Youth, Children & Family Ministry

Youth, Children & Family Ministry

Master of Arts

NNU's fully online Master of Arts in Leadership & Formation specialization in Youth, Children & Family Ministry offers a dynamic learning model grounded in developmental, cultural, and spiritual formation within a practical theological framework.

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  • Lauren Wuertz
  • (208) 467-8688
  • 36 Semester credits for degree completion
  • Fully online with no residential requirements
  • Access to expert faculty including leading-edge practitioners
  • Federal Financial Aid and NNU’s zero-interest monthly payment plan are available to all who qualify

Youth, Children & Family Ministry

NNU's 36-credit graduate specialization in Youth, Children & Family Ministry offers you a more holistic approach to ministry across the generations. Whether you're in a vocational ministry role as a family minister, youth, or children's pastor, or you're a layperson wanting advanced training for parachurch, Christian schools, or camping ministries, NNU's fully online Master of Arts in Leadership & Formation specialization in Youth, Children & Family Ministry offers you a dynamic learning model grounded in the practice of ministry. If you're an adult learner who wants to engage the worlds of both today and tomorrow, reach out to us now with your questions or complete our online information form. We'd love to talk more fully with you!

Program Outcomes

Graduates from our Master of Arts in Leadership & Formation specializations assume leadership in various ministry venues, including pastoral leadership; staff ministry; church planting; university student development; military, healthcare, hospice, institutional, and marketplace chaplaincy; non-profit leadership; cross-cultural ministry; district and general church administration; and other innovative settings. A recent survey of graduates revealed that 68 percent had already been offered positions by graduation. Additionally, many of our graduates have advanced to doctoral studies at a variety of other educational institutions, including Drew Divinity School, Boston University, Regent, Claremont, Portland Seminary, Fuller, Perkins, and Nazarene Theological Seminary, to name just a few. 

Academic Outcomes

  • The graduate understands both the history and contemporary characteristics of human development, adolescence, and family systems theory necessary for engaging in youth, children and family ministry.
  • The graduate values the role of Practical Theology in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition and philosophy to inform practices fostering youth, children, and families.
  • The graduate articulates and embodies a biblical understanding of faith formation within the community of faith, including the family.
  • The graduate demonstrates a dynamic integration of practice and philosophy of leadership suitable for ministry in the Church and in the world.

Dual Accreditation

NNU’s Graduate School of Theology is accredited by The Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools. The following degree programs are approved by The Commission on Accrediting: Master of Divinity; Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry; and Master of Arts in Leadership & Formation with specializations in Missional Leadership; Spiritual Formation; and Youth, Children & Family Ministry.
Since 1930, NNU has been continuously accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities, the same respected accrediting body that validates other leading educational institutions across the Pacific Northwest. If a quality education from a respected institution with both regional and national accreditation is important to you, then NNU’s Master of Divinity or Master of Arts tracks are a great fit.
Degree Details

Master of Arts in Leadership & Formation

Fully Online

$540 per credit, with discounts and scholarships available - See All Tuition & Fee Info

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