Taylor’s Youth Ministry major trains students to reach young people for Christ. Throughout your four years at Taylor, you will dig into adolescent ministry opportunities—working with teens, equipping them to claim their Christian faith as their own, and encouraging them to grow as disciples and disciple-makers.
The Youth Ministry major combines Scripture, theology, and ministry engagement with rigorous education and ministry courses. Professors, who are both experienced practitioners and leading thinkers in their field, will teach you to engage with the specific, difficult issues facing youth today, reach teens with solid biblical truth, and disciple them within their cultural contexts.
Our students are exposed to real ministry opportunities from the start of freshman year. With a Youth Ministry major, you will take interactive, ministry-focused classes and biblical theology courses that will show you how the biblical stories give context to present-day ministry.
Students receive an in-depth understanding of youth ministry, focusing on spiritual formation, adolescent psychology, youth culture, and cross-cultural, service, and experiential learning. Youth Ministry majors will also develop strategies for teaching, one-on-one discipleship, and community engagement. Youth Ministry majors automatically earn a Biblical Literature minor and more than half of our students choose a second major in Biblical Literature.
Every Youth Ministry student will complete four semesters of a department-approved ministry and a summer in full-time ministry. You will also participate in a capstone trip that exposes you to dozens of ministries and over one hundred key Christian leaders, all while shaping your personal ministry philosophy.
If you’re passionate about directing and encouraging teens to follow Christ, consider a Youth Ministry minor. Youth Ministry minors pair well with Education, Christian Ministries, Biblical Literature, or Strategic Communication majors.
Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog here.
Read what our Youth Ministry alumni have to say about the skills they learned at Taylor and how they apply it to their current ministries.
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