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Youth and Family Ministry (BS)

Gain the biblical knowledge and ministry philosophy you need for effective work with children, teens, and young adults in church and parachurch settings.

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Why Youth and Family Ministry?

A Youth and Family Ministry degree gives you a deep knowledge of the Bible and church leadership with a particular focus on ministry to young people and their families. Students in this program learn the skills for effective Bible teaching, ministry philosophy, adolescent development and psychology, and in-depth knowledge of the Bible.

Youth and Family Ministry at Cairn

Biblical Integration

Build the foundation of knowledge essential for ministry through a strong core of Bible/theology courses.

Academic Opportunity

Engage with practical, up-to-date strategies of youth ministry.

Experienced Faculty

Be discipled by seasoned pastors who share personal perspectives on life in ministry and competency for serving in today’s world.

Personalized Education

Understand youth ministry from a global perspective and take opportunities to experience various missional contexts.

Graduate School Preparation

Earn a bachelor’s and one of several master’s degrees in five years through our dual-level degree programs, all while qualifying for undergraduate tuition and financial aid.

Hands-On Education

Receive hands-on training through ministry involvement and interaction with a ministry mentor.

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Required Credits: 120

Curriculum Highlights: 

    • YTH 322 Comp Tech for Youth/Fam Min
    • YTH 222 Effective Bible Teaching
    • YTH 221 Philos of Ministry
    • YTH 321 Ministering to Fam w/Youth
    • YTH 421 Org/Adm in Youth & Fam Min

Children’s Ministry Director

Youth Pastor/Director

Parachurch ministry leader

Camp Director

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An Affordable Education

While the cost of a Cairn University education is competitive with similar institutions, we realize you may need financial assistance to take this journey.  You are not alone. 97% of our full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance. 

Meet Our Faculty

Matt Mcalack

Matt McAlack

Director, Youth and Family Ministry; Professor, School of Divinity

Dr. Matt McAlack teaches Bible, theology, psychology, and youth and family ministry.

Since 1996, Dr. McAlack has also directed JAM (Junior High Adventures in Ministry), a ministry and evangelism training event for middle schoolers at Cairn University.

In addition to serving at Cairn, Dr. McAlack has also served as a youth pastor and pastor of English ministry, as well as a speaker at conferences and retreats. Currently, he and his wife Michele lead the Youth Ministry and Outreach at Calvary Baptist Church in Bristol Pennsylvania.

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Bryan Murawski

Associate Professor, School of Divinity

Bryan Murawski is an Associate Professor for the school of Divinity at Cairn University. He previously served as a pastor for 15 years in NJ and MI. He frequently speaks at camps and retreats. Bryan is a father of four with his wife Janice, also a Cairn alumnus (’08).

What Our Students Have To Say

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Caleb Esteban De Jesus

I can confidently say that the Youth and Family Ministries program at Cairn has prepared me well for discipling young people effectively. I am grateful for the quality professors I have and the great friends I made during my time here. This program challenges me, equips me, and pushes me out of my comfort zone in the best ways!

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