Youth and Family Ministries Major

63 units

The youth and family ministries major trains, equips, and educates students to effectively reach and minister to adolescents in an increasingly diverse global context. This major is built upon the premise that effective youth work requires the youth worker to be a student of God’s Word, culture, and adolescence. This premise is reflected in a curriculum that includes a 39-unit youth ministry core and a 12-unit concentration in addition to the traditional liberal arts curriculum required for an accredited bachelor’s degree. Upon completion of this Bachelor of Arts in Youth and Family Ministries, students will be equipped to step into youth and family ministry contexts and/or graduate studies.

Successful completion of the major requires a 2.5 cumulative GPA in all courses required for the major.

Requirements

Undergraduate Division Core
UBBL 3XX/4XX: Upper-division Bible Course 13
Select one of the following:3
Practical Ethics 2
History of Ancient Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
History of Early Modern Philosophy
History of 19th and 20th Century Philosophy
Select one of the following:3
Church History: Apostolic Era to the Eve of the Reformation 3
Church History from the Eve of the Reformation to the Present 3
Select one of the following:3
Senior Seminar: Church and Society 4
Senior Seminar 4
Senior Seminar: Theology and Social Issues 4
Youth and Family Ministries Major Core39
Writing 2: Writing for Christian Practice 5
Introduction to Contemporary Youth and Family Ministries
Evangelism and Discipleship
Writing 3: Culture and Ministry 6
Family Development and Ministry
Mentoring and Small Groups
Christian Ministry Internship I 7
Christian Ministry Internship II
The Art of Leadership 7
Studying and Teaching the Bible
Adolescent Development and Family Ministry
Christian Values and Human Sexuality
Adolescent Issues and Intervention
Concentration12
Students must choose a concentration below
Total Units63

Concentrations

Beyond core requirements for the youth and family ministries major, students must choose a concentration. Based on a student’s primary interests, the choice of a concentration enables the student to begin to prepare for professional work in related ministry fields and affords the student the opportunity to work in ministry settings that accentuate his/her strengths, abilities, and passions. One concentration must be chosen from those listed below. Concentration courses cannot double-count with major core courses.

Church and Pastoral Ministries Practices

MINC 467Spiritual Transformation3
Select three of the following:9
Anthropology for Everyday Life 1
Intercultural Communication 1
Principles and Practice of Community Engagement 2
Topics in Ministry
Theology and Practice of Ministry
Intercultural Ministries 1
Ministry to the City
Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling
Communicating the Gospel
Suffering: Theological and Practical Perspectives on Disabilities
Race, Reconciliation, and Ministry 1
Ministry Organization and Administration
Exegeting the City
World Religions 1
Total Units12

Intercultural Christian Ministries

GLBL 201Anthropology for Everyday Life 13
MINC 330Intercultural Ministries 13
MINC 405Christian Mission in the 21st Century3
Select one of the following:3
Intercultural Communication 1
Principles and Practice of Community Engagement 2
Topics in Ministry
Theology and Practice of Ministry
Effective Teaching in Christian Education
Ministry to the City
Principles of Preaching
Communicating the Gospel
Suffering: Theological and Practical Perspectives on Disabilities
Race, Reconciliation, and Ministry 1
Children's Educational Ministries
Ministry Organization and Administration
Exegeting the City
World Religions 1
Total Units12

Ministry in Urban and Social Service Contexts

MINC/SOCW 420Suffering: Theological and Practical Perspectives on Disabilities3
MINC 487Exegeting the City3
SOCW 250Introduction to Social Work 13
Select one of the following:3
Anthropology for Everyday Life 2
Intercultural Communication 2
Topics in Ministry
Ministry to the City
Race, Reconciliation, and Ministry 2
World Religions 2
Social Welfare Policy and Service
Child Welfare
Fundraising, Grant Writing, and Fiscal Decision Making
Family Violence
Total Units12

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Demonstrate proficiency in communication in various contexts.
  2. Apply various practical theology methods in life and ministries.
  3. Develop a healthy awareness of one's self, gifts, and callings.
  4. Exhibit increased desire and holistic capacities for cultivating communities of inclusion.
  5. Demonstrate an increasing proficiency related to the styles, skills, and character required for Christian leadership.
  6. Articulate an emerging theology that informs one's Christian practice.