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Youth Ministry

YOU’RE BLESSED WITH FAITH, ENERGY AND A PASSION FOR WORKING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE. FOLLOW YOUR CALLING AND BECOME A YOUTH MINISTER. ONU IS ONE OF JUST A FEW UNITED METHODIST-AFFILIATED UNIVERSITIES TO OFFER A DEGREE PROGRAM IN YOUTH MINISTRY.

FOLLOW YOUR CALLING

Our program integrates rigorous academics, covering religion, sociology, psychology and education, with the development of practical and professional skills, including communication and critical thinking. Our program was designed in collaboration with the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. 

From weekly Chapel services to prayer group meetings, from a gospel choir in the African-American tradition to Habitat for Humanity – you’ll discover a vibrant community of believers here. Our faith tradition dates back to 1899, and faith and service continue to be integral parts of our University’s mission more than a century later.

From the moment you arrive on campus, you’ll feel at home. You’ll become part of a close-knit family of students pursuing a call to ministry. You’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships. Our dedicated professors will get to know you. They will help you grow intellectually, spiritually and professionally. They will become personally invested in your success – in college and beyond. 

Large institutions just can’t provide the individualized attention and opportunities you’ll find here. Our students learn just as much outside the classroom as they do inside. They plan campus Chapel services and lead worship. They attend national religious conferences and engage in internships at local churches. They undertake independent studies and assist professors with research. They build homes for Habitat for Humanity and mentor troubled youth in juvenile detention centers. 

It takes a special person to counsel, lead and awaken the faith in children, teens and young adults. When you graduate from ONU, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and confidence to follow your calling – wherever it leads!
 

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OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS

BE A FRIEND

Ready to make a new friend – a pint-sized one? Ada Friends is a special mentorship program that pairs ONU students with children at Ada Elementary. The “big” and “little” matches meet once a week for fun activities. It’s a great way to have an impact on a child’s life. Ada Friends is just one of many service learning and outreach activities that you could get involved with at ONU. Youth ministry majors are often the campus leaders in planning and organizing programs like Ada Friends.

OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO

Imagine traveling to a major city with your professors and peers to attend a national conference sponsored by the United Methodist Church. Or spending your spring break building houses with Habitat for Humanity. Or going on a mission trip to a developing country. We believe a well-rounded education includes opportunities to travel, experience new places and meet new people, and stretch your comfort zone. These opportunities are here for you to grab.



Anna Guillozet

THINK SUCCESS

ANNA GUILLOZET BA WITH A MAJOR IN YOUTH MINISTRY ’08

I enjoy people. I love hearings stories of faith from people from so many walks of life. I am an extrovert, so the more people I meet and talk to, the better. I also love to preach, and I’m in a job where I do that every week. That’s why youth ministry is a great major. It gives you a solid foundation for a variety of careers in the church, in childcare and education, and for those who decide to further their educations.

Anna Guillozet knows firsthand that one’s calling can grow and change over time. At ONU, Anna served as the outreach coordinator on the Chapel staff, and she was active in Kappa Phi and many music groups and professional organizations. Her experiences at ONU led her to the decision to attend seminary. Today, she’s serving as the senior pastor at the Church of the Master United Methodist in Westerville, Ohio, while working on her Doctor of Ministry from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio.

OUTCOMES AND COURSES

SOLID OUTCOMES

  • Our undergraduate program in youth ministry is certified by the United Methodist Church.
  • We boast an excellent placement rate for our graduates in employment, seminary and graduate school. Our top students often receive full-tuition scholarships for seminary.
  • Recent youth ministry graduates have attended Princeton Theological Seminary, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Wesley Theological Seminary, Candler School of Theology and the Methodist Theological School in Ohio.

COURSES

You’ll need 55 credit hours to earn a major in youth ministry. 

Some of the courses include:  

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Youth Ministry Settings and Issues
  • Youth Ministry Internship
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

 

WHERE COULD YOU END UP?

POSSIBLE JOBS

  • Youth or children’s minister
  • Seminary student
  • Counselor or director at a camp, nonprofit organization, group home or juvenile detention center 
  • Overseas mission worker 
  • Social worker 
  • Youth or family counselor
  • Military chaplain 

ALUMNI SUCCESS

Check out where some of our recent youth ministry graduates have ended up: Thomas Gerberich, Youth Pastor at Liberty Chapel United Methodist Church, Liberty OH. Lucas Rice, Site Director at Columbus Habitat for Humanity Americorp in Columbus, OH. Matthew Spangler, M. Div graduate student at Asbury Theological Seminary, Asbury Kentucky. Katherine Feldhues, 4-H Extension Educator at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.

Philosophy and Religion Department

Beth Buist

419-772-2195
b-buist@onu.edu
Burgett Hall 124
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed