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 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 Class 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 specific to concentration: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
Total Units63

Concentrations

Beyond core requirements for the youth ministry major, students must choose a concentration. Based on a student’s primary interests, the choice of concentration enables the student to begin to prepare for postbaccalaureate 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. Concentration courses cannot double-count with major core courses.

Church and Pastoral Ministries

MINC 467Spiritual Transformation3
Select three of the following not taken in major core: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
Ministry Organization and Administration
Exegeting the City
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
Children's Educational Ministries
Ministry Organization and Administration
Exegeting the City
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
Social Welfare Policy and Service
Child Welfare
Grant and Proposal Writing
Family Violence
Total Units12

Sports Ministry 

Students in the sports ministry concentration take PE 496 for Senior Seminar.

AT 160Acute Care of Injury and Illness2
MIN 495Topics in Ministry3
MINY 305Integration of Faith and Sports3
MINY 320Organization and Administration of a Sports Ministry3
MINY 478Senior Preparation in Sports Ministry1
Total Units12

Youth Outreach and Discipleship

MINY 172Foundations of Youth Outreach and Discipleship I1
MINY 174Foundations of Youth Outreach and Discipleship II2
Any Christian Ministries or Youth and Family Ministries Elective 13
Any Christian Ministries or Youth and Family Ministries Elective 13
Any Christian Ministries or Youth and Family Ministries Elective 13
Total Units12