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The Bachelor of Science in Bible/Theology and Youth Ministries

The Bachelor of Science in Bible and Theology and Youth Ministries is a four-year program designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the Bible and equip them for effective ministry to youth. The program includes intensive study in three academic areas: Bible/theology, general education, and educational ministries, specifically youth ministries.

Program Director: Mr. Jeff Riley

Program Mission

It is our purpose that students are adequately prepared for productive, innovative and Christ centered ministry to adolescents and their families in a variety of professional and ministry contexts.

Program Outcomes

In addition to meeting the Bible/Theology outcomes the student will acquire proficiency in the following ministry areas:

  1. Personal Christian Character
    Demonstrate servant leadership by consistent modeling of Christ-like behavior through personal devotion, obedience and life style.
  2. Intentional Christian Integration
    Effectively integrate the Bible and systematic theology with ministry to youth and their families.
  3. Philosophy of Christian Education
    Design a ministry plan based on a Christian worldview through the redemptive theme in the biblical and the historical development of the Church
  4. Components of Youth Ministry
    Interact with the key pieces of the youth ministry environment in the areas of church, family and community for spiritual growth in adolescents.
  5. Methodology of Youth Ministry
    Demonstrate skill in the various teaching techniques and methodologies of youth ministry.
  6. Culture of Modern Youth
    Explore the impact of technology, adolescent sociology and secular worldviews in relation to the spiritual development of youth.
  7. Pastoral Orientation to Youth Ministry
    Promote faith ownership and leadership in adolescents through evangelism and discipleship through intentional guidance and informed counseling.
  8. Leadership and Administration
    Synthesize a comprehensive plan for youth ministry through the major organizational management components.
  9. Professional Development
    Recognize the ethical, ministerial, and professional challenges of working with minors and the value of ongoing training.
  10. Ministry and Vocational Opportunities
    Engage in full time ministry or volunteer leadership roles in a variety of youth ministry contexts with teaching, pastoral and leadership qualities.

Program Admission Requirements

  1. Complete the freshman year at Emmaus with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  2. Prior to the sophomore year, declare a major in Bible/Theology and Youth Ministries.
  3. At the beginning of the sophomore year, apply for entrance into the Youth Ministries program. The application procedure includes completion of a formal application and a reference form from a church leader at the student’s home church. After the application has been received, the Educational Ministries faculty will review it. Their decision will be delivered to the student by means of a formal letter.
  4. During the fall semester of the junior year, make application for the Youth Ministries internship program.
  5. Pay all applicable fees for this major as determined by the Business office and published in the annual statement of fees.

Bachelor of Science in Bible/Theology and Youth Ministries Requirements 

  1. Complete a minimum of 132.5 semester credit hours.
  2. A 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a passing grade in all required courses.
  3. At least 67 semester credit hours must be earned at Emmaus.
  4. Complete the general graduation requirements listed in the Academic Life section of the catalog.
  5. Meet course requirements in the following areas:
    • Bible/Theology (42 credits)
      • Old Testament Survey 1 (BT 102)
      • Old Testament Survey 2 (BT 104)
      • New Testament Survey (BT 106)
      • Christian Life & Bible Study Methods (BT 110)
      • Biblical Discipleship (BT 116)
      • Survey of Doctrine (BT 151)
      • Hermeneutics (BT 250)
      • Theology 1 (BT 205)
      • Theology 2 (BT 210)
      • Theology 3 (BT 305)
      • Theology 4 (BT 310)
      • Apologetics (BT 3510)
      • Applied Theology (BT 463)
      • Bible and Theology Elective (book study)
    • Intercultural Studies (3 credits)
      • Missions and Evangelism 1* (ICS 104)
    • Educational Ministries Core (13 credits)
      • Educational Ministries (EM 106)
      • Teaching Bible (EM 221)
      • Educational Ministries Sophomore Field Studies (EM 240)
      • Small Group Communication (EM 320)
      • Educational Ministries Junior Field Studies (EM 340)
      • Administration and Leadership (EM 350)
      • Educational Program of the Church (EM 410)
    • Youth Ministries (33 credits)
      • Marriage and Family Life (EM 109)
      • Foundations of Youth Ministry (EM 206)
      • A/V and Technology (EM 230)
      • Youth Culture and Challenges (EM 310)
      • Principles and Methods of Youth Ministry (EM 315)
      • Ethics and Issues in Youth Ministry (EM 380)
      • Youth Ministries Internship (EM 497)
      • Educational Ministries Electives
    • Inter-Area Studies (4.5 credits)
      • Transitions Seminar (IAS 101)
      • Servant Leader Training (IAS 102/3-104/5)
      • Chapel Attendance (IAS 104/5-404/5)
    • Humanities (12 credits)
      • Fundamentals of Speech (COM 112)
      • English Composition (ENG 101)
      • Introduction to Literature (ENG 102)
      • Introduction to Philosophy: Christian Worldview* (PH 106)
    • Social Sciences (15 credits)
      • Fundamental Computer Literacy (CS 101)
      • Western Civilization (HIS 131/132) or American History (HIS 234)
      • Introduction to Psychology (PSY 111)
      • Developmental Psychology (PSY 211)
      • Counseling Foundations (COU 121)
    • Natural Sciences (10 credits)
      • College Math (MAT 140)
      • Introduction to Human Biology (SCI 241)
      • Introduction to Human Biology Lab (SCI 242)
      • Math or Science Elective

*meets Bible-Related requirement

Award: Bachelor of Science