Certificate in Youth and Theology
The Certificate in Youth and Theology program is for individuals actively working with youth in churches or ministry organizations. It is helpful to youth pastors, staff, and volunteers. It is ideal for those seeking specific training in youth ministry who want to connect theological reflection and ministerial practice.
Earn a Certificate in Youth and Theology in order to:
- Develop a theological vision for your ministry
- Connect theology with practice
- Understand adolescents and their culture
- Know the Bible more deeply
- Form lasting friendships with peers
- Be encouraged by mentors
||Sarah Dennis is a
participant in the
Certificate Program and
Director of Youth Ministry
What attracted you to the Certificate in Youth and Theology program?
I already have a M.Div. degree, and I really wanted to do something that would add to my theological education by focusing on youth and theology. I knew that Princeton’s programs were theologically substantial, and I also liked the idea of doing something that was ongoing and holistic rather than attending isolated training events.
What do you think are the greatest benefits of the program? How does it help you in ministry?
I have really enjoyed meeting other youth workers and staying connected with them, and I love being with my mentor Becky Hart – that’s the greatest benefit. Also, the Princeton Forums on Youth Ministry are really rejuvenating. I leave so excited about ministry, but it’s not just about getting concrete things that I can do. It’s about gaining a vision for where youth ministry is going. I love how the Forums champion youth ministry as important, and I know a lot of people are in churches that don’t know what to do with youth, but the Forum events help me see my ministry in light of it’s importance for the wider church. As Kenda Dean says, “Youth ministry is the research and development arm of the church.”