Youth Ministry

Shaping the Future

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or minor in Youth Ministry has been approved by the Course of Study Advisory Committee to meet educational requirements for ordination as an elder/deacon in the Church of the Nazarene.

This exciting degree opportunity is ideal for those who wish to influence the next generations for Jesus Christ.

With nearly 65 percent of the population in many countries under the age of 25, the need for youth ministry continues to grow. Many define youth as a separate culture. Their view of the life, the world, truth and the Christian faith are radically different from previous generations. Millions of teens in the U.S. are living without foundation or focus. They are looking for role models, heroes and mentors. They need followers of Christ to tell them about Jesus.

Community ministry experience and a full summer internship are part of the degree requirements. In the final year, you are assigned to a church for ministry with a staff or neighboring youth pastor as your mentor. Students also take classes on campus and complete a final project.

Youth Ministry Students Are:
  • Creative thinkers who are able to operate within the boundaries of rules and requirements

  • Communicators who easily use a variety of media and messaging

  • Mature believers with an eagerness to relate to young people — and their families — where they are

  • Leaders who stay in touch with the current culture of our youth

  • Leaders who can equip laypersons to engage in youth ministry

You realize that our young people are the Church of today and tomorrow. You are ready to serve. We will help you become the leader you want and need to be.

Find Your Career

Youth Ministry Careers Include: youth pastor, pastor to youth and families, generations director, parachurch director, denominational youth specialist, camp director

Study Abroad

More than a dozen study abroad programs provide the opportunity for experiencing the Christian faith in other cultures and countries.

Study Abroad

Missions Work

Missions in Action (M.I.A.) sponsors student mission trips to serve people living on the continents of Asia, Africa, South America, as well as in the U.S.

Missions in Action

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12 NIV)

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