Youth & CE Major

This course of studies develops the education and training of the Foundation Certificate with its competencies. It has an emphasis on Youth and Christian Education.  

This program consists of two years of theoretical training at the seminary and one year of internship.

General Competencies

  • Communicate clearly at the appropriate level for the audience.

  • Express one’s own ideas in writing.

  • Be able to plan and organize effectively.

  • Lead groups giving clear directions and encouraging team members.

  • Develop creativity and free expression.

Specific Competencies

  • Develop a personal philosophy of children’s and/or youth ministry.

  • Be able to lead a children’s or youth ministry.

  • Acquire the skills and abilities needed to implement a children’s or youth ministry in a local church.

  • Understand human development and apply that knowledge to planning children’s and youth activities.

  • Appreciate the cultural, legal and contextual issues that affect ministry with young people.

  • Be equipped to resolve conflicts harmoniously.

  • Analyze problems and provide appropriate solutions.

 

Curriculum

Year one

THEOLOGY ECTS
OT Survey 3
NT Survey 3
Hermeneutics 3
Pentecostalism 3
Introduction to Christian Doctrines 3
Total 15

PRACTICAL THEOLOGY ECTS
Music Ministries 3
Understanding Human Behaviour 3
Christian Education 3
Church Planting and Growth 3
Missiology 3
Total 15

GENERAL EDUCATION ECTS
Introduction to Psychology 3
Human Sexuality 3
Sociology 3
Introduction to Christian Care 3
Library Research and Writing 3
Total 15

SPIRITUAL FORMATION AND PRACTICE      ECTS
Practicum I 9
Spiritual Formation I 3
Field Ministry I 3
Total 15

Foundation Year 60

 

Year two

THEOLOGY 1 ECTS
Greek I or Hebrew I 3
NT Pro Seminar or OT Pro Seminar 3
NT Exegesis I or OT Exegesis I 3
NT Exegesis II or OT Exegesis II 3
NT Book Study or OT Book Study 3
Total 15

THEOLOGY 2 ECTS
Church History I or Systematic Theology I 3
Church History II or Systematic Theology II 3
Ethics or Christian Denominations and Sects 3
Pastoral Theology and Leadership or Intro to Counseling Theories and Techniques 3
Principles of Teaching or Homiletics 3
Total 15

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CONCENTRATION ECTS
Intercultural Communication 3
Christian Education of Children 3
Christian Education of Youth 3
Senior Research Paper 6
Total 15

SPIRITUAL FORMATION AND PRACTICE    ECTS
Practicum II 9
Spiritual Formation II 3
Field Ministry II 3
Total 15

Year 2 60

 

Year three - Internship year

Length

The professional practicum begins on September 15 and continues until September 14 of the following year (full-time practicum). Ten weeks a year are permitted for vacation, research and writing. In individual cases this time schedule can be modified with the school’s permission. The practicum can be extended into a two-year practicum (part-time practicum) if the student is involved in another occupation during the internship time. Missions majors must serve their internship year outside their home country.

Location of Practicum

It is primarily the responsibility of the student to find an internship site. This place of internship, however, must be determined in dialogue with the school. The practicum can take place in a local church or in a transdenominational organization. A qualified internship supervisor must be available on site.

Requirements of the Practicum
  1. A full-time professional practicum should consist of a 40-hour week. (This does not include personal devotions, etc.). The part-time practicum consists of a 15-hour week.
  2. Graduation Paper. A 40- to 65-page paper that consists of a theological and personal reflection of one’s practicum and ministry. Details of the internship requirements may be obtained from the Director of Practical Ministries.