Youth Ministry

What is youth ministry

Youth ministry is so much more than Frisbee football and pizza, more than programs and curriculum. It’s about nurturing vital relationships with others and most importantly, with Jesus Christ. At Hesston College, we nurture your leadership and theological thinking skills, enhancing your ability to do relational ministry.

Success factors

Do you like being with people? Are you up for adventure, ready to try new things? Are you energized by deep theological discussions? Do you desire to nurture an ever-deepening discipleship in yourself and others? Then Youth Ministry is for you.

Career possibilities

With a two-year associate of arts degree, you will have completed 60 credit hours and be on your way for transfer to a baccalaureate degree course of study and further theological training. With an advanced degree you might choose work in one of many areas of ministry. Career opportunities include:

  • As a youth pastor, you will do ministry with youth in a congregational setting.
  • As a camp firector, you provide leadership in outdoor ministry.
  • As a mission director, you empower and lead youth in their missional journeys.
“The best thing about youth ministry is that we get to talk about ‘real life’ things we have seen or been through. We talk about what youth ministry looks like and what it should look like.”
— Bailee Nichols-Clary, class of 2017

Majoring in youth ministry

  • Start taking applied courses right away rather than wait through two years of theory courses. At Hesston, you can accept leadership roles in your first semester and start field experience as part of your first youth ministry class.
  • Academically, we connect the practical with the theoretical. We ask the question, “What will this youth ministry model mean theologically? Will this activity support or sabotage what we say we believe?”
  • At Hesston there is also an opportunity to practice ministry in a new context. You could spend two weeks in the summer in Philadelphia, Pa. Here you would develop intercultural competence, working with a variety of cultures in the city. Experiences may include helping with a Bib Lit class, interacting with a flag football ministry or observing a Christian high school in the city.
  • At Hesston, we believe that we minister out of who we are, so we intentionally work at spiritual formation. We pray together. We share our stories, our pain and our joys with each other. We work at being community together. We understand that the journey inward is what makes it possible to take the journey outward.As a Mission Director, you empower and lead youth in their missional journeys.

Youth ministry curriculum

Hesston College combines solid academics and practical experience. Spiritual formation and step-by step applications. Being and doing. At Hesston College, we believe that we minister out of who we are, so we give attention to the whole person. Head knowledge interacts with real life stuff.

Sample curriculum – associate degree in youth ministry

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