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Youth, Children & Family Ministry

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Youth, Children & Family Ministry

Master of Divinity


NNU's fully online Master of Divinity in Youth, Children & Family Ministry prepare those heading into a vocational ministry role with advanced training in the context of parachurch ministry, Christian schools or camping.


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Lauren Wuertz

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75 semester credits for
degree completion
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faculty mentors

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 the Kingdom of God.
  • The graduate practices the means of grace (spiritual disciplines) that lead to emotional and spiritual health, personal Christian theological 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.


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 external validations is important to you, then NNU’s Master of Divinity or Master of Arts tracks are a great fit.
NNU’s Graduate School of Theology is also 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.



Degree Details

Master of Divinity

Offered Online

$525 per credit - See All Tuition & Fee Info



Truthfully, I think I am a completely different person for the better than when I walked into this place. I am proud of the person that I have become and who I am and what I stand for, and NNU has helped me with that. It's helped me ask questions about what I believe, why I believe it, and it’s helped me grow as a person and become the kind and empathetic person that I want to be.

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NNU’s graduate programs are designed for you to achieve your educational goals while working around your career, your family and your other commitments.

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100% of the program can be completed online.


4.5 is the number of years it takes to complete the MDiv programs, with the majority of summers off.


NNU’s College of Theology offers 4 different graduate degrees, including Pastoral Ministry, Missional Leadership, Spiritual Formation, and Youth, Children &
Family Ministry.


NNU is the 1st institution offering exclusively online graduate programs ever to be granted
membership by the ATS.