Youth Ministry Leadership


The M.Div. (Youth Ministry Leadership) provides you with specialized knowledge and skills to reach the next generation by evangelizing and discipling youth and their families through the power of Jesus Christ. It prepares you to serve as a youth worker in a church or para-church ministry or to equip others for youth ministry.


This program will equip you to:

  • Analyze and address current trends in adolescent culture
  • Develop and implement biblically-based strategies for youth ministry
  • Plan, lead, and evaluate ministry activities for youth and their families
  • Use a variety of communication methods appropriate to youth and their families
  • Evangelize and disciple youth and their families graciously and effectively


Potential ministry opportunities for program graduates include:

  • Serving as a church youth pastor
  • Leading a campus ministry team
  • Leading a camp or retreat ministry team
  • Leading a wilderness or adventure education ministry team
  • Leading a team ministering to at-risk youth

Review our course requirements and begin the application process.

Featured Faculty: 
Photo of Karen Grant, CIU Professor of Youth Ministry, Family & Culture Karen Grant
Professor of Youth Ministry, Family and Culture
B.A., California State University, Chico; M.A., California State University, Stanislaus; M.A., Moody Bible Institute; Bible Certificate, D.Min., Columbia International University

Dr. Karen Grant joined the CIU faculty in 2001 and continues to teach Youth Ministry, Family, and...Read More...

A photo of Michael Langston, professor of Chaplain Ministries at CIU. Michael W. Langston
Professor of Chaplain Ministries

B.S., University of Louisiana; M.A., The Naval War College; M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; D. Min., Bethel Theological Seminary 

A photo of David Olshine, professor of Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture at CIU. David Olshine
Professor of Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture
B.G.S., Ohio University; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary; D.Min., The Eastern Baptist Seminary 
Andre Rogers, Professor of Church Ministry at CIU Andre Rogers
Professor of Church Ministry
B.A., D.Min., Columbia International University; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary
Sam Rubinson, CIU professor Sam Rubinson
Professor of Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture
B.S., Valley Forge Christian College; M.A., Columbia International University; D.Min., Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Shirl Schiffman Shirl Schiffman
Professor of Ministry Studies
Certificate in Biblical Studies, Columbia International University; B.A., M.S., Ph.D., Florida State University