M.Div. in 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

Review our course requirements and begin the application process.

Career and Ministry Opportunities for Youth Ministry Leadership Graduates

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

M.Div. in Youth Ministry Leadership Admission Requirements

  • Completed application
  • $25 application fee
  • Official transcripts for highest earned degree and any master’s degree work
  • Church leader reference
  • Application Essay (800 words total, typed)
  • Minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA

Degree Program 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



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 Emeritus of Ministry Studies

Certificate in Biblical Studies, Columbia International University; B.A., M.S., Ph.D., Florida State University   


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