Lectures & Academic Papers

Oxford Graduate School upon the recommendation of the Panel of References, the Oxford Society of Scholars granted the Lifelong Scholarship Achievement Award September, 2006.

Oxford Society of Scholars; Kellog College, University of Oxford, England; (2006). Paper presented: Teenage Guys: Exploring The Issues Adolescent Guys Face and the Strategies to Help Them. Advanced in the Society of Scholars to the rank of “Scholar”.

Served as consultant and part of a research review team on a Lily Foundation Grant Project on Faith Development and Disciplines of Adolescents; headed by Dr. Dorothy Bass; Valparaiso University and Dr. Don Rictner, Emory University; (June 2001).  Team was made up of Youth Ministry experts representing Evangelical, Mainline and Catholic Traditions.

Reaching and ministering to At-Risk Adolescents”; North Park College, Chicago, IL. (2001)

Adolescent Sexuality and Sexual Development”; Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN. (2001)

Association of Youth Ministry Educator’s Conference, (2001); Paper presented: “Managing your first years as a Professor of Youth Ministry” with Dr. Len Kaegler from Nyack College, NY.

Counseling Adolescents”; William Tyndale College, Detroit, MI. (1999)

 “Counseling Adolescents”; Briercrest College and Seminary, Canada (1998).

Oxford Society of Scholars (1997). Presented a paper titled: “The Reshaping of Adolescence in the Twenty-first Century and Its Effects on Global Youth Ministry”. Published in Borgmann & Cook [Eds.] (1998). Agenda for Youth Ministry: Cultural Themes for Faith and Church. SPCK; London. Advance to the level of “Diplomate”.

International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry Conference on Youth Ministry, Mansfield College, Oxford University, Oxford England (1997) Paper presented: “The Reshaping of Adolescence in the Twenty-first Century and It’s Effects on Global Youth Ministry”.

Adolescent Development and Issues”; William Tyndale College, Detroit, MI. (1997).

Adolescent Development and Issues”;  North Park College, Chicago, IL. (1997).

Adolescent Development and Issues”;  Briercrest College and Seminary, Canada (1996)

Oxford Society of Scholars  (1995); Paper presented: “Paradigms in the Contemporary Church that Reflect Generational Values”. Published in Pete Ward (Ed.)  The Church and Youth Ministry: How Does Youth Ministry Fit in the Life of the Church.  Lynx Publishing Co. Advanced to the status of “Fellow”

International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry Conference on Youth Ministry, Mansfield College, Oxford University,  (1995); Paper presented: “Paradigms in the Contemporary Church that Reflect Generational Values”.

Inducted into the Oxford Society of Scholars, (1993); Paper presented:The Relationship Between Masculine Identity Development as Measured by Sex Role Type in Men and Same Sexed (Male-to-Male) Relational Intimacy: A Foundational Study

Served on Academic Resource Team for Youth Specialties/Zondervan Academic Books. This involves consultation on the development of Youth Ministry text, as well as the review of pre-released texts. The team is comprised of six academics spread throughout North America.

Courses Developed:

Chief architect of the Undergraduate Youth Ministry/Adolescent Studies Major (BA) for Judson University, Elgin,IL. and for Azusa Pacific Universiy, Azusa, CA.

Chief architect of the Graduate Program in Youth Ministry (MA) for Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

Administration and Management in Youth Ministry: This course will be an intensive examination of philosophy and principles for programming: teaching strategies, Christian growth, ministry purpose & goals, leadership development, outreach strategy, budgeting and evaluation.

Adolescent Culture & Family Ministry: This course will focus on the spiritual, psychological, and social problems confronting youth, and on learning to assess, change and develop paradigms in order to minister to adolescent individuals and groups both outside and within the Christian environment.

Adolescent Development & Family Ministry: This course is designed to introduce the student to the developmental stage life stage of adolescence and it’s dynamics on the family. Focus will be placed on the family in its cultural setting, and the developmental needs of family members within the developmental life span of adolescence.

Adolescent Issues and Interventions: The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the basic skills and practice of counseling adolescents. The course will serve as counseling “first aid” meaning that students will learn basic helping skills but will not qualify to be practioneers. Students will be exposed to counseling issues and problems that grow out of the developmental process; disorders that begin or are unique to adolescence, and; intervention, prevention and referral strategies. Students will also examine a philosophy of counseling from a practical theology and biblical perspective. 

Adolescence & Multi-Cultural Settings: The objective of this course is to present challenges and opportunities of working with and to adolescents in multi-cultural settings. Students will explore attitudes toward adolescence from various cultural perspectives. Students will be challenged to consider their individual roles in the global community as they strategize, plan, implement and/or execute cross-cultural projects, with or to adolescents. Emphasis will be placed on the historical, theological and cultural development of Christian mission as it relates specifically to adolescents.

Christian Values & Human Sexuality: The course is useful for the student of any discipline who wishes up-to-date information on behavioral and biological aspects of sexuality, and who is seeking to contextualize his/her sexuality and Christian life experiences. This course seeks to present current thinking on the integration of sexological studies and other relevant disciplines with the Christian faith, and to explore problems that grow out of the interface of these disciplines with theology.

Foundations of Ministry: The theological, educational and social bases for ministry and service are examined. An analysis of the Church’s responsibility and methods of carrying out the ministry mandate of Jesus Christ is emphasized. Field experience is required. This course meets general studies requirement in Ministry and core requirement in God’s Word and the Christian Response.

Leadership in Youth Ministry: This course will explore strategies and principles of leadership, including self-assessment and strategy-development to foster lay leadership.

Philosophy & Theology of Youth Ministry: This course will explore the biblical, educational, and philosophical foundations of ministry to adolescents, with assessment of personal gifts and personality in the light of ministry foundations.

Senior Seminar in Youth Ministry: This course will be the final preparation for students entering into Youth Ministry and/or an Adolescent specific profession. Contemporary problems and issues in youth ministry; ministry readiness; and resource networking will be the focal point of this course.


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