Youth Ministry

Bachelor of Science127 Credits

The program in Youth Ministry is designed to prepare the student with foundational knowledge in Bible, church ministry, youth culture, outreach and other essentials designed to develop skill in ministry and related areas.

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  1. The student will be able to communicate the biblical text in oral and written forms in an audience-appropriate manner.
  2. The student will be able to locate, evaluate, and utilize biblical, theological, and related information in ministry-related endeavors.
  3. The student will be able to establish and maintain professional demeanor and relationships within the church and community.
  4. The student will be able to articulate and model essential spiritual disciplines for personal growth.
  5. The student will be able to serve on a pastoral team in the development and administration of ministry to middle school through college-age students in the local church and community.
Course Code
Course Name
9 cr
2 cr
Fine Arts Course
3 cr
U.S. or World History
3 cr
Literature Course
3 cr
Choose One Language Course
3 cr
Math Course
3 cr
Activity Course
1 cr
Science Course
3 cr
64 credits

For students seeking to pursue graduate education, most graduate programs require a minimum GPA of 3.0 for entrance.

Course Descriptions & Related Information

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BIB 200 Biblical Theology 3 credits

A study of the major biblical and theological themes of both testaments. Emphasis on discovering the flow of ideas that bind the different books of the Bible into a unified whole.
Prerequisites: OLT 123, NWT 113.

BIB 213 Hermeneutics 3 credits

An advanced study of the history, theory, and practice of biblical interpretation. This course emphasizes knowledge, understanding, and skills for pastoral and scholarly study of the Scripture including a review of current approaches and developments.
Prerequisite: OLT 123, NWT 113

COM 123 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3 credits

A basic course in public speaking designed to provide both theory and practice in principles of effective speech composition and communication.

ENG 123 College Writing and Research 3 credits

This course stresses the writing process and introduces the skills necessary to conduct college-level research. Emphasis is placed on argumentative and analytical writing supported by research. A passing grade of C- or higher is required.

HIS 213 Ancient and Medieval World History 3 credits

A survey of world civilization from the beginning of civilization to the Renaissance. Special attention is given to major events, individuals, and the cultural contributions of each civilization.

HIS 223 Modern and Contemporary World History 3 credits

A survey of world civilization from the Enlightenment to the present. Special attention is given to major events, individuals, and the cultural contributions of each civilization.

HIS 233 U. S. History – Colonization to Reconstruction 3 credits

A survey of the major events and individuals in United States history from Colonization to Reconstruction. Critically examines various topics of interpretive interest in American history such as the coming of the Europeans, Puritanism, religious freedom, the Revolution, slavery, immigration, industrialization, urbanization, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

HIS 243U.S. History – Reconstruction to the Present 3 credits

A survey of the major events and individuals in United States history from just after Reconstruction to the present. Critically examines various topics of interpretive interest in American history such as immigration, industrialization, urbanization, the rise of Big Business, imperialism, the New Deal, the Cold War, Vietnam, the civil rights movement, etc. No prerequisites required.

HIS 373 Ancient and Medieval Christian History 3 credits

A survey of Christianity from the post-apostolic Church through 1500 A.D. Emphasis is placed on major events, individuals, and developments in historical theology. Special topics include persecution, heresies, monasticism, and the development of the institutions of the Church.

HIS 383 Modern and Contemporary Christian History 3 credits

A survey of Christianity from 1500 AD to the present. Emphasis is placed on major events, individuals, and developments in historical theology. Special topics include the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, evangelization of the Western Hemisphere, Puritanism, the development of denominations, revivalism, fundamentalism, the rise of theological liberalism, Vatican II, and the 20th Century Pentecostal and Charismatic movements.

LNG 240 Introduction to Biblical Languages 3 credits

An introduction to biblical languages including an overview of pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary of biblical Hebrew and Koine Greek. Emphasis is given to the function and use of the languages for biblical studies.

LNG 243 Beginning Greek I3 credits

An introduction to the basic elements of New Testament Greek, with emphasis upon grammatical forms, syntax, and vocabulary. Greek II is a continuation of Greek I and includes readings in the Greek New Testament.

