Practice Framework for Children’s and Youth Ministry

This subject equips students to develop a framework for professional practice in children’s and youth ministry that integrates theological commitments and contextual understanding with ministry practice. Grounded in methodologies for contextual and applied theology, the subject explores the implications of major topics in theology for how we engage contemporary issues in gospel missions among children and young people.

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Subject Details

Mode On-campus
Subject Code DE035
Workload Intensive, 12 credit points
Status Elective
Prerequisites DE010 or DE020 or DE029 or substantial experience in Christian ministry leadership among children and/or young people
12 credit points of Theology at levels 7 or 8
Teacher Graham Stanton


  • Approaches to applied and contextual theology for children’s and youth ministry
  • Trinitarian anthropology and relational identity
  • Social anthropology, sin and sexuality
  • Christological ecclesiology and incarnational missiology
  • Eschatology and ecology

This subject is taught at levels 8 and 9 as part of Ridley’s postgraduate coursework programs (Master of Theological Studies and Doctor of Ministry).

Study Expectations
This subject is taught at level 9 as part of Ridley’s Master of Theological Studies and Doctor of Ministry courses. Students are expected to demonstrate a capacity for independent research-driven perspectives on the subject content. In addition to the time spent in intensive classes, students should allow 8-10 hours of study time per week for this advanced subject.


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