Edinburgh Theological Seminary is committed to training men and women for ministry and mission. Many churches are reaching young people for the Gospel and many Christians are already involved in youthwork (Sunday school, youth clubs, summer camps). This interactive course is designed for those who are already involved in youth work or who plan to be.
Students can complete much of the course online. All lectures can be accessed and downloaded and assessments are also submitted and assessed online. Interaction with the course organiser takes place online and through a combination of face to face appointments or discussions using Skype or Facetime.
The Diploma in Christian Youthwork Course will equip youthworkers to:
- Model Jesus Christ in their behavior, character and words
- Embody, articulate and defend a Christian worldview
- Serve young people with care, kindness and integrity
- Safeguard and protect young people
- Share the gospel with boldness, clarity and sensitivity
- Disciple young Christians to grow in their faith
- Understanding God
- Understanding Yourself
- Understanding the Young
- Understanding the Goals
- Understanding the Methods
- Understanding the Resources
See the dropdown menus for more information.
Lectures: Nick Mackison delivers 16 lectures (30 minutes each) that form the theological backbone to the course. Students watch the videos to engage with their content.
Placements: Students complete a youthwork placement arranged by the Course Organiser and supervised by a local leader.
Workshops: If practicable, workshops can be organised to share good practice and to learn from practitioners. Topics may include: Communication skills, Evangelism and discipleship, Use of technology and social media and Child Protection.
One-to-ones: Students engage directly with the course organizer. One-to-ones can take place online, face to face, or through Skype or Facetime. Students can ask questions and explore issues more fully.
This course is taken at a pace which suits each student. Ordinarily the course is completed within twelve months, but it may be extended with the approval of the course organiser.
Assessments are creative, reflective and practical. Students develop their ability to:
- Think biblically and apply biblical truth personally
- Research a topic using written and online material
- Understand issues related to Christian youthwork
- Organise their thoughts and structure an argument clearly and cogently
- Hone their writing skills and practice their communication skills
- Connect God’s timeless truth with contemporary culture
- Grow in the knowledge, skills and character necessary to serve young people well
Find out more about the assessments in the dropdown menus.
On successful completion of the course, all students are awarded the Diploma in Christian Youthwork at the ETS Annual Awards Ceremony in May. Students who receive a Distinction on at least half of their assessments will receive a Diploma in Christian Youthwork with Distinction. Students are encouraged to receive their diploma in person.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course.
The Theology and Biblical Studies components of this course can be done by Distance Learning. The student may join in online with other students who are doing the Access to Theology course.
See Distance Learning FAQ for more information on Distance Learning at ETS.
Diploma in Christian Youthwork Application Form
The relevant Application Form is found here.
Diploma in Christian Youthwork Fees
For course fees see here.