January 6-13, 2017 (8 Days)
This class meets the GBHEM standards for United Methodist Certification in Youth Ministry through our partnership Southwestern College & The Institute for Discipleship.
This class also meets the Foundation for Ministry Excellence standards for Certification in Youth Ministry Level 1 (4 additional classes and 2 consecutive years of Covenant Membership in good standing required).
This year’s class: Doing Theology In Youth Ministry
This class is very pragmatic as Real Youthworkers are Training Real Youthworkers.
In January 2016 32 student participated in Certification Class at SPARK. Another 30 are currently participating in the on-line Bible class. We anticipate over 40 students in January 2017 and seating is limited so register early to reserve your spot! As of April 1, 2016 we already have 27 students registered for class.
Systematic Theology from a Wesleyan Perspective.
A Wesleyan Model of Youth Ministry – If John Wesley was the Youthworker at your Church what would he be doing to make it a movement that everybody wants to join?
Get help from Youth Ministry gurus before/during/after class all year long. Be part of the Certification Community ALL YEAR long, year after year in a international Network of Youthworkers. You will not find these connections to the Youthworker Community and the kind of professors that stick with you for the long haul and are accessible to you long after the classes end in any other Certification program currently being offered elsewhere.
Certification in Youth Ministry is taught as a graduate level class and designed by veteran professors with practical real-world youth ministry experience. In addition to the Professors several units will be taught by youth ministry practitioners who have previously been certified in UMC Youth Ministry. This model of Certification has been successfully helping raise the standards of Youthwork for over 16 years. It is run by the good folks who designed it and who have benefitted from taking the classes taught in a way that meets Youthworkers wherever they are in their own ministry context.
Typical students have had anywhere from a High School Diploma to a Master’s Degree, serve in every kind of church as volunteer, part-time, or full-time Youthworkers in every contextual setting you can imagine. Some are 25, some are 35, some are 50+. We teach everybody at the same graduate level, but do not let that scare you. We work to help coach you along.
Like a seminary class, this class requires that several books be read before arriving at SPARK Youth Ministry Conference as well as pre-class assignments for real grades. In class assignments and reading are also required. Post class project caps the final grade. Attendance is part of the final grade. Grades are quickly available on-line from Southwestern College in the on-line program you use from the time you first register.
Rev. Dr. Reginald Blount
Rev. Dr. Laceye Warner
Teachers & Coaches
Rev. Todd Lovell,
Dr. Alan Jay Richard,
Rev. Georgia Harrison,
Mega Early Bird (Through Jan. 31): $700 Early Bird (Through Sept. 4): $855 Standard (Through Nov. 1): $995
Late (Through Jan. 9): $1,115
Members of The Youthworker Movement receive an additional $50 scholarship to any rate.
Covenant Members of The Youthworker Movement receive an additional $100 scholarship to any rate (2 years in good standing as a Covenant Member of The Youthworker Movement is required to be Certified by The Foundation for Ministry Excellence in Level 1 Youth Ministry)
If you register for any event at SPARK Youth Ministry Conference before September 1, 2015 you qualify for a $50 discount for a Wesleyan Youth Ministry Cohort.
SAVE additional $ Money $ with free housing!
You can still spend extra $$$ money the traditional way and stay at one of the event hotels OR be one of the the first 30 registrations to register for free housing and you will stay at the C2K Mission Center located very close to the event host KPUMC in the historic Oak Cliff suburb of Dallas, Texas. Accommodations include bunk beds, a full kitchen, 3 showers for women and 3 showers for men, meeting space for Wesleyan Connexion Groups. C2K is on the campus of Tyler Street United Methodist Church.
Your housing is being paid for through a partnership between The Youthworker Movement and C2K. There is a cost, it is just not passed on to you. We do highly encourage you to prayerfully consider booking your next youth mission trip with C2K in order to help this continue to be a thriving partnership.
When you choose Certification Class at SPARK Youth Ministry Conference sponsored by The Youthworker Movement you save your budget $ Money 3 ways up front:
- on registration
- on housing
- two less years of travel (we offer all 5 classes within a 24 month period, 2 are available on-line, other programs take up to 5 years with 5 in-person classes)
Texts and Assignments – january-2017-certification-class-texts-and-assignments-doing-theology-with-youth
Class Road Map – january-2017-certification-class-road-map-doing-theology-with-youth
On-Line Resource Link (Coming Soon!)
When you register for Certification @ SPARK you will have immediate access to the Professors who will coach you along in your pre-class readings and assignments. Have instant access to your progress in grades through the on-line grade book during class.
FINISH your certification in just 2 years and save $ money!
- 2018: Ministry With Youth > at SPARK Youth Ministry Conference in Dallas, Texas > $ Price TBA
- 2016: Bible in Youth Ministry > On-Line learning through Southwestern College & The Institute for Discipleship Feb 1 – April 29 & Sept. – Dec. 9; $599 (guaranteed rate, plus fees, no discounts)
- 2017: Doing Theology in Youth Ministry – January at SPARK Youth Ministry Conference in Dallas, Texas> $855 Early Bird Rate
- 2017: United Methodist Studies > On-Line Learning through Southwestern College & Be A Disciple – Feb. – April & Sept. – Dec.; $599 (guaranteed rate, plus fees, no discounts) *if you have already taken this class somewhere else you can just skip the on-line learning component OR stay engaged with this group by auditing the class for FREE
- 2018: Adolescent World > January at SPARK Youth Ministry Conference in Dallas, Texas> $ Price TBA
NEW Students may start with any of the 5 Classes at any time.
