Youth and Young Adult Ministry

2014 Cohort - Courses and Schedule 
2014 Cohort Brochure (pdf)

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The next opportunity to enter the program for this concentration is expected to be in 2018. Applications may be submitted a year or more in advance.

To develop youth and young adult ministry practitioners who manifest spiritual/theological depth, professional competency, academic excellence, professional leadership skills, A genuine and growing relationship with Christ, a perspective that joins God and young people in their cultural settings, programming expertise, and teh ability for self-reflection necessary for the spiritual care of youth and young adults within the broader church and community context.

The DMin Youth and Young Adult Ministry Concentration will provide a 'ministry-embedded' integration of theory and practice within a biblical theology of youth and young adult ministry.


The Doctor of Ministry Youth and Young Adult Ministry Concentration seeks to create competency in five areas related to the discipline:

  1. Academic Advancement: to enable participants to acquire knowledge of current issues and empirical findings related to the field of youth and young adult ministry, to engage the discipline through theological, sociological and psychological perspectives, to learn basic research skills relating to the field of youth and young adult ministry.
  2. Spiritual and Theological Development: to enable participants to reflect on their personal spiritual and theological perspectives and to integrate them into the practice of youth and young adult ministry.
  3. Praxis: to enable participants to acquire skills pertinent to their practice in the field to youth and young adult ministry within the context of the church and the wider communityh in their particular cultural environments.
  4. Professional Formation: to enable participants to gain knowledge of the professional field including spiritual leadership, consultation, networking, and ethical conduct.
  5. Self-reflection/Personal Growth: to help participants to become aware of their personal strengths and limitations (background, emotional state), and to realize the impact that self-awareness and self-understanding may have on ministry.
Learning Modalities

The following five learning modalities will be included in the concentration's pedagogy:

  1. A professional portfolio: including a ministry development plan, journaling, and relevant learning artifacts
  2. Learning groups/mentoring: including collective assignments, consultations, and accountability
  3. Classroom consultation: including didactic and experiential learning, as well as networking with top educators and experts in the field of youth ministry.
  4. Research: including perusal of the current literature, assigned readings, and developing empirical constructs for youth ministry practice.
  5. Praxis: including implementation of programming in the context of church life and other targeted areas of youth and young adult ministry.

Upon completing this program, the participants will be able to:

  • Articulate a Seventh-day Adventist Christian perspective on the categorization of adolescent development and the influence of socio-cultural dynamics on the spiritual life of youth.
  • Direct a biblically and theologically faithful youth and young adult ministry.
  • Utilize a 'transformational model' of youth and young adult ministry, while being conversant with, and drawing upon the philosophical and historical development of the variety of models of youth ministry.
  • Model transformational leadership
  • Demonstrate the transparency needed in a deepening relationship with God.
  • Reflect constructively and theologically upon the content and process of youth and young adult ministry.
  • Develop youth and young adult ministry programs in the local church and other targeted areas with both professional and theological competency.

Dr. Steve Case serves as concentration coordinator. He can be reached at 1-916-961-2177,

Travel and lodging information is provided in the links under the "Intensive Location" column.

Cohort participants will take these courses and modules:


2014 Youth and Young Adult Ministry Cohort

Syllabi and schedule for the cohort that begins in 2014:
(follow the linked titles to obtain the syllabi) 

Course # Course Name Instructor Intensive Dates Intensive Locations
DSRE710 Current Issues in Youth & Young Adult Ministry (4 cr) Steve Case Feb 13-21, 2014 Orlando, FL
GSEM790 DMin Project Seminar (4 cr) James Wibberding Feb 23-Mar 3, 2014 Orlando, FL
GSEM706 Spiritual & Theological Foundations for Ministry (8 cr) Jon Dybdahl April 6-16, 2015 Andrews University
DSRE765 Advanced Youth & Young Adult Ministry (5 cr) Steve Case Feb 8-16, 2016 Seattle, WA
GSEM796 DMin Project (3 cr)   spring semester 2016  
DSRE721 Perspectives on Youth & Young Adult Ministry Leadership Strategies (5 cr) Allan Walshe Feb 16-26, 2017 Andrews University
GSEM796 DMin Project (3 cr)   spring semester 2017  

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