YF509: HANDLING CRISIS IN YOUTH AND FAMILY MINISTRY. Amy E. Jacober.
DESCRIPTION: This course presents an overview of crises that face the youth minister from three angles a) crises within the life of an adolescent both personally and systemically, b) crises that occur in the family of an adolescent, and c) crises which may occur in the life of the youth minister. Employing readings, lecture, a resource guide and a final project students will develop the tools to appropriately identify and theologically respond to such crisis situations.
SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: In ministry to adolescents and their family's crisis is not a matter of if but when. While it is impossible to anticipate what nature the crisis will take, the majority will fall into a few broad categories. Learning to identify the pastoral response to a wide spectrum of crisis situations and having worked with a template for appropriate theological response to such, a youth and family worker will be able to bridge the gap between caring pastor and resourcing professional
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon successful completion of this course, students will have demonstrated (1) ability identify a crisis issue, including theological and secular issues involved; (2) how to analyze and reflect based on issues to determine praxis; (3) when to refer and how to pull together a viable resource guide; (4) the ability to claim the role of minister/Christian in the midst of crisis.
COURSE FORMAT: The course will meet over 4 weekends, Friday evenings, and Saturday mornings, for a total of 30 hours.
Borgman, Dean. Hear My Story: Understanding the Cries of Troubled Youth. Baker Academic, 2003. ISBN: 978-0801045684, Pub. Price $20.00 [432 pp.]
Creasy-Dean, Kenda and Ron Foster. The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul Tending for Youth Ministry. Upper Room Books, 2005. ISBN: 978-0835808583, Pub. Price $17.00 [220 pp.]
Kinner, Janna. Group’s Emergency Response Handbook for Youth Ministry. Group Publishing, 2007. ISBN: 978-0764435744, Pub. Price $14.99 [147 pp.]
Moore, Mary Elizabeth and Almeda Wright. Children, Youth and Spirituality in a Troubling World. Chalice Press, 2008. ISBN: 978-0827205130, Pub. Price $29.99 [250 pp.]
ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT:
RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Elective; will meet requirement in M.Div. concentration in Youth, Family, and Culture, and M.A. concentration in Youth, Family, and Culture.
FINAL EXAMINATION: None.
NOTE: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. Textbook prices are set by publishers and are subject to change.