Gordon College offers a Certificate in Juvenile Justice Ministry in cooperation with the Institute of Juvenile Justice Ministry (IJJM). This certificate of completion provides a credential to students who desire to serve at-risk youth and youth and families under correctional control.
The Certificate in Juvenile Justice Ministry prepares students with a comprehensive Christian approach for effective intervention with juvenile offenders that is both biblically and historically grounded, as well as practical for churches, parachurch ministries, chaplaincy programs, and those working within state social service agencies. The certificate program focuses on understanding juvenile offenders, working within the juvenile justice system and re-entry to the community.
This certificate of completion is offered in partnership with the Institute of Juvenile Justice Ministry and students are required to successfully complete all three of these online courses. For more information, please contact the chair of the Department of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries.
IJJM 101 Introduction to Effective Juvenile Justice Ministry
Lesson 1: The Components of Effective Juvenile Justice Ministry
Lesson 2: Understanding the World of Juvenile Offenders
Lesson 3: Principles of Teaching for Transformational Change
Lesson 4: Facilitating Effective Groups with Juvenile Offenders
Lesson 5: Developing a Transformational Bible Discussion Group
IJJM 201 Essential Skills for Effective Juvenile Justice Ministry
Lesson 1: Understanding the Juvenile Justice System
Lesson 2: Cultural Competency
Lesson 3: Action Methods and Experiential Teaching Models
Lesson 4: Leading Someone to Christ
Lesson 5: Addressing Controversial Issues
IJJM 301 Contributing Factors to Delinquency and Effective Interventions
Lesson 1: Trauma-informed Care
Lesson 2: Mental Health and Learning Issues
Lesson 3: Drug and Alcohol Interventions
Lesson 4: Engaging Conflict Creatively
Lesson 5: Re-entry Models