Youth Ministry (90 credit hour Bachelor's)

With The Coalition for Youth Ministry Excellence

Program Overview

The Coalition for Youth Ministry Excellence (CYME) and Briercrest are partnering to combine the strengths of each organization to produce an accredited and highly practical and contemporary ministry training route. For college students, Briercrest provides the first two years of instruction where students experience an impactful community life in a program that highlights biblical and general studies as well as personal spiritual growth. The program will also run with cohorts of students who will network and have a shared course load experience during the CYME phase of apprenticeship.  In short, this program involves two years in the college environment, followed by two years of field work with a mentor which periodically includes eight modular courses delivered in Kelowna by the CYME.


Credit Hours: 90
Coordinator: Ken Moser
    Learning Outcomes  Requirements  Program Sheet

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Youth Ministry will be able to:

  • Assess youth ministry practices in light of Scripture and historical and cultural trends.
  • Articulate a theologically informed philosophy of youth ministry.
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary for effective youth ministry.


I. Core Curriculum at Briercrest College and Seminary (45 credit hours)

Christian Studies (27 credit hours):
BLST 111 Introduction to the Old Testament
BLST 109 Introduction to the New Testament
CM 101 Foundations of Church Ministry
BLST 300+ elective
HIS 237 History of Christianity I
HIS 238 History of Christianity II
IDST 200 Interdisciplinary Studies: Modernity and Postmodernity
   OR IDST 300 Christianity and the Natural Sciences
THEO 112 Introduction to Spiritual Theology
THEO 115 Introduction to Christian Theology

English Literature (6 credit hours):
ENG 100 Literature and Composition I
ENG 101 Literature and Composition II

Philosophy (3 credit hours):
PHI 100 Introduction to Philosophy I
   OR PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy I

Social Sciences (3 credit hours):
Any 3 credit hours from Administration, Anthropology, Economics, Native Studies, Psychology or Sociology

Fine Arts, Human Movement and Communication, or the Global Community Elective (3 credit hours):
See course options on the Core Curriculum page of our website.

Scientific and Numerical Literacy Elective (3 credit hours):
See course options on the Core Curriculum page of our website.

II. Youth Ministry Program Requirements at Briercrest College and Seminary (15 credit hours):

YM 100 Foundations of Youth Ministry
Youth Ministry Elective
Free Elective
6 credit hours of General Studies electives chosen from any subject area except for Biblical Studies, Christian Ministry, Theology, Worship Arts, or Youth Ministry.

For Briercrest Course descriptions see:

III. Youth Ministry Program Requirements at CYME (30 credit hours):

CM 312 Spiritual Formation for Ministry
COMM 310 Communication Skills for Effective Ministry
THEO 380 Thinking Theologically about Youth Ministry
YM 239 Apprenticeship (Year One)
YM 439 Apprenticeship (Year Two)
YM 305 Youth Ministry Management
YM 381 Adolescent Spiritual Development
YM 411 Understanding Today’s Youth Culture
YM 407 Counselling Adolescents and their Families
YM 472 Worldviews and Conversational Apologetics

The most satisfying experience has been interacting with the faculty members, many of which have encouraged and poured into me, and been willing to help me with difficult course work.
From the National Survey of Student Engagement 2015