Youth Ministry Major/Minor

Meet Youth Where They Are

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.

Learn Ministry by Doing Ministry

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.

Minor in Youth Ministry

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.

Youth Ministry Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog here.

Don’t Just Take Our Word for it

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.

  • Aaron Crull ’16
    ‘It is hard to express just how grateful I am for my 4 years at Taylor University. Upon graduating in 2016, I joined staff at Northview Church in West Lafayette, IN. Northview is one church in 8 different locations. I serve as the Student Ministry Pastor at the Greater Lafayette Campus of Northview, where I oversee 5th-12th grade students. I feel strongly that my time at Taylor prepared me well for ministry in the real world. The incredible professors and classes helped equip me with the knowledge needed to have a healthy start in full-time ministry. Furthermore, they helped prepare my heart and mind for ministry and taught me that ministry is more than just knowledge and skill. This truth profoundly impacted how I lead and serve in my pastoral role. I could not give this program a higher recommendation!”
  • Callie Willoughby ’15
    “I graduated from Taylor in 2015 with a major in Christian Ministries and minors in Youth Ministry and Biblical Literature. I loved the ministry department at Taylor, and it readily equipped me for where I am serving today. After graduating, I accepted a full-time position at Shoreline Church in Oak Harbor, OH. I am the Student Ministries Director, which means I oversee junior high and high school ministries. It was at Taylor that God revealed my passion for teenagers, especially junior high students! The professors in the ministry department encouraged me to pursue this passion, equipped me with the practical and theological tools to do so, and invested in me as a person as well. I love doing life alongside teens and pointing them toward Christ along the way. My lead pastor has commented on numerous occasions that I am way more versed in youth ministry than most people my age. I always point back to God’s grace and the Taylor ministry department!”

Contact the Christian Ministries Program

Dr. Michael Severe, Program Director & Associate Professor of Christian Ministries

Dr. Greg MaGee, Department Chair of Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy

Joy Brainer, Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy Program Assistant