Youth and Family Ministry

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The Youth and Family Ministry program prepares students to lead a teen-focused ministry in church and para-church settings. Students interact with experienced Youth Ministry professionals, create relationships with dedicated faculty members, and develop an individual philosophy for serving youth in the church.  

At a glance

Programmatic Credits


Standard Completion Time:

4 yrs


Why Study Youth and Family Ministry?

This program focuses on developing a strong biblical philosophy of ministry by understanding the needs, culture, and developmental issues of adolescents. Students in this program also learn to recruit and equip a team of volunteer leaders and build a family-based ministry that equips parents to disciple their teenagers.

Why Study Youth and Family Ministry at Cairn?

  • Strong Bible/Theology Core
  • Earn a bachelor’s degree and one of the following master’s degrees in as few as five years, all while qualifying for undergraduate financial aid:
    • Master of Business Administration
    • Masters in Counseling
    • Masters in Nonprofit Leadership
    • Masters in Organizational Leadership
    • Master of Arts (Religion)
  • Practical, up-to-date strategies for building a strong Youth Ministry
  • Each student receives hands-on training through ministry involvement and a ministry mentor
  • A global perspective of Youth Ministry is present, as well as opportunities for students to learn through mission trip experiences
  • A faculty that is committed to helping students develop strong character and competency for serving in today’s world

Career Paths

  • Youth Pastor
  • Youth Director
  • Para-church ministry leader

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