This unit will address some of the challenges facing clergy and youth workers in the Church today in attempting to minister to adolescents who live in today’s youth culture. Students will examine the ever-changing adolescent world, which is in a continual state of flux, and look at the interaction of music, fashion, entertainment, media and peers, to name a few, with shaping the morals, values and ethics of today’s young people. The central question we will be asking is 'How do we make spirituality and Orthodox teachings relevant to the lives of youth in the 21st century?' Students will also develop methods for enhancing teen spirituality and critically evaluate approaches and strategies to youth ministry in light of modern scholarship and the Orthodox understanding of ministry.

Unit Code: DA8109A

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Mission and Ministry

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes


Analyse at least three aspects of culture confronting young people today.


Evaluate the influence of “pop” (popular) culture on today’s youth and their world view.


Critically examine various models and approaches to youth ministry


Develop various methods for enhancing teen spirituality and creating an environment where Christian faith is relevant in the lives of youth.


Critique and evaluate strategies for ministering to adolescents based on both modern scholarship and Orthodox ministry approaches.


Twelve weekly sessions, comprising guided readings from the set texts, additional reading resources. Online classes will also have an online tutorial. Students will be expected to contribute to six discussions on a fortnightly basis.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Topic Essay (2500 words )

2500 40.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Online Tutorial contribution (1500 words)

1500 25.0

Ministry based assignment report (2000 words)

2000 35.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-31 09:47:44 +1000