Youth ministry student studies the Bible

Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministries

About the B.A. in Youth Ministries Degree

Cedarville’s youth ministries degree will prepare you to minister effectively in a wide variety of youth and family ministries. You will learn how to encourage spiritual growth through meaningful relationships, compelling biblical teaching, effective program development, and influential servant-leadership in a constantly changing youth culture. By adding a minor, you can customize your degree to fit where you are called to minister (missions, camp, college campus, parachurch organization, cross-cultural context, business, etc.). This degree also provides a solid foundation for graduate study in ministry.

This program is also offered as a minor.

Youth Ministries Program Highlights

Customizable — By adding a minor from any of Cedarville’s academic programs, you can customize your degree to fit your ministry interests and goals.

Liberal arts approach — You will take core general education courses taught from a biblical worldview. This liberal arts approach will prepare you to have a broader impact for Christ and give you expertise in various fields that will enhance your platform for ministry.

Real-world experience — A required youth ministry internship is built into the program, giving you real-world, hands-on youth ministries experience.

Outcomes for Youth Ministries Majors

With a youth ministry degree from Cedarville, you will be prepared for a variety of youth ministry jobs:

  • Associate pastor
  • Bible teacher
  • Camp director
  • Christian education director
  • Missionary
  • Pastor
  • Youth/student pastor

Graduate schools, professional schools, and seminaries welcome our graduates.

Opportunities for Youth Ministries Majors

As you’re pursuing your youth ministries degree, your coursework will be complemented by the following opportunities.

Student organizations — Cedarville offers many ministry and service organizations that help develop character and ministry skills. Many Bible faculty members serve as advisers for these organizations, and students are encouraged to take full advantage of them. The School of Biblical and Theological Studies sponsors:

  • Chi Delta Nu, an organization that provides encouragement to students entering youth ministry through prayer, fellowship, and service.
  • Alpha Sigma, an organization devoted to promoting critical thinking through philosophical and theological inquiry into issues central to the biblical worldview and contemporary culture.

Internships — When you are ready to move into full-time ministry, there is no substitute for hands-on experience. An internship is the best way to gain valuable experience and build relationships. Students from the School of Biblical and Theological Studies have completed internships with:

  • Athletes in Action
  • Echoing Hills Village
  • Far Hills Community Church
  • Kids Alive International - Dominican Republic
  • Living Waters Bible Camp
  • Phoenix Fellowship Baptist Church - Durban, South Africa
  • Scioto Hills Camp and Retreat Center
  • TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission) - Antalya, Turkey

Discipleship Ministries — Discipleship Ministries offers small discipleship groups (called “d-groups”) that meet regularly for prayer, accountability, encouragement, and Bible study. Serve as small-group leader or be a member of the Discipleship Council (DC), which helps administer d-groups. Both are great ways to hone your leadership skills while encouraging spiritual growth on campus.

Global Outreach (GO) — Use one of your spring or summer breaks to go on a short-term missions trip, sharing the Gospel either in the U.S. or abroad. We encourage EVERY student to take at least one GO trip!

Local Ministries — Apply what you’re learning in chapel and in the classroom as you serve through local church ministries and community outreach teams. Your faith will grow as you help meet the physical and spiritual needs of those you serve.

School of Biblical and Theological Studies

The School of Biblical and Theological Studies offers a strong set of Bible, theology, and ministry degree programs that prepare you to serve.

Placement Success

We’re proud of our successful graduates! 92.3% of 2016 graduates from the School of Biblical and Theological Studies were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.

Program Faculty

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Jason Lee, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Biblical and Theological Studies, Professor of Theological Studies

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Dan DeWitt, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Biblical Apologetics and Public Christianity, Associate Professor of Applied Theology and Apologetics

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School of Biblical and Theological Studies

Youth Ministries Program Curriculum

Building on your core liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take courses in Bible, theology, and practical ministry. The youth ministries major requires courses that prepare you to teach the Word of God to a variety of settings and a broad array of ages. The curriculum includes study in ministry development and leadership.

This major is offered with either a three-year or four-year completion plan.

Sample courses:
  • Campus Ministries
  • Discipleship
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