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.

Directed-Reading Courses
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:
Unit I:
• 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
Unit II:
• Church History II: The Orthodox Church from the Seventh Century to 1453
• Practical Aspects of Youth Ministry: Fundamentals of Youth Ministry*
Unit III:
• Holy Scripture II: The New Testament
• Patristics I: The Fathers of the Church During the First Five Hundred Years
• Practical Aspects of Youth Ministry: Relational Ministry and Spiritual Development in Youth*
Unit IV:
• Doctrine I: The Doctrine of Knowledge In the Tradition of the Church
• Pastoral Theology I
Unit V:
• Doctrine II: The Orthodox Doctrine of the Holy Trinity
• Practical Aspects of Youth Ministry Designing and Building a Parish Youth Ministry*
• Practical Aspects of Youth Ministry: Moral and Ethical Issues Confronting Orthodox Youth*
Unit VI:
• Master’s Thesis

*courses specific to the Youth Ministry Concentration

Directed-Praxis Courses
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 usable 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

Master’s Thesis
Students who successfully complete the required coursework of the Youth Ministry Concentration, and who satisfy the other prerequisites, may enter the final phase of the Master’s Degree program which will include research and thesis composition focusing on a practical need in the field of Youth Ministry. The student is advised to begin thinking about his or her thesis during the spring semester of the second year. Preparation would include the following:
• Presentation of a Thesis Proposal (abstract)
• 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.

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