Sharing Jesus with children and young people is a lively and challenging ministry that is crucial for today’s church. Effective children’s and youth ministry in an increasingly complex world calls for approaches to Christian ministry that are able to wisely integrate robust biblical theological understanding with developmental and cultural context. Children and young people are a vast mission field for the church, both in Australia and beyond. But not just “the church of tomorrow”, children and young people bring their unique experience of faith and faithfulness as a gift to the church and its mission today.
The Ridley Centre for Children’s and Youth Ministry (CCYM) understands children’s and youth ministry as a ministry of the gospel by the whole church among children and young people.
CCYM Study Programs
Units in children’s and youth ministry can be included in any of the undergraduate or graduate programs offered at Ridley College. Foundational units in Children’s and Youth Ministry are offered on a two-year cycle. Advanced units in youth ministry and children’s ministry are offered on a four-year cycle.
You can study online in cohorts of CYM students or join the on-campus Vocational Mentoring Group. Intensive on-campus units provide the opportunity to join together with fellow students from around Australia. Travel subsidies are offered for students residing more than 50km outside of Melbourne to attend intensives.
|Unit Code||Unit Name||Unit Mode|
|DM306/506||Foundations for Children’s and Youth Ministry||Extensive|
|DM346/546||Personal Formation for Children’s and Youth Ministry||Extensive|
|DM411/611||Youth in the Churches||Intensive|
|DM447/647||Skills for Children’s and Family Ministry||Online|
|DM441/641||Children’s Ministry Field Education||On-campus / Online|
|DM442/642||Youth Ministry Field Education||On-campus / Online|
|DM414/614||Chaplaincy in Educational Settings||Intensive|
CCYM Research Programs
The CCYM provides supervision for research projects and higher degrees by research in children’s and youth ministry. CCYM research students have access to the combined resources of Ridley’s team of leading scholars in practical ministry, who offer a wide range of ministry experience.
Graham Stanton has been involved in youth ministry and CYM training for over twenty-five years. From 2000 to 2013 Graham was the founding Dean and Principal of Youthworks College in Sydney, Australia’s first theological college entirely dedicated to preparing people for children’s and youth ministry. As well as his primary ministry to his own teenage children, Graham continues to be involved in coaching and mentoring youth ministry leaders and is a frequent speaker at youth events and training opportunities.
Graham’s doctoral study at the University of Queensland explored the dynamics of Bible engagement for the spiritual formation of teenagers in a culture of expressive individualism. His thesis engaged in a correlative dialogue with Maxine Greene’s aesthetic pedagogy in light of a conservative doctrine of the authority of Scripture.
Alongside his role at Ridley, Graham is also the youth ministry advisor for the Mathew Hale Public Library in Brisbane. Graham is a member of the executive board of the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry and a member of the Society of Professors of Christian Education and the Association of Youth Ministry Educators.