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Master of Divinity in Youth, Children & Family Ministry

As a professional graduate degree in ministry, the Master of Divinity is an extensive program designed to prepare students for ministry in contexts both inside and outside the local church. Students in this program may work as associate, youth, children or family ministers, parachurch ministry directors, in other youth serving organizations, denominational offices, missions, and in urban or rural environments. Many students in this program serve in a ministry assignment during their studies. Master of Divinity in Youth, Children and Family students complete the vast majority of their course work by participating with both Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry and Master of Arts in Youth, Children and Family learning communities. Students may begin their work with either learning community. After completing all work in one learning community, students enroll in the remaining learning community. In addition to their enrollment in both of the learning communities mentioned, students must also complete an advanced biblical exegesis course and a supervised ministry experience. The supervised ministry courses will normally be completed by the end of the first learning community, and the advanced biblical exegesis course will be taken during one of the final two summers in the program. The degree is offered in a fully online environment and is typically completed one course at a time over the span of four and a half years. To maximize contextualization, students in this program participate in a ministry mentoring relationship in their own ministry setting. Ministry mentors receive a small stipend for the support offered.