The Certificate in Youth and Theology

The Certificate in Youth and Theology is an eight-month, fully digital, cohort-based program where you gain expertise from Princeton Theological Seminary faculty and leaders, in addition to our extensive network of scholars and practitioners.

Our curriculum includes videos, readings, discussions, and contextual assignments to help you think theologically about youth ministry. Join the network of over 600 youth workers from around the world who have formed lifelong friendships and experienced life-changing learning through this one-of-a-kind certificate program.

Program Features

  • A cohort emphasizing peer-to-peer learning and vocational friendship.
  • Two digital leadership summits led by the Institute for Youth Ministry staff and alumni scholars.
  • Four online courses designed by the IYM in partnership with faculty members of Princeton Seminary and other leading scholars of youth ministry.
  • Regular digital check-ins with cohort members and the IYM staff.

Program Timeline for Cohort Launching 2022

  • Fall 2022—Opening Summit
  • Course One: Biblical Foundations for Youth Ministry, with Rev. Dr. Lindsey Trozzo Jodrey and Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto
  • Course Two: Theological Questions in Youth Ministry, with Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean and Dr. Andrew Root
  • Midterm Break—Cohort Online Fellowship Gathering (Optional)
  • Course Three: Worship & The Christian Life, with Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean and Marcus Hong
  • Course Four: Youth Pastor as Person, with Rev. Dr. Katherine Douglass and Rev. Dr. Lakisha Lockhart
  • Spring 2023—Closing Summit

Program Cost and Application

The cost of this eight-month Certificate in Youth and Theology program is $1,200, which is due in full prior to the Opening Summit. Details regarding payment will be provided upon program admission. Please see our FAQs for more information regarding program and financial policies.

Applications are currently paused as we transition to the onboarding of a new cohort. Please check back soon for more information, or contact us using the form below.


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