Master of Pastoral Ministry: Youth Ministry Concentration
The youth ministry concentration provides the preparation needed to address the spiritual
growth of youth in a parish or school setting. Pastoral skills are developed through
course work, field education and a capstone project.
In addition to the core courses, and two elective courses, the following courses are required to receive a Master of Pastoral Ministry with a concentration in Youth Ministry:
RPS 6330. Ministry in the Church: This course explores the contemporary phenomenon of ministry in the Catholic Church
from the angles of theology and pastoral practice. Theological exploration focuses
on biblical visions of ministry, the history of ministry in the church, and its doctrinal
underpinnings and implications, especially in ecclesiology. Pastoral consideration
reflects on attitudes, knowledge, and skills necessary for effective pastoral ministry
in today's church. Integrating these perspectives, the course includes discussion
of issues related to the contemporary ministerial scene and critical ecclesial documents
on ministry formation.
RPS 7364. Pastoral Ministry Internship - Youth Ministry: This supervised placement in ministry provides a structured experience of field education.
Working with a supervisor you will have a hands-on experience in ministry while developing
yourself, your goals, and your understanding of this ministry field. Students may
register for the course more than once.
RPS 7394. Ministry Capstone - Youth Ministry: Students take this course in their final semester. It provides an opportunity for
them to integrate previous coursework and reading with the knowledge and skills required
to address particular pastoral tasks effectively. The student will work seasoned ministerial
practitioners who will provide onsite supervision. Capstone projects require the completion
of a detailed application and written approval by School of Ministry faculty supervisors
several months prior to registration.