Bachelor of Arts in Ministry - Youth Ministry

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.

Students will benefit from instructors who have been involved or are currently involved in youth ministry. This program is also available as a distance education course, as a 2-year diploma or as a 3-year BMin (see drop down below).

Courses revolve around:

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

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.

Prairie’s Youth 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.
  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.

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.

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible & Theology (45 credits)

BT 309 Word and World
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/NT/OT/ST/TH electives (9 credits)

Arts & Sciences (36 credits)

AS 400 Integrative Seminar
HF 111 Thinking & Writing
HF 231 History of Western Civilization I
HF 232 History of Western Civilization II
SC 230 History and Philosophy of Science
SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
SS 210 Introduction to Psychology
SS 261 Leadership Foundations
SS 311 Lifespan Development
HF/SS electives (15 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
YO 314 Youth Communications
YO 346 Exploring Styles & Philosophies of Youth Ministry
YO 460 Topics in Youth Ministry

General Electives (6 credits)

For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.

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.

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.

Program Courses

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible and Theology Major (42 credits)

BT 309 Word and World
NT 112 Reading the Gospels and 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 and 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
Bible and Theology electives 200 level or above (6 credits)

Arts and Sciences Core (33 credits)
AS 400 Integrative Seminar
HF 111 Thinking and Writing
HF 231 History of Western Civilization I
HF 232 History of Western Civilization II
SC 230 History and Philosophy of Science
SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
SS 210 Introduction to Psychology
Arts and Sciences elective (9 credits)
Arts and Sciences elective 300 level

Youth Major (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

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.