The learning you will undertake at Youthworks College is not within an academic vacuum but is understood specifically as a tool of ministry training. With staff including skilled academics and expert practitioners, the College programs enable students to develop skills for ministry that are theologically shaped and pastorally effective.
All of our students are involved in ministry placements of up to two and a half days a week (ranging from a volunteer Sunday school teacher to a paid youth minister). This enables them to approach their study in the context of ministry, continuously integrating their classroom reflection with real world experience.
Ministry placements are an essential component of PC249 – Guided Spiritual Formation (GSF) and also require a student supervisor. Students are encouraged to reflect on the application of their studies to ministry situations with their supervisor, and to resolve issues raised in ministry situations through reflection on Christian theology.
Children’s and Youth Ministry electives (DM222, DM211, DM220 & DM210) are streamed into first and second year units as part of the Diploma programs. These units are usually completed over six days in January/February along with other intensive students.
College Missions among children and young people are undertaken by students in their second and third year of study in partnership with the childrens or youth ministry of a local church. Students are gathered in teams lead by Youthworks ministry support team advisors to plan and carry out a week of evangelistic activity at the end of first semester.
Youthworks Ministry Certificate
The Youthworks Ministry Certificate provides essential skills in youth and children’s ministry to supplement the units in the Diploma programs. The program involves weekly ministry skills classes with expert instructors, individual student feedback on ministry development, and assistance with finding a ministry placement at the conclusion of the course.