Youth Ministries

Youth Ministries

Not for the faint of heart, the youth ministry major is designed for those who want to engage in the adventure of changing the world by ministering to families and young lives while empowering the next generation of leaders. The youth ministry major focuses on making disciples of youth and families in both the Church and faith-based nonprofit organizations in order to interpret and engage culture in a redemptive manner. This process involves equipping ministry leaders to serve the Church and faith-based nonprofit organizations as vocational leaders, interpreting such service as a “calling.” Theological, academic and practical engagement will shape kingdom transformation-minded leaders who envision real change personally and professionally by participating in Jesus’ Great Commission to “make disciples” (Matthew 28:16-20). The youth ministry major offers both theory and practical application of ministry to youth through courses centering on theology of youth ministry, familial relationships, communicating to youth, youth culture and issues, youth evangelism and discipleship, counseling adolescents, and leadership formation. Finally, an internship with first-hand experience under a professional mentor caps off the student’s experience.


An Active Departmental Learning Culture that Includes:

  • Interactive class environment
  • Competent and highly relational departmental faculty representing over 70 years of informed, collective ministry experience
  • Learn from published experts in the field
  • Regular interaction and creative partnerships with various ministry contexts
  • Four semesters of Service and Outreach opportunities directly tied to your major
  • An intensive, 3-credit Internship experience anywhere in the world
  • An integration of good theological and theoretical thinking with hands-on ministry leadership experience

Make Connections with Your Calling

  • Conversations in and out of class that will help inform and shape your deepest passions to serve as a vocational leader
  •  Interaction with area church and faith-based nonprofit organizational leaders
  • Academic advising designed to guide your academic experience, and foster your ability to discern and respond to God’s initiatives in your life and the world
  • Network with TFC alumni and others who serve in various ministry contexts and cultures


  • Youth Ministries


  • Family and Children’s Ministries
  • Ministry Leadership
  • Outdoor Leadership and Education
  • Pastoral Ministries
  • Youth Ministry


  • Develop your capacity for lifelong critical and integrative thinking
  • Develop professional youth ministry thinking as a life-long career
  • Develop necessary leadership competencies and character for ministry leadership
  • Understand and respect the role of vocational leaders in the church and faith-based nonprofit organizations
  • Create effective means of evangelism and discipleship for youth and families
  • Encourage your commitment to and methods of fostering leader-care and spiritual formation for yourself and others
  • Develop resources that will greatly assist those whom you are in ministry to and with
This page is for informational purposes only and is not intended for official academic purposes. Please refer to the official college catalog for detailed information regarding all courses of study.