Program Overview

It takes more than a guitar and fun activities to be effective in today’s youth culture. Young people need godly examples who are able to understand their struggles and then point them to the Word of God, the one sure rock during turbulent times. The youth ministry concentration will prepare you to effectively lead the next generation of students. READ MORE

Curriculum / Courses

  • FEATURED COURSES
  • + BI 302 -Jesus and the Gospels
  • The theology of Jesus, origin and background of the Gospels. Theological, social, and pastoral relevance of the gospels. Special attention to the canon of the New Testament. Offered alternate years.
  • + BI 422 -Romans
  • A study of contents and theology of PaulÕs letter to the Romans, including the origin and social setting of the letter. The course will examine PaulÕs contribution to Christian theology based on Romans as well as the pastoral significance of the letter. Offered alternate years.
  • + BIB 525 -Galatians & Romans
  • Explores Pauline theology by way of an in-depth study of the Apostle PaulÕs letters to the Galatians and Romans. Consideration will be given to theological questions generated by the New Perspective on Paul and relevant concerns of Dispensational Theology.
  • + YM 223 -Philosophy of Youth Ministry
  • A study of foundational principles in establishing and maintaining a local church ministry to adolescents. Emphasis is placed upon a system of philosophy, theology, and general principles for adolescent ministry programming. Included will be a survey of the history of both intra and para-church adolescent ministries.
  • + YM 347 -Issues/Culture of TodayÕs Youth
  • Examination of youth in todayÕs culture, focusing from a Christian perspective on such major issues asself-identity, suicide, substance abuse, sexual issues, child abuse, peer pressure, and music.
  • + YM 353 -Youth Ministry Management
  • This course provides a study in the Ònuts and boltsÓ of Youth Ministry. An examination of youth programming, creating a more parent-friendly ministry, calendar planning, budgets, time management, youth meetings, recruitment and training of volunteer staff. Emphasis on developing a plan for keeping ministry Òlawsuit free,Ó being a professional inside the office, dealing with criticism, creating a clear vision for ministry, and balancing family and ministry.
  • + YM 427 -Youth Ministry in Postmodern Culture
  • This course is designed to inform youth ministry practice through the study of the emerging postmodern generation and how churches can engage and evangelize emerging generations. Special attention will be given to understanding the origins and history of the emerging church and exploring the theological variations within it. Students will be expected to read extensively and assist with class lectures.
  • + YM 438 -Ministry Internship
  • A faculty supervised experience in an approved ministry situation which allows the student to develop, plan and implement activities involving youth. The student is required to complete a minimum of 120 hours in their approved ministry.
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THE MORE YOU KNOW

OUR MISSION

Graduating Godly Individuals Prepared to Serve Christ in Church and Society.

OUR CORE VALUES

Bible Centered

Grace Theology

Ministry Focused

Transformational Relationships

OUR VISION

To be a vibrant University exalting Jesus Christ, preparing culturally intelligent students for diverse careers in the global marketplace.

STATEMENT OF FAITH

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I’m a little bit partial, as both my wife and I work for Grace and our son is a student there, but I am continually impressed by the warmth and care that we all receive from the staff, students all associated with Grace. This is truly a Christian community and we are proud to be a part of it. So if you are looking for an accredited Bible College in Grand Rapids Michigan make sure to pay them a visit.

~Bill Marvin

- Warmth and Care