We just finished up the first two weeks of Master's classes in Mexico City. Youth Ministry International is all about training those who can train others, and that is what we are doing with this Master's program.
We've been teaching youth ministry at the Bachelor's and Certificate level for almost 10 years now, but it is time to begin to intentionally train those who will be able to academically train others. In order to train at the Bachelor's level, you have to have a Master's degree, so we have invited prospective youth ministry professors to take this Master's program, learn more about how to minister to young people, and receive the credentials they need to train others either at our Seminary or other Seminaries around Mexico.
The first two weeks consisted of two courses on Principles of Youth Ministry and Youth Culture. The professors came from Boyce College and Liberty University. They also happened to be friends of mine and members of YMI's board. Since they don't speak Spanish, I was translating for them all week. It was fun because I spent the time with friends from the USA, Mexico, and Argentina. It was a great week of discussion about how to better reach, disciple, and minister to young people in Mexico.
The Master's program will last three years total, and the next two courses will be taught in June of this year. In the meantime, these students above will be reading, doing projects, and putting into practice all that we discussed during these first two weeks.
We have worked hard to get this program going, and I'm happy to finally see it start. We have a long way to go, but at least we are one-sixth of the way finished.