School of Theology & Ministry introduces 2 new ministry tracks

The School of Theology & Ministry at Southern Nazarene University will launch two new undergraduate programs, Youth Ministry and Children’s Ministry, in the Fall 2005 semester. Classes are set to begin in both areas August 25.

The B.S. degree with Youth Ministry major is a 72-hour program structured to provide a broad educational background as preparation for those who seek to prepare for ministry to youth in a congregational setting.

The objective of the Youth Ministry program is to:

1. Provide a solid biblical and theological foundation for youth ministry.
2. Educate prospective youth ministers who understand the human, cognitive, and social development of the age-group with whom they are chiefly concerned.
3. Create awareness of the need and knowledge of the methods for developing a team approach to youth ministry.
4. Equip youth ministers to be able to integrate adolescents into the larger life of a congregation, and to successfully transition them through the successive levels of age-group ministry, so that they become fully committed and fully active adult members of the congregation.

The program is comprised of a basic Theology and Ministry Core (37 hours of courses in basic Bible, Theology, Church History, and Philosophy) with a Youth Ministry Concentration (35 hours of courses in Christian Education, Psychology, and Education).

The Bachelor of Science degree with Children’s Ministry major is a 71- to 72-hour program structured to provide a broad educational background as preparation for those who seek to prepare for ministry to children in a congregational setting.

The objective of the Children’s Ministry program is to:

1. Provide a solid biblical and theological foundation for children’s ministry.
2. To educate prospective children’s ministers who understand the human, cognitive, and social development of the age-group with whom they are chiefly concerned.
3. To create awareness of the need and knowledge of the methods for developing a team approach to children’s ministry.
4. To equip children’s ministers to be able to integrate children into the larger life of a congregation, and to successfully transition them through the successive levels of age-group ministry from nursery to adolescence.

The program is comprised of the basic 37-hour Theology and Ministry Core with a Children’s Ministry Concentration (34-35 hours in Christian Education, Psychology, and Education).

Both programs were approved by the SNU Academic Council in November 2004, with final approval by the entire faculty in early December, 2004. The addition of the two programs comes as a result of a growing interest in the areas of youth and children’s ministry among undergraduate applicants over the past 3-5 years.

“I am pleased that we (now) have these two new programs,” said Dr. Hal Cauthron, SNU School of Theology & Ministry Chair. “My hope and expectation is that by providing broader options for ministry preparation, the School of Theology and Ministry will be able not only to maintain our steady enrollments of the last several years, but will also find in these programs ways of recruiting additional numbers of students in the coming years.”

In Fall 2005, the SNU School of Theology & Ministry will begin the application process for recognition of the two new programs as accredited for ministry preparation in the Church of the Nazarene. The process is expected to be complete, and the approval in place, well before the first entrants to the programs reach graduation.

For more information about undergraduate Theology and Ministry programs at SNU, contact Dr. Hal Cauthron by e-mail at cauthron@snu.edu, by phone at 405.491.6690, or visit www.snu.edu/sotam.