Description: 

This course deals with developing, organizing, and coordinating church youth programs. Emphasis is on the development of Christian values in youth and adolescents. Upon completion, students should be able organize and coordinate a youth program in a local congregation.

Overview: 

Focus of this course will be placed on understanding how to effectively work with, encourage, and motivate the youth. 

Prerequisites: 
There are no Prerequisites or Corequisites for this course.
Instructor: 

Monson, Sheldon C.

Adjunct Assistant Professor in Physical Education
Part Time
Degrees: 
B.A. (1985), Ambassador University; M.A. (1997), California State University-Los Angeles
Subject Matter: 
Physical Education and Recreation

Sheldon Monson attended Ambassador College in Pasadena, CA (1981-1985) and graduated with a liberal arts degree with a major in Theology. He completed his graduate work at California State University, Los Angeles, CA (1997), earning a Master of Arts Degree in Physical Education. His major areas of study were in athletic administration and exercise physiology. For over a decade he was a full-time faculty member of Imperial Schools, Pasadena, CA serving as teacher, coach, athletic director, and industrial arts department chair. He was also a part-time faculty member at Ambassador College in Pasadena. Sheldon has extensive experience involving the Summer Educational Programs (SEP), as a member of the Worldwide Church of God, in Orr, Minnesota, Australia, South Africa, and Pasadena, California; and winter camp (WEP) in Austria. He is currently a full-time pastor in the Living Church of God, in the Minneapolis area serving congregations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, and Ontario, Canada. He has served at the LYC summer camp in Michigan, directed the Adventure Camp Program in Jackson, Wyoming 2005, and currently is the Director of the Adventure Program slated for Summer 2008 in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Course Credit: 
Three (3) semester credit hours.
Required Texts: 

In this course there are no required textbooks but students must have access to a Bible. You will also need to download the required manual (available to those enrolled in the class): Working with Christian Youth Manual.

Additional Readings: 
  • Balcomb, Marcey. Single Digit Youth Groups: Working with Fewer Than 10 Teens, Abingdon Press, 2004. ISBN 9780687740420.
  • Covey, Sean. The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make. Franklin Covey, Co., 2006. ISBN 9780743265041
  • Dobson, James.  Bringing Up Boys. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2014. ISBN 9781414391335.
  • Dobson, James. Bringing Up Girls. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2014. ISBN 9781414391328.
  • Lewis, Robert. Raising A Modern-day Knight. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2007.  ISBN 9781589973091.
Lectures: 

This course includes linked lectures in the lessons, which you can view online or download. For lessons and lecture titles, see the “Course Calendar” section. Lectures are generally 45-60 minutes in length, and handouts will be provided to accompany the lectures.

Course Calendar: 

Course Lesson

Lesson & Lecture Title

Developing Christian values in youth and adolescents
"The Seven Most Important Decisions Teens Will Ever Make”
Lesson 1 Education
Lesson 2 Friends
Lesson 3 Parents
Lesson 4 Dating and Sex
Lesson 5 Addictions
Lesson 6 Character
Lesson 7 God and Church
Understanding and learning to effectively work with and motivate the youth
Lesson 8 Raising Girls (Part I)
Lesson 9 Raising Girls (Part II)
Lesson 10 Raising Boys (Part I)
Lesson 11 Raising Boys (Part II)
Lesson 12 Motivating Young People
Developing, organizing, and coordinating Church Youth Programs
Lesson 13 Working with Fewer Than 10 Teens
Lesson 14 Working with More Than 10 Teens
Lesson 15 Family Weekends and Local Church Activities
Lesson 16 Final Thoughts!
Course Requirements: 

Due dates and extensions
Assignment due dates are included under the Assignments tab within the Learning Management System (Populi). In extenuating circumstances, students may request an extension from the course instructor. Students must complete the course by the last official day of instruction as set forth in the academic calendar.

