Broaden Your Reach with a Degree in Youth Ministries: Technical Studies
Imagine a career where you can engage, connect, and guide young people to a life of spiritual connectedness and success. If you have been considering a career in youth outreach, perhaps in the church or outdoor camp setting, then our bachelor’s in youth ministries could be the perfect degree for you. You can share your faith and provide encouragement for young people during a time that often presents a great deal of uncertainty.
Why not specialize your skill set? You want a degree that’s versatile and gives you options. We want to help. At Liberty, we offer a technical studies focus for students who want to develop specific trade skills in carpentry, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, or welding in addition to their major courses. By adding this focus to your youth ministries degree, you will make yourself more marketable to future employers. Your ability to handle electrical issues at a youth camp or within the church, for example, could be practically useful.
Whether you want to work as a camp director, lead your church’s youth group, or create your own nonprofit organization, we want to help each step of the way. Partner your passion with our commitment of Training Champions for Christ. Your future starts here.
Why Choose Liberty’s Youth Ministries – Technical Studies Degree?
Whether you want to work in a church, at a nonprofit, in your community, or with a youth outdoor camp facility, having technical skills can come in handy. Some of the benefits you will receive by earning a degree with a focus in technical studies include:
- Access to Virginia Technical Institute’s (VTI) state of the art training facilities, where you can complete your trade specific courses.
- A technical-focused degree can better prepare you for your specific career path! You can specialize in carpentry, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, or welding.
- You can gain various certifications in your specific field by taking the right courses in technical studies.
Additionally, our youth ministries degree programs are designed with your success in mind. To prepare for a career in youth ministry, you will want to study under professionals with graduate and doctoral degrees who are excited to teach from their years of experience. As a teaching university, we ensure that our professors are in the classroom with you every week, teaching, guiding, and mentoring you along your academic journey. You can be confident that you are being taught by the very best.
We want our students to graduate trained not only in the classroom but also in the field. In order to accomplish this, we have incorporated training opportunities, practicums, and internships directly into your degree plan.
The following are ways you can take your skillset further with Liberty:
- Complete various church ministry practicums, designed to get you real-world experience under ministry professionals before you graduate.
- Complete a youth ministry internship with a church, parachurch, or nonprofit organization to gain even more hands-on experience.
- Our Ministry Fellowship program is an excellent opportunity to maximize your vocational ministry training.
What Will You Learn in Our Youth Ministries and Technical Studies Degree?
Specializing your degree in technical studies provides unique opportunities. Aside from a preparatory course in craft skills, you will be able to choose from courses in carpentry, electricity, HVAC, plumbing, and even welding. All of our technical studies courses prepare you with both the safety and hands-on training you will need to have a successful experience in the field.
Additionally, you will receive the foundational knowledge of the Bible you’ll need to excel in youth ministries. You’ll take courses in cultural engagement, apologetics, inductive Bible study, and hermeneutics. You’ll also study topics like global youth culture, strategies for student outreach, and ministering to adolescents in crisis.
Review the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below to learn more about what you could study!
CRFT 101 – Introduction to Craft Skills
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- Introduction to craft skills serves as the orientation and foundation for each technical studies specialization.
- Topics addressed include safety (includes OSHA 10 certification), construction math, and the use of hand and power tools.
- Students will also examine construction drawings, communication skills, employability skills, and materials handling.
- This course serves as a prerequisite and can be taken concurrently with all technical studies foundation courses.
CARP 101 – Foundations in Carpentry
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- An orientation to the trade, as well as building materials, fasteners, and adhesives.
- You will also develop skills with hand and power tools, reading plans and elevations, floor systems, wall and ceiling framing, and roof framing.
- Concrete, reinforcing materials and forms, windows and exterior doors, and basic stair layouts.
ELTC 101 – Foundations of Electricity
Here’s what you’ll learn: orientation to the electrical trade, electrical safety, introduction to electrical circuits, electrical theory, introduction to the national electric code, device boxes, hand bending, raceways and fittings, conductors and cables, basic electrical construction drawings, residential electrical services, and electrical test equipment.
HVAC 101 – Foundations of HVAC
Here’s what you’ll learn: an introduction to HVAC, trade math, copper and plastic piping practices, soldering and brazing, ferrous metal pipe practices, basic electricity, introduction to cooling, introduction to heating, and air distribution systems.
Highlights of Our Youth Ministries – Technical Studies 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, home for the School of Divinity, houses a 7-projector immersive classroom, an interactive meeting space 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 – Technical Studies Degree Information
- 120 total credit hours
- Transfer in up to 75% of your total degree
- This program falls under the John W. Rawlings School of Divinity
- View the Degree Completion Plan
- View our course catalog
Career Opportunities for Youth Ministries – Technical Studies Graduates
- Church administrator
- Church electrician/plumber
- Ministry associate
- Next generation pastor
- Youth camp director
- Youth ministry director
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)
- SAT, ACT, or CLT scores (Liberty University is offering test-optional admission for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 applicants)
- Admission essay
*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.