NNU Specialization Spotlight: Youth, Church & Culture

Professor Mike Kipp

Dr. Mike Kipp
Director of Youth, Church & Culture Program

The world has changed considerably over the past 60 years, especially for our young people, and yet how churches “do” youth ministry has changed very little.

If you’re interested in learning more about these cultural shifts—how they happened and why—and how we can better reach and support adolescents, consider taking the Youth, Church & Culture track when pursuing your Master of Divinity or Master of Arts degree from Northwest Nazarene University’s School of Theology & Christian Ministries.

While you’ll have 10 graduate tracks, or specializations, to choose from, the Youth, Church & Culture track is ideal if working with youth is your passion.

Through your studies, you’ll learn to lead your church or organization out of a “business as usual” mindset of ministering to youth to an approach that demonstrates how much you value and appreciate adolescents simply as people made in God’s image.

NNU’s graduate theology degrees are fully online with no residential requirements. The flexibility of an online education means you can learn in and on your own time—without leaving your home or homeland. You’ll also benefit from a learning community that includes adult learners who live all over North America and may include people from places like Costa Rica and South Korea. In fact, 10 percent of our online learners live outside of North America.

Beyond the diversity of your fellow students, you’ll also learn from a diverse faculty, spread across the U.S., who have degrees from places like Princeton University, Boston University, and Fuller Theological Seminary. You’ll be required to enlist a mentor of your choosing, right in your own community, so that you can meet with them on a monthly or more basis to talk about issues and ideas discussed in class and to process what you’re learning.

As an M.A. student, you’ll focus all 32 semester credit hours on Youth, Church & Culture—or 32 of the required 74 semester hours for the MDiv.

Wondering if NNU’s Youth, Church & Culture specialization is for you? Request more information or contact us.

You can also “kick the tires” during our tuition-free online “On-Ramp” orientation, which is available to all admitted students. Learn more at www.nnu.edu/onramp.

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