The M.Th. in Applied Orthodox Theology with a concentration in Youth Ministry provides a graduate theological education across a range of topics – Scripture, Doctrine, Fundamentals of Orthodoxy, Liturgical Theology, Pastoral Theology, Church History, and Patristics – as well as coursework focusing on Youth Ministry. An overview of the courses for the Youth Ministry Concentration is provided below. See also the more general description of the M.Th. Program in Applied Orthodox Theology.
The directed-reading courses in the Youth Ministry Concentration are identical to those in the standard Applied Orthodox Theology concentration, with the exception of four courses which specifically focus on preparing the student for Youth Ministry. Courses are as follows:
• Fundamentals I: An Introduction to Orthodoxy
• Church History I: The Christian Church from Its Foundation through the Seventh Century
• Liturgical Theology I: Introduction to Liturgical Theology, Baptism and Eucharist
• Church History II: The Orthodox Church from the Seventh Century to 1453
• Practical Aspects of Youth Ministry: Fundamentals of Youth Ministry*
• Holy Scripture II: The New Testament
Patristics: The Fathers of the Church During the First Five Hundred Years
• Practical Aspects of Youth Ministry: Relational Ministry and Spiritual Development in Youth*
• Holy Scripture III: Biblical Topics:
• Doctrine I: The Doctrine of Knowledge In the Tradition of the Church
• Doctrine II: The Orthodox Doctrine of the Holy Trinity
Pastoral Theology I
• Practical Aspects of Youth Ministry: Moral and Ethical Issues Confronting Orthodox Youth*
• Pastoral Theology II
• Practical Aspects of Youth Ministry Designing and Building a Parish Youth Ministry*
*courses specific to the Youth Ministry Concentration
The directed-praxis courses of the Youth Ministry Concentration are offered in the spring semester of each year (Units II, IV, and VI) and will generally address a particular need in the area of Youth Ministry. They will include a proposal submitted for approval to the Chair of the Department of Youth Ministry and the Praxis Mentor; the directed Praxis itself; and a Praxis paper with supporting detail.
Examples of Youth Ministry Praxes are:
• Extended Teen Ministry Outreach praxis, including preparing teens, implementing praxis and debriefing teens
• Designing, building and training a Parish Youth Ministry Team
• Developing and implementing a Teen Weekend Retreat
• Developing and teaching a semester course in Moral and Ethical Issues Confronting Orthodox Youth to teens
• Designing, implementing and evaluating a Youth Group Calendar of Events
• Teaching teens Orthodox Liturgical Music, performed and useable in an Orthodox setting
• Developing a web-based Youth Ministry Program
• Developing a CD-based Youth Ministry Teaching Tool for teens
• Developing and implementing a Teen Bible Study Program
The Fourth Year (Research and Thesis Composition) of the Master’s Degree Program
Students who successfully complete the first three years of the Youth Ministry Concentration, and who satisfy the other prerequisites, may enter the final (fourth) year of the Master’s Degree Program. This year is dedicated to research and thesis composition focusing on a practical need in Youth Ministry, and generally includes the following:
• Presentation of a Thesis Proposal (abstract).
• Two Semesters (Fall and Spring) of thesis research and preparation.
• Completion and defense of the Master’s thesis focused on Youth Ministry
For a more detailed description of the Youth Ministry Concentration, including course descriptions, please see pp. 12- 15 of the AHOS Catalog.