Youth and Family Ministry

YOUTH AND FAMILY MINISTRY majors at MNU are equipped to serve Christ while ministering to children, adolescents and their families.

About the Program

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 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 for Intercultural Studies 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.

  • 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)
  • Sophomores, juniors, and seniors can apply for the General Ministry Scholarships ($500-$3000/year)

Your Future


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

Employment & Internships

  • Local churches in the Kansas City area, the MNU region, and beyond
  • Global Ministries Center for the Church of the Nazarene
  • Christian Liberal Arts Universities
  • Nazarene Publishing House
  • Global Mission Education Centers
  • Nonprofit Agencies

Our People are the Difference

Our ministry 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.

You Can Succeed Here

Pioneer alumni are working in industries and cities around the world. During their time at MNU, they developed the skills and knowledge to succeed. Transformed by Christ to serve others – that’s real success.