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Bachelor of Arts, Youth Ministry

Objective: This major prepares students for a variety of youth ministry settings, including both local church and parachurch contexts. For those students from the Church of the Nazarene, educational requirements for ordination as an elder in the Church of the Nazarene also require the Christian Ministry minor along with this major. Other denominations' requirements may be met through the selection of elective courses.

Graduates of the Youth Ministry major with ministerial standing will demonstrate the following program outcomes:

  1. Students will know the general content and purposes of the major divisions of the Bible and the relationship between the Testaments.
  2. Students will understand and apply principles of biblical hermeneutics by exegeting passages of Scripture, using forms of biblical criticism and relating their work to other theological disciplines.
  3. Students will value and relate Scripture to their own spiritual growth and to life situations, particularly in the context of the Church's pastoral practices.
  4. Students will know and describe key themes of Wesleyan theology within the thought and history of the Christian Church: the attributes of the Triune God, Incarnation, the condition and hope for humanity and creation, the loving and saving nature of the divine-human relationship, the meaning of holiness, and the call to character and service for followers of Christ.
  5. Students will integrate Wesleyan theology with pastoral theology to construct and develop a theology of worship, preaching, sacraments, leadership, and ministry.
  6. Students will serve as creative and redemptive agents by participating in the Church and by valuing all persons and creation through practicing love and stewardship.
  7. Students will explain and construct philosophical arguments, both orally and in writing, critically evaluating arguments using principles of sound reasoning from both formal and informal logic.
  8. Students will identify and define key themes within the history of Western philosophy.
  9. Students will know and develop biblical, historical, cultural/sociological, and theological principles for the practices of youth and family ministry: constructing sermons and lessons, designing and leading worship, responding to the needs of her/his congregation, initiating and fostering congregational health, building congregational leaders, and analyzing and constructing a plan to reach the community.
  10. Students will know and describe how to lead, disciple, evangelize, and equip the church for youth and family ministry.
  11. Students will display a growing personal and spiritually transformed life valuing personal, pastoral, and professional integrity in serving as an example of holiness of heart and life.

Requirements: 55 core credits and 24 foundational credits, which also meet general education requirements.

Foundational Courses: These courses from the general education offerings are required as foundational to the major:

BIBL1100. Introduction to Biblical Studies (3)
COMM1210. Introduction to Public Speaking (3)
ENGL1030. University Writing and Research (3)
HUMN1010. Cornerstone (3)
PHIL2020. Ethics (3)
PSYC1550. Introduction to Psychology (3)
THEO2100. Introduction to Christian Theology (3)
THEO3590. Theology of the Church (3)

Core Courses:
Core Requirements:

CHED1810. Christian Discipleship (3)
CHED2220. Instructional Bible Study (2)
CHED3820. Foundations of Youth Ministry (2)
CHED3840. Family Ministry (2)
CHED3860. Principles of Youth Ministry (2)
CHIS3620. History of the Christian Tradition II (3)
PHIL3080. Critical Reasoning (3)
PRTH1710. Exploring Vocation and Call (1)
PRTH2400. Introduction to Christian Missions (3)
PRTH2960. Field Experience in Christian Ministry (1)
PRTH2960L. Personal Development Lab (0)
PRTH3210. Spiritual Formation (2)
PRTH3710. Preaching (3)
PRTH3750. Compassionate Ministries (2)
PRTH3880. Camping and Recreation Ministry (2)
PRTH4710. Missional Growth and Health (2)
PRTH4820. Pastoral Leadership (3)
PRTH4960. Internship in Youth Ministry (3)
THEO4240. Theology of Holiness (2)
THEO4530. Christian Theology I (3)
THEO4540. Christian Theology II (3)
Ministerial Standing (Senior year)

Core Electives:
GREK2110. Elementary New Testament Greek I (3) and,
     GREK2120. Elementary New Testament Greek II (3) or,
HEBR2110. Biblical Hebrew I (3) and,
     HEBR2120. Biblical Hebrew II (3)

One 4000-level course in BIBL, GREK, or HEBR (2)

For those desiring to complete the Course of Study educational requirements for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene, a Christian Ministry minor would also be required.