Youth and Family Ministry

The Youth and Family Ministry degree is designed to train and equip you for youth ministry. This program introduces a theological understanding and focus on youth culture, youth development, and spiritual ministry. Furthermore, you will undergo an internship and gain the experience necessary to work effectively in your community.

Possible Jobs or Ministries:
  • Youth Pastor
  • Youth Leader
  • Youth Worker
  • Camp Director
  • Family Ministry
  • Worship Leader

Flexible and Tailored

Our program offers you the ability to customize and tailor your studies according to your experience, interests, and ministry goals. Furthermore, classes are available during the day, evening, weekend, or online for part-time and full-time studies. You are able to adapt your schedule to fit your current needs to maintain workplace, ministry, or familial responsibilities.

Youth Ministry Focus

Our program is focused on producing trained youth pastors and youth leaders. To do so, you can take up to a full year of youth and family ministry-specific courses, such as Foundations of Ministry with Youth, Youth and Family in the Immigrant Church, and Evangelism and Discipleship in the Contemporary Adolescent World. This program will uniquely prepare you with the necessary skills and abilities to work in diverse church settings.

Holistic Family Approach

You will learn how to integrate working with youth and their families. This contemporary approach recognizes the need to holistically provide support to the entire family unit. In addition to core courses in Christian history, theology, and biblical studies, our faculty teaches courses such as Counselling Adolescents and their Families for effective youth ministry in the 21st century.

 

The Master of Divinity is a three-year professional ministry degree that provides you with knowledge and skills to be an effective and holistic ministry leader. The MDiv blends academic study, mentored learning and practical experience in a comprehensive program that will prepare you for ordained ministry or for Christian leadership in its various forms.

MDiv students will acquire foundational preparation for ordained ministry and for Christian leadership in congregations and other settings. Students will:

  1. develop breadth of knowledge and critical understanding of the theological disciplines;
  2. acquire capacities for understanding and engaging the cultural, social, and global context of God’s mission in the world;
  3. experience personal and professional growth through a process of intellectual, spiritual and ministry formation;
  4. develop and hone skills for theologically reflective ministry practice in its various forms.

 

Program Requirements

Biblical Studies (5 Courses)
  • [BIBL 0501] Biblical Interpretation: Interpreting and Applying the Biblical Text
  • [OLDT 0511] Old Testament Theology and History
  • [NEWT 0522] New Testament Theology and History
  • One Old Testament Elective
  • One New Testament Elective
Biblical Languages (3 Courses)
  • [NEWT 0321] Elementary Greek I or [OLDT 0611] Hebrew Grammar I
  • [NEWT 0322] Elementary Greek II or [OLDT 0612] Hebrew Grammar II
  • [NEWT 0523] Greek Exegesis I or [OLDT 0711] Hebrew Exegesis I
Theology (3 Courses)
  • [THEO 0531] Systematic Theology I
  • [THEO 0532] Systematic Theology II
  • One Theology Elective
Christian History (2 Courses)
  • [HIST 0561] History of Christianity I
  • [HIST 0562] History of Christianity II
Ministry Formation (6 Courses)
  • [YMIN 0701] Youth and Family Ministry Internship
  • [LEAD 0510] Leadership Development
  • [MISS 0782] Gospel, Church, and Culture
  • [SPIR 0700] Spiritual Formation
  • One Christian Education and Formation Elective
  • One Pastoral Ministries Elective
Major in Biblical Studies (4 Courses)
  • [YMIN 0592] Foundations of Ministry with Youth
  • [YMIN 0693] Evangelism & Discipleship
  • [YMIN 796] Counselling Adolescents and Their Families
  • One Youth and Family Ministry Elective
Electives (4 Courses)

Total MDiv Courses: 27

Program requirements subject to change.
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The Master of Theological Studies is a two-year graduate degree that helps you understand the biblical, theological and historical foundations of the Christian faith. The MTS is flexible program that can be tailored to meet your learning and ministry interests, or help you prepare you for further studies. Students may select electives from across the curriculum, or use them to focus their studies in a chosen concentration.

Students completing the MTS program will acquire a broad understanding of the theological disciplines for Christian faith and practice. Students will:

  1. gain theological understanding and insight through study of the heritage of Christian scripture, history, theology and ministry;
  2. develop aptitudes for thinking critically, theologically and biblically in relation to faith, vocation and ministry; 
  3. acquire critical awareness of God’s mission in the world in its social, cultural and global contexts;
  4. demonstrate depth of understanding in a particular field (for those opting to concentrate in an area of study).

