programs

Youth Ministry

Our Mission

The youth ministry department at Multnomah will prepare you to provide strategic leadership within the field of youth ministry. Taking some of the best concepts from education, psychology, communication, and leadership, this program will transform your thinking about youth ministry. In addition to the learning that takes place in the classroom, many of our Youth Ministry majors are able to serve in local contexts during their time of study. These students often find paid internships and volunteer positions of leadership. The Youth Ministry department also offers a yearly mission trip to Europe where the team leads camps and retreats for Jr. High and Sr. High students. Students will also participate in leading "Spring Thaw", a large scale youth retreat at Multnomah that draws 1,000-2,000 students.

Youth Ministry FAQ

Q: Is the Youth Ministry Major a serious major?

A: Currently at Multnomah, the Youth Ministry major has the most enrolled students. Faced with the same rigor as other majors, and other required pre-requisites, the Youth Ministry major is still very challenging.

Q: Is the content learned in classes directly relatable to my ministry?

A: Most students that are enrolled in the Youth Ministry major are already working in a youth group or program and use the material they use on a usual basis. Often times students debrief their weeks in ministry and ask questions that professors are willing to field and advise what next steps should be.

Q: What is the content in classes like? Is it more program based (IE games, snacks, etc.)?

A: Often times people assume that the Youth Ministry majors only talk about games, where they can order pizza or just have fun. However those discussions only generally occur outside of the classroom. The classes we offer at Multnomah cover very important issues like youth psychology, speaking strategies, how to work with different group dynamics and more! 

Q: What is the homework load like in the Youth Ministry program?

A: Alongside other homework that students have from other classes, youth ministry assignments generally consist of ministry projects, debriefing current events/ministries, reading assignments, going to conferences, strategizing and implementation of ideas into ministry. These are just a few examples, but this course of study is rigorous and will challenge you to grow not only academically but spiritually also.

 

Interesting Facts

Did you know most people who commit their lives to Christ and to the ministry do so before the age of twenty-one?

There is no more strategic time to impact the course of a life than during its youth.

Did you know throughout history most cultural revolutions have been stirred by young people?

There is no better way to change the course of human history than to capture the hearts of youth.

Did you know the church is one generation away from becoming irrelevant?

There is no more virtuous task for the people of God than to teach its youth to worship God in spirit and truth.

The youth ministry department at Multnomah will prepare you to provide strategic leadership within the field of youth ministry. Taking some of the best concepts from education, psychology, and leadership, this program will transform your thinking about youth ministry. Our desire is to send out gifted and skilled graduates into churches, onto campuses, into therapy offices and detention centers, into countries and cultures where youth have yet to be reached.

Meet Your Professors

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