The Practicum in Youth Ministry involves real work experience in a ministry setting. The learner is expected to be involved in ministry with youth or young adults but is not required to be an employee of a church.
Learners will be exposed to and participate in spiritual disciplines throughout the practicum in order to integrate personal spiritual development into practical experience. They will also apply what they have learned throughout the program to actual ministry situations by synthesizing theoretical knowledge (learned material) with practical realities (a ministry setting involving young people).
Learners will engage in regular online discussion with their classmates and practicum instructor in both individual and group settings. Progress will be measured through two major projects – one due at the end of the 6th week and one in the last week of class.
**Learners will participate via Zoom in at least two group sessions with the instructor and cohort and one individual coaching session with the instructor, with times to be determined by the availability of the participants.
Learners are required to have the following books for this class:
- Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us, by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun
This course is eligible for 4.0 CEU.
Number of weeks: 12
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: Yes, required
Part of a certification or series of courses?: Yes
About the Instructor
Matt Vaughan is the founding director of Ministry Leadership Initiative, a non-profit organization focusing on equipping church leaders to help, care for, and enrich the lives of young people with Christian witness. Matt’s vocational experience includes serving four churches as a youth minister over the span of 20 years; 18 of Matt’s former students responded to a call to ministry by going to seminary. He earned an MA in youth ministry from Southwestern College, an architectural degree from the University of Kansas, and a teaching certificate from the University of Missouri – Saint Louis.