Youth Ministries


Indiana Wesleyan University's Bachelor of Science with a major in Youth Ministries degree is designed primarily for persons who desire to be full-time youth pastors in a local church. This program contains all of the classical courses for ministry preparation as well as a concentration of courses focusing on ministry to youth. As with the Christian Ministries degree, students who complete this program will fulfill many requirements for ordination in The Wesleyan Church and numerous other denominations.

The IWU Youth Ministries program equips student to be full-time professional ministers who specialize in ministry to adolescents. While the focus of the degree is directed toward youth ministry in the local church, a graduate of this program could work in a myriad of ministry settings. The course of study is packed with experiential learning, allowing you to study both the theoretical foundations and practical skills of youth ministry. Throughout the program you will also be involved in practicums that will engage you in hands-on youth ministry in local churches. The opportunities for employment and significant ministry with this degree are abundant.


The Youth Ministries minor offers 24 credit hours of prescribed courses specifically relating to professional ministry in parish or para-church settings.

Students may also choose to earn an Associate of Science degree for quick entry into the workforce and a foundation for further education.

Contact Us


Visit Campus

Discover Campus Life for Yourself

Apply Now


One of the best ways to discover a degree program is to check out the course listings. By simply clicking on the course titles below, you can get a preview of the classes you will attend as a student at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Preview your classes


In addition to the courses listed above, students are required to take 3 credit hours in each of the following areas:

  • Advanced Old Testament (BIL-XXX)
  • Advanced New Testament (BIL-XXX)
  • Advanced Bible (BIL-XXX)

Wesleyan students are required to take REL-431 (Wesleyan Church History/Discipline). Non-Wesleyan students may study their own denominational heritage through independent learning or select an elective in Theology, Church History, or Philosophy.

Youth Ministries Minor


Students are required to take an additional 7 credit hours of youth-related courses.


The Youth Ministries major in the School of Theology and Ministry at IWU is designed to give students real-life experience working in a local youth ministry. This is one of the two ordination track majors (along with Christian Ministries) in the School. The faculty is comprised of experienced and innovative individuals, key to making our Youth Ministries major the best at training students for everyday, life-changing ministry. Russ Gunsalus has been instrumental in developing the Youth Ministries major, and Charlie Alcock is one of the leading individuals involved with youth conferences around the United States, several of which take place annually right here at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Click on a faculty memeber's name below to learn more about that individual.

Charles Alcock; MA Asst Prof; Youth Ministries View Profile
Apply Now