The B.S. in Youth Ministries equips youth pastors with the knowledge, skills and character crucial to youth ministry positions in church and faith-based organizations. The program includes a strong biblical foundation, which contributes to a broad knowledge of the content, themes and application of selected books of the Bible as well as basic understanding of systematic theology.
Youth Ministries courses are built on a strong biblical and theological base while integrating insights from the social sciences and educational technology. Students will learn the skills of communicating to youth, counseling adolescents, organizing and strategizing for youth ministry, and youth evangelism. Courses will also teach the foundations of youth culture and issues, family dynamics, and disciple making.
The major includes a Christian education core of 12 credit hours that provide the student with the foundations of teaching, spiritual formation, and leadership, as well as the theoretical and philosophical basis for Christian education ministries.
While not a requirement, students are strongly encouraged to be involved in youth ministry at some level (volunteer, part time, or full time) so as to provide a context for course content and assignments