MidAmerica Nazarene University
Youth and Family Ministry majors at MNU are equipped to serve Christ while ministering to children, adolescents and their families.

The Facts

The youth and family ministry program at MNU prepares you for full-time ministry by laying a foundation of Biblical truth and theological understanding. You’ll get hands-on training in area churches and Christian organizations that involve you in transformation and helps you equip others for youth ministry in a family context. 

This program meets all requirements to become ordained in the Church of the Nazarene and prepares you for ordination in many other denominations as well.

MNU is located in a national hub of youth ministry. Kansas City is home to the Global Ministry office of the Nazarene Youth International, the Youthfront organization, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes national offices and the Kansas City Urban Youth Center. Though a partnership with Youth Specialities Academic Support Network (YSASN),

students have access to additional resources and experiences designed to equip the next generation of youth workers.There are many opportunities to work in any of these diverse organizations.

There are many scholarship opportunities for Youth and Family Ministry majors. Ministry students have the potential of receiving roughly $20,000 in financial assistance over four years, significantly minimizing debt and easing the transition into ministry. In fact, all freshmen receive a $1250 their first semester and another $1250 scholarship once they pass the Introduction to Ministry course. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors can apply for the Ministry Student Internship Program ($4500-$7500/year) or General Ministry Scholarships ($500-$3000/year).

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"My favorite courses at MidAmerica were my two semesters of Church History. My eyes were opened to the ways in which our denomination connects with the broader family tree of the Church and the ways that I as a leader can learn from the amazing leaders before me."

Malorri (Casey ’11) Seamon on Church History

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“As a professional youth pastor in the local church for over 25 years I seek to integrate the practical with the theological in my teaching and interactions with all our students.”

Ronald R. Jackson M.A.C.E.
Assistant Professor in Youth and Family Ministry & Director of The Call @ MNU.

Our professors are professionals and scholars with a mission to prepare you for purposeful, passionate, and innovative ministry for the kingdom of God around the world. We will equip you to nurture faithful discipleship and provide ways to cultivate the knowledge, attitudes, and skills for ministry and leadership from the Wesleyan holiness perspective. And just because you graduate, it doesn't mean we stop supporting you. Continue your education with the Sullivan Center for Church Leadership.

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You’ll complete an internship during your junior or senior year. Recently, students have completed internships at:

  • Nazarene Global Ministry Center
  • Kansas City Urban Youth Center
  • Nazarene Publishing House
  • Heart to Heart International
  • Churches across the Central Nazarene districts
  • TLC for Children & Families
  • Camp Table Rock
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Youthfront
Youth and Family Ministry Undergraduate Degree Program at MidAmerica Nazarene University.


Touching every aspect of youth and family ministry, you could become a(n):

Family Pastoral Counselor
Youth Pastor

Youth Recreational Director
Youth Camp Director

Student Minister
Campus Minister

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