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Overview | Youth Pastorate

If God has planted in your heart a special burden for children being brought up in this post-modern culture, earning a degree in Youth Ministries is a wise first step in investing in their lives for the glory of God. This program arms you with a thorough working knowledge of the Scriptures and practical discipleship approaches. A senior-year internship at a local church provides valuable experience on the ground, leading young people toward Christ.


Program Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to identify and describe best practices related to pastoral ministry and church administration.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to explain the Baptist distinctives in the context of Baptist history.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to articulate biblical doctrine in a systematic fashion.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate and apply biblical truth accurately and effectively in preaching and writing.
  • Students will demonstrate servant leadership behaviors in ministry settings.

Suggested Course Schedule

Semester 1

Old Testament Survey (3)
Concentration Elective (0-2)
English Composition 1 (3)
The Modern World (3)
Music Elective (2)
Math or Science Elective (3)

Total Credits: 14-16

Semester 2

New Testament Survey (3)
Concentration Elective (2-3)
English Composition 2 (3)
Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2)
Math or Science Elective (3)
American Studies Elective (3)

Total Credits: 16-17

Semester 1

Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism (3)
Greek Grammar 1 (4)
Concentration Elective (2-3)
History of Christianity (3)
Intro to Biblical Counseling (3)
First Aid & Safety (2)

Total Credits: 17-18

Semester 2

Baptist Heritage (3)
Greek Grammar (4)
Theology and Practice of Youth Ministries (2)
Biblical Interpretation (3)
Developmental Psychology (3)
Minor (3)

Total Credits: 18

Semester 1

Theology 1 (3)
Greek Syntax 1 (3)
Homiletics (2)
Literature Elective (3)
Minor (3)
Introduction to Philosophy (2)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 2

Theology 2 (3)
Greek Syntax 2 (3)
Homiletics Practicum (2)
Counseling Problems and Procedures (3)
Secondary & Middle School Teaching Methods (3)
Minor (3)

Total Credits: 17


Semester 1

Theology 4 (2)
Fundamentalism (3)
Dispensationalism (3)
Ethics (2)
Youth Ministry Internship (2)
Minor (3)

Total Credits: 15

Semester 2

Theology 3 (2)
Apologetics (2)
Pastoral Studies Seminar (2)
Bible Elective (3)
Minor (6)

Total Credits: 15

Alumni Spotlight

Brian Neal (’12)
Brian Neal began ministry as a Children’s Pastor at Grace Baptist Church in New Castle, IN, upon completing his Youth Ministries degree at Maranatha. His role expanded two summers later to also include the position of youth pastor. “Everything I do now is in line with my degree,” Brian said. “All of the training I took dealt with working with youth, counseling youth, and planning events. Probably the biggest thing that helped me there was the extension churches— putting into practice what I was learning in the classroom.”

Related Majors

Pastoral Studies

Related Minors

Pastoral Studies
Church Music

Potential Career Fields

Youth worker
Youth Pastor
Children’s Pastor
Director of youth programs
Director of after-school program
Camp worker
Child evangelist

*Some careers and employment positions require graduate degrees,
specialized training, or addtional certification and licenses.

MBU Program Faculty

David Saxon

College of Bible and Church Ministries | Professor
PhD Church History, Bob Jones University
MA Church History, Bob Jones University
BS Mathematics, Bob Jones University

Steven K. Love

College of Bible and Church Ministries | Associate Professor
DMin, Luther Rice University
MMin, Baptist Bible Seminary
BS Secondary Education, Maranatha Baptist University

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