How do we disciple the next generation in times of rapid technological and cultural change?
Develop the character and skills to mentor and influence youth through ministry. Redeemer's Religion - Youth Ministry program focuses on discipleship, outreach, and cultural engagement as a way to serve God and the youth that make up the church.
Religion - Youth Ministry is a Bachelor of Arts degree within the Religion and Theology Department. It is offered as a general major.
Right from the start, you're learning to understand your own cultural formation and how it can both help and hinder meaningful youth ministry.
First-year courses provide a broad overview of topics that are critical to youth ministry and Christian faith, including a foundational understanding of the Bible. Gain an awareness, as well as the necessary tools, to serve effectively in churches, ministries, and community organizations. Class discussions, led by dedicated and experienced professors, give insight into other denominational and cultural backgrounds.
The Core Curriculum is a set of 10 courses that every student takes. The courses are woven through every major and gets you to think deeply and broadly about what you’re studying. Think about it this way…
Create a strong foundation for ministry in courses like Leadership, Coaching, and Mentoring in Ministry while also gaining a greater understanding of working with youth in courses like Youth Culture and Spiritual Formation. Equip yourself with the tools for effective ministry with courses focusing on practical skills like Foundations of Evangelism and Discipleship.
Participate in Redeemer's campus ministries such as chapel, Rooted Worship, men and women's ministries, and prayer ministry. As well, have the opportunity to connect with guest lecturers from other parts of the country and around the globe invited to speak at Redeemer.
Take your passion for ministry into Hamilton’s downtown through a variety of volunteer opportunities such as Deedz — a weekly program where a small group of students go downtown to offer hot chocolate & conversation to those on the street.
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Take that first step and experience Redeemer’s one-of-a-kind community like never before. Visiting campus — whether in-person or online — is the best way to figure out if Redeemer is the right fit for you.
An introduction to theology acquainting students with the major areas of specialization. While emphasizing that the areas overlap and are inter-related, the course examines the areas of theology according to their distinctive foci, methods, and goals.
An introduction to the theological reading and interpretative practices of reading Scripture. This course involves a survey of biblical interpretation and the variety of methodologies that have been used to study Scripture.
A study of the Christian Church from the first century through the Middle Ages, focusing on the development of doctrine and ecclesiastical institutions.
A study of the Christian Church from the Reformation to the present, focusing on doctrinal development and divergence, the division of Western Christendom, the impact of the Enlightenment, and ecumenical initiatives.
A study of the central doctrines of Reformed theology, as rooted in the Bible, formulated by key theologians, including John Calvin and Herman Bavinck, and summarized in the ecumenical creeds and Reformed confessions. Students will have an opportunity to study the
historical development of these theological doctrines, as well as their contemporary application.
An introductory study of the biblical and theological foundations and the historical development of mission. Selected current issues and problems will be examined.
This course builds on REL-253 in theological and practical ways. Students examine the Biblical imperative for Gospel proclamation in order to provide the theological framework for understanding the Church’s role in Missio Dei. Cultural anthropology addresses the question of the faithful contextualization of the Gospel in human contexts so that people believe and communities are transformed. Students will study intercultural communication theory and practice to encourage a greater awareness of the challenges and opportunities of announcing the Gospel of the Kingdom.
This course seeks to ground students in an understanding of ministry shaped by Trinitarian theology. Furthermore, it offers a variety of tools to enable students to develop spiritual practices drawn from ancient, tested traditions to encourage a balanced spiritual life that can sustain the challenges and joys of ministry.
An intensive study of the Pentateuch, paying special attention to historical context, critical methodologies, literary structures, and theological themes.
An intensive study of literary and theological aspects of the poetic and wisdom literature of the Old Testament.
An intensive study of the gospels and Acts in their historical, cultural, and literary context.
An intensive study of the historical, literary, doctrinal, and ethical aspects of the Pauline Epistles.
The purpose of this course is to develop an awareness of the leadership dynamics involved in youth ministry that flow from the intersection between four realities: the youth pastor, adolescents, the ministering context, and the cultural context. The ministering context will be used as the “anchoring reality” around which the others will be explored.
An examination of the character of discipleship in youth ministry, and an application of discipleship to many specific youth ministry practices.
This course is designed to prepare students to teach the Bible (and other foci of the Christian faith) in various ministry contexts. The course examines how different genres of Scripture require different hermeneutical and pedagogical methods. The course maps a path for education for life through a conversation with critical pedagogy as seen through the lens of the Kingdom of God.
This course seeks to describe and analyze frameworks for understanding young adult spiritual formation in the light of North American social and cultural context. The objective is to equip
youth workers for a deeper understanding of the developmental needs of their students and the cultural influences that may be forming, de-forming, and re-forming them.
This course examines the relationship between Church, gospel, and the cultures found in North American cities so that students learn to communicate the gospel contextually and faithfully.
Open to students with Year 3 or 4 standing in the Ministry major. See page 52 of the Academic Calendar for information on internships.
There are no program-specific requirements for the Youth Ministry program.
Applicants from Ontario will be considered for general undergraduate admission based on the following requirements: