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BC-313: YOUTH & CHILDREN'S MINISTRY


About this course

Children’s Ministry
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14. Children are precious in Jesus’ sight. He loves them! He wants children to be brought to Him. Ministering to children was a priority for Jesus. The disciples didn’t think it should be, but Jesus did. He made time to minister to children. He invites and commissions us to do so as well. God has commanded us to teach and train children in the way they should go so even when they are old they will not depart from it. The time we spend ministering with children at a young age impacts the rest of their lives because the things that are instilled as a child won't be forgotten when they are older. Children’s ministry allows us to pour godly values into children while they are still growing so that when they grow older, they will live godly lives and lifestyles. Starting with the basics this course takes us through several practical ways to equip us how to effectively minister and teach children His Word.

In addition, these classes will be beneficial to you if you have the desire to:
a. Begin children’s ministry in your church.
b. Or, if you plan to Pastor a church, it will equip you with essential information needed to oversee - or - improve the present children's Ministry already in place.

As you attend these classes, God may even stir your heart to take on this ministry as your life assignment. You never know where God will use you or send you... so, have an open mind and heart and be ready!

Youth Ministry
Students will receive a vision for youth ministry in an urban and rural environment. This course provides very important and practical learning on how you organize, lead, develop and pastor the youth ministry in a local church. Drawing from APC's own journey, as well as from numerous churches globally, we share best-practices for urban churches on developing youth ministry. This course will focus on some of the “nuts-and-bolts” areas of everyday youth ministry in the Church and Topics examined will range from organizing and administering a youth program to counselling teenagers, the dynamics of team ministry and working with volunteers. This course will also cover: a brief history of the growth of contemporary youth ministry, orientation to various ministry strategies, theology of youth ministry, Biblical principles for successful ministry programming, methodology, and relationship building with youth.

This is an instructor-led course. Recordings of classroom lectures will be released weekly. Complete the objective type questions, quizzes and other assignments that are given as you progress through the course. It is recommended that you keep up with the lectures and assignment on a weekly basis. This course starts the week of Monday January 09, 2023 and will complete on or before Friday April 28, 2023(23:59 UTC).

Requirements

No prerequisites for this course.

What you will learn

Some of the main topics we cover in this course include:

Children’s Ministry

  • The Biblical Basis and Mandate for children’s ministry
  • The developmental needs of children in different age groups
  • The different types of learners
  • The learning styles of children in different age groups
  • How to write a lesson plan to teach children

Youth Ministry

  • Why is youth ministry important
  • Youth ministry with a vision
  • Understanding youth culture
  • Challenges in youth ministry
  • Igniting passion among youth

Get your certificate

This course is part of the third year Bible College curriculum. Completing this course is a requirement to work towards your three-year degree. Once you complete this course successfully you will immediately receive a digital copy of a Certificate of Completion. Churches and Christian Ministries may use this Certificate of Completion to ensure that their staff and volunteers have the required training for specific roles in ministry.

Meet your instructors

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Selina Macwana

Associate Minister – Teaching and curriculum development, APCWO, Bangalore

Selina Dorothy Macwana holds a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Union Biblical Seminary, Pune. She worked as chaplain in a school, and also worked as an editor where she complied and edited a book on the leadership traits of Old Testament characters.

For 5 years she ministered with an organization where she initiated a project which equips teenagers in schools in Bangalore and in India with Godly values.

At APC, she Pastored the School Outreach Ministry, Catalyst. She wrote the curriculum, introduced the project in schools in Bangalore, trained Catalyst volunteers and staff and taught the curriculum in schools. Selina has a passion to share the gospel with children in schools, so they will have a personal relationship with Jesus their Saviour. In 2010 she also took on the role as Pastor of the Children’s Church.

Presently she continues to develop new, fresh and relevant curriculum for children/teens for Children’s Church and for Catalyst.

Credentials

  • April 2000 – Bachelors degree in Divinity
  • Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, India


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Roshan Jonas

Associate Worship Pastor & Youth Pastor, APCWO, Bangalore

With 4 years’ work experience in the corporate sector and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from The Bangalore Conservatory, with Church Music Leadership as his major, Roshan taught music and worship for 5 years at the same college. Roshan joined APC in October 2018.

Roshan has been in worship ministry since 2007, and has travelled across India with the band Living Waters leading and teaching on worship. He has also worked in the corporate sector for four years and two years for an online evangelism organization called Christian Vision, popularly known as yesHEis. Roshan’s passion is to help people become true worshippers of Jesus; to see him in the beauty of His holiness. Roshan currently serves as the youth and associate worship pastor at All Peoples Church.

