What Is Youth Ministry?
Youth ministry engages young people in nurturing a relationship with God. The spiritual development of youths can empower them to achieve their true potential in life, and to discover what God has called upon them to do. You can combine your passion with purpose by applying for the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Youth Ministry degree program at Grand Canyon University.
This online BA in Christian studies and youth ministry degree is offered by the College of Theology. Students work through a gospel-based curriculum taught by diverse faculty. The program guides students in acquiring a solid framework of knowledge in Christian doctrine, theology, biblical truths and Christian history. Graduates have the necessary communication, leadership and interpersonal skills to inspire and engage young people of diverse backgrounds.
Earn an Online Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies - Youth Ministry Degree at GCU
GCU is a modern, inclusive campus that invites students to grow spiritually, personally and professionally within our welcoming learning community. To accommodate the needs of our modern and diverse student body, GCU is pleased to offer online classes. Most online courses are seven weeks in length. This online youth ministry degree requires a total of 120 credits for completion.
During your studies, you will explore the major developments of Christianity throughout its history and reflect upon the other major religions of the world. You will sharpen your analytical skills and practice communicating the message of God to a variety of audiences, with a focus on youths.
Understand Modern Influences on Christianity
This Bachelor of Arts in Christian studies and youth ministry degree program begins with an intensive exploration of Christian doctrine. Students will explore the Old and New Testaments. The program examines theological methodologies and the history of theology. In youth ministry emphasis courses such as Adolescent Development and Faith Formation, students will gain a thorough understanding of the following topic areas:
- The developmental life stage of adolescence, with an emphasis on faith formation and spiritual needs
- The biblical, educational, theological and philosophical foundations of youth ministry
- The philosophy and principles for youth ministry programming, including teaching and outreach strategies, leadership development, budgeting and evaluation
In addition, students examine the common issues and problems of adolescence, including disorder identification, intervention and prevention, as well as referral strategies. Future youth ministers develop a firm grasp on “pastoral first aid” for troubled or at-risk adolescents.
Prepare to Serve Young People in the Christian Studies - Youth Ministry BA Program
Young people are the future of the Christian Church. GCU graduates with a Christian studies BA in youth ministry are fully prepared to guide youths in nurturing their relationship with Jesus Christ. There are many potential applications for the communication, leadership and organizational skills you will learn in this Christian studies program. Some possible roles that may be related to this degree include the following:
- Youth minister
- Private middle or high school teacher
- Nonprofit volunteer coordinator
- Religious activities director
- Youth outreach worker
Churches, para-church organizations and humanitarian organizations are just a few of the possible settings in which graduates may pursue work. Some graduates may elect to expand their career qualifications by pursuing an advanced degree in Christian studies. The Grand Canyon Theological Seminary is an associate member of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University’s General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
- COM-263, Elements of Intercultural Communication: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments. Students are required to take 3 credits of college mathematics or higher.
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- INT-244, World Religions: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.