Icebreaker
This Icebreaker is your opportunity to share some information about yourself with the instructor and the other students enrolled in this class. On the Icebreaker discussion forum, in 250-350 words, tell a little of your background, calling into God's Church, which congregation you attend, state some of your hobbies or interests, and why you decided to take this class. Tell those things about yourself which would be interesting and helpful and will enable all of us to get to know you better. Introduce yourself - break the ice! This is worth 20 points.

Reading sssignments
Reading assignments are integrated into the sixteen (16) lessons and can be viewed on the individual course lesson webpages.

Writing assignments
There are only four (4) writing assignment in this course, one of which is a term paper. To submit your writing assignments, select the appropriate assignment from the Assignments tab to go to the Assignment Submission page. Use the Attach a File feature below the textbox to upload your WORD document. Please do not use the textbox to “post” your assignment: the textbox is used for student/instructor communication only, pertaining to the assignment. Three assignments are worth 100 points each. The term paper is worth 300 points, or 30% of your overall course grade.

Quizzes and examinations
There are four (4) online tests associated with this course, consisting of short answer, fill in the blank, matching, and true and false questions. Study Guides will be provided to help you prepare for the tests. If you study ahead of time, you should do well. These are closed book tests, but no proctor is being required. There are no examinations scheduled in this course.

Grading
A course grade will be determined based on the number of points earned on 4 test scores, 3 written assignments, and a term paper assignment. The total number of points possible is 1000.

  • Icebreaker                           [20 points]
  • Test #1 (Classes 1-4)        [100 points]
  • Test #2 (Classes 5-8)        [100 points]
  • Test #3 (Classes 9-12)      [100 points]
  • Test #4 (Classes 13-15)      [80 points]
  • Assignment #1                  [100 points]
  • Assignment #2                  [100 points]
  • Assignment #3                  [100 points]
  • Term Paper                        [300 points]

Grades, assigned by points, are as follows:
A             900 and over
B             800-899 points
C             700-799 points
D             600-699 points
F             Below 600 points (Failing Grade)

Students With Disabilities
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities have a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. Students having a disability requiring an accommodation should inform the instructor by email (on the “Course Info” page click on the instructor’s name and then select “Send Email”).

Technology Access
This course requires web access and the student has to have an established e-mail account. The Adobe Acrobat Reader is necessary to view documents that are PDF files. One can download the reader free at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html.

Course Evaluation
Student input is welcome for improving this course. Making suggestions by e-mail is helpful. Our goal in this course is to facilitate the successful achievement of all instructional objectives by all students. At the end of the course students have the opportunity of assessing the course. We want to make e-learning courses as effective as we can. We may also ask some other questions concerning a student’s experience in distance learning to help us improve our program. We appreciate students letting us know how we can improve our products and services for them and other distance learners.

Withdrawing From or Dropping This Course
It is the responsibility of a student to drop a course if he or she cannot meet the requirements of the course. Any student who stops attending a course without officially withdrawing from it risks receiving a punitive grade for that course. Withdrawal requests may be conveyed in any manner to the course professor, Registrar, or Vice President of Academic Affairs. This action is sufficient for ensuring any refund owed you. Please note the following: If a student drops a course on or before the “Last day to withdraw from a course without a grade penalty” as published in the University Academic Calendar, even if his or her work is not of a passing grade, then a “W” is recorded. If a course is dropped after that date, but before the last 21 calendar days of the semester, then the instructor determines the grade. The faculty member will at this time record a grade of “W” if passing (not computed in GPA) or “WF” if failing (computed in GPA). Students who drop a course, yet remain in one or more other courses during the last 18 calendar days of the semester, will receive a grade of “WF.” Students who completely withdraw from the University at any time during the semester may be given a grade of “W” on all courses. If students do not initiate the withdrawal process, the instructor is required to initiate the administrative process and to record a grade of “W” or “WF” for the course depending on the date the faculty member drops the student from the course. Students who register for a course as an audit, but then withdraw will be assigned a grade of “W” for the course.