Area of Biblical Learning
As a part of “changing lives and shaping culture,” youth ministry is one of the most strategic opportunities to make an impact on people and the world. Beginning with “A Positive, Personal Faith that Jesus is Lord and Savior” this major emphasis supports and implements “A Commitment to Follow the Teachings of the Christian Scripture in One’s Personal and Social Ethics.” Because the youth of today are so important now and will be the unquestioned leaders of tomorrow, youth ministry emphasizes the “Capacity to Recognize and Assume Responsibility in Society.” Classes focusing on biblical and historical foundations promote “The Knowledge, Meaning, and Application of Sound Scholarship” as do all the others that comprise this major, and, because of the attention given to youth, there is considerable emphasis on “Participation in the Activities of a Healthy Lifestyle.” Youth ministry fits well into the overall purpose and mission of Milligan College, and the college provides excellent preparation for serving Jesus Christ through ministry to youth.
The youth ministry track in the Bible major prepares people to lead in ministering to and with young people, and that may include those from early childhood up through early adulthood. Both youth ministers and children’s ministers will find this major effective in basic preparation for service, as will campus ministers, workers with various parachurch ministries such as camps, youth organizations, evangelism efforts and many more. Because of the strong foundation incorporated into this emphasis, people will have basic preparation to move into other areas of ministry from a traditional role.
Milligan College expects those who graduate with a Bible major in a youth ministry track to:
- Be equipped to stay abreast of current changes in youth culture and communicate effectively through all those changes;
- Be prepared for service in a leadership role of ministry in the church and able to function as part of a team/staff relationship;
- Have a good foundation in biblical, church historical, and practical studies in order to prepare and deliver sound teaching to youth and to continue in lifelong learning;
- Be equipped to pursue seminary or graduate education with a good preparation for that advanced study; and
- Provide a good Christian example as a student of scripture. Emphases of spiritual dependence upon God, solid academic study, including serious study of the Bible itself, and practices of both integrity and effectiveness highlight this program of study.
Bible major - B.A. (38-39 hrs)
Youth ministry track
For information about the Bible major with the youth ministry track, see “Bible.”
Youth Ministry minor
Required courses in the minor:
Total number of required hours: 18