  • Conflict resolution;
  • The spiritual development and health of those involved in youth ministry;
  • Youth evangelism;
  • Understanding and leading worship.

 

At the residential, Certificate and Diploma students live and explore the various issues together, bringing a further diversity of experience and opinion to our learning experience.

 

REFLECTIVE PRACTICE EXERCISE (RPE)

 

  • Candidates will be required to undertake a Reflective Practice Exercise based on supervised involvement in some practical expression of Youth Ministry.  It is up to the student to identify and arrange an appropriate RPE, subject to guidelines which will be issued and to the approval of the programme organiser. 
  • The project should involve at least 25 hours of “ministry” – and can be, for example, ongoing weekly activity or a special summer programme.  It may be an activity in the candidate’s own church or a project in which the candidate is already involved. 
  • Prescribed reading will be required as part of the RPE.  An evaluative reflective journal will be required at the end of the Exercise as will a brief report from the student’s agreed “link” person for the purpose of the Exercise.

 

GENERAL

  • Where a class paper or assignment or other form of assessment is specified in the above regulations, then a satisfactory standard will be required, equivalent to a pass-mark of 50%. 
  • The normal College assessment policies will apply. In particular note that there may be a penalty for late submission of classwork).
  • A fee is payable for the course, please contact the College office for current information.
  • The option of upgrading to a Graduate Diploma will be available.

For more information click here or contact js.carson@union.ac.uk

 

 

Graduate Diploma in Youth Ministry (GDipYM)           

Union Theological College offers a Graduate Diploma in Youth Ministry to existing undergraduate students (and to recent graduates who meet the requirements).

Students will normally first complete the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Youth Ministry and then in a subsequent year “upgrade” to the Diploma by completing the additional requirements as set out below.

The programme seeks to build a bridge between the academic study of the degree syllabus and the practical and applied needs of those preparing for ministry, especially for ministry among young people.  

The aim of the programme is twofold:  to equip students to apply their theological training to “ministry” contexts in general and then to focus on “youth” contexts in particular.  

The Diploma will be awarded by the Presbyterian Theological Faculty, Ireland, which is incorporated by Royal Charter.

The requirements for the Graduate Diploma, inclusive of the requirements for the Grad Cert YM, are as follows:

 

ACADEMIC

 

  • The Graduate Diploma will normally be taken concurrently with an undergraduate degree at Union College.  The Graduate Diploma course will normally be taken over one year, following prior completion of the requirements for the Graduate Certificate. Completion of the concurrent degree programme will be a prerequisite for the award of the Graduate Diploma.
  • An associated degree pathway should normally include at least two modules in each of Old Testament and New Testament, one module in each of Church History and Systematic Theology, and at least three modules in Practical Theology/Missiology. Should a student not meet one or more of these module requirements within his/her degree programme, then he/she may instead “audit” a relevant module, together with the submission of assignment work, normally totalling 1,500 words.

 

GENERAL MINISTRY

  • Candidates will be required to attend and participate in eight Ministry Tracks (that is four in the Certificate year and four in the Diploma Year).  Each Ministry Track series will consist of a weekly seminar of one hour across one semester. 
  • These Ministry Tracks will focus on the application of academic theology in a ministry context from a faith perspective.  There will be a 75% attendance requirement at each of the required Tracks. A class paper (or equivalent) of up to 1,000 words will be required for each Ministry Track.
  • The Ministry Tracks will normally cover the following subject areas:
    • Pastoral care;
    • Exploring controversial issues;
    • Practical Skills (i);
    • Practical Skills (ii).

 

 YOUTH MINISTRY

  • Candidates should take both of the undergraduate Youth Ministry modules as part of their degree programme (or audit these modules, with assignment work of 1,500 words per module).
  • As an alternative to one of the undergraduate Youth Ministry modules, candidates may take (or already hold) the PCI Council for Congregational Life and Witness evening-class Certificate in Youth Ministry.

 

TWO-DAY RESIDENTIALS

  • Attendance will be required at a two-day residential programme for training and reflection in each of the Certificate and Diploma years.
  • Topics for study and discussion at the Residential will be drawn from the following:
    • Contemporary culture/context;
    • Pastoral care of young people;
    • Conflict resolution;
    • The spiritual development and health of those involved in youth ministry;
    • Youth evangelism;
    • Understanding and leading worship.

 

At the residential, Certificate and Diploma students live and explore the various issues together, bringing a further diversity of experience and opinion to our learning experience.

 

REFLECTIVE PRACTICE EXERCISE (RPE)

  • Candidates will be required to undertake two Reflective Practice Exercises (RPE) based on supervised involvement in some practical expression of Youth Ministry (that is, one RPE as part of the Graduate Certificate pathway and a further RPE as part of the Graduate Diploma).   
  • It is up to the student to identify and arrange an appropriate RPE, subject to guidelines which will be issued, and subject to the approval of the programme organiser. The project should involve at least 25 hours of “ministry” – and can be, for example, ongoing weekly activity or a special summer activity. For the Graduate Diploma, at least one of the RPEs should be in a context with which the student has had no prior familiarity (except that candidates who are employed in paid youth ministry posts may base both of their projects on different aspects of their regular work). Prescribed reading will be required as part of the RPE. An evaluative reflective journal will be required at the end of the Exercise as will a brief report from the student’s agreed “link” person for the purpose of the Exercise.

 

GENERAL

  • Where a class paper or assignment or other form of assessment is specified in the above regulations, then a satisfactory standard will be required, equivalent to a pass-mark of 50%. 
  • The normal College assessment policies will apply.  In particular note that there may be a penalty for late submission of classwork.
  • A fee is payable for the course, please contact the College office for current information.

 

For more information click here or contact js.carson@union.ac.uk