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Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture

YOU 2110

Foundations of Youth Ministry

This course offers you an introduction to ministering to youth in today’s culture. You will study the fundamentals of youth ministry in a

variety of settings, as well as an overview of adolescent development and a survey of careers in youth ministry. (3)

YOU 2410

First Aid and CPR Certification

In this course you will focus on primary care through a combination of knowledge development, skill development, and realistic scenario

practice to make sure you have the confidence to provide care when emergency situations arise. An additional activity fee is charged

for course materials and certification fee. (1)

YOU 2411

Rock Climbing Skills

This course is designed to introduce you to technical rock climbing and to provide you with the skills and knowledge to safely participate,

teach, and supervise this recreational activity. You will be exposed to bouldering and top-rope climbing. Topics will include personal

preparedness, equipment selection, knot tying, top-rope anchors, low impact practices, and safety. An additional activity fee is charged

for equipment use and climbing fees. (1)

YOU 2412

Sea Adventure Skills

This course is designed to familiarize you with sea kayaking strokes and maneuvers, self and assisted rescues, and kayak navigation

required for travel in open coastal waters and moderate surf zones. You will also be introduced to scuba diving with the possibility of

becoming a certified PADI open water diver for an additional cost. An additional activity fee is charged for gear rental. (1)

YOU 3110

Issues in Contemporary Youth Culture

This course is an in-depth look inside the world of today’s youth, examining the questions they are asking on topics such as parents,

self-image, friendships, peer pressure, music, love, sex, dating, abuse, drugs, and teen violence. You will focus on addressing these

issues from a biblical perspective so that you are developing the skills to speak, teach, and counsel youth and families concerning the

felt needs they are experiencing. (3)

YOU 3130

Communicating to Youth

This course is designed to equip you with necessary skills for effective speaking to the youth culture. Using various methods, you will

practice giving talks that relate to the developmental needs of junior and senior high students and collegians.

YOU 3310

Group Processing and Facilitation

In this course you will study the broad, theoretical, and experiential background in group process. You will also develop skills in client

assessment, program design, facilitation strategies, and group dynamics, utilizing Christian worldview principles. (3)

YOU 3410

Evangelizing and Discipling Youth

This course equips you in the principles and practice of discipling a young person to know God and make Him known. It provides a

specific look at adolescent Christian life as it pertains to the facilitation of maturing 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 3435

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.


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

YOU 3450

Camp and Retreat Management

This course covers the basics of camp and retreat management. Topics include: staff hiring and training, facilities management,

programming, food service, marketing, working with a board of directors, risk management and accreditation. (3)

YOU 3710

Counseling Youth and Families

In this course you will begin to prepare yourself as a youth worker to meet the counseling needs of adolescents, specifically in the

areas of parent-teen relationships, anxiety, anger, suicide, substance abuse, and other pertinent adolescent problems. You will discover

a framework for utilizing a family systems model, using practical techniques and principles of counseling. (3)

YOU 3888

Mobilizing Youth for Missions

You will study the principles and strategies in designing and leading a short-term overseas trip. Emphasis will be placed on personal

spiritual preparation and cultural sensitivity in spreading the gospel. This course is offered in a missions-trip format. (3)

YOU 3910

Youth Ministry Practicum

The practicum is designed to expose you to a particular youth ministry to learn as much as possible about that ministry, its purpose,

setting, scope, type, and training requirements of personnel and your interest, passion, and readiness for such ministry. You may be

involved in observation, in entry-level tasks, or in some skilled tasks, or a combination of these. Prerequisite: Completion of 30 semester

hours of academic credit.