BA in Youth Ministries

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The Youth Ministries program is designed to equip students who desire to be involved in the ministry of young people either in a local church or a parachurch organization.

Objectives

On completion of the program, students should be able to:
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    Develop a Biblical philosophy of youth ministry, including organization, administration, and staff development.
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    Develop an understanding of youth culture and societal influences on it.
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    Develop both relational and methodological skills for effective youth ministry.
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    Develop a balanced approach to youth ministry that includes evangelism, discipleship, ministry, fellowship, and recreation.

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE49 HOURS

Refer to the General Education core at the beginning of the Academic Programs section for specific courses that fulfill elective requirements.

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    Designed to support students experiencing academic, personal, and spiritual transition to Ohio Christian University. Academic advising, finances, time management, study skills, and resources available to students. Overview of what new students can expect from a university experience. Acclimation to the unique OCU community environment.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: None
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    Developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for achieving individual potential in all dimensions of wellness. Includes creation of short- and long-term fitness goals and fitness assessment activities for healthy habits. Required for all students.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: None
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    Weekly chapel services and other events designed to integrate spiritual, academic, and community life, and to engage the campus community in worship, biblically rooted teaching, and a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ.
     
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    Classroom introduction to the Christian Service program, including the rationale, policies, and procedures for Christian Service at Ohio Christian University, and field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community.
     
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    Field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community. This course does not have a scheduled class time. To earn credit, students independently arrange service opportunities with the approval of the Christian Service instructor, and submit online reports.
     

SF100 and CS071 requirements are prorated in certain instances.

REASONING SKILLS7 HOURS

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    Mathematics Elective3
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    Science Elective4

COMMUNICATION SKILLS9 HOURS

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    An introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    An intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.
    Offered: Spring Recommended: LA101
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    Fundamental principles of sermon delivery. Content, form and style of sermonic literature. Includes a practicum component.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: CM102

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 6 HOURS

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    A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology, including historical and theoretical foundations, with special emphasis on contemporary scientific research and empirical applications, within a Christian perspective and a biopsychosocial approach.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    The scientific study of society, institutions, and group interaction, with focus on the sociological imagination and core theories. Topics include the sociological perspective, the individual in society, stratification and social inequality, social intuitions, human ecology, and social change, with special attention to issues of diversity.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None

HUMANITIES 11 HOURS

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    Fine Arts Elective 2
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    Literature Elective3
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    The development of Christianity from its inception to the Great Schism of 1054, including leading characters and major turning points of history.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: OT101, NT102
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    Overview of philosophical vocabulary and concepts, and a historical survey of the development of western philosophy. Basic understanding of the main currents in western thought and their relationships to each other.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to logic and ethics including methodologies for applying those disciplines in Christian ministry and other vocations. Induction and deduction, principles of clean statement and valid reasoning, and fallacies. Moral theories of philosophical schools and their relationship to the development of a biblical ethic.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None

GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE3 HOURS

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    The development of Christianity from the Great Schism of 1054 to the present, including leading characters and major turning points of history.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: OT101, NT102

BIBLICAL LITERATURE, RELIGION, AND THEOLOGY 11 HOURS

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    Introduction to the New Testament narrative and teachings that constitute the Gospel message about Jesus Christ. Special attention to the narratives found within the four Gospels, their relationship to one another and the Book of Acts. Basic instruction in inductive Bible study method. Note: NT102 is a prerequisite for all other New Testament courses.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to the Old Testament narrative with special attention to the Torah (the first five books). Emphasis on historical backgrounds, origins of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Note: OT101 is a prerequisite for all other Old Testament courses.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to worldview and a survey of the plurality of worldviews in western culture. Special attention to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews challenge and reinforce it. Basic instruction in creedal Christianity assists students in understanding and embracing the uniqueness of Christianity, enabling more effective communication of the Christian faith.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None
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    The doctrine of entire sanctification in light of Scripture, examined within the Wesleyan tradition and other theological schools of thought.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisites: Graduating seniors standing; TH100, TH401, or TH402

