Youth: The theological journey through youth ministry (Sam Kilpatrick)

1. Learning Experience

This Youth option is designed to give you new insights about youth ministry. There is no expectation that you are working in a youth ministry role, in fact other church leadership roles often benefit from insight into areas of ministry different to their own.

In the first few weeks, as you begin:

Email the Facilitator: Sam Kilpatrick (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to introduce yourself.

Spend some time reflecting on your own understanding of youth ministry from a theological perspective. Record (journal) any things you feel are significant, or ideas you would like to engage with. This is to enable you at the end of this option to assess how far you have travelled through the ten-month period. This is a private document for you unless you choose to share something of the detail in your final reflection or with your coach.

Throughout the ten months:

1. Read:

Andrew Root, The Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry Series:

Book One: Andrew Root, Taking Theology to Youth Ministry (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012). Buy online at Book Depository, or borrow from the Carey library.

Book Two: Andrew Root, Taking the Cross to Youth Ministry (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012). Buy online at Book Depository, or borrow from the Carey library.

Book Three: Andrew Root, Unpacking Scripture in Youth Ministry (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013). Buy online at Book Depository, or borrow from the Carey library.

Book Four: Andrew Root, Unlocking Mission and Eschatology in Youth Ministry (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013). Buy online at Book Depository, or borrow from the Carey library.

Aim to read one of these about every 2 months, using the five questions in the Lifelong Learning for Registration Reflection Guide as a basis to aid your reflection as you read each book and discuss with your coach.

2. Visit:

Arrange to visit six different youth ministries (about one every six weeks), in each case visiting a program they run. Meet with the youth pastor and ask:

a) What is the purpose of your youth ministry?

b) How does your understanding of the cross shape your youth ministry?

c) How do you do discipleship and mission?

d) In what ways do you engage young people in Scripture?

e) How do you structure youth ministry to fulfill all of the above?

Record (journal) what you have learnt from the discussions with each youth pastor around the questions you ask them. This may provide discussion material to engage in with your coach.

 

2. Reflection

As you read the various volumes in A Theological Journey through Youth Ministry, using what you have learnt from the reading, reflect on your own ministry context and evaluate using the following four themes:

1. The purpose of youth ministry

2. The cross and spirituality in adolescence

3. Discipleship and mission

4. Engaging young people in Scripture

After completing the six different youth ministry visits, compare and analyse your findings from the six visits and decide on changes you plan to make in your own ministry as a result of these, giving the reasons why (outline this in your final written reflection to vlog).

Use the five questions in the Lifelong Learning for Registration Reflection Guide as a basis to aid your reflection as you read the book(s) – the questions can be used for each chapter, section, or the entire book. Use your response to these questions as conversation starting points when you meet with your coach, who is to be a dialogue partner as you engage with this material (meet with them at least once every two months), perhaps focus each meeting on a particular chapter, section, or idea.

By 15 November:

Following the reading, and youth ministry visits, as well as having had regular meetings with your coach, write a reflection (1000 words, or a 10 minute vlog). Discuss your reflections from the questions above. Do you intend to change your personal life and/or pastoral ministry as a result of your learning and reflection over this ten-month period? Submit this to the Facilitator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and share it with your coach.

Feel free to email or phone the Facilitator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) thoughts or questions at any time through the ten months.

3. Coach

At the start of this ten-month option you need to make arrangements with a suitable person to act as your coach through the time, meeting at least once every two months. This person should be someone accessible to your local context, able to meet physically or online with you regularly over the time. They need to be willing and able to walk alongside you during the ten months. Ask them if they would read the books listed above if they haven’t already. The objective is for your coach to meet with you and help you to assess your current ministry practice and develop your learning experience into new or altered patterns of ministry practice in your own context. Email this Guide to Coaching page to a potential coach to see that they are willing and able to work with you throughout the ten months, which will involve five or six meetings with you of about an hour in length.

Ask your coach to help you engage with your own reflection – you might bring a different topic or area from the books each time you meet, as well as your responses to the five questions on the Reflection Guide from different parts of the readings.

Based on your reflection, ask your coach to engage with you as you work on the implementation of the four themes (in the Reflection section above) into your own ministry context. Ask them to engage with you as you work on the implementation of the structural plans/changes you come up with as you do the six youth ministry visits.

 

By 15 November:

Submit a 1000 word reflection (or 10 minute vlog) based on the twelve-month process, commenting on your reflection and coaching. The facilitator will engage with your written reflection.


Facilitator: Sam Kilpatrick

 

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Sam oversees the Youth Pastoral Leadership Training at Carey and lectures in Youth Ministry. Over the years Sam has worked in a couple of Youth Pastoral roles and recently he completed a PostGradDip in Theology. Sam has a deep love for the local church, and for the discipleship of young people.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the Facilitator of this Youth option if you have specific questions about this option.

Email Andrea or Mike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any general questions about Lifelong Learning or Baptist Leaders' Registration.

PARTICIPANTS: Up to a maximum of 20 at any time.

COST: This course is free for registered Baptist Leaders. All other registrants will be email invoiced NZD$50 per Guided Learning option.

[updated 28 February 2017]

Event Properties

Event Date 01-02-2018
Event End Date 31-10-2018
Registration Start Date 01-11-2017
Cut off date 01-03-2018
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