Foundational Christian Beliefs – Children’s and Youth Ministry

Unit Overview
Understanding the core doctrines of the Christian faith is one thing…communicating them to children and young people is another! How would you prepare a children’s talk for Trinity Sunday? Is a clip from the Terminator a good illustration of Jesus’ humanity? Is a youth group church? Will my pet go to heaven?
Through the lens of a number of historical Creeds, this unit gives students undertaking a one year course the opportunity to lay down some theological foundation stones for the rest of their lives and ministry. In a cohort of fellow Children’s and Youth Ministry students, and with CYM tutors, this unit combines the learning materials of the Online unit with on-campus tutorial discussion.This four-credit point unit extends over two semesters and requires online participation alongside weekly tutorials held on Thursday afternoons.

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Unit Details 

Workload Two semesters, four-credit points.
Status Core
Subject Code TH305/TH505
Prerequisites and exclusions This unit may not be taken if any of TH401–404 or TH601–604 have been completed.
This unit should only be taken by Diploma or Graduate Diploma students.
Who Graham Stanton

Unit Content

  1. Why beliefs matter, and why the Creeds were created
  2. The doctrine of God the Father
  3. The doctrine of God the Creator
  4. The doctrine of God the Son
  5. The doctrine of Jesus the Saviour
  6. The doctrine of the Holy Spirit
  7. The doctrine of the Church
  8. Eschatology

Learning Outcomes
The purpose of this unit is to give students an overview of the central doctrines of the Christian faith following the outline given in the Creeds. It is designed to provide a theological outline for students.

On completion of this unit, a student will be able to:

  1. Name and outline the content of the major theological loci as set out in the Creeds;
  2. Describe why it is useful to be able to describe beliefs; and
  3. Locate their own beliefs in the wider spread of Christian understandings.

Study Expectations (Online)
In Ridley Online units you can expect to work through a variety of weekly learning activities which are designed to develop your understanding of and skills in the themes and passages related to your unit. These usually include watching videos, reading, completing set learning tasks and contributing to online seminars and interacting with your peers. Allow 8-10 hours study time per week for this unit.


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