Youth, Children & Family Ministry

Youth, Children & Family Ministry

Master of Divinity

NNU's fully online Master of Divinity in Youth, Children & Family Ministry prepares those heading into a vocational ministry role while also offering advanced training in the contexts of parachurch ministry, Christian schools or camping.

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  • Lauren Wuertz
  • (208) 467-8688
  • 75 semester credits for degree completion
  • Fully online
  • Meets All Educational Requirements For Ordination in the Church of the Nazarene
  • Federal Financial Aid and NNU’s zero-interest monthly payment plan are available to all who qualify

Youth, Children & Family Ministry

NNU's 75-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 ministries, 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 Divinity specialization in Youth, Children & Family Ministry offers a dynamic learning model grounded in developmental, cultural, and spiritual formation within a practical theological framework.

Program Outcomes

Graduates from our Master of Divinity 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 and is able to explain Wesleyan-Holiness theology as it relates to Scripture, Christian tradition, reason, and experience in the practice of ministry.
  • The graduate identifies characteristics of the cultural context of ministry and assesses them through an appropriate theological perspective, compares existing cultures with alternative cultural expressions, and develops personal and corporate practices consistent with God’s reign.
  • The graduate practices the means of grace, or spiritual disciplines, that lead to emotional and spiritual health, personal Christian virtue, and responsible social engagement.
  • The graduate integrates Christian theological themes in the understanding and practice of ministry and leadership.
  • 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 young persons 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 Divinity

Fully Online

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

NNU has prepared me for my future job as a teacher by giving me a really well-rounded education. I’ve gotten a ton of field experience and student teaching, and being a student-athlete here has taught me how to communicate and be a part of a team. I think that this education has equipped me to just be a well-rounded person and not just a student.

Kiley Orr