BACHELOR OF SCIENCE:

YOUTH MINISTRIES

Statistics indicate that the average age at which people accept Christ as their Savior is sixteen. Youth Ministries graduates will be prepared to minister to adolescents at this critical life stage when the possibilities for evangelism and discipleship are so great. The Youth Ministries major is designed to give students the skills necessary for effective ministry to youth as well as an understanding of the broader context of youth ministry within the Church and the Christian family.

OBJECTIVES

Students who complete the Youth Ministries curriculum will meet the objectives of the Division of Bible and Ministry, as well as the following objectives specific to this major.

Division Objectives: students will

1. Understand the need for, meaning, and practice of a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Bible and essential Christian doctrine, the ability to accurately interpret Scripture, and an increasingly coherent Christian worldview that enables them to apply biblical principles to questions of ethics, compassion, and all other life situations.

3. Exhibit a lifestyle that is characterized by simplicity, integrity, responsibility, and order which reflects concern for the social implications of the gospel and lends credibility to a Christian testimony.

4. Demonstrate the basic knowledge and ability required to minister to others in their own cultural group and across cultural boundaries, utilizing appropriate technology and relevant forms of both written and verbal communication.

5. Demonstrate perseverance and commitment, and the ability to work productively both independently and in teams.

6. Develop the skills and understanding necessary for personal Bible-study, prayer, and devotional life which can sustain and empower one’s personal life and ministry to others.

7. Demonstrate the ability to find, process, and apply information that is relevant to one’s Christian life and ministry through the exercise of both critical and creative thinking.

Specific Program Objectives: students will

1. Understand family relationships and biblical principles for ministry to families.

2. Effectively relate to youth, parents, congregation and church leadership.

3. Demonstrate the skills to minister to youth as exhibited by their ability to

A. Address administrative issues peculiar to ministry with youth in the local church environment.

B. Relate and communicate within the context of youth culture while challenging young people to transcend their culture and live for Christ.

C. Recognize and adjust to various ministry environments.

D. Speak effectively to youth.

4. Meet the objectives of the Division of General Studies.

YOUTH MINISTRIES Required Courses

I. Division of Bible and Ministry [79 hours]

Division Core

Part I. Bible Concentration:

17 hours

BI205

Bible Study Methods

3 hours

NT102

New Testament Survey

3 hours

OT101

Old Testament Survey

3 hours

TH302

Doctrine of Holiness

2 hours

TH308

Teachings of Friends

3 hours

3 hours chosen from:

3 hours

NT211 Transformational Life & Leadership of Christ (3 hours)

NT241 Synoptic Gospels (3 hours)

NT362 Acts (3 hours)

NT346 Writings of John (3 hours)

Part II. Foundations for Ministry:

10 hours

CM104

Personal Evangelism Seminar

1 hour

CM107

Survey of Church Ministry

3 hours

MI2083

Intercultural Ministry

3 hours

SL101

Spiritual Formation I

3 hours

Additional Bible/Theology:

10 hours

BI206

Hermeneutics

3 hours

TH105

Basic Beliefs

2 hours

TH304

Apologetics

2 hours

3 hours chosen from NT or OT electives

3 hours

Professional Ministry Courses

42 hours

CM223

Biblical and Historical Models of Ministry

3 hours

CM305

Ministry Leadership

3 hours

CM306

Ministry Management

3 hours

PM412

Counseling for Christian Leaders

3 hours

PY242

Interpersonal Relationships

3 hours

PY223

Developmental Psychology

3 hours

SL202

Spiritual Formation II

3 hours

YM101

Introduction to Youth Ministry

3 hours

YM104

Youth Culture and Trends

3 hours

PM313

Homiletics I

3 hours

YM2122

Communication Strategies

2 hours

YM301

Youth Ministry Programming

3 hours

YM302

Camp Programming

3 hours

YM403

Youth Ministry Internship

3 hours

PM442

Ministry Seminar: Initial Priorities

1 hour

II. Division of General Studies [49 hours]

Division Core

Communications:

12 hours

IT 101/02

Introduction to Computer Applications

3 hours

EN101

College Writing

3 hours

EN202

Research and Writing

3 hours

SP201/02

Fundamentals of Speech

3 hours

Humanities:

6 hours

PH205

Introduction to Philosophy

3 hours

LI201/202 Introduction to Literature

3 hours

Social and Behavioral Sciences:

7 hours

EN109

Personal Effectiveness

1 hour

PY103

General Psychology

3 hours

3 hours chosen from:

3 hours

SS201 Western Civilization I (3 hours)

SS213 American History I (3 hours)

SO211 Introduction to Sociology (3 hours)

Science and Mathematics:

6 hours

3 hours chosen from:

3 hours

MA103 Mathematical Concepts (3 hours)

MA108 College Algebra (3 hours)

3 hours chosen from:

3 hours

Any Science Elective

Additional General Studies Requirements:

9 hours

PY204

Marriage and Family

3 hours

3 hours chosen from literature (LI) courses

3 hours

3 hours chosen from:

3 hours

MI223 Cultural Anthropology (3 hours)

PY322 Social Psychology (3 hours)

SS202 Western Civilization II (3 hours)

SS214 American History II (3 hours)

General Studies Electives:

9 hours

9 hours chosen from General Studies curriculum

9 hours

128 hours total