Certificate/Diploma in Youth Ministry

The College offers a Graduate Cert YM to existing and to recent degree students who meet certain requirements, including additional courses as set out below.    The College hopes to make this Certificate available on a wider basis in the near future (particular to existing Youth Pastors on an “in-service” basis).

The aim of the course is to equip students to apply their theological training to “ministry” contexts in general, and to “youth” contexts in particular.

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

It is anticipated that the requirements from 07/08 will be as follows:

ACADEMIC

1. The Certificate will normally be taken concurrently with a Union College / QUB undergraduate or MDiv degree course.   

 2. An undergraduate degree should normally include an Old Testament, a New Testament, and a Pastoral Theology module at level 1, together with at least one Old Testament and at least one New Testament module at either level 2 or level 3.    Students should also take a module in Missiology.    Should a student not meet one or more of these module requirements within his / her degree programme, then he / she may instead “audit” the relevant module, together with the submission of assignment work, normally totalling 1500 words.

 3. MDiv students, in addition to the MDiv curriculum, will be expected to “audit” the UG PT1 module (with assignment work as above) and also either to take (or audit - with assignment work as above) the Missiology 7 module.

 4. The Faculty may also admit to the Graduate Certificate course candidates who have recently completed a degree course in Theology (at Union or elsewhere) which meets the above module-requirements.  Preference will be given to immediate past graduates of Union and to candidates who are employed in Youth Ministry contexts.

 GENERAL MINISTRY

5. Candidates should take a “From Text to Sermon” Ministry track in each of Old Testament and New Testament.  These ministry tracks will normally be closely correlated with the degree modules on offer in the particular year.

6. Students should also take a Ministry track in Apologetics – which will include discussion of key doctrines which are at issue in the contemporary church context.

 7. Candidates should also take a Ministry Track in Worship and Communication.  The coursework will include a class presentation. 

 8. These Ministry Tracks will focus on the application of academic theology from a faith perspective in a ministry context.  From September 2007, a class paper (or equivalent) of up to 1,000 words will be required for each Ministry Track.   There will be a 75% attendance requirement.

YOUTH MINISTRY

9. Candidates should take (or audit with course-work as above) at least one of the UG YM modules as part of their degree course.

10. Alternatively candidates may take (or already hold) the PCI Youth Board evening-class certificate in Youth Ministry.

TWO-DAY RESIDENTIAL

11. Attendance at a two-day residential programme for Training and Reflection will be a requirement for those who commence the course in or after September 2007.  Topics for study and discussion will include:

  • Contemporary culture / context
  • Pastoral care of Young People
  • Conflict resolution
  • The Spiritual development and health of those involved in youth ministry
  • Youth evangelism

 REFLECTIVE PRACTICE EXERCISE (RPE)

12. 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 course organiser.  The project should involve at least 25 hours of “ministry” – and can be (for example) ongoing weekly activity or a special summer activity.    Prescribed reading will be required in advance 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.

The cost of the Certificate will be £150.00 plus the cost of the “residential” (to be advised)

  • The option of upgrading to a Diploma will be available.
  • Numbers will be limited, and if the course is oversubscribed a selection process will be arranged.                
  • Preference will be given in the first instance to final year students.

For more information click here or contact jp.taylor@union.ac.uk


Graduate Diploma in Youth Ministry (GDip YM)

(07/07)

 The College offers a Graduate Dip YM to existing and to recent degree students who meet certain requirements, including additional courses as set out below.    The College hopes to make this Diploma available on a wider basis in the near future (particular to existing Youth Pastors within PCI Congregations’).

 The aim of the course is to equip students to apply their theological training to “ministry” contexts in general, and to “youth” contexts in particular.

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

Students will normally 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:

It is anticipated that from 07/08, the requirements for the Graduate Diploma will be as follows (inclusive of the requirements for the Grad Cert YM):

ACADEMIC

13. The Diploma should normally be taken concurrently with a Union College / QUB undergraduate or MDiv degree course.   

14. An undergraduate degree should normally include an Old Testament, New Testament, and a Pastoral Theology module at level 1, together with at least one Old Testament and at least one New Testament module at either level 2 or level 3.    Students should also take a module in Missiology and at least one module in Pastoral Theology at level 2 or 3.   Should a student not meet one or more of these module requirements within his / her degree programme, then he / she may instead “audit” the relevant module, together with the submission of assignment work, normally totalling 1500 words.

15. MDiv students, addition to the MDiv curriculum, will be expected to “audit” the UG PT1 module (with assignment work as above) and also either to take (or audit - with assignment work as above) the Missiology 7 module and the Theology of Pastoral Care module.

16. The Faculty may also admit to the Graduate Diploma course candidates who have recently completed a degree course in Theology (at Union or elsewhere) which meets the above module-requirements.  Preference will be given to immediate past graduates of Union and to candidates who are employed in Youth Ministry contexts.

GENERAL MINISTRY

17. Candidates should take two “From Text to Sermon” Ministry tracks in each of Old Testament and New Testament.  These ministry tracks will normally be closely correlated with the degree modules on offer in the particular year.

18. Students should also take two Ministry tracks in Apologetics – which will include discussion of key doctrines which are at issue in the contemporary church context.

19. Candidates should also take a Ministry Track in Worship and Communication.  The coursework will include a class presentation. 

20. These Ministry Tracks will focus on the application of academic theology from a faith perspective in a ministry context.  From September 2007, a class paper (or equivalent) of up to 1,000 words will be required for each Ministry Track.   There will be a 75% attendance requirement.

YOUTH MINISTRY

21. Candidates should take both of the UG YM modules as part of their degree course (or audit these modules with assignment work as above).

22. As an alternative to the first of the UG YM modules, candidates may take (or already hold) the PCI Youth Board advanced evening-class certificate in Youth Ministry.

TWO-DAY RESIDENTIALS

23. Attendance at two two-day residential programmes for Training and Reflection will be a requirement for those who commence the course in or after September 2007 (that is, one residential as part of the Graduate Certificate course and a second residential for the Graduate Diploma).

 

24. Topics for study and discussion at certificate level will include:

  • Contemporary culture / context
  • Pastoral care of Young People
  • Conflict resolution
  • The Spiritual development and health of those involved in youth ministry
  • Youth evangelism

At Diploma level, there will be further study and discussion of the above topics, together will a range of other relevant issues, including:

  • Programming, goal setting, and tine-management / personal management skills
  • Resources
  • Organisation of Events
  • Ministry to children and to Young Adults

REFLECTIVE PRACTICE EXERCISE (RPE)

25. 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 as part of the Graduate Certificate course and a further RPE as part of the Graduate Diploma course.   (Students who began their course in 06/07 will only be required to attend one residential for the Diploma).

26. 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 course 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 ongoing work).   Prescribed reading will be required in advance 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.

The cost of upgrading to the Graduate Diploma will be £150.00 per annum - plus the cost of the “residential” (to be advised)

Numbers will be limited, and if the course is oversubscribed a selection process will be arranged. Preference will be given in the first instance to final year students.

For more information click here or contact jp.taylor@union.ac.uk