LNG 263 Beginning Hebrew I 3 credits

An introduction to the basic elements of Old Testament Hebrew, with emphasis upon basic vocabulary, syntax, and grammar

NWT 113 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A panoramic view of the chief events, prominent characters, main themes and salient teachings of each New Testament book in relation to its historical, geographical and cultural contexts.

OLT 123 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A study of the historical settings, literary features, authorship, theological teachings, and general content of the books of the Hebrew Bible. This survey provides a factual and practical groundwork for further studies in the Old Testament.

PHE 281Health and Nutrition1 credit

This course is an overview of personal health and stress management strategies for identifying and preventing health problems. Successful exercise, wellness, and nutrition programs are introduced. May be taken one time only. This course is required of all students.

PHL 113 Worldviews 3 credits

This course will examine and apply principles involved in the development of a worldview. The course will emphasize the development and application of a Christian worldview. Special emphasis will be given to critical, creative, and Christian thinking skills.

PSY 223 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits

An introduction to the basic concepts of human behavior, motivation, emotion and personality, and a survey of the contemporary psychological field.

SOC 103 Life Formation 3 credits

A practical study of the classic spiritual disciplines that are essential to lifelong spiritual formation from a Pentecostal perspective. The course will emphasize intentional and holistic applications in daily living.

THE 233An Introduction to the History and Theology of the A/G3 credits

A study of Assemblies of God antecedents, history, government, doctrinal emphases, distinctives, and missions.

Major Requirements

PRE 213 Foundations of Biblical Preaching 3 credits

An introduction to sermon preparation and preaching combining theory and practice. Lectures cover theoretical and practical aspects of sermons and their preparation, structure and delivery.
COM 123 or 494, BIB 103 when applicable, BIB 213, OLT 123 and NWT 113.

PRE 423 Preaching in Youth Ministry 3 credits

Examines style, form, content, and variety of sermons designed to bring the dynamic truth of the Word of God to the emerging generations. Techniques of communication to a post-Christian, postmodern, media oriented, multi-task centered culture are of primary concern. The student will prepare, deliver, and evaluate sermons for use in a variety of settings to impact youth.
Prerequisite: PRE 213.

PST 353 Age-Specific Student Ministries 3 credits

Youth Ministry can vary greatly from middle school to high school to college. This course takes an in-depth look at how we can address the needs of these age groups, what challenges are faced in reaching and discipling these age groups, and strategies for developing viable ministries to address the unique needs and challenges of these three age-focused groups. Students will be exposed to several outside ministries to observe how the church is currently focusing on each specific age group.

YTH 491 Topics in Youth Ministry 3 credits

Special Topics of varied interest are offered as needed and as resources permit.

SOC 223 Youth Culture 3 credit

A study of social, cultural, and generational distinctiveness among teenage groups and sub-cultures. This includes understanding, connecting with, and confronting youth culture. How to approach the critical issues faced by the emerging generations in the counseling role of the youth pastor will be researched and presented by students.

PST 403 Introducing Spiritual Gifts in the Church 3 credits

Analysis of the New Testament focus on spiritual gifts as found in Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12-14, Ephesians 4, and 1 Peter 4. One third of the course examines biblical interpretation in light of Pentecostal theology. The remainder of the course deals with application of these principles in the development and operation of spiritual gifts in the church

ICS 209 Spiritual Encounters 3 credits

This course examines the principles and dynamics of spiritual conflict. Issues include theological reflection, cultural analysis, and pragmatic considerations such as spiritual discipline and the implications for mission strategies. The course includes a biblical examination of the principles of spiritual warfare, intercession, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

PST 423 Pastoral Ministry and Practice 3 credits

An overview of the character, qualifications and call of the pastor. Instruction is given in conducting common church ceremonies: water baptism, communion, infant dedication, installation of officers, weddings, and funerals. Includes principles for conducting church business meetings, parliamentary procedure, visitation and pastoral care.

