Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Concentration Chair: Dr. Marc Tumeinski

 The MAPS Youth & Young Adult Ministry Concentration provides learners with the ability to help teens and young adults apply their faith to the difficult emotional, spiritual, and relationship challenges that accompany the high school, college, and young adult years. This concentration would be an excellent fit for those learners who wish to: 

  1. Pursue careers in Catholic grade schools or high schools
  2. Pursue careers in campus ministry
  3. Pursue careers in family life ministry
  4. Be more effective in connecting teens and young adults with a meaningful experience of their Catholic faith

Graduates will also be able to practice as Family Life Coaches and be eligible for advanced standing to become a Board-Certified Coach through the Center for Credentialing and Education.

Concentration Goals:

To equip students with the skills needed to:

  1. Help teens and young adults have a more meaningful, dynamic, and orthodox relationship to their Catholic faith.
  2. Help teens and young adults apply the wisdom of their Catholic faith to the emotional, relational, and spiritual challenges they face.
  3. Help teens and young adults enjoy healthy, godly, and chaste peer relationships and prepare to participate in godly marriage and family lives and other healthy adult relationships.
  4. Empower teens and young adults to discover their mission and charisms, and discern God’s will for their lives.

Concentration Outcomes:

Students with a concentration in Youth and Young Adult Ministry will be able to:

  1. Engage in effective and ethical youth and young adult ministry
  2. Identify the developmental challenges of adolescence and young adulthood and develop faithful responses to those challenges.
  3. Support teens and young adults in creating healthy and chaste peer relationships
  4. Prepare teens and young adults to live the Catholic vision of marriage and family life.
  5. Communicate the teachings of the Catholic Church in a manner that is compelling to teens and young adults.
  6. Help teens to live more abundant, faithful lives of genuine service to God and others.

Co-requisites for All Areas of Concentration

  1. PAS 602 Fundamentals of Practical Theology
  2. DTH 645 Nature and Grace 

Core Courses for the Youth and Young Adult Ministry Concentration 

  1. MTH 851 Contemporary Moral Issues 
  2. PAS 805 Trinity and the Incarnation)
  3. PAS 511 Mission and Evangelization 
  4. PAS 720 Nurturing the Domestic Church: Facilitating Authentic Marriage, Family Life and Spirituality 

Youth and Young Adult Ministry Area Concentration

  1. APO 512 Apologetics 
  2. PAS 607 Contemporary Youth Culture
  1. PAS 660 Thanatology
  2. PAS 785 Pastoral Issues Concerning Human Sexuality 

Youth and Young Adult Ministry Electives

*Select any two courses from the following, or consult the MAPS Program Director to approve your alternate selection.

  1. DTH 512 Spiritual Life in the Classics 
  2. PAS 621 Pastoral Care of Marriage and Family 
  3. PAS 605 Intercultural Competencies  
  4. PAS 641 Methods in Counseling 
  5. PAS 791 Morals and Psychology 
  6. PAS 891 Methods in Teaching 

 Core Curriculum

As the above list describes, two co-requisite classes are required of all students when they first matriculate into the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies program, and these are PAS 602 Fundamentals of Practical Theology and DTH 645 Nature and Grace.

The 12-credit hour core curriculum and 12 credit concentration curriculum required for the M.A. in Pastoral Studies Program includes the following:

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