Youth Ministry Minor

The Youth Ministry minor is designed to provide basic preparation for the student who plans to serve as youth pastor/leader in a local church. This program will acquaint the student with some of the situations he or she will encounter as a youth leader and ways to cope with these situations.

Required Courses

If the student has not completed the following courses, they must be added to this program:

  • Bible course, 2000 level or above - 3 hrs*
  • Foundations of Teaching (CMIN 2003) - 3 hrs*

Required Courses:

  • Admin of Youth Ministry (CMIN 3523) - 3 hrs*
  • Contemp Issues & Meth of Youth Min (CMIN 3613) - 3 hrs*
  • Discipler’s Formation (CMIN 1212) - 2 hrs*
  • Foundations of Youth Ministry (CMIN 3603) - 3 hrs*
  • Homiletics (CMIN 3113) - 3 hrs*
  • Readings in Youth Ministry (CMIN 4001) - 1 hr*

Choose one (2-3 hrs*):

  • Christian Ministry Counseling (CMIN 4723)
  • Concepts of Leadership (LEAD 3823)
  • Global Ministry (MISS 3223)
  • Persp on World Christian Movement (MISS 3113)
  • Planning/Conducting Public Worship (WRSP 4223)

Course Descriptions:


CMIN 1000, 1010, 2000, 2020 DISCIPLER'S FORMATION SERIES
0 hours
This Series of courses is a requirement for all students seeking a BA in any ministry discipline (i.e., Christian Education, Church Music, Missions, Pastoral Ministry, Theology, Youth Ministry). Through instruction and guidance by designated spiritual coaches, students are assisted in character and spiritual development. The series includes focus on spiritual disciplines, spiritual gifts, character, lifestyle, discernment, and other topics related to the formation of the Christian minister.

CMIN 2003 FOUNDATIONS OF TEACHING AND PREACHING3 hours
This course is a study of principles of the teaching-learning process coupled with basics of homiletics so students will gain skills necessary for transformational communication of the Bible. Methods of teaching, lesson preparation, types of sermons, and sermon preparation will be studied, followed by practical application experiences.

CMIN 3113 HOMILETICS 3 hours
This course is an in-depth study of the science and art governing the preparation and delivery of sermons. The student is taught the classification of knowledge and the art of applying it through speech communication. Various types of sermons, such as topical, textual, and expository, are prepared and preached. Emphasis is placed upon effective message transmitting and receiving activities. CMIN 3613.

CONTEMPORARY ISSUES AND METHODS OF YOUTH MINISTRY 3 hours
This course emphasizes current trends and issues of major concern in youth ministry. The course includes studies in the methods for effective ministry in contemporary settings.

CMIN 3603 FOUNDATIONS OF YOUTH MINISTRY 3 hours
This course is an exploration of Biblical, educational, and philosophical foundations for youth ministry. Current youth culture and developmental needs of adolescents will be examined in light of these foundations. Students will be required to develop a personal theory of ministering to youth through Biblical education, personal evangelism, and relational discipleship.

CMIN 3623 ADMINISTRATION OF YOUTH MINISTRIES 3 hours
This course focuses on some of the "nuts-and-bolts" aspects of everyday youth ministry in the church setting. Topics examined range from organizing and administering a youth program to counseling teenagers, the dynamics of team ministry and working with volunteers. Finances and budgeting, church staff relationships, and promotional skills are also examined. Prerequisite: CMIN 2613.

CMIN 4001 YOUTH MINISTRY READING1 hour
This course is a contracted reading program under faculty direction for the purpose of completing the student's undergraduate preparation for Youth Ministry work. Study will include major reading assignments, critical summary reports, and group discussions.

CMIN 4422 PLANNING & CONDUCTING PUBLIC WORSHIP 2 hours
This course is a Biblical, theological, and practical study of public worship. The principles of worship design are studied, including a survey of various historical and contemporary models for corporate worship, elements of the worship program, how to plan an effective worship service, how to adapt to various types of churches, and the responsibility of the pastor and other leaders in planning and leading church worship services.

CMIN 4723 CHRISTIAN MINISTRY COUNSELING 3 hours
This course is designed for those in leadership positions. The course is practical and applicable to the counseling problems common to pastors and church leaders.

LEAD 3823 CONCEPTS OF LEADERSHIP 3 hours
This course is a study of the concepts of leadership presented in the Scriptures with the goal of maximizing leadership potential.

MISS 3113 PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT 3 hours
This is a comprehensive study of missions from four perspectives,: Biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic. It provides students of all Christian ministry degree programs the opportunity to intensely study and understand the global mission of God and their responsibilities in it.

MISS 3223 WORLD MISSIONS 3 hours
This is an in-depth study of world missions. It includes extensive study of God's global mission for all peoples and the geographical dimensions of this mission.