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TITLE The Youth Minister

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Pastoral Theology, Liturgy and Canon Law

DESCRIPTION The study-unit will introduce students to ministry with and among youth as fundamental in the evangelizing mission of the Church. Through practical sessions and spiritual companionship, the study-unit aims to foster and develop attitudes and skills that foster relational youth ministry.

The study-unit will deal with:

i. The identity of the Youth Minister
ii. The Qualities of the Youth Minister

Apart from a number of lecture sessions students will also be required to participate in a retreat, show that they have a spiritual companion and participate in a number of experiential seminars.

Study-unit Aims

By the end of the study-unit student should be able to:

i. define their role within the ecclesial community;
ii. develop personal characteristics necessary for youth ministry;
iii. develop and acquire skills and attitudes necessary to work with youth and youth leaders.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

i. have basic knowledge of the history of youth ministry;
ii. differentiate and define the relationship between the youth minister and the youth worker;
iii. understand different youth ministry approaches;
iv. differentiate between methods and techniques.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

i. apply different methodologies;
ii. build groups and foster communities;
iii. examine and question one’s own spiritual life;
iv. apply a relational youth ministry approach.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings
(availability at the Library or otherwise is indicated against each entry)

Dean K., Clark C., & Rahn D., (2001). Starting Right, Thinking Theologically about youth ministry, Grand Rapids (Michigan): Youth Specialities Academic. (Seminary Lib)
Gallagher G. (2005). Are we losing the Church? Youth Ministry in Ireland from the Second Vatican Council, Ireland: Veritas Press. (uni lib)
McCarthy, R.J. (ed.), (2005). Thriving in Youth Ministry, USA: St. Mary's Press. (uni lib)
McCarthy, R.J. (ed.), (2005). The vision of Catholic Youth Ministry: fundamentals, theory and practice, USA: St. Mary's Press. (uni lib)
Oestreicher, M. (2008).Youth ministry 3.0 : a manifesto of where we’ve been, where we are and where we need to, Grand Rapids, MI: Youth Specialities. (uni lib)

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Seminar & Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Reflective Diary No 5%
Research Paper Yes 95%

LECTURER/S Anthony Mifsud

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
21st Annual Augustinian Lecture 2017
The 21st Annual Augustinian Lecture 2017 will be celebrated on the 5th and 6th December 2017 with two lectures delivered by Rev. Prof. Theodore Dieter.

Closing Date Dissertation Proposals
Deadline to present dissertation proposals for next Faculty Board is Wednesday 29th November 2017 at 1700hrs

Augustinian Institute Academic Year 2017-18

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