Northwest Nazarene University is pleased to announce the addition of a new graduate track to their menu of fully online master programs: Master of Arts and Master of Divinity in Youth, Church & Culture. The Dean of NNU’s School of Theology and Christian Ministries Dr. Mark Maddix states, “The new degree will equip ministers and church leaders to address how local congregations and para-church ministries can effectively minister to youth and their families in the midst of our changing culture.”
In past generations, adolescence lasted only a few years; however, it now stretches well into the mid-to-late twenties. Northwest Nazarene University, therefore, is providing this program for anyone who desires to serve young people in diverse contexts. Students of NNU’s new programs will engage culturally, theologically and practically with youth, their families and social systems.
“This new program will aid persons working with young people both inside and outside the local church in addressing the changing needs of adolescents in the 21st Century,” stated Dr. Mike Kipp, associate professor of Youth and Family Ministries and director of the Youth, Church & Culture program.
Students in the Master of Divinity program can complete their degree one course at a time in as little as 50 months, with most summers free. After completing an online orientation, this student will take 42 credits in the pastoral ministry core and 32 credits of emphasis in youth, church & culture. The Master of Divinity program satisfies the educational requirements for ordination as an elder in the Church of the Nazarene.
The Master of Arts program can be completed in as little as 21 months, with no course work during June or July. After completing an online orientation, the student will focus their studies around the same eight Youth, Church & Culture courses that the Master of Divinity students take as their emphasis.
The new program will launch August 15, 2011, and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. In addition, the School of Theology and Christian Ministries’ graduate programs have associate membership in The Association of Theological Schools.