Educational Ministries


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If you have a desire to know the heart of Jesus Christ through serving others for the sake of prioritizing his salvation and intentionally investing in others, then a degree in Educational Ministries is for you. Our students learn to integrate sound bible teaching and ministry philosophy to form a powerful approach to ministering to and caring for others in various contexts of ministry.

The mission of the Educational Ministries Department is to equip students to identify and engage God’s work in the world through His redemptive story by cultivating a life of disciple making in a variety of professional and Ministry contexts.


The Educational Ministries programs are centered on a commitment to establish the Gospel in others as the foundation of a life of saving grace, real purpose and eternal hope. We accomplish this by knowing the Bible, loving people and equipping others to do the same. Our degree tracks accomplish this through a variety of concentrations in children, youth, camp/outdoor-based ministry or pastoral ministry leadership.

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Why Emmaus?

why should you study Educational Ministries at Emmaus? Here are just a few reasons:

  • Ministry philosophy that is based on the bible and a thorough study of God.
  • A discipleship centered approach to education.
  • Serving others in a modern and complex culture.
  • Hands-on opportunities to apply learning in a real-life context.

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Educational Ministries Graduates

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Featured Educational Ministries Courses

Youth Culture & Challenges
This course is an intermediate level study of defining, identifying and caring for hurting youth within the pastoral framework of the Christian faith. Attention will be given to contemporary adolescent development and complex cultural challenges common to youth today. The overall approach to this course, as it addresses cultural challenges of youth, will be broken down in three areas: 1) the overall “source” of these various issues 2) signs common to these issues and 3) basic pastoral care in aiding hurting individuals.

Teaching Bible
This course examines the principles and skills necessary to effectively teach the Bible in various contexts. The student will demonstrate creativity as s/he prepares and delivers lessons from different literary genres of the Bible.

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Loan Repayment Assistance Plan

With the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) you can follow your passion to serve the Lord without stressing about post-college debt. The LRAP is a financial safety-net, offered to students in all of our ministry related programs* at no cost to you or your family. For more information on the LRAP contact an admissions counselor at or visit


The Educational Ministries department at Emmaus can prepare you for a variety of jobs in different ministry settings:

  • Children’s director/pastor in a variety of church and Para-church based ministries.
  • Director of programming, staff development and guest services in Camping retreat based ministries.
  • Director of spiritual development in a secondary Christian school setting.
  • Mentor and caretaker at risk youth residential facilities.
  • Ministries positions focused on discipleship training and mentoring
  • Teacher of Bible and Worldview in a secondary Christian school setting.
  • Youth director/pastor in a variety of church and Para-church based ministries.


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Educating and equipping learners to impact the world for Christ.

 2570 Asbury Road
   Dubuque, IA 52001

 (563) 588-8000