Purpose and Objectives
The Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture major provides students with the knowledge and skills to reach the next generation by preparing them to evangelize and disciple youth and their families. This degree prepares students to serve as youth pastors or youth workers in a variety of specialized settings.
In addition to the mission statement, general objectives, and requirements of the bachelor’s degree, the objectives of the Youth Ministry program are to enable students to:
- Articulate a biblical philosophy of ministry.
- Create a comprehensive one-year ministry program calendar.
- Articulate how Jesus counseled people in Scripture and identify core strategies of how Jesus connected with individuals.
Because they complete twelve hours of Bible and Theology as part of the Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture major, students also earn a Bible major.
See Undergraduate Core for graduation requirements.
SSM Undergraduate Internships
Undergraduate students who are pursuing the Church Ministry major or the Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture major complete an internship as the capstone exercise for their studies. They must complete at least 90 semester hours before beginning their internships, and in preparation for their internships, they must complete MIN 4110 Foundations of Internship at least one semester before the term in which they engage in their supervised ministry activities. In addition to demonstrating progress in the practice of ministry, interns are also evaluated on their character and spiritual maturity. After completing all internship requirements, the student will meet with his/her academic advisor to discuss the information gathered during the internship. Should the advisor deem it necessary, the appropriate Student Life dean may be invited to the meeting. The student may also request a specific faculty member be included, if he/she desires.