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Ministry Leadership Major:

(Concentration: Youth Ministry)

Reaching young people is among the most challenging vocations in any area of society, including the church. The Youth Pastor major prepares graduates to share God’s Good News with a new generation of seekers and potential disciples.

Grounded in a biblical approach to youth ministry, the Youth Pastor program combines timeless ministry principles with crucial contemporary sociological and interpersonal concepts.

Courses in the Youth Pastor concentration prepare learners to serve young people in the Body of Christ in ministry and ministry-related vocations, primarily in institutions that serve the Body of Christ and parachurch ministries.

Courses in the Youth Ministry Concentration:


APTH 4675: Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of GodΒ Β 

This course is a wonderful investigation of God’s call to live in spirit and in truth.Β You will learn the importance of the illumination of scripture and the application of revelation knowledge as a means to living the victorious Spirit-filled life.Β  Key topics include an examination of the limitations of reasoned (human) knowledge, the role of theology and doctrine, and the place of revelation knowledge in renewing the mind.


BIBL 4481: Survey of the Book of Acts

Β As the Book of Acts documents the birth and development of a faith based in the resurrected Christ, this course traces the spread of the gospel by and through the original Apostles. Key topics include the historical development of Christianity, challenges and obstacles to the first evangelists, and the ministry of the Holy Spirit in evangelism.


COMM 3780: Communicating Christian Faith

The practices of expressing individual faith and apologetics defending the faith are explored. Key topics include the case for faith, applications of practical faith, and keeping faith in the face of hardship and pain.


EVAN 3500: Preaching the Word Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β 

Β This course provides the practices and processes of effective preaching. Key topics include presentation and communication skills through the leading of the Holy Spirit, contemporaneous, spontaneous speaking, and connecting with others on a personal level.


MINN 4355: The Touch of Christ: Ministering to the Broken

This course emphasizes Christ’s mission to touch the untouchable and to love the unlovely. Key topics focus on ministry response to substance abuse, sexual and emotional abuse, poverty, homelessness and physical deprivation, and cross-cultural and interfaith ministry.


YPAS 3355: The Sociology of Youth

This course explores adolescent sociology from a biblical perspective. Human growth from early adolescence to early adulthood is emphasized.


YPAS 3455: Current Issues in Youth Ministry

This course investigates key issues facing youth pastors. Key topics include contemporary youth culture movements, challenges to youth ministry, and the foundations of ministry in the face of a hostile or indifferent age.


YPAS 3890: The Young Minister: A Study of Timothy

The life and early career of Timothy are examined via historical documentation, especially the Pauline letters. Timothy’s role as a young minister in an isolated, secular age form the basis of timeless youth ministry principles.


YPAS 4596: Organizing Youth Ministry

This course provides an overview of organizational strategies for youth ministry. Key topics include staffing the youth ministry, special challenges of the youth pastor staff, turnover in youth ministry, and developing a biblical mindset for growth in youth ministry.


YPAS 4611: Strategies for Youth Evangelism

In this course, learners will work on faculty-guided projects to develop and execute strategies for youth evangelism in an appropriate setting.


YPAS 4923 Urban Youth Ministry

The youth pastor’s role in urban ministry is investigated. The unique inner city environment faced by urban youths and their reactions to it are emphasized.


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