College credit from Southwestern College & The Institute for Discipleship may be awarded to each student for a small per class up front fee*:
- CEU: $20
- 3 Hours of Undergraduate Credit toward an online Bachler’s: $50
- 3 Hours of Graduate Credit toward an online Master’s: $65
*additional fees may apply for transcripts later on
College credit from Duke Divinity School may be awarded for a small fee:
- 3 Hours of Graduate Credit towards the Master’s in Youth Ministry Degree MAACP (additional registration and on campus classes required): save on the tuition cost of up to 2 elective classes (about $3,000). For more information on the Duke connection, contact Charles W. Harrison charles(at)mcyouth(dot)org or Rev. Dr. Laceye Warner.
We are currently working on the possibilities of connection to the degree programs at other UMC approved seminaries.
If you are already enrolled at as a seminary student at and UM related University, you may qualify for The Julia Wilke Scholarship of $500 per class.
When you choose Certification Class through SPARK Conference Dallas you now get REAL credit towards REAL Youth Ministry degrees!
AND you can be Certified through the GBHEM program for the UMC and The Foundation For Ministry Excellence for the same amount of work! That’s 2 certifications!
The cost of each Certification Class for each student is already underwritten through a $425 scholarship from GBHEM (awarded directly to Southwestern College after student’s successful completion of class and receiving a passing grade) and from a generous scholarship from Southwestern College & The Institute for Discipleship of $300 for those who wish to receive graduate level credit toward an on-line master’s degree in Youth Ministry from Southwestern. Without these scholarships the actual cost of class would be over $1,900 per class.
Certification Class Orientation starts on Friday afternoon 3:00pm January 8.
On Saturday and Sunday Certification Students will sit with the participants in Boot Camp at SPARK and serve as their advisors/mentors/coaches for the 2 days. This gives each Certification Student supervised praxis in network leadership and the chance to re-hear/re-learn the basics of Youth Ministry as well as becoming advocates to new Youth Ministers about the value of life-long-earning in Youth Ministry.
Normal class lectures will run Monday, January 11- Friday, January 15.
Class end at 5:00pm on Friday, January 15.
Each Certification student will have the chance to hear the Key-Note Speakers at SPARK on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and our Bible Study Leader as well as participate in worship each day. Students will get to spend extended time with all of our featured speakers as well.
The 5 UMC Certification Courses as they line up in the Southwestern College & Institute for Discipleship Course Catalogue
Ministry with Youth =
SMIN 533 Program Design and Development in the Local Church:
Ministry with Youth or How to Build a Wesleyan Model of Youth Ministry.
An introduction to and practice in designing and developing a youth ministry in the local church. Attention will be paid to context (i.e. urban, rural, suburban and geographic or regional characteristics), theology of youth ministry, and practical challenges such as fundraising, budgeting and accounting procedures. This class will teach the basics of what is needed to design and implement a sustainable model for youth ministry in the local church using Wesleyan theological and praxis distinctives. Development of a philosophy of youth ministry will be a primary goal. Care will be taken to address different contexts and types of local churches. All the basic 101 topics will be taught such as budgets, newsletters, Sunday school, UMYF, mission trips, events, retreats, staff relations, volunteers, and more. Credit 3 hours.
Bible in Youth Ministry =
SMIN 532 Faith and Formation in Developing Adults:
The Bible in Youth Ministry as Spiritual Guide for Adolescents.
A study of the relationship between psychological development and doctrines of the Christian life as they apply to youth and developing young adults. The course will cover topics such as entry into the Christian faith, the role of the church in spiritual formation, the role of theology in shaping discipleship and the importance of mentoring in faith formation in the years ranging from teen to young adult. This course will cover a survey of the Bible and teach basic Biblical studies skills for Youthworkers. Special attention will be paid to developmental issues, personality types, Christian spirituality, helping youth to read the Bible for themselves, how to craft a spiritual message for youth, and how to develop Bible curriculum for youth. A Wesleyan theological outlook will form the foundation of how to read Scripture for all it is worth. Credit 3 hours.
Doing Theology in Youth Ministry=
SMIN 530 Theology of Youth Ministry.
A survey of root convictions regarding the action of God in the lives of young people. The course will follow the standard systematic categories in theology and challenge students to consider how content in each category gives shape to youth ministry. A Wesleyan Theological outlook will be the baseline for all teaching content. Credit 3 hours.
United Methodist Studies=
LEAD 570 Leadership for the Future:
United Methodist Studies for UMC Leadership in Youth Ministry.
Participants will learn to identify trends, implement change initiatives, maximize resources, and develop a response to changing workforce dynamics. This course provides a thorough foundation in the methods used when leading project initiatives. The UMC has certain ways of doing things. Attention will be paid to the leadership roles for youth ministry as prescribed by the Book of Discipline. A Wesleyan model of leadership will be emphasized. Methodist history will be briefly taught in order to help vision for youth ministry options for a visionary and creative future. Attention will be paid to Wesley’s sermons and UMC Social Principles as a way to lead youth in a growing awareness of their roles in a challenging culture. Credit 3 hours.
SMIN 531 Ethical Issues in Youth Ministry:
The World of the Adolescent in Practical Terms.
A survey of legal and ethical concerns affecting youth leaders: boundary awareness, sexual ethics, counseling referral, rights to privacy, crisis response and management. This course will take a case study approach.This course will take a case studies approach. It will cover basic developmental issues in adolescence and how that relates in practical terms to Youth Ministry in the local church. Special attention will be given to presenting a survey of legal and ethical concerns including but not limited to: boundaries, sexual ethics, safe sanctuaries, pastoral care, counseling referrals, privacy rights, crisis issue, and family systems. Credit 3 hours.