Are you called to youth ministry?
Ridley Lay Ministry (RLM) students specialising in youth ministry are called to work with young people of secondary school age as they navigate this formative stage in their lives.
"Starting this degree at Ridley has been an incredible, challenging and thoroughly enjoyable journey for me. I have been passionate about youth ministry and working with young people since I was barely a teenager myself, however I could not say the same for education. I had no desire to study any further after struggling at college and believed it just wasn’t for me.
After four years out of education, whilst leading the youth ministry at my church, I began to crave a greater depth of understanding, knowledge and grounding in youth work that would enable me to go further in the future, and started to look into different study options. I came across Ridley, began the course and already know that it was the best possible decision I could have made."
Youth ministry student
The work may take place in a church, school, community or other setting, but what it will have in common is the desire for young people to experience and grow in their knowledge of God so this may inform and transform all aspects of their lives.
- Why youth workers choose to study here
Why youth workers choose to study here
Applicants to RLM wanting to specialise in youth ministry have often already worked with young people in a church, school or para-church organisation such as XLP, Romsey Mill, The Salmon Centre, or YFC, in a voluntary, part-time, or full-time capacity.
They come to Ridley looking to deepen their theological understanding, recognising that this will impact all areas of their ministry from pastoral care and social action to discipleship and mission.
- What makes a good youth minister?
What makes a good youth minister?
RLM students specialising in youth ministry can be pastors or evangelists, teachers or prophets. Typically, they have an appreciation of and sensitivity to the challenges and opportunities adolescence can bring.
They tend to be good communicators, putting young people at ease and being seen as trustworthy confidants. Extraverted or introverted, they are often able to draw on young people's interests and passions to engage them in positive activities.
- How the RLM course specialism resources you for this ministry
How the RLM course specialism resources you for this ministry
All students at Ridley Hall undertake in-depth study in Biblical Studies, Christian Tradition, Ministry and Mission, and Theological Reflection and Reflective Practice. Specific modules undertaken by RLM students specialising in youth ministry include Bible in Context, Discipleship, Pastoral Care, Management, Leadership and specialist modules in Youth Ministry as well as research in an area interest at level 6.
A key element of an RLM student’s learning takes place in ongoing ministerial practice and within theological reflection groups. RLM students specialising in youth ministry are placed within an existing ministry to young people at the start of their studies. Theological reflection groups take place during each block teaching week and are facilitated by an experienced youth minister.