Students who complete the Youth Ministries major should be able to minister effectively to young people in the 13- to 30-year-old age bracket by being able to carry out their leadership role with a youth group and by demonstrating effective pastoral skills.
Graduates will be able to carry out their leadership role with a youth group including:
- Planning and implementing effective programming for youth;
- Understanding the developmental stages and needs of each age bracket within the youth group;
- Relating well to these various age brackets within the youth groups;
- Developing a vital and Christ-centered ministry to youth and their families;
- Leading small groups;
- Assisting youth with their emotional, social, family and other personal needs;
- Correctly handling the Word of God and articulating it effectively;
- Knowing and being able to teach theology and Assemblies of God doctrine;
- Training youth leaders;
- Applying God’s Word to current issues in the world and in the lives of the youth;
- Understanding how to live in proper relationship with the Assemblies of God fellowship and the local church;
- Understanding personal and ministerial accountability.
Graduates will demonstrate pastoral skills including:
- Effective preaching and teaching to young people;
- Evangelization and discipling new Christians;
- Counseling teens and young adults;
- People skills and interpersonal relationships;
- Communications and relationships with parents;
- An effective presence on the high school campus;
- Building good relationships with the local schools;
- A sincere desire and the ability to help and minister to persons from all socioeconomic backgrounds, cultural or ethnic groups, etc.;
- A meaningful devotional life;
- Maintaining a healthy personal and family life;
- Serving as a model of consistent Christian character and lifestyle;
- Management skills;
- Recruiting, selecting, training, and motivating adult youth leaders;
- Designing effective youth activities;
- Conducting well-planned, meaningful retreats and camps;
- Working as a member of a pastoral staff, submitting to the leadership of a senior pastor.
Through classes common to all majors in the department, students will:
- Proclaim God’s Word accurately and effectively;
- Actualize their God given gifts;
- Prepare for practical ministry in the local church;
- Broaden their perspective of missions at home and abroad;
- Teach and implement the Christian education of a local church;
- Acquire and apply information about a specific area of ministry.
All students must complete the General Education Core and Biblical Studies Core. In addition, all Youth Ministries majors are required to complete the Church Ministries Core and Youth Ministries supporting program. General electives may be added or an optional minor may be selected. Total credit hours to complete the Youth Ministries major must equal at least 124 credit hours.