Youth Ministries is a four-year program designed to prepare graduates for productive, innovative and Christ-centered ministry to adolescents in a variety of ministry contexts through adolescent development and identity formation.

Degree: Bachelor of Science
Majors: Educational Ministries: Youth Ministries Track, Bible/Theology
Program Director: Jeffrey D. Riley

Program Learning Outcomes

In addition to meeting the Bible & Theology outcomes the student will acquire proficiency in the following

  1. MODEL: Consistent modeling of Gospel transformation through personal devotion, obedience and life-style reflecting Kingdom living.
  2. EQUIP: Equip students for ministry in various contexts to different demographics and culture groups.
  3. CONTEXTUALIZE: The integration of a sound understanding of Bible and Theology in ministry to effectively reach a target audience within their specific context.  
  4. NURTURE: Exercising care in nurturing faith ownership and service through evangelism and discipleship by intentional relationships and informed pastoral counseling.
  5. CONSTRUCT: Creating ministry (Christian Education) opportunities, programs and activities that promote faith development and spiritual formation in others.
  6. LEAD:  Influencing and empowering others through servant leadership to encourage Christ-likeness and mobilization for ministry.  

Program Admission

  1. Complete the freshman year at Emmaus with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  2. Declare intent to pursue a major in Educational Ministries: Youth Ministries Track.
  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.
  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.

Program Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 128 semester credit hours.
  2. A 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a passing grade in all required courses.
  3. At least 60 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 and Worldview (BT 111)
      • Biblical Discipleship (BT 116)
      • Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (BT 120)
      • Survey of Doctrine (BT 151)
      • Biblical Hermeneutics (BT 220)
      • Theology: God, Creation, and Sin (BT 221)
      • Theology: Christ, Holy Spirit, and Salvation (BT 321)
      • Theology: The Church and Final Things (BT 331)
      • Theology Seminar (BT 462)
      • Biblical Theology Elective
      • Bible Book Study Elective
      • Chapel (CCS 110)
    • Educational Ministries (47 credits)
      • Educational Ministries 1 (EM 106)
      • Educational Ministries Freshman Field Studies (EM 140)
      • Educational Ministries 2 (EM 206)
      • Educational Ministries Sophomore Field Studies (EM 240)
      • Technology in Ministry (EM 231)
      • Introduction to Youth Ministry (EM 260)
      • Youth Culture and Challenges (EM 310)
      • Small Group Ministry (EM 320)
      • Teaching Bible* (EM 321)
      • Teaching Bible Experiential Learning Lab (EM 324)
      • Educational Ministries Junior Field Studies (EM 340)
      • Ministry Leadership (EM 350)
      • Educational Programming in Ministry (EM 410)
      • Youth Ministries Internship (EM 497)
      • Educational Ministries Electives
      • Developmental Psychology (PSY 211)
    • Intercultural Studies (3 credits)
      • Missions and Evangelism 1* (ICS 104)
    • General Studies (36 credits)
      • Servant Leader Training (CCS 120)
      • Fundamentals of Speech (COM 112)
      • Counseling Foundations (COU 121)
      • Fundamental Computer Literacy (CS 101)
      • English Composition (ENG 101)
      • Introduction to Literature (ENG 102)
      • Transitions Seminar (FND 101)
      • Senior Seminar (FND 410)
      • Western Civilization (HIS 131/132) or American History 1 (HIS 235)
      • College Mathematics (MAT 140)
      • Apologetics (PHI 350)
      • Introduction to Psychology (PSY 111)
      • Introduction to Human Biology and Lab (SCI 241/242
      • Marriage and Family Life (SOC 109)

*meets Bible-Related requirement

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