Theologian Abraham Kuyper defines “whole-life” discipleship this way: “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, ‘Mine!’”
In this youth ministry leadership training course, discover how to help your teenagers make that definition their own as they integrate their faith into all of life, confronting cultural influences and making choices that do—or don’t—lead to deeper discipleship and a growing friendship with Jesus.
This online youth leadership training course helps you learn how to equip teenagers to see their lives through a Christian worldview. Sharpen their ability to be discerning. And give them the tools they need to consistently make faith-affirming, life-giving decisions.
Discover how to navigate your online course, get connected to our ministry network, and download a copy of the Course Notes.
Meet course instructors Dr. Kevin Turner, Professor of Youth Ministry at Colorado Christian University, and Rick Lawrence, award-winning author, cultural researcher, national speaker and executive editor of GROUP Magazine. Their years of in-the-trenches youth ministry and leadership to youth pastors will inspire you on this journey.
Today’s culture is fast-changing, fast-moving, and overwhelming. It’s challenging to lead teenagers in a cultural environment that’s defined by uncertainty. In this module, we’ll help you “get your feet under you” and lean into the presence of Jesus before we dive into helping teens live fully for Jesus in a daunting culture.
The great philosopher Marshall McLuhan observes, “Environments are not passive wrappings, but are rather, active processes which are invisible.” Before we can help teenagers engage their cultural influences in an active way, we have to wake them up to the impact of their environment. In this module we’ll examine how to diagnose the environmental influences forming your teenagers.
When we’re talking about our culture, we’re usually focused on advancing it, not retreating from it. That means our default setting is to continue pushing the envelope into what’s new, not remain stagnant in what’s old. We’ll explore some practical ways you can engage cultural influences for relevant youth ministry.
To help teenagers better live in their future without becoming of it, we need a new acronym in youth ministry—W.I.J.F. It stands for “What Is Jesus For?” When we’re for the things Jesus is for, we naturally swim upstream in our culture—but the energy behind that will be fueled by a passion for the heart of Jesus, not anger or fear against cultural influences that seem threatening. We’ll examine what we’re doing to provide a rich environment for face-to-face interactions in our ministry and how to move kids toward greater intimacy in their relationships with Jesus and others.
Sometimes the future teenagers are immersed in does more than simply promote alternatives to the culture of the Kingdom of God—it actively counters it. Students who are trying to follow Jesus can feel like they’re under attack. We’ll show you how to equip teens to stand their ground in the spirit of Jesus. By using the tools of apologetics, you can help today’s youth to thoughtfully and effectively engage their culture.
As you complete this course, you’re now equipped to help guide kids into a Jesus-following life that’s firmly planted in the world, but isn’t of the world. Now you can train them to stay awake and fully engage the culture influences in their life—in the Spirit of Jesus, and with conviction and discernment.
A youth ministry approach uniquely designed to prepare teenagers to live “critically and Christianly” in their culture.
How to teach kids to uncover the underlying worldview of their cultural influences.
Ways to help students filter cultural truths through biblical Truth.
How to help teenagers make healthy choices with their cultural consumption.
Methods to help teens discover what God is already doing, then partner with him in doing it.
Create a powerfully relevant youth ministry with the tools teens need to discover, discern, and decide how they’ll intersect and respond to today’s culture.
Enroll now and you’ll be on your way to achieving Ministry Certification.