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Youth Ministries

Lead young people as they navigate their unique life challenges and strive to grow in their Christian walk. The youth ministries program will prepare you for effective work with youth in churches, Christian schools, para-church organizations and other agencies. You will gain expertise in working with adolescents in the upper-elementary to college-age range. You also will be challenged to think theologically, creatively and strategically as you prepare for lifelong service in God’s kingdom. 

Pursue youth ministries as a concentration in the Christian ministries major, or as a minor alongside a different major. 

Why study Christian ministries at Gordon?

Gordon’s Christian ministries faculty are committed to ensuring that you not only study about ministry during your time at Gordon, but that you engage in ministry throughout your college career in preparation for lifelong Christian service. For that reason, all Christian ministries majors complete a 400-hour practicum. And our location in historic Greater Boston opens doors for hands-on experience in unique church and para-church contexts. 

What careers can I pursue in youth ministries?

The youth ministries program will prepare you for a wide range of vocations, including:

  • Youth minister
  • Christian camp director
  • Young Life, Youth for Christ, FCA staff
  • Entrepreneurial youth work

Gordon College Career Services ➔


Jared Cave

Jared Cave ’09

Director of Missionary Development, Coalition for Christian Outreach

"My professors taught me many things in class, but gave me even more wisdom and encouragement outside of class. They helped me to broaden my perspective of how and where God intended to use me in youth ministry." 
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Don’t wait until your practicum to begin serving in a local ministry—your classes and assignments will become more relevant and meaningful if you are involved in ministry while learning about its theoretical, philosophical, biblical and theological foundations. Nearly every Christian ministries student is involved in ministry from the time they arrive at Gordon. Join one of Gordon’s many community outreach teams, which include the Kids Club (an after-school tutoring program in downtown Lynn) and the Homeless Ministry (a group that serves the homeless community in nearby Revere every Saturday).

Global Opportunities

Enlarge your vision of the world that you are preparing to serve, and deepen your understanding of the global church, by studying abroad or participating in a mission trip or international internship:

Related Programs

As a Christian ministries major, you’ll automatically receive a biblical studies minor. You are encouraged to expand your knowledge of Scripture by adding a theology minor, or a double major in biblical studies or any other major that draws your curiosity.


For more information, contact:

Dr. Mark W. Cannister
Chair, Department of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries

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