Youth Ministry Minor

Reaching today’s youth with the gospel requires dedicated, capable leadership. The Youth Ministry minor prepares you for effective ministry by educating you in the theological, relational, and programming foundations of youth ministry. You will also learn the skills that are used in youth ministry. The minor culminates with an internship in a church or parachurch ministry.


The courses in the Youth Ministry minor have been selected because they can give you insights into the skills that are used in youth ministry. The minor culminates with your completing an internship in a church or parachurch ministry.

Courses and Degree Requirements

A few of the courses in the Youth Ministry minor include "Youth Cultures and Christian Faith," "Leadership in Ministry," and "Theology and the Practice of Youth Ministry." Review all the Youth Ministry minor courses and requirements.

To receive the Youth Ministry minor, you are required to take a minimum of 32 credits, including 15 upper-division credits.

To apply to the Christian Theology major or one of our minors, please follow these instructions.

Theology-Related Internships

Undergraduate students in the School of Theology have worked in churches, parachurch organizations, ministries, and nonprofit organizations.

To find information about possible theology-related internships and employment opportunities, there are many resources available to students, including:

  • SPU’s internship and job-posting system, Handshake, is updated weekly with ministry, church, and service positions. Students and employers regularly make use of this site.
  • SPU’s Center for Career and Calling provides employment and internship resources for students and employers. Contact CCC at 206-281-2485 or

Michael Langford

Michael D. Langford, Professor of Theology, Discipleship, and Ministry

“The unifying focus on a common mission is engaging. SPU has a genuine and ambitious desire to help students holistically grow into an identity of being world-changers, an orientation that bolsters our life together with a great deal of energy, imagination, and hope.”

Financing Your Education

95 percent of undergraduates receive some form of financial assistance. See how we can design a financial aid package for you.