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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
 

Jennifer Jensen
(MDiv Connections)

JenniferWhen my husband, parents, and I arrived at Bethany Theological Seminary for my long-awaited visit, I was giddy, to say the least! My whole life led to that moment and that weekend. I could not believe my dream was coming true! From the moment we arrived, we were treated with the utmost respect and hospitality. Not only did the staff and faculty put together an amazing weekend for me, they welcomed my questions, comments, or concerns we had and did it with complete openness which shined through in every person we visited. Everyone had a genuine interest in me, my husband, and my life. I truly felt like each person wanted to help me be sure this is where I was meant to be. I had the opportunity to sit in several classes, which was an absolutely remarkable and enlightening opportunity that only affirmed how excited I am to sit in those classes myself. In addition, I had the opportunity to visit with current students and recent graduates, getting a true sense of how Bethany affects and changes a person's life.