M.A. in Youth Ministry

The purpose of the Master of Youth Ministries is to prepare students for a vocation of educational leadership with lifespan catechesis, discipleship, spiritual formation, and nurture in the local church, para-church, institutions, cross- cultural ministry, and higher education.


The purpose of the Master of Arts in Youth Ministry is to prepare students for a vocation of evangelizing, teaching, discipling and counseling youth during a season of life characterized by pivotal developmental changes— physical, emotional, intellectual, social, moral and spiritual. Students will be equipped to establish and develop ministries— for middle school through high school and the college years—that draw youth to Jesus, nurture them in Christian obedience and faith, and empower them in ministry for Christ.

Program Goals

  • Articulate a practical theology of youth ministry that is grounded in the Biblical narrative and orthodox theology and informed by human sciences, historical insights, and life experience.
  • Demonstrate competency in practices of leadership, teaching, evangelism, and nurture to and with adolescents in order to equip congregations and organizations in the making of lifelong disciples.
  • Analyze cultural settings in order to contextualize the Christian faith for the purpose of communicating the Gospel.
  • Demonstrate enhanced understanding and commitment to personal and social holiness through practices of moral, personal, and spiritual formation, in a context of accountability to a community of faith, and dependence on the Spirit of Christ.

Degree Map

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Hrs Course ID Course Name
3 CD501 Vocation of Ministry (must be taken in initial 21 hours at ATS)
3 MS501 Missional Formation (must be taken in initial 21 hours at ATS)
3 BT501 Biblical Narrative
3 NT(IBS)510/511 NT(IBS)510 Matthew -or- NT(IBS)511 Mark
3 CD615 Family Development: Discipleship and the Home
3 TH501 Basic Christian Doctrine
3 YM510 Foundations of Youth Ministry
3 YM610 Communicating the Gospel to Youth
3 YM655/670 Youth Culture and Trends -or- Postmodernism and the Church
3 TH601 Theology of John Wesley
3 CD553 Seminar in Christian Education
3 CD605 Gospel Catechesis: Transformative Discipleship [PRQ: TH501]
3 CD620 Moral Development
3 CH501 Church History—One
3 CS601 Christian Ethics
3 YM632 Life of the Youth Pastor
3 YM692 Multiple Staff Ministry
1 MM520 Mentored Ministry—One [PRQ: CD501, MS501]
1 MM620 Mentored Ministry—Two [PRQ: MM520]
1 MM720 Mentored Ministry—Three [PRQ: MM520, MM620]
As Needed
3 Elective Course
3 Elective Course