Bachelor of arts in ministry:
Youth Ministry

Course Overview

Bachelor or Arts in Ministry - Youth

Four Year Program (120 Credits)
Prairie’s Bachelor of Arts in Ministry (BAM) is designed to build your confidence to minister in any environment; providing you with an in-depth knowledge of the Bible.

Courses revolve around:

  • Effectively studying, understanding and interpreting scripture
  • Understanding the principles for effective ministry
  • Confidently applying practical skills as required in ministry settings

Students will benefit from instructors who have been involved or are currently involved in pastoral ministry. Also available as a distance education course, as a 2 year diploma or as a 3 year BMin.

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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. It is possible to receive internship credit for past experiences that qualify.
  • 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 BAM 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 BAM 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. Your degree lays the foundation for graduate studies in ministry, theological studies, missiology or divinity.

Program Outcomes

  1. Articulate a clear vision and philosophy that is rooted in scripture and relevant for reaching the lost teens in our world.
  2. Develop a personal God-centered dependence, faith and humility necessary for discipling teens.  
  3. Be able to design and carry out an effective ministry to teens in an ever-changing world.
  4. Demonstrate a growing understanding in and practice of youth work competencies such as counseling, preaching/teaching, discipleship and administration. 
  5. Reflect on the benefit of practical internship experiences and classroom education resulting in the development of deeper ministry competencies. 

Program Requirements

All courses are 3 credits unless shown otherwise

Bible & Theology Major (45 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 OR
  • TH 211 Creation to New Creation
  • BT/NT/OT/ST/TH Electives (200 or above) (15 cr)

Arts & Sciences Core (36 credits)

  • AS 400 Integrative Seminar
  • HF 111 Thinking & Writing
  • SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
  • SS 210 Introduction to Psychology
  • SS 261 Leadership Foundations
  • SS 311 Lifespan Development
  • HF/SS electives (12 cr)
  • HF/SS electives 200 level or above (6 cr)

Major (33 credits)

  • CM 250 Introduction to Counseling
  • CM 468 Youth Ministry Internship (12 cr)
  • YO 151 Introduction to Youth Ministry
  • 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)

Exemptions for each student based on specific life experience and learning will reduce the total number of credits to 90

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:

  • Church Youth Worker
  • Youth Pastor
  • Camp Ministry
  • Para-Church Organizations
  • 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