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Institute for Ministry with Youth and Young Adults

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Students on picnic tableInterest in youth and young adults may take a variety of forms.

  • A calling to be a youth pastor or college chaplain
  • Desire to include young people in all aspects of church life
  • Concern for evangelism, conversion and baptism
  • Psychology and spirituality for youth
  • The gospel meeting contemporary culture
  • Emerging church practices
  • Historic practices speaking to young people today
  • Mentoring lifelong disciples of Jesus

 

Russell TeachingAt Bethany, you will find professors and colleagues who share these interests.

Together, you can explore youth and young adult ministry and leadership through...

  • Biblical insights,
  • Empirical research,
  • Theological models, and
  • Practical experience.

 

 

Putting it into Practice

Inaugurated in 2000, the Institute for Ministry With Youth and Young Adults connects both contemporary academic scholarship and the life of local congregations to contribute to more effective youth and young adult ministries.

Our connections with the Youth and Young Adult Office of the Church of the Brethren and an active advisory board enhance the program. In addition, the Institute offers seminars and workshops in continuing education for pastors and lay leaders.

 

Youth and Young Adult Ministry Emphasis

Students with a special interest or experience in youth and young adult ministry may elect to add an emphasis to their MDiv or MA program, as reflected in the chart below. Chart of Youth and Young Adult Ministry Studies Course Requirements


For more information on the Institute for Ministry with Youth and Young Adults, refer to the Bethany Catalog, or contact:

Russell HaitchRussell Haitch, Associate Professor of Christian Education,
     Director of the Institute for Ministry with Youth and Young Adults

     haitcru@bethanyseminary.edu       765-983-1827
 

Jody Gunn
(MDiv Connections)

JodyIn the summer of 2006, I made a pact with a high school friend to make our fortieth decade significant. My goal was to complete my Master of Divinity degree before I turned fifty years old. Inside I asked myself and God, "How is this was going to be possible?" Eventually, I was willing to be open to it. My life seemed crazy enough without adding seminary to the mix. I am married to Eric and have two children 15 and 10, so I run a household. I serve a church half time and find many opportunities to volunteer in our community. In spite of the busyness of my life I said "Yes!" to Bethany because I really was at a point in my life where it made sense.