Youth Ministry - Emphasis

Does your heart beat to reach the youth of this generation in the name of Christ?

Then perhaps pursuing a degree program at Northern Seminary with a Youth Ministry emphasis is for you.  

Northern understands that individuals preparing for Youth Ministry leadership in today’s society are faced with unique challenges varying from developing culturally-relevant youth ministries to understanding the spiritual formation of youth in the contemporary context.   

That’s why Northern offers a Youth Ministry emphasis designed to fit the specific interests and needs of individuals interested in exploring a call to Youth Ministry.

The specialized courses designed for this emphasis will prepare students for leadership that is:

Biblical. [Grounded in Scripture]

Combined with a comprehensive academic degree program that provides a solid foundation in the study of scripture, church history, theology and ethics, specialized Youth Ministry courses challenge the student to engage in and reflect on the core issues encountered in ministry to adolescents from a biblical perspective.

Missional. [Sharing Christ in Context]

Northern Seminary provides students with unique ways to learn how to share Christ in context. Through a variety of experiential learning or “field research” opportunities —which could include anything from diving into the youth subculture at a Christian music festival to engaging in supervised ministry as a youth leader at a local church—students receive practical, culturally-relevant ministry training that will equip them for service in the field.

Personal. [Holistic, Relational Ministry]

Individuals pursuing the Youth Ministry emphasis benefit from Northern’s commitment to personal, holistic ministry training. From the availability of professors to engage in discussion and guide students in discerning their call, to the opportunity to connect with Youth Ministry practitioners already serving in the field, students experience a community that partners with them in their journey toward effective Youth Ministry.

Is this program for me?

The Youth Ministry emphasis is for:

  • Anyone interested in Christian ministry focused on youth
  • Individuals who want to learn more about the unique issues encountered in ministry to adolescents in the contemporary context
  • Pastors or church leaders who want to gain specialized skill for youth ministry

What are the requirements of the Youth Ministry Emphasis?

The Youth Ministry Emphasis can be acquired by completing a combination of any five Youth Ministry electives as part of any of the following programs

  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Arts in Christian Ministry
  • Master’s Specialization
  • Diploma of Ministry
  • Diploma Specialization

Examples of Youth Ministry Electives include:

  • Theology and Philosophy of Youth Ministry
  • Adolescent Development
  • Adolescent Culture
  • Spiritual Formation of Youth

For more information or to get started:   

Northern is ready to work with you to make the pursuit of theological education a present reality!