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Children and Youth Ministries

Using Biblical knowledge and practical ministry tools, equip youth as they grow in Christ.

Professor Josh Sumpter lectures in his Biblical & Ministry Studies course

Young people today face unparalleled personal and societal pressures, needs, and challenges.

As a children and youth ministries major you’ll develop an understanding of how to effectively minister to children, teens, and their families. The curriculum provides a sound foundation of Bible, theology, church history, and practical ministry tools, while also developing your understanding of the social sciences, including child and adolescent development.
In the departmental practicum and internship, you’ll learn to practice ministry in diverse cultural settings by teaching, caring, and serving. You’ll graduate equipped to use your personal faith and professional experience to bring about change.

What sets us apart

Gain hands-on experience

As a Children and Youth Ministry major, you’ll receive a range of experiential learning opportunities will further aid your understanding of the Bible for spiritual formation and the analysis of and engagement with pressing global and social concerns.

Study in a faith-based community

Our Waynesburg community is a home where we care for one another like family. During your studies in faith-based programs, and all programs, you'll be in a place where the spirit of Christianity truly exists, and you'll have the opportunity to enjoy weekly chapel services, bible studies, weekly worship services, speakers, and more.

Biblical & Ministry Studies Mission, Goals and Learning Outcomes


The mission of the Biblical and Ministry Studies program is to provide students with a clearer and deeper understanding of the Christian faith and Christian ministry leadership, personally and vocationally. The program will be academically rigorous, inherently practical and ecumenical in character.

Academic Catalog

Need to find a course description or review your degree requirements? View the current online catalog at the link below.