Children’s and Youth Ministry Pathway

Be equipped for gospel ministry among children and young people in a nationwide community studying online, on campus and in intensive mode.

Ridley College offers an integrated study program in the theology and
practice of children’s and youth ministry (CYM) with leading practical
theologians and expert practitioners.

You can study online in cohorts of CYM students, or join an on-campus
CYM learning community. Intensive on-campus units provide the opportunity to join together with fellow students from around Australia.

The CYM training pathway offers foundational theological study with
the option to continue in a degree program with advanced units in CYM.

Studying part-time over two to four years, the CYM training pathway fulfils the requirements for the Diploma of Theology or Graduate Diploma of Divinity.

The program is grounded in biblical studies, and integrates theological understanding with CYM practice:

  • four foundational units in Old Testament and New Testament.
  • two intensive units in Foundations for CYM and Spiritual Formation for CYM
  • one unit in Foundational Christian Beliefs integrated with issues in CYM
  • one CYM Field Education unit that engages in theological reflection on ministry practice

Other benefits include:

  • Travel subsidies for students residing min 50km outside of  Melbourne to attend intensives
  • FEE-HELP available for eligible students
  • Accredited by the Australian College of Theology
  • Access to Ridley’s Leon Morris library, and extensive online resources.


2018 Subjects
DM411/611 Youth in the Churches
Intensive: 19 -22 February; 5-6 April
Depending on numbers and site approval, the second block of the intensive (Youth in the Churches) may also be held in Hobart on 9-10 April.
Semester 1 Semester 2
Old Testament Foundations
Online or On-Campus (Thursday morning)
Old Testament Prophets and Writings
Online or On-Campus (Thursday morning)
TH305/505 Foundational Christian Beliefs for CYM
Online or On-Campus (Thursday afternoon)Full-year unit


2019 Subjects
DM306/506 Foundations for Children’s and Youth Ministry
Intensive: Semester 1

Spiritual formation for CYM
Intensive: Semester 2 dates tba
DM###/### is a proposed new unit awaiting approval from the Australian College of Theology

Semester 1 Semester 2
Jesus and the Gospels
Online or On-Campus
Early New Testament Church
Online or On-Campus


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