THEOLOGY 101

Learning to think theologically about Youth Ministry.

You began in youth ministry because you felt called by Jesus, and you love teenagers. You're working hard to develop your weekly program with fun games and meaningful relationships. You hope that is enough, but life has a way of challenging this way of thinking.

Before you know it, your kids are coming to you with questions like these:

  • "If God loves me, why doesn't He answer my prayers?"
  • "Why does God let bad things happen?"
  • "Can I trust the Bible or should I believe in evolution? Can I believe in both?"
  • "Where was God when I needed Him?"

When questions like these come your way, you may try to change the subject, make a joke, or give a fluff answer that you know isn't complete.

The truth is, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure about how you should answer difficult questions about the Bible, Jesus, God, heaven, hell, faith and life in general. 

You may try to hide what you know is weak theology, but in your gut, you know you need to learn more.

About Theology 101

Naming your present theological position can be tricky. Words like "conservative" and "progressive" are often divisive with a great deal of prejudice surrounding them. Aligning with a particular belief system or denomination is also an exercise in nuance. But, it is vital that theology stands at the center of our youth ministries. How we think about God and God's action in the world will inform why we do everything else. Or, at least, it should. 

Theology 101 Course Guide

About Theology 101

Naming your present theological position can be tricky. Words like "conservative" and "progressive" are often divisive with a great deal of prejudice surrounding them. Aligning with a particular belief system or denomination is also an exercise in nuance. But, it is vital that theology stands at the center of our youth ministries. How we think about God and God's action in the world will inform why we do everything else. Or, at least, it should. 

Theology 101 Course Guide

Course Modules

  • Module 1: Theological Spectrum - Believing in Something
  • Module 2: Hermeneutics - Understanding the Perspective of Others
  • Module 3: Exegetics - Context of Scripture and Culture
  • Module 4: Fundamental Theological Purpose of Youth Ministry
  • Module 5: Resolving Paradoxes

Learning Objectives

  • Identify your core beliefs and build on your present theological position.
  • Identify the importance you place on each part of the Trinity.
  • Analyze why controversial theological topics are difficult to discuss.
  • Gain an understanding of your hermeneutic.
  • Analyize the hermeneutic of the young people with whom you work.
  • Analyze the challenges of Biblical translation.
  • Develop other exegetical skills when reading the Bible.
  • Identify misconceptions that sometimes stand in the way of theological discovery. 
  • Begin to develop a theological purpose to your youth ministry.
  • Identify paradoxes in the Bible that will support your theology of youth ministry.