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Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies

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In partnership with the Diocese of Davenport and the Center for Ministry Development, SAU Campus Ministry is proud to host the Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies program. The program is led and developed by the Center for Ministry Development, a national leader in Catholic youth minister training since 1979, and it aims to give those who minister with youth the experience, tools, and resources needed for creative and comprehensive youth ministry.

The certificate consists of eight courses over two years. Courses are typically offered at St. Ambrose over the summer, with four courses offered each summer. Courses delve into a variety of ministry topics, from basic foundational courses on youth ministry, to more specific applications relating to topics such as prayer and worship, evangelization, justice and service, and pastoral care. Fulfilling the eight courses earns the participant the Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies. The classes also can be taken for Theology undergraduate credit through St. Ambrose University, at one credit hour per class. The courses are perfect for anyone interested in working in youth ministry, for those who are new or who are seasoned veterans, and everyone in between.

Applications are available now for classes this summer - click here (pdf) to download the application. To learn more about the program email Christopher Clow. Current SAU students, as well as youth ministry workers in the diocese and surrounding areas, are encouraged to apply. Deadline for the first round of classes ends on May 22, so be sure to get your applications in!


Cycle two courses

COURSE #1 Fostering the Faith Growth of Youth Through Prayer and Worship
Thursday, June 23-Friday, June 24
Explores the principles and methods of caring for young people from various cultures and their families. The course develops an understanding of the breadth and depth of pastoral care, family systems and adolescent development, and the role that cultural identity plays in the development of adolescents. The goal is two-fold: (a) to promote healthy adolescent development from a pastoral care perspective, and (b) to develop preventative interventions for families with adolescents. Instructor: Tom Tomaszek

COURSE #2 Fostering the Faith Growth of Youth Through Pastoral Care
Saturday, June 25-Sunday, June 26
Investigates the foundational role that prayer and worship have in fostering the spiritual growth of youth. Participants develop understandings and practical skills necessary for promoting youth participation in liturgy, fostering the prayer life of youth and preparing prayer services, and understanding the role of youth retreat experiences. Participants will apply these understandings by developing a realistic and integrated approach to worship within a comprehensive ministry to youth. Instructor: Christina Lamas

COURSE #3 Fostering the Faith Growth of Youth Through Evangelization and Catechesis
Thursday, July 28-Friday, July 29
Develops the foundations and practices for nurturing the growth of faith and Catholic identity in young and older adolescents. Participants will examine a contemporary approach to developing Catholic identity and practices, as well as exploring ways to promote a living relationship with Jesus in the lives of adolescents today. They will experience and analyze the postmodern culture and develop strategies for faith formation with adolescents in a postmodern world. They will learn creative approaches for evangelization and catechesis and develop skills and methods for evangelizing and catechizing adolescents. Instructor: Tom East

COURSE #4 Fostering the Faith Growth of Youth Through Justice and Service
Saturday, July 30-Sunday, July 31
Drawing from scripture, Catholic social teaching, adolescent development and contemporary catechetical principles, this course explores the foundations for fostering a justice and service consciousness within a holistic spirituality in youth. It develops skills for creating integrated, action-learning models for the justice and service component of a comprehensive youth ministry. Instructor: Joan Weber

Cycle One Courses offered summer 2017
Principles of Youth Ministry, Practices of Youth Ministry, Foundations for Ministry Leadership, Skills for Christian Leadership