Youth Ministry

Bachelor of Arts

The BA Youth Ministry trained students to be specialists equipped to help meet the needs of young people and their families. The BA Youth Ministry provides the option for further study at the graduate or undergraduate level, particularly in the areas of youth ministry or other ministry-related studies.

Youth today are not satisfied with simple answers. They want more than clichés from people who do not recognize the complexity of their world. The BA Youth Ministry trains students to be specialists equipped to help meet the needs of young people and their families. The program has a solid foundation in biblical studies and theology, a strong emphasis on the social sciences (and psychology in particular), and a primary focus on courses that explore the profession of youth ministry and its relationship to the broader church.AJ and youth.jpg

Beyond the classroom, students in the BA Youth Ministry are required to complete two separate internships in which they
work in a church or ministry context. This experiential component is also complemented by opportunities that allow students to be directly involved in working with youth in local churches, local high schools, Youth Quake, youth centres and other locations.

 The BA Youth Ministry seeks to provide students with the character development, spiritual growth, biblical and theological grounding, and skills they need for full-time or lay youth ministry.

This program also provides the option for further study at the graduate or undergraduate level, particularly in the areas of youth ministry or other ministry-related studies.  While most graduates pursue formal ministry positions, some graduates have found employment in group homes for adolescents and other service sector occupations.

Requirements

The BA Youth Ministry requires 36 credit hours of course work (including 27 credit hours at the 300+ level) and 12 credit hours of cognate requirements. Like most Briercrest programs, the BA Youth Ministry requires a minimum of 36 credit hours of 300+ level course work within the context of a 120 credit hour degree.

Students will complete the four-year BA degree Core Curriculum, as well as 6 semesters of Service and Experiential Learning. As part of their graduation requirements, all four-year BA students will also complete the Senior Portfolio (PRT 400).

New students:  apply to the college now  and our admissions advisors will work closely with you throughout the rest of the process.

Current students: contact Academic Services to change programs and/or to be connected with a faculty adviser.

Degree Requirements (120 credit hours)


BA Core Curriculum (54 credit hours)


Required Courses (24 credit hours):

PSY 382 Psychology of Human Development: Adolescents
YM 100 Foundations of Youth Ministry
YM 210 Evangelism and Discipleship of Youth
YM 238 Youth Ministry Internship I (3 credit hours)
YM 397 Youth Ministry Skills Lab
YM 438 Youth Ministry Internship II (6 credit hours)
YM 494 Career Youth Ministry

Elective Courses (12 credit hours):

CM 461 Issues in Ministry Leadership
FMST 316 Families in Crisis
NTST 110 Introduction to Native Studies
PSY 379 Psychology of Personal and Interpersonal Dynamics
PSY 441 Contemporary Counselling Issues
SOC 392 Sociology of Youth in North America
YM 220 Camp and Youth Ministries
YM 355 Teaching and Preaching to Youth
YM 410 Studies in Contemporary Adolescent Issues

Cognate Requirements (12 credit hours):

Church and its Context requirements (6 credit hours):
CM 461 Issues in Ministry Leadership (if not taken above)
COMM/PAST 355 Homiletics
HIS 431 History of Christianity in Canada
PAST 437 Pastoral Theology
PAST 438 Practical Theology
PAST 453 Variety in Preaching
PAST 466 Soul Care
THEO 301 Worship in the Christian Tradition

Biblical and Theological Studies Requirements (6 credit hours beyond the core requirements):
300+ Biblical Studies (BLST) or Theology (THEO) course(s)
GRK 200 Introductory Greek I
GRK 201 Introductory Greek II
HEB 200 Introductory Hebrew I
HEB 201 Introductory Hebrew II
PHI 455 Philosophy of Religion

Cognate Requirements (6 credit hours):

Required (3 credit hours)
CM 101 Foundations of Church Ministry

Elective (3 credit hours)
One course selected from:
ADM 367 Principles of Leadership and Administration
CM 461 Issues in Ministry Leadership
COMM/PAST 355 Homiletics
PAST 437 Pastoral Theology I
PAST 438 Pastoral Theology II
PAST 466 Soul Care

PRT 400 Senior Portfolio (non-credit)
SL 1-6 Service and Experiential Learning (non-credit)


Blayne Banting, DMin, PhD
Instructor in Christian Ministry and Pastoral Studies
bbanting@briercrest.ca
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David Ernst, DMin
Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry
dernst@briercrest.ca
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Keith Molberg, MMus
Instructor in Worship Arts
kmolberg@briercrest.ca
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Ken Moser, MA
Assistant Professor of Youth Ministry
kmoser@briercrest.ca
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Michael Pawelke
President, Professor of Leadership and Pastoral Studies
mpawelke@briercrest.ca
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