Study Youth and Young Adult Spirituality


Youth Spirituality DL 2018

Understand the spiritual journeys’ of young people

Discover how faith begins, grows and changes across the life course

Learn how to accompany young people amidst a faith crisis

The Basics:

This semester, we are running a class examining the spiritual lives of younger people – both youth and young adults.  It is a class you can take as University student or  as an interested person looking to learn more.  Details are:

Youth Spirituality / DP1010W_CT1010W

Tuesday evenings, 6-9pm

12 Sessions, commencing July 31st

To enrol / apply: click here

For more information, contact Rowan


The backstory:

I have blogged previously about an incredibly disorienting experience I had in my second year of youth ministry (The Pizza Story). The more I think about it, the more I recognise that that moment was a major turning point.

Prior to that moment, I was focused on learning the tricks of running better bible studies. After I began to wonder how do people hear God’s voice through his Word.

Before I was proud of my theologically-correct-and-yet-emotive worship services. After I began to ponder how people genuinely experience God’s presence.

Before I was focused upon drawing people into leadership and taking responsibility for an area of ministry. Afterwards, I was intrigued with how people discerned their personal calling.

In short, I had discovered that I was doing OK at running a youth ministry machine and passionate about a few social and theological issues while being basically clueless about how faith actually grows in youth and young adults, and how we can participate and encourage that process.

Since then …

We’ve learned a lot over the last 15 years, walking alongside youth and young adults as spiritual companions – both in formal / professional capacities, but also as a researcher.

Amongst all of this, I have been seeking to understand how it is that faith and spirituality take root in our lives, how faith grows and changes, and what is happening when it feels like it is all falling apart.

I’m almost at the end of my PhD research and am excited to share the insights of this journey, plus all the latest research and learning that is out there concerning young people, spiritual expression, religious engagement and faith.

Provisional Topic Outline:

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Who is this course for?

This is a university level course designed for students taking bachelor or graduate study. It is also open to folks just interested in learning as audit students.

You will benefit from this course if you are:

  • formally involved in youth / young adult ministry
  • volunteering or leading in youth / young adult contexts
  • interested in understanding the faith journeys of younger people
  • a young adult yourself, seeking to understand your own faith journey

Enrolling and More Info

  • Enrolling for Credit or Audit – contact the college by email or phone – 9340 8100.
  • If you are good at forms, you can go straight to here to enrol.
  • If you want to read the unit outline (boring!) – it is here

Or feel free to contact me to talk more about it.

Feel free to pass on to others who may be interested

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