distance education programs
Bachelor of Arts in Ministry Youth

Course Overview

Bachelor of Arts in Ministry-Youth

Four-Year Program (129 Credits)

  • Courses taught by experienced youth ministers 
  • Study the entire Canon of Scripture 
  • Hands on Internship tailored to you 
  • Apply and start classes anytime!

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BAM: 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 person preparing for a second career.
  • For persons 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.
  • To prepare for Master’s level education.

Program Objectives

The Bachelor of Arts in Ministry program will equip you to do the following:

  • Value, study, understand, and interpret Scripture for personal growth as well as ministry effectiveness.
  • Grow in spiritual vitality and Christian maturity within the pressure and demands of life and ministry.
  • Appreciate and understand the Body of Christ and prepare to assume your responsibility in the Church as expressed in the local congregation.
  • Prepare for a God honoring life of service to kingdom work regardless of your vocational calling.
  • Discover and develop your God given servant design (e.g. spiritual gifts, ministry passion) and ministry skills to maximize your effectiveness for Christian service.
  • Participate in God’s global mission of disseminating the Gospel. Invest in a relational community of intentional discipleship and accountability to build the people of God.
  • Develop a God centered dependence, faith and humility necessary for Christian life and ministry.
  • Serve with foundational skills in a vocational ministry through training provided in the major programs offered.

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. Please note that this is a mentor based Distance Education program with additional requirements to provide you with some of the advantages enjoyed by campus students.


Program Requirements

All courses are three credits unless otherwise indicated.

Bible & Theology (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*
·        TH 211 Creation to New Creation* 

·        BT 309 Word & World: Theology and Praxis*

·        BT/NT/OT/ST/TH electives (9 credits)


Arts & Sciences (36 credits)

·        AS 400 Integrative Seminar (synchronous)  

·        HF 111 Thinking & Writing

·        HF 231 History of Western Civilization I

·        HF 232 History of Western Civilization II 

·        SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World

·        SS 210 Introduction to Psychology

·        SS 261 Leadership Foundations

·        SS 311 Lifespan Development*

·        SC 230 History & Philosophy of Science*

·        HF/SS electives (9 credits)


Youth (33 credits)

·        CM 250 Introduction to Counseling*

·        CM 468 Youth Ministry Internship (12 credits)

·        YO 151 Introduction to Youth Ministry

·        YO 224 Creative Teaching Methods

·        YO 313 Youth Issues & Culture (synchronous/ on-campus) 

·        YO 314 Youth Communications

·        YO 346 Exploring Styles & Philosophies of Youth Ministry*

·        YO 460 Topics in Youth Ministry*


General Electives (6 credits)


*Available soon; in the meantime, we will offer a substitute.

Synchronous courses will be offered in conjunction with on-campus courses due to their content.  Therefore, these courses must be taken during the term they are offered on campus, or taken on-campus if offered as a modular. 

Note: Arts & Sciences courses include Anthropology (AN), Humanity and Fine Arts (HF), History (HI), Philosophy (PH), Psychology (PS), Science (SC), Sociology (SO), and Social Sciences (SS).