Bachelors Degree Youth Ministries Pastoral Leadership Liberty University
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Lead the Next Generation with a Youth Ministries — Pastoral Leadership Degree

Do you feel God has called you to a life of leadership? Are you passionate about working with today’s youth and influencing the future? You can see your calling and these passions come together by pursuing our Bachelor’s in Youth Ministries — Pastoral Leadership.

Your desire is to change the world and lead the church. We want to get you there. Our Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministries — Pastoral Leadership degree will equip you to work with youth to make disciples and help the next generation follow God.

You don’t have to wait any longer. If you start pursuing your youth ministries — pastoral leadership degree with us, you’ll get the tools you need to make an impact on the future.

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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 5 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 B.S. in Youth Ministries — Pastoral Leadership Degree?

At Liberty University, we want the degree you pursue to provide you with unique and marketable skills. That’s why we created our youth ministries — pastoral leadership degree. This program has all the academic training, resources, and experience you need to excel in your career and your calling.

As a teaching university, we’ve made sure the professors in the classroom with you every week will impart their years of experience working with youth ministries and pastoring churches. And they are prepared to pass along their knowledge and mentorship to you throughout your degree.

As a youth ministries major, you will have the opportunity to participate in an exciting internship. We have partnered with churches, parachurches, and nonprofit organizations to make sure you have access to hands-on experience in your field.

What Will You Learn in Our Youth Ministries — Pastoral Leadership Degree?

If you pursue a degree with our John W. Rawlings School of Divinity, you’ll receive the biblical foundation you need to excel in any ministry field. You’ll study basic courses on cultural engagement, apologetics, inductive Bible study, and hermeneutics.

With our youth ministries degree, your training will include all the pertinent information and skills you need when working with youth. You’ll study topics like global youth culture, strategies for student outreach, and ministering to adolescents in crisis.

Specializing in pastoral leadership will give you the unique opportunity to understand how to lead and pastor a church. Some of your coursework will include information on church planting and development, family ministry in the church, and pastoral duties.

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
  • A system of philosophy and general principles for adolescent ministry
  • Special attention 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 is given to the role of the local church in training adolescent leaders, creating an outreach culture, and developing individual students’ outreach strategies

PLED 251 – Church Planting and Development

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • An introduction to the skills and knowledge needed to plant a New Testament church “in culture”
  • A survey of the various schools of church planting with an evaluation of their strengths and weaknesses
  • Special attention given to a study in evangelism and church growth principles, stressing the biblical and theological basis of evangelism as reflected in and through the local church

PLED 301 – Family Ministry in the Church

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • A comprehensive examination of the family dynamic in context of the local church
  • An examination of the traditional and non-traditional homes
  • The role of pastor to family members including courtship, pre-marriage counseling, and parenting
  • Special attention given to providing strategies and resources to parents consummating in the assimilation of the Church
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Admission Requirements

Highlights of Our Youth Ministries: Pastoral Leadership 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: Pastoral Leadership Degree Information

Career Opportunities for Youth Ministries: Pastoral Leadership Graduates

  • Associate pastor
  • Children’s pastor/director
  • Church administration
  • College ministry pastor/director
  • 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.