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Online · School of Divinity · Christian Leadership & Church Ministries

Integrating Youth Ministry into the Home and Church
YOUT-615

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 03/11/2020

Course Description

A course designed to study the philosophy and principles of ministry leadership as they relate to the dual responsibilities of home ministry and local church ministry. Issues such as balancing family and ministry, establishment of priorities, strategies of integration, roles and responsibilities of parents and leaders, team building, outcomes and goals, shifting emphases and trends will be addressed. Special emphasis will be placed on helping ministry leaders address the special challenges of balancing spousal, parental and ministry leadership responsibilities through priorities and integration by developing a personal paradigm for each of the roles.

Requisites

Prerequisite

YOUT 510

Rationale

This course is designed to present a fresh approach to student ministry that integrates parental involvement in youth ministry and which emphasizes a paradigm that focuses on discipleship and training rather than activities and entertainment. A refocused parent-integrated youth ministry also helps the youth leader to be more effective as a spouse and parent which provides modeling and training opportunities for both students and their parents. This will lead to a more balanced approach to ministry leadership reducing the risk of burnout or other consequences of dysfunctional expectations or programming.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain in writing the inner workings of student ministry as related to the local church.
  2. Recognize the need for balance (personal, interpersonal, and spiritual) in his/her lives as related to student ministry.
  3. Develop a plan for establishing priorities and parameters to help ensure long-term personal and family health in a student leadership position.
  4. Articulate a plan of action which includes strategic partnership with parents of students so as to provide parents with the training and passion to serve as the primary disciple-maker for their students in their home.
  5. Recognize the need for parent education as a part of youth ministry leadership to ensure integrated student discipleship that begins in the home and continues at the church.
  6. Identify challenges to youth ministry leadership on a personal and professional level and provide solutions or exercises which would mitigate their negative potential.

Course Resources

Required Resources

The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student.

Burns, Jim, and Mark Devries. Partnering with Parents in Youth Ministry. Wheaton: Gospel Light, 2003.

Devries, Mark. Family-Based Youth Ministry. Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2004.

Devries, Mark. Sustainable Youth Ministry. Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2008.

Horner, David. A Practical Guide for Life and Ministry: Overcoming 7 Challenges Pastors Face. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2008.

Kageler, Len. The Youth Ministry Survival Guide: How to Thrive and Last for the Long Haul. El Cajon: Zondervan/Youth Specialties, 2008.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Word
  5. School of Divinity Writing Guide: https://www.liberty.edu/divinity/index.cfm?PID=28160

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 3 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 100 words.

4-MAT Review

The 4-MAT Review system is a way of responding to readings, lectures, and life experiences, requiring the learner to interact with new ideas on several levels. The format must be 4–5 pages, submitted as a Microsoft Word document, and follow the format for the degree program in which the student is enrolled. The submissions must include a title page, footnotes/citations, subtitles, pagination, and a bibliography per current Turabian guidelines.

Ministry Health Essay

The student will write a 4–5-page analysis focusing on the over-all “health” of the youth ministry and youth leader in today’s American church. The essay must also include a brief exposition of what Scripture would say leads to a healthy church/leader/ministry. The essay must include at least 5 references and must be formatted according to current Turabian format.

Annotated Bibliography

The student will submit an annotated bibliography for his/her research paper. The bibliography must contain 10 sources pertinent to the topic being studied with a brief annotation/synopsis of each source. The material must be current and formatted in current Turabian.

Research Paper: Introduction and Thesis

The student will provide his/her introduction and thesis statement for his/her final paper. This portion of the assignment must clearly communicate to the instructor where the student is directing his/her research paper.

Research Paper

The student will write a 10–15-page research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on a topic of his/her choosing as related to youth ministry. The paper must include at least 10 references.

Youth Minister Action Plan

The student will write a 5–7-page research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on a plan for personal/family priorities and boundaries, integrating principled parental involvement, and training parents in assuming his/her role as the primary disciple-maker. The paper must include at least 3 references.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (4 at 100 pts ea)

400

4-MAT Review

100

Ministry Health Essay

100

Annotated Bibliography

50

Research Paper: Introduction and Thesis

25

Research Paper

175

Youth Minister Action Plan

150

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Additional Items

Program Learning Outcomes for YOUT 615

YOUT 615 supports the academic programs of the Rawlings School of Divinity as a Theology elective.

The program learning outcomes for these programs are listed with the program in the 2019/20 Rawlings School of Divinity Graduate Catalog. This course is related to at least one of the program learning outcomes listed for each of these programs and contributes to your success in acquiring the knowledge and skills that are described. Here is the link to the catalog page where this information can be found: 2019/20 Rawlings School of Divinity Graduate Catalog

Schedule

YOUT 615

Textbooks: Burns & Devries, Partnering with Parents in Youth Ministry (2003).

Devries, Family-Based Youth Ministry (2004).

Devries, Sustainable Youth Ministry (2008).

Horner, A Practical Guide for Life and Ministry (2008).

Kageler, The Youth Ministry Survival Guide (2008).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Horner: Parts 1–3

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

10

0

100

2

Kageler: Part 1

1 presentation

Ministry Health Essay

100

3

Kageler: Part 2

2 presentations

DB Forum 2

Research Paper: Introduction and Thesis

100

25

4

Burns & Devries: chs. 1–6

Horner: Part 4

1 presentation

DB Forum 3

100

5

Burns & Devries: chs. 7–12

Horner: Part 5

1 presentation

4-MAT Review

Annotated Bibliography

100

50

6

Devries (2004): chs. 1–4

Devries (2008): chs. 1–6

Horner: Part 6

1 presentation

2 websites

DB Forum 4

100

7

Devries (2004): chs. 5–8

Devries (2008): chs. 7–13

Horner: Part 7

1 presentation

2 websites

Research Paper

175

8

Devries (2004): chs. 9–12

2 presentations

Youth Minister Action Plan

150

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.