YOUTH MINISTRIES MAJOR 67 HOURS

BIBLE AND THEOLOGY 26 HOURS

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    Equips the student to perform accurate and relevant exegesis on the Old Testament through the use of study tools that assist in proper interpretation of the original text.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102 Course Fee*
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    Equips the student to perform accurate and relevant exegesis on the New Testament through the use of study tools that assist in proper interpretation of the original text.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102 Course Fee*
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    Principles of biblical interpretation. Examination of the presuppositions and practice of the Grammatical-Historical-Theological Hermeneutic with application to selected biblical texts. Historical survey of Jewish and Christian exegetical systems.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102 Course Fee* *One-time software fee, charged the first time a student takes any hermeneutics or advanced biblical languages course. This $500 fee purchases a lifetime license for a biblical languages research library.
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    The synoptic relationship of the first three Gospels, and the major themes and theological features of the fourth Gospel.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: NT102
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    The first five books of the Old Testament with special emphasis on historical backgrounds, beginnings of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Outlines, analysis, and exposition of significant sections.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: OT101
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    The contemporary theological situation is considered. The significance and importance of Wesleyan theology are studied. The doctrines of theism, creation, sin, and divine revelation are emphasized.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102, Junior standing
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    The deity of Christ and the personality and work of the Holy Spirit are emphasized. The doctrines of conversion, entire sanctification, and eschatology are considered.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102, Jr. standing
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    The historical development of the quest for holy living throughout Christian history giving particular attention to the eighteenth through the twentieth century.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102, Jr. standing
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    An exegetical and expository study of Romans, with emphasis on the doctrines of sin, salvation, and Christian ethics.
    Offered: Fall, even semester Prerequisites: NT102, Junior standing
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    An exegetical and expository study of Galatians, with emphasis on the introductory section of the letter. Contemporary application to the doctrines of sin, salvation and Christian ethics.
    Offered: Fall, odd semester Prerequisites: NT102, Junior standing

YOUTH MINISTRIES41 HOURS

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    The characteristics of youth and ways of meeting the needs of this age group. Field experience is required.
    Offered: Fall, odd semester Prerequisite: None
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    The teaching act and teaching-learning events, including the teaching acts of Jesus, informed by current insights from the social sciences, with implications for developing one’s own approach, strategy, and style as a teacher. Practical application through teaching experiences.
    Offered: Spring, even semester Prerequisite: CE201 or CM102
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    Cultural trends in adolescent and family lifestyles, values and issues, and their relationship to ministry. Developmental issues involving families with adolescents. Designing and implementing family-based youth ministry programs.
    Offered: Fall, even semester Prerequisite: CE201 or CM102
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    Qualifications of a youth leader, including evangelizing, discipling and developing leaders, and relationships with God, family, church, teens and community.
    Offered: Fall, odd semester Prerequisite: CE201 or CM102
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    Past and present models of ministry and a personal formulation of one’s philosophy of ministry.
    Offered: Spring, odd semester Prerequisite: CE201 or CM102
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    Programs, materials, and methods currently used in youth ministry. Topics include worship, ministry opportunities, discipleship, biblical education, and fellowship.
    Offered: Fall, even semester Prerequisite: CE201 or CM102
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    This culminating field experience provides youth ministry students at least 14 weeks of practical experience in a local church or parachurch organization with a gradual assumption of responsibility across the semester. Students may take no other courses during this experience except Theology Capstone.
    Offered: On demand Prerequisites: CM390
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    Preparation for the culminating field experience. To be completed the semester prior to CM495 Christian Ministry Field Experience or CE495 Youth Ministry Field Experience.
    Offered: On demand Prerequisite: Junior standing
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    Expository preaching, and the preparation and delivery of sermons under observation and constructive criticism. Includes a practicum component.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: GB401, CM301
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    Introduction to the biblical and theological foundations of missions, an overview of missions history, survey of the world’s religions, and a foundation for response to God’s leading. Note: MI100 is a prerequisite for all 300- and 400-level MI courses.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None
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    Ministry as a career and profession, including the minister’s relationships with family members, friends, and parishioners. Ethical codes for appropriate boundaries, professional collegiality and sexual conduct. Designed for persons in traditional ministry settings.
    Offered: Spring, odd semester Prerequisite: None
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    Basic family organization from courtship through the adjustments of the family in the modern home, within a Christian perspective, including development of the full potential of our human sexuality.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: SO101, PS102

PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENT0 HOURS

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    Students interact with faculty and peers, learn about upcoming department events, and ask questions. Religion Faculty and returning students welcome new members, helping orient them to their programs. Students meet faculty advisors, and learn about career and networking opportunities available from the Religion department.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    An opportunity to interact with successful ministry practitioners. Student’s accomplishments are recognized in a public forum.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    MG230 Career Development Seminar (2 events)0
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    Students engage with successful practitioners in the field of ministry during chapel, classes, and an evening meal.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None
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    Discussions of theological topics designed to engage students in critical thinking and clear, effective speaking about theological issues.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None

ELECTIVES 4 HOURS

Any credit-bearing course, 100-level or above Program Total120 Hour

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