APU’s youth ministry major equips students to make a difference in the lives of young people. The degree provides a foundation in the academic study of the Bible, its history, and doctrines of the ancient and contemporary Church. Students explore various forms of youth ministry, both inside and outside the Church, and learn about the impact of youth ministry on adolescents today. Youth ministry majors also discover what it means to place-share with students in ministry.
Students learn about historical and contemporary practices in youth ministry, issues in diverse and nontraditional youth ministry formats, and how to study and teach from the Bible. Further coursework explores the impact of adolescent development on family ministry, Christian values and sexuality, the influence of culture, and connecting evangelism to youth culture. Students develop a personal philosophy of youth ministry based on their strengths and calling, which provides a foundation for a concentration in church ministry, intercultural Christian ministry, ministry in social service context, pastoral studies, sports ministry, or youth outreach and discipleship. Youth ministry majors leave APU prepared with the tools and experience they need to lead a successful youth ministry.
Is This Major Right for You?
- Enjoy hanging out with adolescents.
- Get energized by being around 11- to 18-year-olds.
- Sense God’s call to serve Him inside or outside of the Church.
- Desire to extend Kingdom through the lives of adolescents.