Through academic training and hands-on ministry service, Emmanuel prepares Christ followers who are committed to making a difference in their world.

B. Th. Youth & Family Ministry

Coordinator: Dr. Brett Andrews


This four-year program prepares students for leadership in youth ministry in a local church or church agency. There is a unique blending of biblical, theological, and practical ministry skills through classroom instruction and co-op placements in a ministry setting. While this program is designed primarily for entry to youth ministry, it also provides a solid foundation for graduate studies in a seminary setting.



In addition to the objectives, identified for the common first year MountainTop Certificate program, this program also enables students to begin to:

  1. Understand and apply scripture to matters of youth & family in the church.
  2. Teach youth and families to think theologically and discuss relevant issues of society, life and faith.
  3. Perform the responsibilities of a youth and family pastor or as a Christian community youth worker.
  4. Demonstrate the gifts and skills necessary for public and personal ministry with youth and families.
  5. Relate well to youth and adults.


Career Path

Students graduating from this program find employment as youth and family pastors or youth workers in church or church agencies, camping ministries, group homes, working with street youth, and some front line social work relating to youth and families, and may pursue further studies in a seminary context. Transfer credits to other schools are awarded at the discretion of the receiving institution.


  • Admission to and continuance in this program is at the discretion of the program co-ordinator and the college admissions committee. Supporting documents, including a completed program questionnaire and additional references, may be required.
  • Please contact the Program Coordinator and Director of Field Education for further information regarding Co-op requirements


Required Courses
Division Course Requirements HRS
Bible & Theology         Old Testament Survey 3
New Testament Survey 3
Bible Foundations 6
Bible Study Skills 6
Old Testament Elective 200 level 3
New Testament Elective 200 level 3
Old or New Testament Elective 300 level 3
Old or New Testament Elective 300 level 3
Introduction to Theology 3
Theology Elective 300 level (x2) 6
Theology Elective 300 or 400 level 3
General Studies           Ideas and Civilizations 3
Group Dynamics
Church History Survey 3
Family Dynamics 3
Psychology and Culture of Youth 3
Ethics 3
Introduction to Communication 3
Cross-Cultural Communication 3
Sociology 3
General Studies Elective 200 or 300 level (x2) 6
General Studies Elective 300 level 3
Professional Studies           Personal Discipleship 3
Missional Discipleship 6
Introduction to Leadership 3
Managing Ministries and Organizations 3
Preaching Skills I OR Oral Communication 3
Interpersonal and Helping Skills
Introduction to Youth and Family Ministries 3
Evangelism and Discipleship of Youth 3
Critical Issues in Youth and Family Ministry I and II 6
Philosophy of Ministry 3
Free Elective Elective (x4) 12
Field Education   Field Education and Ministry Preparation 1
Field Education in Youth and Family Ministry (x2) 2
Field Education (x3) 2

Co-operative Education (x2) 6
  TOTAL 129

Students may use the free electives to take one of the concentrations listed under the BRE Professional Studies program

The program consists of 36 hours Bible & Theology, 36 hours General Studies, 33 hours Professional Studies, 12 hours Free Electives, 12 Field Education and Youth Co-ops credits.

OSL Default Rate for all B.Th. programs: 2013, 0.0%.

Program Graduation Rate: 63.0%