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This certificate is for those who desire to serve in ministry to the emerging generations (ages 11-25) but are unable to attend Summit because of distance. It is practical in nature and meant to be completed while working (paid or volunteer) in a church. It includes an emphasis on practical theology, communication, adolescent issues and development. The certificate requires 10 courses that will educate and equip youth ministry workers.


Upon completion of this program, the student shall be able to:

  • integrate essential knowledge and skills needed for youth related vocations;
  • articulate a Biblical philosophy and strategy of youth ministry and leadership;
  • understand contemporary issues, trends, and needs of students and their families;
  • communicate effectively with varying audience levels;
  • model effective leadership skills in terms of both programs and relationships for ministry;
  • equip youth for the Great Commission discipleship; and,
  • nurture the practice of ministry in the power of the Spirit.
Bible and Theology - 3 courses or 9 semester hours
BIBL 111 C Bible Survey THEO 323 C Doctrine I
BIBL 113 C Hermeneutics  
Practics - 7 courses or 21 semester hours
EDUC 142 C Principles of Teaching RELS 334 C Leadership Development
RELS 232 C Contemporary Youth Issues RELS 342 C Youth Leadership Administration
EDUC 241 C Youth Communication RELS 432 C Career Youth Leadership
EDUC 244 C Adolescent Development  
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