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International Certificate in Youth, Theology, & Innovation


Princeton Theological Seminary’s Institute for Youth Ministry is partnering with Youthscape to offer the International Certificate in Youth, Theology and Innovation.


Covid-19 Update

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we won't be running a cohort in the upcoming 2020/2021 term. We'll update this page if anything changes. If you have any questions about the certificate you can email them to Dr Lucie Shuker.


This 6-month programme is designed for people actively ministering to youth in church, school, and ministry organisations who are committed to learning from colleagues in diverse cultural contexts.

If you are looking for new thought partners, robust cross-cultural engagement, and theological development — the International Certificate in Youth, Theology, and Innovation is right for you.

2019/19 Pilot

In 2018/19, Youthscape and the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary launched the International Certificate in Youth, Theology and Innovation.

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In the pilot year, students from the UK and US enrolled in the programme. They came from diverse youth ministry contexts but together shared a desire to learn and grow professionally. The programme is split into three sections: a UK-based teaching programme at the beginning of the course, an online learning curriculum, and a US-based teaching programme to conclude.

"The whole course and past 6 months has been such an incredible experience - thank you again for giving me this opportunity to explore and dream what youth ministry could look like.”

Natalie JonesYouth Pastor

In November 2018 the pilot programme commenced with an opening retreat and teaching programme at Youthscape in Luton, and as delegates at The National Youth Ministry Weekend.

Between December 2018 and March 2019 the group completed an online curriculum of four courses covering theology, innovation, spirituality, and a contextualised project in innovative youth ministry. Teachers included Prof. Kenda Creasy Dean, (Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture), Rev Kermit Moss (Interim Director, Center for Black Church Studies) both at Princeton Theological Seminary, and Youthscape leads on innovation, theology and research. With a blend of self-paced coursework and associated assignments, participants balanced the demands of their ministries with the workload of the program.

The group then gathered in Princeton in the US in April 2019 for Princeton Theological Seminary’s Forum on Youth Ministry to synthesise their learning and share their contextual projects. Participants took part in the Forum’s four-day conference, learning from leading scholars and practitioners in youth ministry and the theological academy. As the Forum concluded, participants received their certificates and celebrated with a final reception.

The course fees covered the full costs of the programme including international flights and all travel, accommodation, conference fees and teaching.

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