BA/BS Christian Ministries, Youth Ministry Major – Description, Outcomes, Course List

BA/BS in Christian Ministries: Youth and Children’s Ministry Major

The student in this program will be enabled to understand and communicate scripture accurately and effectively.  In addition, the student will be given strategies to communicate clearly and regularly with staff, students, parents, and church leaders. Particular attention will be given to administering, planning, and carrying out all aspects of youth or children’s ministry regardless of congregational size, setting, or circumstances.  The student who completes this program will learn how to care for youth and children in a variety of situations and places, being their advocate in the church and community.  Instruction will be given as to how to challenge youth to share a burden for those without Christ, grow closer to Christ in their lives, and see God’s will for the present and the future.  Finally, students will learn how to design and facilitate appropriate Christian Education opportunities to meet the diverse contexts of youth, children and their families

Expected Outcomes

Youth

  • Understand and communicate scripture accurately and effectively YM1

  • Communicate clearly and regularly with staff, students, parents, and church leaders YM2

  • Administer, plan, and carry out all aspects of youth ministry regardless of congregational size, setting, or circumstances YM3

  • Care for youth in a variety of situations and places, being their advocate in the church and community YM4

  • Challenge youth to share a burden for those without Christ, grow closer to Christ in their lives, and see God’s will for the present and the future YM5

Children

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to create, administer, and maintain ministries for children from birth to late childhood CM CE1

  • Design and facilitate appropriate Christian Education to meet the diverse contexts of children and their families CM CE2

  • Exhibit interpersonal skills and dispositions in working with children, parents, volunteers, and other ministry personnel CM CE3

  • Demonstrate regard for the importance of spiritual formation within the context of community and the ability to facilitate intergenerational experiences CM CE4

  • Use strategies of reflection and self-evaluation to enhance personal and spiritual growth CM CE5

Biblical & Theological Studies Core (21 hrs)

History & Literature of Israel (3 hrs)

Jesus & The Church (3 hrs)

Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (3 hrs)

Modern Ethical Problems (2 hrs)

Basic Bible Doctrines (4 hrs)

Philosophy of Religion (3 hrs)

Seminar on the Bible & Culture (3 hrs)

Arts & Sciences Core (39 hrs)

College English 1 (3hrs)

College English 2 (3 hrs)

Survey of Multicultural Literature (3 hrs)

History of Christianity (3 hrs)

History of the Restoration Movement (3 hrs)

Public Speaking (3 hrs)

Mathematics Elective 100s or 200s (3 hrs)

Natural Science Electives 200s (6hrs)

Human Development (3hrs)

Behavioral Science Electives (3 hrs)

Humanities Electives in ENGL, PHIL, HIST, or related fields (6 hrs)

Ministry Bible Core  (18 hrs)

BS Scope

Denominations and Cults (3 hrs)

BSOT elective (6hrs)

BSNT electives (6hrs)

Biblical/Theological elective (3hrs)

BA Scope

Denominations and Cults (3 hrs)

Greek/Hebrew 1 (3 hrs)

Greek/Hebrew 2 (3 hrs)

Greek/Hebrew Exegesis (6 hrs)

Biblical/Theological elective (3hrs)

Ministry Core  (24 hrs)

Introduction to Evangelism (3 hrs)

Introduction to Ministry (3 hrs)

Advanced Communication (3 hrs)

Leadership (3 hrs)

Speech for the Pulpit (3 hrs)

Standard Internship (9 hrs)

or

[ Summer Internship (3 hrs),  Problems of the Ministry (3 hrs), and  Ministry Practicum (3 hrs)]

Youth /Children’s Ministry Track (18 hrs)

Youth Ministry Organization and Planning (3 hrs) or Children’s Ministry Organization and Planning (3 hrs)

Christian Ed for Adolescents (3 hrs)

Global and Urban Youth Ministry (3 hrs)

Child and Adolescent Psychology (3 hrs)

Youth Ministry Capstone (3 hrs)

Ministry Elective (3 hrs)