Youth Ministry Program

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Practical. Theological. Culturally Relevant. 

The Dordt University youth ministry program is a professional program within the context of a comprehensive Christian education. Upon the completion of two courses, Perspectives in Biblical Theology and Discernment for Ministry, students may apply for entrance into the youth ministry program.

The program goals are:

  • to equip pastoral caregivers to bring theological and biblical insight into the relational and cultural world of young people. 
  • to combine practical experience with reflection and mentoring relationships.

The youth ministry program consists of the following core requirements:


  • 251 Discernment for Ministry
  • 252 Liturgy and Worship
  • 253 Engaging Culture (Theology and Popular Culture)
  • 254 Teaching Bible to Adolescents
  • 351 Ecclesiology (The Church in Cultural Context)
  • 352 Practical Issues in Ministry
  • 361 Senior Seminar


  • 204 Lifespan Development


  • Nine credit hours (Theology 371, 372, 373)
  • Partnering with local youth pastors to help lead youth groups
  • Participating and providing leadership for youth camps and retreats
  • Providing leadership for local churches that do not have a full-time youth pastor


Partnering with the Youthfront School of Formation to offer a full-semester urban ministry internship in Kansas City.

  • Live and work in the ethnically diverse Argentine neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas
  • Engage the issues and practices related to community development
  • Experience youth ministry in an urban context
  • Be a part of a learning community that explores the rich depth of the spiritual disciplines
  • Make individual and organizational connections with Christians engaged in the practice of youth ministry

For more information on our youth ministry program, please see the Academic Catalog.