The Youthscape Centre for Research supports the development of a range of learning opportunities for youth workers, that integrate theological reflection, research evidence and the experience of the Youthscape team.
The International Certificate
This year Youthscape is proud to be partnering with the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary to launch the International Certificate in Youth, Theology and Innovation, running from November 2018 through to April 2019.
Students will gather in the UK in November 2018 at Youthscape for an opening retreat, before heading to the National Youth Ministry Weekend in Birmingham together - the largest youth work conference of its kind in the UK. With inspiring worship, workshops, speakers, and fellowship, the NYMW provides refreshment and connection for youth workers across borders. Between December 2018 and March 2019 the group will complete an online curriculum of four courses covering theology, innovation, spirituality, and a contextualized project in innovative youth ministry. With a blend of self-paced coursework and associated assignments, participants are able to balance the demands of their ministries with the workload of the program.
The group will then meet again for a final time in the US in April 2019 for Princeton Theological Seminary’s Forum on Youth Ministry to synthesize their learning and share their contextual projects. Participants will then take part in the Forum’s four-day conference, learning from leading scholars and practitioners in youth ministry and the theological academy. As the Forum concludes, participants will receive their certificates and celebrate with a final reception.
For full details of the program visit the Certificate website.
Applications for this year are now closed, but will re-open for 2019/20 early next year.
The LST MTh (Research) Scholarship
The church has been a force for good in the lives of young people for centuries, but finds itself increasingly disconnected and unsure of how to respond to the needs and perspectives of a new generation. Change will require resources, prayer, innovation, impetus and the pooling of knowledge and experience. But it must also be grounded in theologically informed research.
In response, the London School of Theology and Youthscape have committed themselves to increasing the scale and scope of research related to youth ministry in the UK. In the coming months we will open applications to the Youthscape/LST scholarship. One student will be fully funded to undertake a Master of Theology (Research) in 2019/20, based at Youthscape and working in an area of relevance to youth ministry.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure you are contacted when applications open.
Innovation in Youth Ministry: LST Module
In partnership with London School of Theology, Youthscape CEO Chris Curtis will be delivering an accredited module (equating to 10 credits at Level 5) on innovation in youth ministry, through a one-week intensive from Monday 1st April to Friday 5th April 2019. Classes run 9am to 3.30pm each day based at the LST campus in Northwood, London.
Drawing on a growing body of work on the theory and practice of innovation, you’ll learn techniques of design thinking and agile development, and explore how to apply this to youth work in your day-to-day context. You’ll explore how culture and life is changing for young people and how this impacts their perceptions, values, beliefs and lifestyle. Finally, you’ll also have the opportunity to reflect on how youth ministry has already innovated in the past to meet cultural and practical changes, and what lessons can be learned.
Applications for the module will open in Autumn 2018.