Youth and Young Adult Ministry

The Youth and Young Adult Ministry Program at Wesley is designed to prepare leaders for the dynamic, challenging, and rewarding experience of youth ministry. Through supervised study, specialized courses, and a youth ministry / young adult placement in a congregation or other ministry setting, Wesley students prepare to walk with youth and/or young adults on the path of discipleship and faith formation. The program functions as a specialization within any of the Master's degree programs. YYAMP students enjoy a wide degree of latitude in choosing experiences to bolster their degree program. Students should declare their intent to participate in the Youth and Young Adult Ministry Program prior to completing 30 credit hours of their degree by submitting the form to the Registrar's Office.

Program Design

Required Courses: Youth and Young Adult Ministry students are required to take CF-240 Youth Ministry Foundations and CF-255 Church and Culture for Youth and Young Adults.

Electives: Youth and Young Adult Ministry students are required to take 6 additional credit hours from a designated list of elective courses, including:

  • CF-246 The Practice of Youth Ministry
  • CF-252 Becoming a Confirming Congregation: History and Practice of Confirmation Ministry
  • CF-282 Calling and Vocation in a Campus Context
  • CF-253 Pop Culture and Christian Formation
  • CM-270 Missional Evangelism
  • CM-273 Evangelism and Emerging Generations

Directed Research Project : Youth and Young Adult Ministry students are required to complete CF-501 Advanced Research in Children, Youth, and Young Adult Ministries.  This course consists of a directed research project in a particular area of concentration chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Placement Experience:  The Practice in Ministry and Mission Office will work with Youth and Young Adult Ministry students to secure placement in a setting that offers both active youth communities and opportunities for worship and ministry with youth. Ministry placement experiences are available in urban, suburban, and rural congregations with significant youth ministry opportunities. Additional options for field experience settings include a youth culture immersion as well as opportunities to work with Salt ‘n Light, a nationally-renowned youth ministry that shares the Gospel with adolescents and equips churches and youth workers for youth evangelism and discipleship through rallies, retreats, summer camps, mission trips, and music festivals.

Contact: The Wesley Admissions office may also help youth ministry students find a paid or stipended youth ministry internship for their first year of studies at Wesley. Questions are welcome at (202) 885-8659 or admissions@wesleyseminary.edu.

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