The MTS Modular is a specialized, cohort-based program that allows students to complete the degree, one evening per week, in a fixed sequence of courses delivered over three years. 

Program Requirements

Bible, Theology and History Courses (7 Courses)
  • [BIBL 0501] Biblical Interpretation: Interpreting and Applying the Biblical Text
  • [HIST 0561] History of Christianity I
  • [HIST 0562] History of Christianity II
  • [OLDT 0511] Old Testament Theology and History
  • [NEWT 0522] New Testament Theology and History
  • [THEO 0531] Systematic Theology I
  • [THEO 0532] Systematic Theology II
Ministry Formation (3 Courses)
  • [LEAD 0510] Leadership Development
  • [MISS 0782] Gospel, Church, and Culture
  • [SPIR 0700] Spiritual Formation
Electives (8 Courses)

Total MTS Courses: 18

Program requirements subject to change.
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The one-year Graduate Diploma program provides you with a foundation of biblical, theological and ministry studies for your spiritual growth and ministry development. The Graduate Diploma allows you to tailor your studies to meet your learning and ministry needs. You may choose a concentration in Christian Studies, Leadership, Global Mission and Intercultural Studies, Pastoral and Chinese Ministry Foundations, Pentecostal Studies, Spiritual Formation or Youth and Family Ministry.

The Diploma in Christian Studies may also be taken on Monday evenings in a modular, cohort-based format with a fixed sequence of nine (9) courses delivered over one and a half years. The MTS (Christian Studies) may be taken entirely online.

All successfully-completed coursework can be transferred to the MDiv and MTS programs.

Program Requirements

Core Requirements (4)

  • One Introductory Biblical Studies Course
  • One Theology Course
  • One History Course
  • One Ministry Formation Course:
    [LEAD 0510] Leadership Development
    or [SPIR 0700] Spiritual Formation
    or [MISS 0782] Gospel, Church and Culture

Youth and Family Ministry Elective Courses (4)

Free Elective (1)

Total Diploma Courses: 9

Program Coordinator: Rev. Dr. David Overholt

Program requirements subject to change.
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Whether you're interested in vocational ministry and leadership or personal study and enrichment, Tyndale offers a wide range of degree options that will meet your needs and goals.

Graduate Diploma** MTS
Master of Theological Studies**
MDiv
Master of Divinity***
ThM
Master of Theology
DMin
Doctor of Ministry
 
A program geared toward adult learners interested in being equipped for ministry in their chosen profession A degree that will develop students' theological understanding for general educational purposes A degree designed primarily for those considering vocational, church-based ministry An advanced academic degree that provides an opportunity toexplore biblical, theological or historical studies in preparation for a PhD or ThD program An advanced professional degree designed for church leaders whose ministry will be integrated into their study and research Description
9 18 27 6 courses + thesis 6 intensive modules + a major project

Courses
Required

1 year 2 years 3 years 1 year 3 years Duration*
Want to enhance your biblical and theological understandings in a setting that will engage your intellect and deepen your faith Are seeking a foundational graduate degree that can be utilized in a wide range of professional and ministerial contexts Wish to prepare for ordained ministry or for general pastoral and religious leadership responsibilities in congregations and other settings Have completed an MDiv or MTS and wish to enhance your ministerial and missional practice with additional scholarship, or prepare for further study at the doctoral level Have completed an MDiv or equivalent and are engaged in substantive ministry further developing your skills and capacities for effective leadership Pursue if...
Notes:
* Program durations are based on a traditional, full-time course load of nine courses per year.
** Also offered in a modular format designed to meet the needs of students with full-time demands such as family, church or career.
*** Tyndale also offers an In-Ministry MDiv degree program for people who are engaged in part-time or full-time in vocational Christian ministry.
» Program Coordinator

Rev. Dr. David Overholt

Adjunct Professor of Youth and Family Ministries

doverholt@tyndale.ca
416.226.6620 Ext. 2713

BSc, Wheaton College, 1983
MRE, McMaster Divinity College, 1993
EdD, OISE, University of Toronto, 2001

Area of Specialization: Youth Ministry, Next Generation Church Ministry, Mentoring, Leadership Development and Creativity

Rev. Dr. Dave Overholt is the founding pastor of Church on the Rock, one of the largest and longest running youth-targeted churches in North America. In addition to 27 years in youth ministry, Dr. Overholt has a doctorate in philosophy of education from University of Toronto with a thesis in “Adults Mentoring Adolescents.” His books include: Reasons to Believe (a youth apologetic), Live What You Believe, (a youth growth project), Soul Searching the Millennial Generation, (a youth worker’s guide to teen work) and New Beginnings (a youth devotional). Dr. Overholt speaks to thousands of students each year through a wide-ranging speaking and consulting ministry.

