B.A. in Theology
Preparing Capable Youth Pastors and Youth Workers
The youth ministry major prepares students for the complex realities of engaging youth culture, developing creative ministries to reach and disciple teens through local church and other agencies or organizations. Over four years of practical class room training and hands on supervised ministry, students are confident and competent to lead, preach, teach, mentor, organize, and administrate every aspect of an effective relational youth ministry. This program has been carefully designed, in consultation with youth pastors and para-church leaders, to fully prepare graduates for the demands of contemporary youth ministry. Our graduates are now running effective ministries in churches, high schools, and other agencies in Canada and around the world.
B.A. Th. Youth Ministry students progress each year toward growing competence and confidence in youth ministry. In the first year in classroom and placement in youth ministries student grow their skills in relational ministry. In second year students are required to take on greater responsibility engaging youth culture leading groups and activities in churches, on campus or in social agencies. In the third year students take on a year-long 400 hour internship or a 600 hours intensive internship in full time youth ministry. During this year under direct supervision students lead every aspect of a youth ministry, drop in centre, campus ministry or youth agency. The final year adds the finishing touches for a student for full time work with youth.
Over the course of the degree students will study every aspect of contemporary youth ministry. Beginning in first year students will learn about the Foundations of Youth Ministry as well as Church and Parachurch Youth Ministry. In second year students will concentrate on addressing Youth Culture, Urban Ministry, and Preparing a short term mission trip. The third year involves studying Counselling, Adolescent Development, and a number of practical pastoral ministry courses. Along with senior biblical and theological studies in the fourth year, youth ministry students will take Youth Issues and a capstone course called Senior Integrative Seminar pulling together all the practice and theory students have experienced.
Students graduating with the 4 year degree will be:
Capable mature professionals prepared to lead a church ministry, train volunteers, organize an outreach programs, retreats, and mission trips with students and their families.
Competent leaders; knowledgeable in Bible and theology, adolescent development, counselling, youth culture, and youth issues.
Confident in their skills to teach, lead, mentor, and administrate a disciple-making ministry to students and their families as team member at a church or other agency.
Compassionate; having a heart for God as well as empathy for parents and students, helping them to find wholeness in Christ.