Youth Ministry

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree or minor in Youth Ministry has been approved by the Course of Study Advisory Committee to meet educational requirements for ordination as an elder/deacon in the Church of the Nazarene.

This exciting degree opportunity is ideal for those who wish to influence the next generations for Jesus Christ. With nearly 65 percent of the population in many countries under the age of 25, the need for youth ministry continues to grow. Millions of teens in the U.S. are living without foundation or focus. They are looking for role models, heroes and mentors. They need followers of Christ to tell them about Jesus.


Youth Ministry Students Are:

  • Creative thinkers who are able to operate within the boundaries of rules and requirements.

  • Communicators who easily use a variety of media and messaging.

  • Mature believers with an eagerness to relate to young people — and their families — where they are.

  • Leaders who stay in touch with the current culture of our youth.

  • Leaders who can equip laypersons to engage in youth ministry.

Community Experience

Community ministry experience and a full summer internship are part of the degree requirements. In their final year, Youth Ministry students are assigned to a church for ministry with a staff member or established youth pastor as their mentor. Students also take classes on campus and complete a comprehensive final project.

Possible Careers After Graduation

  • Youth pastor
  • Generations director
  • Parachurch director
  • Denominational youth specialist
  • Camp director

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Dr. Mark Quanstrom, Professor

Dr. Mark Quanstrom is a leader, professor, pastor and author who understands well the variety of needs students have as they prepare for ministry. His books, A Century of Holiness Theology and From Grace to Grace, are staples of the active minister's library. He also serves on campus as senior pastor of College Church of Nazarene University Avenue.

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