PST 433Church Finance and Resource Management3 credits

The role of the pastor in financial and physical plant oversight in the local church. An overview of office and personnel management, facilities management, fundraising, accounting procedures, budgeting, fiscal accountability, record keeping, and annual reporting. Introduces computer software useful for church administration, legal and tax records, and general church business.

PST 471 Internship Seminar 1 credit

This course is to prepare the student for his/her internship. Emphasis will be placed upon self understanding, conflict resolution, and the practical concerns faced by interns. Time will also be given to formalize the specifics for each internship.
This course is a prerequisite for PST 481.

PST 481 Internship 1 credit

This phase of the student’s education is to provide a supervised experience in direct ministry. All internships must be approved and processed through the Internship office. Internships can range from 6 to 15 weeks. Students are required to complete practical field work in addition to written work, and field supervisors will assess student performance during the internship. Internships must be major-specific.
Prerequisite: PST 471.

PST 483Senior Capstone Experience1 credit

The culminating preparation for ministerial vocation for seniors in practical ministry majors. In community, students reflect on their experiences, refine skills, prepare portfolios, and work on job placement.
(Theological and Biblical Studies Majors take THE 483, Theological Studies Capstone, instead.)

PSY 283 Lifespan Human Development 3 credits

A survey of human development from conception to death. Focus is on the biological, intellectual, and psycho-social development of the individual person.
Prerequisite: PSY 223.

EDU 113Adolescent Development3 credits

This course examines the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the adolescent’s cognitive, social, sexual, emotional, and moral development. Through course readings, class discussions, and student assignments, students will apply knowledge of adolescent development to professional settings in the U.S. (i.e., school, classroom, NGO, and/ or church).

PSY 333 Pastoral Counseling 3 credits

An introduction to the pastoral perspective in counseling. A study of the biblical basis for counseling will be conducted. Emphasis will be given to a survey of techniques for premarital, marriage, family, career guidance, grief, and pre-referral counseling.
Prerequisite: PSY 223.

PSY 473 Crisis Counseling 3 credits

An introduction to the basic theories and techniques of crisis counseling as it relates to pastoral ministry. Specific attention is given to crisis intervention in areas such as teen pregnancy; suicide; substance, emotional and physical abuse; bereavement and grief; eating disorders; divorce; and family relations. Includes legal and ethical considerations and referrals.
Prerequisites: PSY 223 and 283.

THE 243 Theology I 3 credits

A study of the introduction to theology, the defense of the faith, and the doctrines of the Bible and revelation, God, creation, and angels. Special attention is given to Assemblies of God issues (Technically: Prolegomena, Apologetics, Bibliology, Theology Proper, Cosmology, and Angelology.)
Prerequisites: OLT 123
and NWT 113.

THE 303 Theology II 3 credits

A study of the doctrines of humanity, sin, Christ, and salvation. Special attention is given to Assemblies of God issues. (Technically: Anthropology, Hamartiology, Christology, and Soteriology.)
Prerequisites: OLT
123, NWT 113.

THE 353 Theology III 3 credits

A study of the doctrines of the Holy Spirit, the Church, and death and the end times. Special attention is given to Assemblies of God issues. (Technically: Pnuematology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology: Personal and General.)
Prerequisites: OLT 123, NWT

YTH 173 Introduction to Youth Ministry 3 credits

This course is designed to give an introductory understanding of the foundational elements of successful youth ministry. It includes developing a philosophy of youth ministry; personal spiritual and character formation; and strategies for continued professional growth.

YTH 313 The Minister of Youth 3 credits

Focuses on the development of healthy youth pastors who will run well and finish strong the race marked out for them. The spiritual, physical, emotional, and professional health of the minister of youth is addressed and developed through the disciplines of journaling, personal accountability and servanthood.

YTH 413 Youth Ministry Leadership 3 credits

This course focuses on growing healthy relationships with the senior pastor, youth ministry staff, congregation, and community. Students will learn how to recruit and develop volunteer staff and plan and implement youth services, outreaches, and special events that reflect the vision of the local church and the needs represented within the community.