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Academics: Ministry Leadership Minor with an emphasis in Youth Ministry

Students with Youth Ministry emphasis can be called into a wide array of jobs.  Students serve as traditional youth ministers in churches, as well as para-church organizations (Young Life and Youth for Christ), campus ministries, afterschool programs, and camps.  Students with an emphasis in education serve as chaplains and worship leaders at Christian schools.  Students with musical gifts serve as worship leaders.  Students with backgrounds in Psychology and Sociology serve in residential rehabilitation facilities for youth or ministries that work with youth in high-risk populations. Student serve domestically and internationally with mission agencies.  And some students opt for further training in paid internships.

The Ministry Leadership Minor can be coupled with any major.  It is recommended that students major in an area of study that engages and excites them.  There are a few majors that are particularly complementary to this Youth Ministry emphasis, these include Religion, Psychology, and Sociology. 

Requirements for Ministry Leadership Minor: Youth Ministry

1.CMS 151—Church and Society (3 hours), or approved interim

2. One additional 200 level Religion course beyond core, in Bible or Theology(3 hours). If students have taken Biblical Foundations II as their second Religion core course, then they should take one course from REL 230-235 to fulfill this requirement. If students have taken Theological Foundations II as their second Religion core course, then they should take one course from 211-224 to fulfill this requirement.

3. Cluster of courses with an emphasis in YOUTH MINISTRY (7 hours)

  • CMS 374 Youth and Family Ministry. (2)
    This course provides a forum for students to investigate and evaluate a variety of models for the church’s ministry to the youth of the church and community. Presentations by nationally recognized youth ministry experts, critical theological reflection on key issues associated with youth ministry and field trips to a variety of ministry sites will allow students develop a foundational understanding of working in ministry.
  • EDUC 309 Teaching Religion to Children and Adolescents. (2)
    This course explores perspectives, content, methods, and materials in teaching religion to children and adolescents.  It explores pedagogy appropriate for public and non-public schools and other settings and evaluation of methods and materials.
  • PSYC 202 Youth Faith Development and Spiritual Formation. (3)
    This course examines how faith is formed and developed by studying influential theories of faith formation (e.g., Fowler’s stages of faith, Objects-Relations) and the general developmental theories on which these faith formation theories are based.

4. 3 credit hours from a complementary area of interest:

Students will choose a course they did not count toward the requirements listed in number 3 from the following:

  • CMS 251-- Theological Reflections on Ministry Practices (1), which may be taken up to three times
  • CMS 378 -- A Christian Calling: Proclaiming Jubilee as a Christian Leader
  • CMS 375 -- Ministry, Leadership, and Community Development
  • REL 237 -- Christian Worship
  • REL 252 -- Introduction to Missions
  • MUSC 236 -- Music in Worship

5. CMS 381 Ministry Studies Internship (3 hours), with specialized placements in the area of student interests/emphasis

KEY FACULTY PERSON: Prof. Lynn Barger Elliott
Other key faculty: Robert Keeley (Education), Marjorie Gunnoe (Psychology)