School of Theology & Christian Ministry
The youth ministries major at Anderson University prepares students for ministry to youth, including church-based youth and children’s ministries, youth camps, urban ministries, or other settings.
We recognize that church families need passionate leaders who can appreciate the developmental changes in the lives of their children and teens, and who care about the variety of contexts in which they live. This stand-alone major is strongly rooted in Bible and ministry courses, which prepares students not only for immediate ministry work, but also further graduate theological education.
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How can I get involved in the youth ministries program?
- Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministries in three years.
- Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministries in four years.
- 4 + 1 BA in Youth Ministry plus an MDiv in 5 years.
What classes will I take?
Among the classes in the 48-hour major are:
- Church Ministry
- Christian Ethics
- Methods in Biblical Exegesis
- Ministry Seminar
- Theology in a Ministry Context
What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?
Our graduates serve in church ministry, social agencies, the missionary field, teaching at the collegiate level, or para-church organizations (such as Youth For Christ and Young Life).
Many of our students transition into graduate programs at the Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry, but others have attended Claremont School of Theology, Duke Divinity School, Union Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Asbury Theological Seminary.
What experiences will I have?
Along with classroom-based instruction, students in the youth ministries major will complete a practicum, gaining ministry experience in a setting appropriate to their future work. Internships are customized according to each student’s interests and ministry goals. These are typically done in local churches, but internships have also included work in summer youth camps, national parks, inner-city ministries, national church agencies, and other settings.
Participation in service
- 80% of AU Christian ministry students specialize in Christian ministry.
- 30 students a year complete internships in churches and related agencies.
- Experiential learning is stressed through urban studies courses in Chicago, New York City, and Washington, D.C.
- The AU Department of Christian Ministry stresses the Bible as the basis of ministry training.
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