three year programs:
Bachelor of Ministry - Youth

Course Overview

Bachelor of Ministry - Youth

Three Year Program (90 Credits)
Our BMin program is designed to provide you with an in-depth knowledge of the Bible and practical leadership skills to equip others for ministry.

Courses revolve around:

  • Effectively studying, understanding and interpreting scripture.
  • Understanding principles for effective ministry.
  • Confidently applying practical skills for ministry settings.

The BMin program is for those who already have significant life or ministry experience. Students entering this program must be at least 25 years old.

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Youth Ministry: In Depth

The Youth Program is:

  • For those who would like to develop youth skills for a vocational church, para-church or community ministry.
  • Excellently suited for the second career person.
  • For persons who are already in youth ministry who would like formal education.
  • For people who would like to work with youth (e.g. teaching, counseling) and would like to have a theological and biblical foundation previous to secular vocational training.

Program Objectives

Prairie’s BMin program will equip you to:

  • Effectively study, understand and interpret Scripture.
  • Understand the principles for effective ministry in a variety of applications and situations.
  • Realize the global mission of the Church and its implications for your life.
  • Understand the importance of interpersonal relationships in the context of effective ministry.
  • Confidently apply practical skills as required in ministry settings
  • Realize and develop your God-given gifts and passions for use in ministry to the glory of God and the benefit of others.

Expanded Opportunities

Your BMin degree will open doors to skilled service as a church worker, church planter, church educational program leader, worship leader, pastor, youth worker, camp leader, or numerous other roles within a church or para-ministry setting.

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible & Theology (42 credits)

  • NT 112 Reading the Gospels & Acts
  • NT 221 Reading Paul’s Letters
  • NT 251 Reading Hebrews to Revelation
  • OT 112 Reading the Torah
  • OT 221 Reading the Historical Books
  • OT 243 Reading the Psalms & Wisdom Literature
  • OT 353 Reading the Prophets
  • ST 100 The Christian Life
  • TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology
  • TH 210 The God of the Gospel 
  • BT/NT/OT/ST/TH electives (12 credits)

Arts & Sciences (33 credits)

  • AS 400 Integrative Seminar
  • HF 111 Thinking & Writing
  • HF 231 History of Western Civilization I
  • SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
  • SS 210 Introduction to Psychology
  • SS 311 Lifespan Development
  • HF/SS electives (15 credits)

Youth (18 credits)

  • CM 250 Introduction to Counseling
  • YO 224 Creative Teaching Methods
  • YO 313 Youth Issues & Culture
  • YO 314 Youth Communications
  • YO 346 Exploring Styles & Philosophies of Youth Ministry
  • YO 460 Topics in Youth Ministry

General Electives (6 credits)

Each student will be exempted from three courses based on specific life experience and learning, reducing the total required credits from 99 to 90.

For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.

Al Mertes  Program Coordinator

I was a youth pastor for over 30 years and have seen, firsthand, the signficance of youth ministry. The youth of today are exposed to more pressures and challenges than ever and having well equipped leaders to walk with, share life with and guide them on their journey has never been more important. If you have a calling to serve the youth population then our program will help equip for that purpose..

Encounter1
It's a blast! The professor knows what he's talking about, and knows how to bring you out of your comfort zone.
Janelle
Youth Ministry Student
Encounter1
Youth ministry is a fun, upbeat program with lots of enjoyable moments and encouragement from the professors.
Cheryl
Youth Ministry Student
Encounter1
Al is an amazing teacher, has access to a variety of resources and network. His classes are life changing and his passion for youth is seen by his love.
Jason
Youth Ministry Student
Encounter1
It is a small college big on community. The professors are open to visits and care deeply for you.
Juli
Youth Ministry Student
Janelle
Cheryl
Jason
Juli

Career Opportunities

You will gain skills for any type of job that involves working with the youth demographic. Specific applications are:

  • Youth Pastor
  • Church Youth Worker
  • Camp Ministry
  • Non-Profit Youth Organizaitons
  • Missions
In class
In class
Youth Ministry Students
Youth Ministry Students
Parable Place
Parable Place
The Dorms
The Dorms
Prayer Chapel
Prayer Chapel
In the Courtyard
In the Courtyard
The Upper Room
The Upper Room
Study at the Library
Study at the Library
The Weight Room
The Weight Room
Inside the Loft
Inside the Loft
Outdoor Studies
Outdoor Studies
Atrium
Atrium
Grad
Grad
General 2
I look back on my time at Prairie and think: "If only I went there now; the campus is so alive these days." Then I remember that my Prairie experience, like anything in our faith life, really is as good as you allow it to be. For me, it was a safe haven in uncertain times, a source of refinement and my best friend forever factory. It was the place where Jesus met me often through the professors, my coaches, and the people within the town of Three Hills itself. I love where Prairie has come, and where it is going. As a mother, I am confident that anyone who attends is being well equipped to impact my son's world with the love of Jesus! 
Tara Williams
Alumni
Tara Williams