Run in partnership with Limitless (the youth & children’s movement of the Elim Pentecostal Churches in the UK and Ireland), our BA (Hons) Applied Theology in Youth Ministry explores the overlapping disciplines of youth ministry (practical theology, professional practice, cultural studies and adolescent development) to empower people into ministry with young people. This is a three year programme, which aims to (1) enhance the biblical/theological knowledge of the students, (2) enable them to practically minister in a youth specific context, and (3) ground these from an increasingly developing walk with God. Core theological modules are studied, as well as some youth specific ones, and students also attend a youth work placement. There are also various opportunities to assist with Limitless’ work, including volunteering at their national youth conferences, the Limitless Festival and The Gathering.
The vision of the programme is to provide those who believe that God has gifted them in performance with a chance to hone those skills in an affirming atmosphere and a place that puts Christ at the centre of all we do. As well as teaching practical professional skills the course explores the interaction between performance and theology to see how these two disciplines enrich and inform one another. The hope is that the graduates of this course will be the church leaders, actors, communicators, storytellers and performers of the future and will revitalise both the Church and the Arts.