Credentials

  • December 2011 - Bachelor of Music Degree in Church Music Leadership
  • Bangalore Conservatory College of Music, Bangalore, India

Course evaluation

This is an instructor-led course. Course lecture videos will be released on Monday and Friday, each week, by 5pm Indian Time.

Students will be given graded assessments during the Semester. Each of these assessments will be in reference to all content covered till that point in the course. These will contribute towards the final grade as shown below:
First Assessment (Children's Ministry)            25%
Second Assessment (Children's Ministry)       25%
Third Assessment (Youth Ministry)                  50%

Course will be graded as follows:
91% - 100%   Grade A+
76% - 90%     Grade A
51% - 75%     Grade B
35% - 50%     Grade C
Below 35%    Grade F (Fail)

Course cost/tuition waiver

All Bible Courses are being offered FREE during Spring 2023 semester. The regular cost per course is Indian Rupees 500. Tuition waiver will be available for all students in financial need for all upcoming semesters.

Free learning resources

In addition to course materials provided by instructors, students are encouraged to make use of APC’s free learning resources: free APC books, free teaching sermons series, and other material available in the Resources section of our church website. Video recordings of course lectures are also available at APC Bible College YouTube channel.

Frequently asked questions

What web browser should I use?

The Open edX platform works best with current versions of Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari.

Can I view the course offline?

No. To view the course content, you need an active internet connection.

Can I pause in between a lesson, log out, and continue at a later time?

Yes. You can pause in between a lesson and log out. When you log back in the next time Open edX will take you right back to where you left and you can continue your lesson.

What is the difference between "Self-paced" and "Instructor-led" courses?

In self-paced courses, all the course content is available as soon as a course is released. They do not have a fixed schedule for assignments, so you can complete the course at your own pace. In instructor-led courses, the course content is released at specific intervals as the course progresses. They have a fixed schedule. The course team sets specific due dates for assignments and exams, and you complete the course within a defined time frame.

Will I be able to ask my questions and clear any doubts I have, while doing this course?

Yes. There is a discussion board where you can post questions. You can also view questions asked by other students and engage in discussions. APC Staff will respond to your questions.

Can I do some courses ON-CAMPUS, some ONLINE and some via E-LEARNING?

Regardless of the learning option you choose (ON-CAMPUS, ONLINE or E-LEARNING) once you enroll, you are considered a student at APC Bible College and receive the same certificate/degree on completion of the program requirements. We also offer you the flexibility of completing some courses ON-CAMPUS, some courses ONLINE and others via the E-LEARNING platform. Your student Id remains the same. Please enroll in a course only in one learning option at a time (Example: Please do BC-101 either in Online classes or in E-learning during a particular semester. If you fail to complete BC-101 while doing it in Online Classes, in a future semester you can repeat BC-101 in E-learning).

Can I take courses in any order or should I follow the order specified by the college?

We strongly recommend that you follow the sequence of courses outlined by the college, semester by semester, year by year. However, at your discretion you are welcome to take courses in any order and sequence. Kindly ensure you successfully complete all courses required for a particular program (C.Th., Dip.Th., or B.Th.) in order to receive that certificate.

Are the requirements to pass a course exactly the same in all three learning options?

Not exactly. The course content remains the same in all three learning options (ON-CAMPUS, ONLINE or E-LEARNING). To successfully complete a course for ON-CAMPUS and ONLINE classes you must have both (A)minimum 85% attendance and (B)obtain a passing grade 35% marks or higher (grade C or better). For the E-LEARNING option, you must (A)watch all the lecture videos and (B)obtain a passing grade 35% marks or higher (grade C or better). The course assignments for ON-CAMPUS, ONLINE and E-LEARNING students may differ, and is left to the discretion of the Course Instructor.

Do you offer transfer credit for completing a certificate program?

We offer a certificate, diploma or bachelors degree from APC Bible College. We do not offer transfer credit for completing a course(s) or certificate program. Recognition of APC Bible College can vary based on the church/ Christian ministry/ institution/ organization/ agency that is reviewing your credentials and the country/region of their location and is the sole determination of the receiving church/ Christian ministry/ institution/ organization/ agency. Governmental agencies can also vary in their recognition of APC Bible College. At their discretion, the receiving organization may choose to give you transfer credit for the course(s) and certificate you have received from APC Bible College.

Will Christian organizations offer employment based on course(s) or certificate programs from APC Bible College?

This is the sole determination of the receiving church/ Christian ministry/ institution/ organization/ agency. Many APC Bible College graduates are successfully and fruitfully engaged in Christian ministry, some working independently and some working with Christian and other organizations.

Which version of the Bible should I use?

While you are welcome to use the version you are most comfortable reading, we recommend using the New King James Version of the Bible.

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    BC-313
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    Instructor-led
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