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» Program Faculty

Dr. Robert Shaughnessy

Director of the Internship Program
Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry

rshaughnessy@tyndale.ca
416.226.6620 Ext. 2239

BA , Bishop's University, 1981
MDiv & MRE, McMaster Divinity College, 1986
DMin Acadia Divinity College, 2000

Areas of Specialization: Pastoral Ministry, Pastoral Counselling, Mentorship & Leadership Development.

Dr. Shaughnessy brings a breadth of experience that has been garnered from 21 years of full-time pastoral ministry. Dr. Shaughnessy has served as a pastor in a small town, senior pastor in a city, senior pastor in a multiple-staff city church, pastor in a church plant congregation, and senior chaplain/pastor and senior administrator at an international multicultural school in India. He has led numerous retreats and workshops. He has intentionally focused on attaining insights, and developing skills, in the area of counselling. His passion is journeying with individuals and groups into a deeper understanding of life, faith and service as followers of Jesus Christ. Dr. Shaughnessy is an ordained pastor in the Baptist Church of Ontario and Quebec.

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Dr. Vincent H. K. Poon

Professor of Counselling

vpoon@tyndale.ca
416.226.6620 Ext. 6786

BSc, University of Manitoba, 1968
MD, University of Manitoba, 1972
MTS, Tyndale Seminary, 1982
DMin, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1988
PsyD, Newport University, 1991

Areas of Specialization: Marriage and family therapy, Whole Person and Family Centered Care, Family Medicine, Psychotherapy and Psychology, Pastoral Counselling, Family Ministry.

Dr. Poon joined the Tyndale counselling ministries faculty in 1991. He has a wealth of experience in the disciplines of family medicine, theology, counselling, psychology, pastoral counselling and marriage and family therapy. He is an approved supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, a Fellow and Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists and a faculty member of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He has published widely and has presented many papers both in Canada and internationally. He ascribes to a truly whole-person and family-centered approach in the well being of individuals and families by looking at the bio-psycho-social-cultural-spiritual aspects of persons. Dr. Poon was a key member of the team that founded the Chinese Ministry Program at Tyndale in 1988. His teaching involvement at Tyndale includes counselling, pastoral counselling, family ministry and pastoral and Chinese ministry. He has served as the Chair of the Advisory Council at Tyndale. He directs the Mentoring and Pastoral Support Network of the Hudson Taylor Centre. Dr. Poon is an ordained counselling minister with the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec.

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Application Checklist for Full-and-Part-time Degree-Seeking Canadian Students

 

One Course at a Time | Doctor of Ministry | CCSTTSInternational Students

Use the following checklist to assist you:

1. ☑ Review our Admission Requirements

2. ☑ Prepare all required supporting documentation*:

  • Complete our application:

  Online Application (Free) or
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  Download the Paper Reference Forms (have references mail the forms to Tyndale)

3. ☑ Make sure you meet the appropriate deadlines

4. ☑ Confirm and submit your application

Send reference forms and official transcripts directly to:

Tyndale Admissions Office
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Toronto, ON M2M 4B3
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*If applicable:

  • Send your TOEFL and TWE or IELTS scores to the Admissions Office.
  • Complete and submit your Residence Application and deposit.
  • Complete and submit Medical Form (this is mandatory for all international students and students applying for residence).

 


One Course at a Time

Apply as an Occasional Student, a Letter of Permission Student, or an Audit Student by following the instructions on the Visiting Student Application Form.

Visiting Student Application Form
Download Visiting Student Application Form
 

Doctor of Ministry

Apply to the DMin program by using the D.Min Application Form.

D.Min Admission Requirements
D.Min Application Form

Canadian Chinese School of Theology at Tyndale Seminary (CCSTTS)

Apply to the CCSTTS program by using the CCSTTS Application Form.

CCSTTS Application Instructions
CCSTTS Application Form

International Students

Apply by following the instructions on the International Application Form.

International Application Form

 


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The following is a list of all degrees, diplomas, and areas of study offered at Tyndale Seminary. As a graduate theological school, Tyndale Seminary admits students who have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college (see admissions requirements). Click on each of the items below to find descriptions, opportunities and course requirements.