Program Overview

The Master of Divinity with a concentration in Youth, Church, and Culture degree offered by Northwest Nazarene University is a program of study that is available to students in a completely online format. This program aims to equip its students with the ability to engage culturally, theologically, and pragmatically with youth, their families, and the contemporary social systems. The curriculum of this program combines tools and concepts from a variety of subject matters so that a student can integrate these ideas and learn the best practices for not only engagement, but also for their own personal development and ministry lives. It is important to note that this program is offered alongside a Master of Arts in Youth, Church, and Culture. This program can be completed in as few as 50 months without taking courses over the summer.

The Youth, Church, and Culture concentration has a variety of objectives and learning goals. By the end of this program, a student should be able to understand the history and the modern trends of adolescent and family systems theory. This will help them to engage youth and family ministry in a practical and informed way. A graduate of this program will be apprised of the values of Practical Theology in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition and will be able to use those values to build their own ministry practice and philosophy. This program aims to help the student embody a Biblical understanding of faith formation and how it relates to age, community, family, and other social factors. Finally, this program aims to help students understand how to integrate the practice and philosophy of leadership so that they can take on the roles and responsibility of ministry effectively.

This program requires students to take and complete 32 credit hours of Youth, Church, and Culture courses and 42 hours of Pastoral Ministry courses in order to graduate with the Master of Arts in Youth, Church, and Culture. The Pastoral Ministry courses are what sets this program apart from the Master of Arts in the same subject. The required Youth, Church, and Culture courses include, but are not limited to: Youth, Families, and Faith Throughout Scripture; History and Practice of Christian Formation and Education: From Early Church to Emergent; Postmodern Culture and Families; God in the Everyday: Theological Interpretation of Popular Culture; Foundations of Youth Ministry; Leadership in Youth Ministry; Outreach and Evangelism; and Developmental and Spiritual Formation of Youth and Families.

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    School Overview

    Northwest Nazarene University is a private not-for-profit, four-year university with Christian-based values. Located on a 90-acre campus in the city of Nampa, Idaho, Northwest Nazarene first opened its doors in 1913 to elementary school students, and within two years, added high school and college programs. NNU is one of eight Church of the Nazarene affiliated liberal arts colleges. Northwest Nazarene University’s mission is: “the transformation of the whole person. Centered in Jesus Christ, the NNU education instills habits of heart, soul, mind and strength to enable each student to become God’s creative and redemptive agent in the world.”

    The university supports a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. NNU Online, maintained by the College of Adult and Graduate Studies gives students the options to earn online associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees.

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