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Contextualization of Evangelism and Discipleship in Youth Ministry

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 02/11/2020

Course Description

A study of the philosophy, principles, and practices of evangelizing and discipling middle and high school age students within the context of their own diverse cultures. Certain “axioms” and “paradigms” of adolescent ministry will be examined and evaluated for their effectiveness as tools for understanding and reaching students with the gospel.





YOUT 630 is consistent with the program learning outcomes of scholarship, research, and professional communication based upon the course’s learning outcomes that consist of a synthesis that includes analysis, comparisons, examinations, and identification of student ministry, resulting in the construction of a student ministry strategy that balances evangelism and discipleship.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyze the contexts of generational culture, Generation X, Millennials, Generation Z, Digitals, represented with student ministry.
  2. Evaluate the effectiveness of select evangelistic methodologies within youth ministries for the purpose of implementation.
  3. Identify student ministry axioms and paradigms essential for effective student ministry.
  4. Recognize characteristics that are associated with middle and high school students.
  5. Construct a strategy of student ministry that incorporates evangelism and discipleship.

Course Resources

Required Resources

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

Aldrich, Joseph. Lifestyle Evangelism: Learning to Open Your Life to Those Around You. : Multnomah Books, 1993.

Jacober, Amy E. The Adolescent Journey: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Practical Youth Ministry. : Intervarsity Press, 2011.

McKee, Jonathan. Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation. : Youth Specialties, 2009.

Liberty University Custom: Stearns, Richard. The Hole in Our Gospel. Nashville: Lifeway Church Ministries, 2009.

Vandegriff, Steve and Rich Brown. Student Ministry Essentials: Reaching. Leading. Nurturing. Chicago: Moody Press, 2015.

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. John W. Rawlings School of Divinity: Turabian-Based Writing Guide

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion Boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete 2 Discussion Board Forums throughout the course. The purpose of Discussion Board Forums is to generate interaction in regards to relevant current course topics. The student is required to submit 1 thread of at least 250 words. The student must submit 2 replies of at least 100 words each. For each Discussion Board Forum, the student must support his/her assertions with at least 2 citations in current Turabian format.Acceptable sources include textbooks, the Bible, websites, personal interviews, course lectures, etc. (MLO: B, D).

Book Critiques (2)

The student will write a 5–7-page summary (not including the title page and bibliography) on each of the following textbooks: the Vandegriff and Brown textbook, Student Ministry Essentials (Book Critique 1), and the Stearns textbook, The Hole in Our Gospel (Book Critique 2). These must include the following sections: Introduction, Summary, Personal Response, and Conclusion. The student must remember to use quotations from the book. The student must refer to the grading rubric found in Blackboard for complete assignment requirements (MLO: B, C). 

Generational Interviews

The student is expected to interview 4 individuals from 4 different generations including: Baby Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y, and Gen Z. These individuals are to be identified based upon the descriptions in the video presentation. Personal interviews are recommended but are not required. The student may use other means to get his/her interviews. Once the student has secured his/her interview, the student must synthesize the individuals’ responses including, but not limited to, an introduction, summary, personal observations, ministry implications, and conclusion. The student must include confirmations or comparisons with assigned readings (these will make up his/her citations/footnotes) (MLO: A, D).

Personal Reflection Paper

The personal reflection assignment requires the student to synthesize his/her readings, both from this course as well as others, personal reading and required reading, juxtaposed with the student’s own experience, to develop his/her own perspective on student evangelism. This must be described succinctly in the form of an axiom(s). This perspective must include the student’s own personal position and practice of evangelism. The student can include an explanation of his/her own spiritual gifts as well as his/her personality type. Emphasis must also be on the student’s personal convictions on evangelism as well as how it can be demonstrated corporately within a student ministry. This paper can be written as a narrative (MLO: E).

Field Experience Report

The emphasis of this assignment is twofold: the observation of and participation in a local ministry/service and writing a description of that experience. The student will identify a local ministry and observe its operation. The student will pre-determine the ministry’s relationship to
student ministry and use this as a criterion for selection. This can include, but is not limited to, local church or para-church ministries. It could also include social service ministries (i.e., Christian-based boys/girls homes/shelters, youth centers, mentoring/tutoring, and clothing/food). This field experience must include conversations with those in leadership as well as those who benefit from the ministry. There is no specified length of time for participation/observation, but, to get the full benefit of this experience, the student should plan on being at the site for an evening, afternoon, shift, or during daylight hours (MLO: E).

Strategy Paper

The Strategy Paper is a compilation of all video presentations, required readings, and assignments. The expectation of this assignment is that the student develops a plausible strategy of evangelism and discipleship for a current student ministry (can be his/her own church or ministry) (MLO: E).

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums (2 at 50 pts ea)


Book Critiques (2 at 100 pts ea)


Generational Interviews


Personal Reflection Paper


Field Experience Report


Strategy Paper




Course Policies

Style Guidelines

All assignments for this course are to be formatted in accordance with the John W. Rawlings School of Divinity: Turabian-Based Writing Guide. Discussion assignments and essay examinations may use the parenthetical citation style. All other written assignments should use the footnote citation style. Supplemental writing aids are available via the Online Writing Center.

Extra Credit

No additional “for credit” assignments will be permitted beyond those given in the course requirements stated above.

Course Changes

Course requirements are subject to change by the administration of the University at any time with appropriate notice.


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 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

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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


YOUT 630

Textbooks: Aldrich, Lifestyle Evangelism (1993).

Jacober, The Adolescent Journey (2011).

McKee, Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation (2009).

Stearns, The Hole in Our Gospel (2009).

Vukich & Vandegriff, Timeless Youth Ministry (2002).


Reading & Study




Vukich & Vandegriff: chs. 1–11

1 presentation

Course Requirement Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1





Vukich & Vandegriff: chs. 12–22

1 presentation

Book Critique 1



Jacober: entire text

1 presentation

3 websites

Generational Interviews



Aldrich: entire text

1 presentation

Personal Reflection Paper



McKee: entire text

1 presentation

DB Forum 2



Stearns: pp. 1–170

1 presentation

Field Experience Report



Stearns: pp. 171–281

1 presentation

Book Critique 2



Synthesis of all required textbooks

1 presentation

Strategy Paper




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.