Bachelors Degree Youth Ministries
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Transfer in up to 75% of the degree total
Next Start Date
Aug 19, 2024
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Change the Future With a Youth Ministries Degree

You care about God, people, and future generations. We get it because we care too. That’s why we have created a youth ministries degree specifically designed to help people like you get one step closer to ministering to young people and affecting future generations.

Young people have a unique set of physical, mental, and spiritual needs. And we want to equip you to meet those needs and have a positive effect on their lives. Inspiring young people to serve God and live their best lives is one of the most impactful ways to influence the future.

Don’t wait any longer! Today’s youth need people like you to encourage, mentor, and guide them. We are here to give you the skills to do just that.

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At Liberty, you’ll find an affordable, high-quality education that equips students like you for the real world. Our commitment to excellence helped us rank among’s Top 3 college campuses in America. Earning your degree from a nonprofit university with state-of-the-art resources like ours can help set you apart from your peers.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Youth Ministries Degree?

At Liberty University, we believe that the future lies in the hands of young people. So we want to give you the tools you need to change the future by influencing our youth. Our unique youth ministries degree is designed to give you the resources and experience you need to achieve this goal.

We are a teaching university. This means our professors — who have education and years of experience in ministry — are in the classroom with you every week teaching, mentoring, and supporting you in your academic journey.

When working with young people, one of the most valuable resources is experience. That’s why we’ve partnered with churches, parachurches, and nonprofit organizations to make sure you are able to find the right internship for you — the internship that will propel you into a life of ministry.

What Will You Learn in Our Youth Ministries Degree?

As you study with the John W. Rawlings School of Divinity, you can receive all the training you need to be successful in ministry. You’re going to study topics like apologetics, inductive Bible study, intercultural engagement, and hermeneutics.

As you navigate through our youth ministries degree, you’ll be provided with valuable knowledge and skills related to your field. Some of your coursework will include studying global youth culture, strategies for student outreach, ministering to adolescents in crisis, and discipleship.

In addition to practical in-class knowledge, you can get experience working with young people through the practicum, which includes working in church ministry and as an intern with a youth ministries program.

Review the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below to learn more about what you’ll be studying!

Featured Courses

YOUT 201 – Survey of Youth Ministries

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Biblical principles in establishing and maintaining a ministry to adolescents
  • Emphasis is placed upon a system of philosophy and general principles for adolescent ministry
  • Special attention is given to developing a youth ministry mission statement, objectives, and strategy

YOUT 310 – Strategies for Student Outreach

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Various strategies in building bridges to the local adolescent community in order to effectively communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ
  • Special attention will be given to the role of the local church in training up adolescent leaders, creating an outreach culture, and developing individual students’ outreach strategies

YOUT 448 – Contemporary Youth Communication

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • How to communicate biblical and spiritual truths to the youth culture
  • The specific knowledge, skills, and practice necessary to prepare and deliver effective oral communications

YOUT 460 – Programs for Youth Ministry

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The planning and implementation of the ministry vehicle
  • Specific programming aspects of the large meeting, small group meeting, activities, camping, and missions projects
  • Attention given to annual calendar planning and organization skills
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Highlights of Our Youth Ministries Degree

  • John W. Rawlings School of Divinity professors are active in the classroom, as well as in research and publishing original works.
  • Our School of Divinity is committed to the authority of Scripture and conservative evangelical theology.
  • Benefit from the teaching and professor involvement of a small bible college with the experience and amenities of a university.
  • Internship opportunities with churches and parachurches locally, nationally, and globally.
  • The Freedom Tower, where our School of Divinity is located, houses a 7-projector immersive classroom, an interactive classroom that utilizes teleconferencing capabilities, and a state-of-the-art homiletics teaching lab.
  • The Rawlings Foundation’s rare book collection is valued at over $1 million dollars and contains a 111-foot long Torah scroll dating back to the 16th century and a functioning Gutenberg Printing Press replica.

Youth Ministries Degree Information

Career Opportunities for Youth Ministries Graduates

  • Associate pastor
  • Children’s pastor/director
  • Church administrator
  • College ministry pastor/director
  • Girls ministry associate
  • Ministry associate
  • Next-generation pastor
  • Parachurch leader
  • Youth camp director
  • Youth ministry director
  • Youth pastor

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees

Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:

  • Admission application
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official college transcripts (if applicable)
  • Results from the CLT, SAT, or ACT are not required for admission, but may be used in consideration for merit-based aid.
  • Admission essay

*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.