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Youth Ministry Program

Bachelor of Theology: Youth Ministry (4 year – 120 credits)

In keeping with the University mission and in support of its educational philosophy, this academic program prepares students to relate their understanding of God’s Word to a rapidly changing youth culture. They will be equipped with tools to gain teaching, counselling, administrative and programming skills that will prepare them to serve the church and community in the area of youth ministry. Students will need to produce the results of a Criminal Record Check before being permitted to participate in practicum or internship experiences associated with the program.

Profile of the Graduating Student
In pursuit of the ministry program objectives and the professional ministry outcomes, the graduates of this program are:

  • committed to and have mastered key components of making healthy disciples;
  • aware of individual and group differences, enabling them to minister to culturally diverse persons at all age levels;
  • able to plan (both long term and short term) a ministry that will meet the needs of young people from junior high to young adults;
  • able to exercise wisdom when considering program structure, program components and customizing the local church’s youth ministry;
  • prepared to evaluate their ministry, being committed to ongoing improvement to minister more effectively in today’s cultural contexts.

This program of study is validated by the Church of the Nazarene’s International Course of Study Advisory Committee and satisfies educational requirements for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene.

Bachelor of Theology: Youth Ministry Program Requirements (120 credits)

Personal and Pastoral Foundations (18 credits)
ICS 205 Intercultural Competence
PST 161 Introduction to Mission
PST 212 Pastoral Theology
PST 307 Evangelism and Discipleship in the Church
PST 320 Leadership and Leadership Development
REL 211 Spiritual Formation in the Christian Tradition

Youth Ministry Courses (15 credits)
PST 341 Strategies of Youth Ministry
PST 342 Contemporary Youth Issues
Three of the following:
     PST 201 Pastoral Counselling
     PST 301 Homiletics
     PST 319 Volunteer Ministry
     PST 382 Worship Leadership Strategies
     REL 130 Introduction to World Religions
     SO 301 Sociology of Youth
     TH 217 The Professional Voice

Biblical Foundations (18 credits)
REL 105 Introduction to the Bible
REL 315 Hermeneutics
3 credits in New Testament
3 credits in Old Testament
6 credits in Old Testament or New Testament

Theology and History (21 credits)
HI 263 History of Christianity
3 senior credits in History
REL 161 Introduction to Christian Theology
REL 261 Issues in Systematic Theology
9 credits in Theology (can include REL 362 or REL 358 or REL 130)

Field Education (12 credits)
FE 200/201 Practicum and Reflection I and II (3 credits)
FE 340a/b Youth Ministry Internship (6 credits)
FE 400 Transition to Vocational Ministry (3 credits)

Arts and Science Minor #1 (18 credits)
One of the following:

  • Behavioural Science
  • Business Administration
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Arts and Science Minor #2 (18 credits)
One of the following:

  • Biblical Languages
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Community Development
  • Dance
  • Ecology
  • English
  • General Science
  • History
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Kinesiology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Theatre

*Note: Psychology or Sociology cannot be chosen for Minor #2 if Behavioural Science is Minor #1.


General Requirements for Completion and Graduation:

  • Completion of a total of 120 credits (as outlined above)
  • A Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.0


Horizon College & Seminary, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Ambrose partners with Horizon College & Seminary (Horizon) to offer a transfer block of courses into an Ambrose Bachelor of Theology degree. Contact the Office of the Registrar for more information.