Youth & Family Ministry

Bachelor of Science

Make disciples of all ages.

Our Youth and Family Ministry degree equips and prepares men and women to effectively be disciples who make disciples in the local church. The purpose of this program is to prepare students to work as associate ministers as well as other ministry positions related to teaching and leadership ministry.

“ Being a student at Boyce College and sitting under the teaching of so many knowledgeable professors has equipped me for my call to Youth and Family ministries in the Church. Each semester I am greeted by the Faculty and Staff with a renewed energy that fosters great learning. ”

Kourtney Heller — Lebanon, IN

“ The program is designed to teach students how to develop healthy spiritual disciplines before leading people around them. And my professors have been models for discipleship. I have been blessed to study under professors who examine God’s Word, proclaim God’s name, and teach about God’s glory. ”

AJ Caldwell — Ankeny, IA

Course Information

Use the tabs below to explore the courses, outcomes, and further information on this program.

General Studies 36 Credits
EN 101 English Composition I 3
EN 102 English Composition II 3
HS 105 Ancient Near Eastern History 3
HU 421 Great Books I 3
HU 422 Great Books II 3
MA — Math Elective 3
PH 103 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PH 108 Worldview Analysis 3
PH 311 Introduction to Ethics 3
PH 321 Religion in the Public Square 3
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PS 221 Marriage and the Family 3
Ministry Studies 12 Credits
MS 101 Introduction to Christian Missions 3
MS 105 Personal Evangelism 3
Choose two of the following four courses:
PR 205 Preaching I 3
PR 206 Preaching II 3
SP 105 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
SP 106 Advanced Public Speaking 3
Note: Students must choose PR 205 and PR 206 or SP 105 and SP 106
Biblical and Theological Studies 36 Credits
BL 101 Old Testament Survey I 3
BL 102 Old Testament Survey II 3
BL 111 Hermeneutics 3
BL 151 New Testament Survey I 3
BL 152 New Testament Survey II 3
BL — Old or New Testament Elective 3
HS 201 Church History I 3
HS 202 Church History II 3
HS 305 Baptist History 3
TH 211 Christian Theology I 3
TH 212 Christian Theology II 3
TH 130 Theological Foundations for Biblical Spirituality 3
Major Studies 33 Credits
CE 101 Introduction to Christian Education 3
CE 111 Introduction to Family Ministry 3
CE 238 Leadership Principles and Practices 3
CN 101 Introduction to Biblical Counseling 3
WL 181 Introduction to Worship for the Evangelical Church 3
TH 331 World Religions 3
CE 313 Christian Discipleship and Disciple Making 3
CE 214 Childhood Education in the Church 3
CE 315 Children's Ministry Methods 3
YM 101 Principles of Youth Ministry 3
YM 350 Campus Outreach 3
General Electives 12 Credits
Total Degree Hours 129 Credits
Prerequisites: CP 100 Cooperative Program*
BC 101 Boyce College 101**
  • *Students needing this course should register for it during their first semester of study. All course work is completed online. There is no charge for this course.
  • **This course is required for all on-campus students and should be completed during their first on-campus semester. Successful completion of BC 101 is required for graduation from Boyce College. There is no charge for this course.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the Bible, interpret Scripture’s original meaning, and apply Scripture to contemporary situations.
  • Students will be able to integrate systematic and historical theology into a larger biblical framework.
  • Students will be able to explain and model a functional ecclesiology that emphasizes unity and teamwork in local church ministry.
  • Students will be able to recruit and train lay volunteers for various local church ministries.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate basic competencies for leading in both the local church and in the marketplace.

Frequently Asked Questions

Graduates will be prepared for ministry in a church within youth, women's, or children's ministry. This program also equips students interested in ministry positions that are related to discipleship, family ministry, and church curriculum development.

Dr. Jeff Hunter serves as our primary youth ministry professor and will work closely with students interested in this program.

You can meet Dr. Hunter and our our faculty here.

As a prospective student, we have two next steps that we would love for you to consider taking. Follow the links below to take your next steps!

  • Visit Campus
  • Start your Application
  • Students who start their application must complete their application and submit the following additional documents:

  • Pastoral Recommendation
  • Spiritual Autobiography
  • Official High School Transcripts
  • Official ACT, SAT, or CLT test scores
  • Application Fee

  • You can view more information about our admissions requirements here.

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