C ED 4133: Survey of Youth Ministry

SURVEY OF YOUTH MINISTRY Lyle Pointer, Professor
C ED 4133 Room 205, ph. 6367
Spring 1998


A study of the developmental needs, organization and administration, methods and techniques, pertaining to the context of a local church ministry to young people. The course will include interaction with full-time youth pastors in the field.


  1. To grasp the foundational principles for understanding and applying youth ministry.
  2. To understand the principles of leadership relating to staff ministry, lay leadership and leadership development among youth.
  3. To develop strategies and implement plans along with a youth ministry experience.


Borgman, When Kumbaya Is Not Enough, Peabody: Hendrickson Publisher, 1997.

Burns, Jim. The Youth Builder. Eugene: Harvest House Publishers, 1988.


  1. Read When Kumbaya Is Not Enough and answer all questions at the end of each chapter. A chapter report is due every Thursday.

  2. Examinations
    February 17 lecture notes and Burns "Section I"
    March 24 lecture notes and Burns "Section II"
    April 21 lecture notes and Burns "Section III"
    May 14 (Thursday, 8:00 a.m.) Final over lecture notes and Burns "Sections IV and V"

  3. Learning experiences:
    1. Interview a minister of youth from a local church (other than the one you work with and other than another student who may be serving as a youth worker). Write a report indicating at least the following:
      1. Questions asked.
      2. How the youth minister answered.
      3. Your evaluation.
        1. What was his/her emphasis?
        2. What, if anything, did this youth minister overlook or neglect when describing youth ministry?
        3. How would you describe his/her ministry?
        4. What were your responses, feelings, observations?
    2. Write a job description for a minister of youth including the following areas:
      1. Responsibilities
      2. Objectives to be achieved
      3. Authority
      4. Relationships
      5. Standards of performance for one-year's time
    3. Personal evaluation and philosophy. Write a report containing two concerns:
      1. What your personal philosophy of youth ministry is.
      2. Evaluate what your strengths and need areas are as related to youth ministry.
    4. Develop a year long program for youth ministry in the church.

      Option 1 - If you are already involved in youth ministry, please use your situation.

      Option 2 - If you are not involved in youth ministry work on the basis of the following situation: You have eight high school students and six junior high students in your youth group. You teach a Sunday School class and you are in charge of Wednesday night activities. You have a budget of $1200 a year. The congregation runs 110 in average worship attendance.

      In your report give the following information:

      1. List at least five objectives you want to achieve during the year.
      2. Prioritize those objectives.
      3. Describe the program you propose.
      4. Put that program on a calendar, i.e. list dates of various meetings and activities.
      5. Show where you are going to put your financial resources
      6. List the personnel you need in order to produce the program you have in mind.
    5. Practical experience
      1. Give a minimum of eight hours to youth ministry (if you are involved in youth ministry you need not do any additional work.)
      2. Report on your practical experience by answering at least the following questions:
        1. What I did?
        2. Where I was?
        3. Number of hours spent.
        4. The response of the church -- its leadership and youth.
        5. Your response.
        6. Your evaluation.
          What was successful and why?
          What would you do differently?
          What did you learn?
    6. Read a book (preapproved by your professor) on youth ministry (200 page minimum). Write a 5 page report including material you believe will be helpful for your ministry and interact with the book's philosophy, assumptions and principles (2 pages).


February 10 Interview with a youth leader
March 10 Job description
April 7 Year-long program and finance
April 14 Philosophy and self-evaluation
April 28 Practical Experience Report



1. Book report 100
2. Exams (4 @ 100 each) 400
3. Ministry projects (4 @ 100 each) 400
4. Kumbaya chapter questions 220
Total 1120

91-100 = A
81-90 = B
71-80 = C
61-70 = D
0-60 = F


An absence is "a state of being away or not present." The reason or motivation does not change this fact. Therefore, no explanation or "excuse" is required or expected. Please note the following policy regarding absences:

A. 3 or less absences up to 50 points bonus.
B. 4 - 6 absences even, no effect on final grade.
C. 7 - 12 absences a penalty of 10 points per absence.
D. 13 absences or more impossible to pass a course.
E. 3 tardies / early departures equal one absence.

ASSIGNMENTS: All assignments are due at the beginning of class. Late work will be penalized 10%.

No late work will be accepted later than 1 week after due date. The final day for term work is Monday, May 4 at noon.


  1. Foundations to Church Youth Ministry
    1. Toward a theology of youth ministry
    2. How sociology informs youth ministry
    3. Moving youth to spiritual maturity
    4. A history of American youth ministry
    5. Patterns in society that contribute to adolescent difficulties

  2. Personnel for Church Youth Ministry
    1. The youth minister
      1. Integrity of the person
      2. Women in youth ministry
      3. Interns and part-time youth ministers
    2. The senior pastor as youth minister
    3. Multiple staff relationships
    4. Developing lay leadership
    5. Developing leadership among youth

  3. Principles of Church Youth Ministry
    1. Driving concepts of youth ministry
    2. Stages of youth ministry
    3. Models of youth ministry
    4. Starting a youth ministry from scratch
    5. Long-term ministry with youth

  4. Strategies for Church Youth Ministry
    1. Dealing with high school students
    2. Developing junior high ministries
    3. Working with the parents of youth
    4. Evangelism through youth ministry
    5. Planning effective youth retreats
      1. Summer camping
      2. Leading a student mission trip
    6. Music for youth
    7. Principles for counseling youth
    8. Youth Bible Studies

  5. Sunday School and youth ministry

Youth Ministry Bibliography

Bertolini, Dewey M., Back to the Heart of Youth Work

Black, Wesley. An Introduction to Youth Ministry

Clapp, Steve and Cook, Jerry O. Youth Worker's Handbook

Cromer, William, Casebook for Youth Ministry

DeVries, Mark. Family-based Youth Ministry.

Dykstra, Craig and Parks, Sharon, Faith Development and Fowler

Ellis, Howard W., Evangelism for Teenagers: For A New Day

Gilroy, Mark, ed., Sharing My Faith: A Teen's Guide to Evangelism

Step By Step: Devotionals For Christian Teens

Gobbel, A.Roger, Helping Youth Interpret the Bible

Huggins, Kevin, Parenting Adolescents

Hunter III, George C., How to Reach the Secular People

Nelson, Carl Ellis, Helping Teenagers Grow Morally

Parrott, Les, Helping the Struggling Adolescent

Ratcliff, Donald, ed., Handbook for Youth Ministries

Richards, Lawrence O., Youth Ministry: It's Renewal in the Local Church

Rinker, Rosalind, The Years that Count

Roadcup, David, Methods for Youth Ministry

Stoop, David A., Forgiving Our Parents, Forgiving Ourselves

Wiley, Chris, The Little Commission Handbook: A Teen's Guide to Christian Service

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