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Youth & Family Ministry
College of Arts & Sciences
YOUTH AND FAMILY MINISTRY majors at MNU are equipped to serve Christ while ministering to children, adolescents and their families.
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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 and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes national offices. Through a partnership with Youth Specialties 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. 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.

  • all freshmen receive $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)
  • Sophomores, juniors, and seniors can apply for the General Ministry Scholarships ($500-$3000/year)
Potential Careers
  • Family Pastoral Counselor
  • Youth Pastor
  • Youth Recreation Director
  • Youth Camp Director
  • Student Minister
  • Campus Minister
  • Associate Pastor
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Family Pastor or Counselor
Youth Pastor
Youth Camp Director
Campus Minister
Associate Pastor

Related Majors

Digital Communication Minor
Communication Minor
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Physical Education
Music Education
Middle-Level Mathematics Education
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History/ Government and Social Studies Education

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Developed specifically for Traditional Undergraduate Students, MNU launched a new schedule in 2020. Semester-long courses are now held on Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday for 75 minutes each.

Business Administration continues to be a highly sought out degree by students and employers alike. It provides an excellent and thorough foundation in skills necessary for success in today’s business world. These degrees will also prepare students for graduate study in management, law or other business specialties.
Yorton Clark
Dean, School of Professional and Graduate Studies Chair, Professional and Graduate Studies in Business Professor
Graduates of the Christian Ministry and Formation department fulfill varied positions in pursuit of building the Kingdom of God. At MNU, professors are mentors, advisors and colleagues helping students seek and confirm the call to serve.
Assistant Professor & Director of The Call @ MNU

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As an MNU student, you’ll encounter not only academic growth and career preparation but you’ll also transform through spiritual growth and time spent in service and mission. We think that’s a
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