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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
 

Matt Boersma
Master of Arts

MattMy thesis began its journey while learning Hebrew at the University of Notre Dame, back when I was an employee in the Information Technology department. Among the many Hebrew texts read, it was the Song of Songs in particular that caught my attention. I knew that historically it had been interpreted as an allegorical text exploring God's love of Israel (or the church), but I had not encountered the deeply sensual nature of the images and the erotic tone of the text. Reading through the book, the unabashed sexuality of the words struck me as completely different than how the rest of the Bible treats sex. During the previous semester we had read selections of Ezekiel, where sex and female desire is cast as idolatrous and evil. In the Song, it is unashamed and extolled.