What Will I Learn? How Will I Learn It?
The YLTP is offered as part of the broader Master of Arts in Christian Studies (MACS), a 48-credit program that provides students with a solid foundation for vocational ministry. YLTP students specialize in youth ministry, and so a good chunk of the program is dedicated to youth ministry courses; in addition, students will have the opportunity to take classes in biblical exegesis, theology, apologetics, and leadership development.
Delivery of these classes happens in a number of ways:
- Online. The YLTP is intended to be flexible and done primarily in the context of ministry. For this reason, all of our youth courses (except the annual Leadership Functions course) are offered exclusively online, using Skype and online forums to enable content delivery. In addition, the core Bible course (BIE 505 – Hermeneutics) and theology course (THS 571 – Believer’s Church Theology) are offered online for those who are unable to get to campus.
- Wraparound/Modular. Some courses can’t be offered online for various reasons, but can be offered as conference wraparounds or one- and two-week modules requiring minimal in-person attendance. Students should be prepared to be on-campus at Trinity Western University during the ACTS reading weeks in the fall and spring semesters (late October and late February) and once or twice during the summer semester for one- or two-week stays (May through August). In addition, all YLTP students are required to attend the FEB Pacific Annual Convention, which is hosted at various churches throughout the region in late April.
- Traditional weekly on-campus. Students who live within a reasonable distance of the TWU campus might also consider taking some classes in the traditional once-a-week lecture format. Being open to this option ensures that the student will have access to the fullest range of course offerings each semester.