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YOU 4630

Wilderness Leadership Training

The Wilderness Leadership Course is an expedition in learning and application involving a 40-day and 40-night wilderness experiential

learning trip. You will travel on foot a total of 160 miles, participating in rock climbing, backpacking and mountaineering, as well as

develop a greater relationship with Jesus Christ, leadership ability, and leadership outdoor skills to accompany the experiential

curriculum. The classroom is the backcountry of Wyoming, including Vedauwoo rock formations, the Snowy Range, and the Wind River


This course is offered in cooperation with the Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries (SROM) which is accredited by the Association

for Experiential Education.


YOU 4650

Applied Camp and Retreat Management

In this course you will examine the realities of camp and retreat management by serving at a local Christian camp. You will also assist

in behind-the-scenes preparations for summer camp and in preparing for and hosting retreats. (3)

Offered in cooperation with a local

Christian camp; Prerequisite: YOU 3450

YOU 4720

Ministering to College Students and Emerging Adults

You will explore God's presence in the young adult journey, focusing on the theological and developmental dynamics inherent in young

adults. You will study practices that are effective in engaging young adults and will work them into effective strategies for ministry. (3)

YOU 4800

Cross-cultural Youth Ministry

This is a survey of youth ministry approaches in different cultures worldwide. You will explore the cross-cultural ministry principles

most essential to youth ministry, and will also develop a culture-specific youth ministry vision, strategy, and program. (3)

YOU 4930

Youth Ministry Internship

This internship provides you with a supervised, preliminary training experience in a local church or para-church setting. You will receive

hands-on experience as a way of discovering or honing your ministry skills and encountering the reality of vocational work away from

a university setting. This requirement is normally met during the summer, but can be completed during the fall or spring semester if

you are not registered as a full-time student. (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of 90 semester hours of academic credit (usually completed

following junior year)


YOU 4940

Wilderness Leadership Internship

You will study all aspects of leading an extended wilderness program over a summer-long internship in Wyoming. You will take a

ministerial role in serving the students and other instructors for the remaining part of the summer under the watchful eyes of wilderness

professionals. In order to participate in the internship, you must first complete the 40/40 expedition. (3)

Offered in cooperation with

Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries [SROM], which is accredited by the Association for Experiential Education.

YOU 5025

New Paradigms for Youth, Family, and Culture

In this course you will explore the ways in which different paradigms of ministry affect youth, families, and culture. What does it mean

to be family-based in youth ministry? What is the role of the family in the church? How does Christianity affect culture? What is the role

of the church today and in the future? How does culture play a part in the shaping process? What will youth ministry look like in the

future? What implications for the future arise from the phenomenon of the “emerging church?” (3)

YOU 5030

Advanced Youth Communication

This course is designed for individuals who intend to focus on vocational communication (pastor, youth leader, itinerant speaker,

evangelist, and teacher). You will explore the crucial elements of effective communication, including how to understand learning and

teaching styles, and how to connect with a variety of audiences and sizes. You will explore keys for personal and spiritual preparation,

places to find illustrations, ways to connect God’s Word with students, uses of humor, and the place of timing and speed in

communication. You will grow in your understanding of hindrances to effective communication, techniques for body language, and the

ways the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit work in the process of transforming people. (3)

Prerequisite: YOU 3130

YOU 5110

Issues in Contemporary Youth Culture

In this course, you will engage in an in-depth look inside today's youth culture. You will examine the questions they ask about such

topics as parents, self-image, friendships, peer pressure, music, love, sex, dating, abuse, drugs, and teen violence. You will give

special attention to addressing these issues from a biblical perspective and equipping students to speak, teach, and counsel youth and

families about their felt needs. (3)

YOU 5120

Intro to Youth and Family Ministry

This course provides you with a theological, sociological, philosophical, and historical overview of ministry to adolescents and their

families. You will study current models and philosophies of youth ministry and explore theories of adolescent development, as well as

a variety of issues impacting youth culture today. (3)

YOU 5410

Evangelizing/ Discipling Youth

This course will equip you with the principles and practices you need to disciple a young person to know God and make Him known. It

will give you a specific look at adolescent Christian life and how it relates to growing mature leaders in youth organizations. You will

review various models, strategies, and programs that target teens and collegians in a ministry of disciple-making. (3)

YOU 5435

Wilderness First Responder

You will study and be exposed to the methods, procedures, and tools needed to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in

remote locations. Half of your time will be spent completing practical skills, case studies, and scenarios designed to challenge your

decision-making abilities. Upon successful completion of the course, you will earn WFR, Anaphylaxis, and BLS-level CPR certifications.