Youth Ministry

Youth ministry is both an ancient and modern phenomenon, where strong Biblical patterns regularly collide with changing cultural and ministry models. Current studies show shocking attrition in post-graduation church attendance and measurable decreases in key spiritual indicators in young people. Yet the youth ministry “industry” that includes local churches, growing para-church organizations, residential Christian camps, spiritually-oriented adventure programs and missions trip agencies, continues to press into the challenge of reaching youth for the Kingdom. The platforms for engaging youth ministry are diverse and plentiful. Program DetailsApply Now

Program Description

Youth ministry is both an ancient and modern phenomenon, where strong Biblical patterns regularly collide with changing cultural and ministry models. Current studies show shocking attrition in post-graduation church attendance and measurable decreases in key spiritual indicators in young people. Yet the youth ministry “industry” that includes local churches, growing para-church organizations, residential Christian camps, spiritually-oriented adventure programs and missions trip agencies, continues to press into the challenge of reaching youth for the Kingdom. The platforms for engaging youth ministry are diverse and plentiful. This program is designed to prepare students to enter the fray, armed with a passion to make disciples and the tools to engage that effort in a local church or para-church ministry organization.

Program Goals

Upon completion of the camp ministry program, students will minister effectively within a camp ministry environment as demonstrated by the following competencies:

  1. Actively shepherd individuals toward God, helping them grow in faith and mobilizing them as productive Christ-followers.
  2. Create programming that is driven by a clear sense of mission and purpose.
  3. Apply group and team theory for recruiting, developing, mobilizing and mending teams for maximum effectiveness.
  4. Understand structural models for governance of non-profit organizations and how they shape and empower practical ministry.
  5. Demonstrate a working knowledge of financial stewardship, including basic budgetary principles and procedures for non-profit organizations.
  6. Apply a working knowledge of legal issues and loss control strategies to the delivery of ministry organizations and their programming.
  7. Establish a Biblical foundational philosophy for ministering to youth and develop basic skills and competencies for effective youth ministry.
  8. Understand modern youth culture and its impact on adolescents and their worldviews.
  9. Establish a comprehensive strategy for effective communication in youth ministry.
  10. Effectively train teens to influence their world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Courses of Study (36 Credits)

Ministry Foundations (18 credits)
All PER ministry programs are built on the core foundational skills delivered in this set of classes. While implementation of these skills may vary in different ministry environments, the skills are not context-specific at the principle level. Every ministry leader will deploy this organizational leadership foundation in their ministry context.

  • Dynamics of Discipleship (3 credits)
  • Principles of Ministry Strategy (3 credits)
  • Developing Dynamic Teams (3 credits)
  • Governance & Administration of Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)
  • Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)
  • Risk Management of Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)
Youth Ministry Focus (12 credits)
Youth ministry is one of the most dynamic and powerful platforms for impacting the future of the church. Students are moving toward independence while trying to catch a vision for how they fit into the shifting culture around them. This track of courses engages those dynamics and how they connect with the various stakeholders in student ministry.

  • Youth Ministry Philosophy (3 credits)
  • Adolescents & Youth Culture (3 credits)
  • Communication in Youth Ministry (3 credits)
  • Youth Ministry Evangelism (3 credits)
Cross-Discipline Electives (6 credits)
Students will choose at least two experience-based courses from alternative disciplines (i.e. youth ministry, intercultural ministry, camping and recreation) to compliment and customize their learning experience in context.

Quick Quote

Our teenagers aren’t primarily leaving because they have significant disagreements with their theological upbringing or out of some sense of rebellion. For the most part, they simply lose track of the church and stop seeing it as important to their life.

Lifeway Research, 2015