Innovation In Youth Ministry

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In a rapidly-changing world, we need youth workers who are confident innovators with a strong theological foundation. This course will develop your understanding of the theological basis of youth work and give you the design skills needed to grow an agile and innovative youth ministry in your context.

Course Dates and Location
1–5 April, 9am-4.30pm at London School of Theology, Northwood HA6 2UW (except for 3 April, which is at Bute Mills, Luton, LU1 2EY)

About the Course
Our world is changing – and fast. Technology, politics, culture – some changes are for better, others bring new challenges. Many of our institutions – in education, politics and religion – struggle to keep up.

No generation is more impacted by these changes than young people, so it is vitally important that we address these challenges in youth ministry. Yet church youth ministry is facing a decline in the UK - our estimation is that less than a quarter of churches have any kind of provision for teenagers. At the same time our culture is increasingly antagonistic to Christian faith and traditional approaches to mission and discipleship seem ineffective.  How should youth ministry face these challenges? Whether you are a paid worker or volunteer, how will you respond? What kind of youth ministry is God looking for? This course is designed to answer these questions. Starting with the theological basis of youth ministry gives us freedom to innovate from a strong foundation.

Real innovation is not about a quick fix or the latest marketing technique, but about new approaches to solving problems and thinking differently about how to achieve our aims. Drawing on work on the theory and practice of innovation, this course will cover the methods of design thinking and agile development used by some of the most innovative companies in the world. Building on that knowledge, you’ll explore how to apply this to the practice of youth work in your day-to-day context. You’ll examine how life is changing for young people and how this impacts their perceptions, values, beliefs and lifestyle. This course will give you skills in design theory, alongside an understanding of the theological foundations of youth ministry, to enable you to be a confident youth work innovator in your own context. If you want ministry that’s effective in a changing world, this is the perfect place to start.

Course Aims

  • Critically engage with the biblical and theological basis of present day youth ministry.
  • Identify and critically evaluate developments in youth culture and their impact on existing models of youth ministry.
  • Understand and critically evaluate design principles and innovation theory and their application to developing new models of youth ministry.
  • Explore emerging approaches to youth ministry and reflect critically on the theological implications.

Course Tutor
Chris Curtis is the Chief Executive of Youthscape, a national charity focusing on innovation in youth ministry. Chris trained in law and also gained a Masters in Educational Psychology (Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties). He has worked with young people for more than thirty years and writes and speaks widely on young people and innovation in youth ministry.

Course Contributors
Dr Lucie Shuker is the Director of the Youthscape Centre for Research.
Martin Saunders is the Director of Innovation at Youthscape.
Phoebe Hill is Editor of The Story and a member of staff at the Youthscape Centre for Research.

Course Cost
Teaching only (including lunches/dinners up to 5 meals depending on length of intensive) £300  (£225 early bird/discount price)
Including assessment (credits can be used as part of a degree programme) £500 (£375 early bird/discount price)

Lunch included in the cost.

If you would like to register for the course and pay by invoice, please email

Accommodation is available at LST for the duration of this course. Please book this separately by contacting Frederick D'Lima at LST once you have completed your course booking here.
Ensuite study bedrooms available for £135 for four nights (breakfast included).

Suitable For:
Paid youth workers who want to develop their skills and knowledge.
Others involved in work with young people in organisations and projects.
Those leading strategy in youth ministry in churches, denominations and charities.

There are no formal entrance requirements but students will need to be confident reading, discussing and working with material at Level 5 – equivalent to a diploma of higher education (DipHE).

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