Master of Divinity

Master of Divinity: Youth, Children and Family Ministry Specialization

As a professional graduate degree in ministry, the Master of Divinity is an extensive program designed to prepare students for ordained ministry in contexts both inside and outside the local church. Students specializing in Youth, Children and Family Ministry tend to be particularly interested in discovering the unique contributions and challenges faced in ministering to people of all ages, including the development of children, youth, and adults as productive members of the body of Christ. Following the completion of their degrees, they may work as associate, youth, children or family ministers, parachurch ministry directors, in other youth-serving organizations, denominational offices, missions, and in urban or rural environments. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. The graduate understands and is able to explain Wesleyan-Holiness theology as it relates to Scripture, Christian tradition, reason, and experience in the practice of ministry. (RH)
  2. The graduate identifies characteristics of the cultural context of ministry and assesses them through an appropriate theological perspective, compares existing cultures with alternative cultural expressions, and develops personal and corporate practices consistent with the reign of God. (CC)
  3. The graduate practices the means of grace (spiritual disciplines) that lead to emotional and spiritual health, personal Christian theological virtue, and responsible social engagement. (PSF)
  4. The graduate integrates Christian theological themes in the understanding and practice of ministry and leadership. (MPL)
  5. The graduate values the role of practical theology in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition and philosophy to inform practices fostering young persons and families. (RH)
  6. The graduate understands both the history and contemporary characteristics of human development, adolescence and family systems theory necessary for engaging in youth, children and family ministry. (CC)
  7. The graduate articulates and embodies a biblical understanding of faith formation within the community of faith including the family. (PSF)
  8. The graduate demonstrates a dynamic integration of practice and philosophy of leadership suitable for ministry in the Church and in the world. (MPL)
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