What will I learn with a Degree in Youth Ministry?

The Youth Ministry program will help prepare you to effectively minister to adolescents at a critical life stage when possibilities for evangelism and discipleship are at their peak. Statistics indicate that the average age at which people accept Christ as their Savior is sixteen. You also will gain an understanding of the broader context of youth ministry within the Church and the Christian family.

Why should I come to Barclay College for a Degree in Youth Ministry?

Consider this quote from “This Way to Youth Ministry: an introduction to the adventure” by Duffy Robbins, a prominent voice in the youth ministry field.

“We are now ready to start on our way down the Great Unknown….We have an unknown distance yet to run; an unknown river yet to explore.  What falls there are, we know not; what rocks beset the channel, we know not; what walls rise over the river, we know not…….With some eagerness, and some anxiety, and some misgiving, we enter the canyon below.”

Barclay College has partnerships and a deep relationship with Youth Core Ministries and EFC-MAYM. These partnerships, along with many other opportunities, allow you to experience actual ministry to youth, along with general time in the classroom and campus life.

What can I do with a Degree in Youth Ministry degree?

A degree in Youth Ministry will make you a prime candidate for service in the local church, para church ministries, in public schools, camp ministries, etc.

Course Requirements

Bachelor of Science: Youth Ministry

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Bible and Ministry Requirements*: (must earn a 2.5 GPA; no more than one D grade allowed)

29 hrs

Bible Concentration:

20 hrs

BI205 Bible Study Methods

3

NT102 New Testament Survey

3

OT101 Old Testament Survey

3

TH300 Teachings of Friends

3

TH302 Doctrine of Holiness

2

OT Elective (OT252, 322, 333, or 351)

3

NT Elective (NT211, 241, 362, or 356)

3

Foundations for Ministry:

9 hrs

CM104 Personal Evangelism Seminar

1

MI208 Intercultural Ministry

3

SL101 Spiritual Formation I

3

WA101 Introduction to Worship

2

General Education Requirements:

33 hrs

Communication

9 hrs

EN100 College Writing

3

EN200 Research and Writing

3

SP200 Fundamentals of Speech

3

Humanities

11 hrs

HU309 Interdisciplinary Studies Elective

3

LI200 Introduction to Literature

3

PH100 Critical Thinking

2

PH205 Introduction to Philosophy

3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

6 hrs

PY100 General Psychology

3

Social Science Elective

3

Science and Mathematics

7 hrs

Math Elective

3

Science Elective + Lab

4

Additional Requirements

14 hrs

BC199 Orientation for Success at BC

1

6 hours chosen from literature (LI), Juniors Global (JG), or social sciences

6

Unrestricted electives (students often fulfill these hours, partially or completely, through 1-hr courses, such as sports or music lessons)

7

Professional Ministry Courses: (must earn a 2.5 GPA; no D grades allowed)

42 hrs

CM225 Ecclesiology

3

CM307 Ministry Leadership and Administration

3

CM402 Senior Forum

1

ED312 Effective Bible Teaching in Children’s Ministry

3

PM313 Homiletics

3

PM412 Counseling for Christian Leaders

3

PY206 Developmental Psychology

3

PY242 Interpersonal Relations

3

SL202 Spiritual Formation II

3

YM101 Introduction to Youth Ministry

3

YM104 Youth Culture and Trends

3

YM212 Communication Strategies

2

YM301 Youth Ministry Programming

3

YM302 Camp Programming

3

YM403 Youth Ministry Internship

3

Additional Bible/Theology:

10 hrs

BI306 Hermeneutics

3

TH205 Basic Beliefs

2

TH304 Apologetics

2

3 hours NT, OT, or TH Electives

3

The youth ministry degree encouraged me to dive into youth ministry while I was still in college.  It was incredibly valuable to learn the mechanics of ministry from Barclay, but more importantly, to learn and grow in my heart for ministry.  This prepared me for my first role in direct ministry, and continues to strongly influence my leadership of youth ministry teams.

Joel Williamson

2007, Bible/Theology, Youth Ministries Minor
Chief Strategist & CFO, Youth Core Ministries
Greensburg, KS

Have questions about Youth Ministry?

Jesse Penna

Chair of Youth Ministry

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B.A. Friends University

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