B.A. in Youth & Family Ministry

At Hope, the Youth and Family Ministry major teaches students to effectively minister to youth and families in today’s rapidly changing culture. Coupled with a strong Bible curriculum, this program teaches students to be students of cultural, technological, psychosocial, and developmental trends that will help them develop an effective ministry in any setting. Graduates will have a solid foundation for ministry in the local church, para-church ministries, as well as preparation for graduate studies in a variety of theological and ministry related fields.

The B.A. in Youth & Family Ministry program is 126 units.


Optional Dual Majors

  • Preaching/Youth and Family Ministry major
  • Youth/Children and Family Ministry major

Career Opportunities

  • Youth or Student Ministries Pastor
  • Family Pastor

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Interesting Courses

  • Strategies and Skills in Youth Ministry
  • Family Ministry in the Church
  • Effective Youth Ministry
  • Care and Counseling in Youth Ministry

Book Resources

  • Youth Culture 101 by Walt Mueller
    (Grand Rapids, MI: YS/Zondervan, 2007
  • Hurt: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers, by Chap Clark
    (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2004)
  • The Family Friendly Church. By Ben Fruedenburg,
    (Ventura, CA: Gospel Light. 1998)
  • Building Faith at Home: Why Faith at Home Must Be Your Church's
    #1 Priority. by Mark Holman, (Ventura, CA. Regal Books, 2007)
  • The Family: A Christian Perspective on the Contemporary Home. 3rd Jack O.
    Balswick Judith K. Balswick ( Dartmouth, MA. Baker Books , 2007)

Real World Opportunities

Students in the Youth and Family major are required to do a minimum of three semesters of internship in a youth or family ministry setting. There are wonderful opportunities to work with and network with a variety of professionals in the field of youth and family ministry and numerous internship opportunities available in local church settings. Students are encouraged to be involved in ministry settings during their degree program to help facilitate real life application.


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Larry Garret
B.A. Youth & Family Ministry '06

Lead Junior High Youth Pastor
Christ's Church of the Valley
San Dimas, CA

"Looking back on my time at Hope brings many fond memories of dorm life, meaningful late nights conversations on the quad, and personal interactions with my professors. Hope prepared me for my life in ministry by guiding me thorough Homiletic courses, relevant youth ministry classes, and outstanding in-depth Bible classes. And, my time at Hope landed me a prime position as the Lead Junior High Youth Pastor at a church of over 4000 members."

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Ryan Thwing
Youth & Family Ministry Major

"The ministry programs at Hope are not only informative but applicable to real life as well. Hope equips all their students with a very strong Bible based teaching that helps students find his/her own beliefs and encourages students to claim his/her faith for their own. The specific ministry programs give applicable and systematic foundations to be disciplined and effective in running a church ministry and sticking to your vision. The professors are very considerate and truly concerned for their students overall wellbeing."